Casio has a long and storied history. What began as a company who made a cigarette accessory (a ring that would hold a lit cigarette, allowing the smoker the freedom of both their hands) eventually evolved into one of the largest consumer technology brands in the world. One of their greatest forays, however, was into the watch world. Sure, their primarily digital designs never quite gained the kind of prestige as their Swiss counterparts, but their products are continually reliable and, in some cases, a good deal tougher than the competition.
The cream-of-the-crop of Casio’s watches, however, is their G-Shock line. Garnering their name from the 10 layers of protection surrounding their quartz time-keeping modules, these watches are some of the toughest ever made. In fact, the original prototype was made to have a 10-year battery life, water resistance to 10 bar, and a fall of up to 10 meters. And that’s why they are so often the choice of athletes, adventurers, soldiers, and explorers. Since the line has been in production for nearly 35 years, there are a lot of model options. We’ve pared down that list to the following 12. These are the best G-Shock watches available today.
Casio G-Shock DW6900-1V Sport Watch
Don’t let the low cost of this sport style watch fool you, as it has plenty of features. The digital window provides the time, day, and date, as well as alarm indication. It also features chronograph functionality with a 1/100 second stop watch; elapsed, split, 1st and 2nd, and countdown timers; and is water resistant to 200 meters. It also features an EL Backlight with Afterglow for low light situations.
Casio G-Shock G100-1BV Analog-Digital Watch
If you like the prospect of a more traditional analog dial, but want some of the benefits of digital functionality, then this is the watch for you. While it has all the features you might expect – chronograph functions, a calendar, water resistance to 200 meters, and an EL Backlight with Afterglow – it also has something that makes it stand out from the crowd. This watch is resistant to magnetism. So, even in the presence of magnetic forces, it will remain accurate.
Casio G-Shock G7900A Rescue Watch
If you like a little boldness and flair in your watch, then this bright red big case watch should do the trick. But this watch isn’t just for looks, as it also boasts some impressive functions. For instance, it is equipped to tell you the lunar phases, changing of the tides, and information from 29 different timezones. And it’s no slouch on the normal stuff either. It features a digital time display, a day and date calendar, and a full complement of stopwatch operations. And it is water resistant to 200 meters – meaning there’s nothing to worry about if it gets wet. Just don’t take it scuba diving.
Casio G-Shock GWM5610-1 Solar Sport Watch
This casual-style sport watch has all the functionality one might need for your average athlete and more. It features a complement of chronographic stop-watch functions, as well as an auto-lighting EL backlight, multi-band atomic timekeeping, a 29 timezone and 48 city world clock, and solar power with a battery saving function. In fact, it can function up to ten months without any exposure to light. And it features water resistance up to 200 meters, so you can wear it for swimming, if that’s your sport of choice.
Casio G-Shock AWGM100B-1ACR Solar Sport Watch
Don’t let this watch’s handsome visage fool you, it isn’t just a fashion statement. It’s a legitimately reliable and durable timepiece. It is solar powered (in fact, any light will charge it), but can run for anywhere between 5 and 23 months without any exposure to light. It also features a world clock with 28 timezones and 48 different cities. Its water resistance of 660 feet makes it ideal for recreational scuba diving, but its other features – chronograph functions, a day/date calendar, 12/24-hour formats, and more – make it appropriate for nearly every venue. In fact, this might be the closest thing to a dress watch in the entire G-Shock line.
Casio G-Shock G9300-1 Mudman Watch
Designed as Casio’s best attempt at an all-conditions watch, the Mudman garners its name from – you guessed it – its resistance to mud. And, for the outdoorsman that might wear it, it has all the accompanying features one might expect. It can tell you moon phases, temperature, comes with an onboard compass, is solar powered, and has a world clock – so you can set the time depending upon the city you are in. If you need a solid adventure watch that isn’t going to empty your bank account, this is a killer option.
Casio G-Shock GW-9400-3CR Rangeman Watch
The Rangeman series of G-Shock watches is probable the closest the brand will ever get to a recon-style military watch. In fact, it’s kind of the perfect time piece for the renaissance-outdoorsman. It features a shock-resistant triple sensor – giving it the ability to read altitude, barometric pressure, temperature and direction readings, all at your fingertips. It’s also solar powered, impact-resistant, and features multi-band atomic self-adjusting timekeeping. And each of its sensor modes features different associated tone, so you can determine which mode you are using without even looking.
Casio G-Shock GXW-56-1BJF Solar Radio Watch
This multi-band watch will stay reliably accurate no matter where you are, thanks to the fact that it synchronizes via radio waves. It’s also a fully-functional chronograph, has a digital day/date window, and has a few other handy features. And if you like big bulky watches that are as tough as they look, this one was actually nicknamed “The King,” because it was the beefiest offering Casio had at the time it was made. And it’s solar powered, so you don’t have to worry about swapping out batteries, ever.
Casio G-Shock GG-1000-1A3 Mudmaster Watch
For the most rugged of users – the kind that like to get their hands dirty in the great outdoors – theres the Mudmaster. This timepiece was built to tough it through the worst grime and muck anyone can throw at it and then some. Multiple gaskets keep mud out of all the button shafts and pipes and ensure that this watch will keep ticking even if you’re completely bogged down. It’s also water resistant up to 200 meters, meaning you can clean all that grime off at the end of the day without any worries.
Casio G-Shock GW9200-1 Riseman Watch
As you might gather from its name – or certainly its functionality – the Riseman was made specifically for aviation-minded folks. That means that, in conjunction with its plethora of more standard features, it also comes with a unique three-layer twin sensor that measures altitude, barometric pressure, and temperature. Furthermore, it features auto-adjusting atomic timekeeping, so it will self-adjust depending upon the timezone into which you enter. And it is entirely solar powered, so you’ll never have to worry about swapping out batteries.
Casio G-Shock GWF1000-1CR Frogman Watch
A member of Casio’s Master of G collection, the Frogman watch series was designed specifically as a high-end option for divers. It is super tough, durable, and definitely made for adventure. This one is also solar powered – an added benefit to anyone who spends their time outside – and features Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping, meaning it relies on radio relays to remain accurate, rather than depending solely upon its own timekeeping device. So if you fancy a dive now and again and you need a watch that can handle it, this is it.
Casio G-Shock GWN-Q1000-1A Gulfmaster Watch
Designed to be the ultimate in maritime toughness, this watch is perfect for anyone who spends their time out on the open ocean. Radio controlled for ultimate accuracy, this watch offers an easy-to-use world time clock, sunset/sunrise and tide change information, an elapsed-time bezel, barometer and thermometer functions, and more. It even comes equipped with a compass. And it’s solar powered, so – as long as you spend a decent amount of time outside – you’ll never have to worry about this watch running out of battery power.