If you’re looking for a tough watch that’s not over-assuming; a watch that will stick with you through thick and thin during the toughest tasks, then be sure not to skim over the Casio G-Shock MR-G Hammer Hammer Tone watch. Worn by police officers and firefighters, men and women in the armed forces, and special forces operators, Casio has built their brand on rough and rugged watches that won’t break the bank. So with this in mind, you may ask, why would they try and offer a watch for thousands of dollars?
Well, after years of functioning strictly as a watch of utility, not luxury, the G-Shock is finally taking a turn toward developing timepieces, especially with this 20th-anniversary tribute. The Hammer Tone, seen here, is one of these luxury timepieces that’s G-Shock to the core. The solar-powered device is water resistant up to 200 meters, shock resistant, and boasts a handful of features (including a GPS receiver to update time at any of the 40 time zones around the world).
However, what gives the watch its name, and price, is that it’s decorated with a metal surfacing technique knows as tsuiki. The process involves hammering small indentations into metal, most notably Japanese arms and armor. The Hammer Tone was designed in conjunction with third-generation master metalworker Bihou Asano, who created hammered metal statues of deities for the Kyoto State Guest House. Production is limited to 300 pieces worldwide and they’ll become available this July for $6,500. [H/T: Hodinkee]