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G-SHOCK’s GW5000U-1 Updates the Brand’s First Watch from 1983

GSHOCK 5600 Series 1983 Watch 0 Hero
Photo: Casio G-SHOCK

It can be difficult to pinpoint the enigma of Casio’s G-SHOCK watch. For one, it reimagined the standard for durability upon its 1983 debut, promising to survive a 10-meter drop, go 100m underwater, and run for 10 years without needing a new battery. However, it was and always has been the design language of the G-SHOCK range that’s attracted wearers and cemented its staying power over the past four decades.

GSHOCK 5600 Series 1983 Watch 1
Photo: Casio G-SHOCK

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the very first G-SHOCK watch, the DW5000. Fairly accurate to the original from ‘83, Casio’s new GW5000U-1 serves as a reissue but with several upgrades to adjust to the evolved standards. For one, the stainless steel screw-back now protects a steel core rather than a resin one in order to make it even more rigid and reliable. 

GSHOCK 5600 Series 1983 Watch 2
Photo: Casio G-SHOCK

Pushing the water resistance up to 200m, the 42.8mm black case is also made of solid stainless steel for added durability. The accuracy is also ensured through Multi-Band 6, which gives radio-controlled time adjustments from six frequencies across the globe.

GSHOCK 5600 Series 1983 Watch 3
Photo: Casio G-SHOCK

First released in the brand’s home nation of Japan, the new timepiece has now landed for American consumers. Head over to Casio’s website to grab your own G-SHOCK GW5000U-1 for $300.