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G-Shocking red 30th anniversary G-Shocks

by Philip Kaspar
14 August, 2012
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Philip is widely travelled and has worked as a freelance journalist covering several topics including fashion, travel and watches. He also spent five years in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry in La Chaux de Fonds. Philip reports on all the latest watch news and is our WatchCrime reporter.

G-Shock 30th Anniversary

Casio launched its first G-Shock watch in 1983, and sparked a revolution in mainstream watch buying culture that continues to this day with a huge brigade of fanatical G-Shock supporters worldwide.  With its unprecedented shock-resistant case, and rugged good looks, this year, the Japanese brand kicks off a year-long celebration of its most iconic timepiece which will culminate in G-Shock’s 30th anniversary in 2013.

A quintet of shocking red limited-edition models in the best selling G-Shock styles have just been released, and are sure to be snapped up by collectors quicker than you can say ‘eBay’.

Each watch is in a distinctive red gloss or matte red finish. On the case back is a specially engraved 30th anniversary logo designed by graffiti artist Eric Haze.

Frogman Ref. GWFT103A-1

Casio G-Shock GWF T1030 A-1 Frogman in titanium case

The most costly piece is a version of the popular Frogman model (Ref. GWFT103A-1) in a case made of titanium with gloss-red highlights, equipped with the brand’s trademark Solar Power and radio-controlled Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping functions.

Frogman Ref. GF8230A-4

Casio G-Shock GF 8230 A-4 Frogman

There’s another Frogman model (Ref. GF8230A-4) also in gloss red, in the traditional shock-resistant case.

As with all Frogman editions, the anniversary pieces are designed as multi-functional divers’ watches, water-resistant to 200 metres, with built-in tide and moon graphs, dive timers with data memory, world-time functions (48 cities plus UTC) and an automatic EL backlight. The titanium watch retails for $1,700; the other is $500.

G-Shock 5600 Ref. DW6930A-4

Casio G-Shock DW-6930A-4

Then we come to the classic original G-Shocks, known as the 5600 and 6900 series. The case of the Ref. DW6930A-4, has the same red gloss finish as the Frogman models, and also includes an EL backlight and flash alert function. Its digital display is on a gold-mirrored face.

G-Shock Ref. GWM5630A-4

 

Casio G-Shock GW-M5360A-4

The other G-Shock (Ref. GWM5630A-4) is the all time classic square case in matte red, and comes with Multi-Band Atomic 6 Timekeeping, Tough Solar Power, and a full auto EL backlight. The DW 6930A-4 retails for just $120 while the GWM5630A-4 goes for slightly more, at $170.

G-Shock Mudman Ref. G-9330A-4

 

G-Shock G9330A-4 Mudman

Finally, hail the new 30th anniversary Mudman, engineered for tough outdoor sports and activities. Again, this comes in the official anniversary matte red, with functions that include a twin-sensor-activated digital compass and thermometer, a moon graph and data, and 48-cities-plus-UTC world-time function, along with the ever-useful auto EL backlight. This watch will retail for $220.

 

 

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Philip is widely travelled and has worked as a freelance journalist covering several topics including fashion, travel and watches. He also spent five years in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry in La Chaux de Fonds. Philip reports on all the latest watch news and is our WatchCrime reporter.

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