2018 is turning out to be an incredible year for Casio G-Shock with the brand’s 35th Anniversary in April and the release of many limited edition models to celebrate the occasion. We’ll be listing all the 35th Anniversary releases here, with the most recent arrivals at the top. This page will be updated as new models are released.
G-Shock GMW-B5000TFC-1 Full Metal with DLC
The GMW-B5000TFC-1 is the most intriguing 35th Anniversary model so far. It has the original square case design in a full stainless steel screw-back version along with Tough Solar, Multi-Band-6, and Bluetooth connectivity. Yes, the GMW-B5000TFG-9 and GMW-B5000D-1 also have all that, but this has the same color scheme of the original G-Shock DW-5000C-1A and a superior diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating on the bezel and bands. As a limited edition that is the most durable and the toughest-looking GMW-B5000 model, it will likely be very difficult to find despite its rumored $1,200 price tag. At this point we’re not even sure about its availability in the west. So far it has only been announced for Asia in April 2018 (though we suspect it might not be available until May).
G-Shock Origin Gold Collection
Here is G-Shock giving the old-school fans and collectors what they want. The Origin Gold Collection includes three models with screw-lock cases, the DW-5035D-1B, DW-5735D-1B, and GF-8235D-1B Frogman. DW-5000 tribute models have come to be expected during an anniversary year and it’s nice to see one based on the DW-5000C-1B (which while not as recognized as the DW-5000C-1A, was also one of the original models). The DW-5735D-1B is the first screw-back DW-5700 model we’ve seen since the 25th Anniversary. The GF-8235D-1B is a great option for a more affordable limited edition Frogman. So why are screw-back models such a big deal to G-Shock fans? Well the very first G-Shock watches used a screw-back structure, and in order to be a screw-back the entire inner case needs to be made of stainless steel and not resin. Screw-back models are generally thought of as tougher and of a higher build quality than their counterparts.
G-Shock GMW-B5000TFG-9 Full Metal with Gold IP
While the previous anniversary collections were great, they were mostly expected, and now it starts to get really interesting with the GMW-B5000TFG-9 which is an April 2018 release in Japan and Asia. This is a fully stainless steel, gold ion plated version of the origin model with a screw-back case along with Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, and a Bluetooth smartphone link. While it’s not a true smartwatch, it does have many more features than most 5000-series watches, and the fact that this even exists is a testament to the power of G-Shock. Of course it is fully shock-resistant and water-resistant to 200 meters. This limited edition model is being released alongside the silver GMW-B5000D-1 which is a regular release. Releases like this reaffirm why we love Casio, a company that gives equal commitment to honoring the past and progressing creatively and technologically.
NIGO x K.IBE G-Shock DW-5635-9 and DW-6935-4
The NIGO x K.IBE G-Shock series likely drove a few obsessive collectors mad, as only 35 units of each model were released to the public through an online lottery. A collaboration between fashion designer Nigo (founder of A Bathing Ape) and the father of G-Shock himself, Kikuo Ibe, these “jelly” models feature a new translucent coloring process that claims to prevent discoloration over time. Well, if basically nobody can buy these watches then hopefully we’ll at least see the new coloring tech used in future models.
G-Shock Red Out Collection
Like the Big Bang Black Collection, the Red Out Collection uses the new ultra-matte surface tech, only this time in red. This affordable series includes classic mid-size models like the DW-5635C-4 and DW-6935C-4 along with the extra-large, analog-digital GA-735C-4A. The most surprising model was the DW-5735C-4 based on the first round-face G-Shock watch from the 1980s, as it had been a decade since we last saw a DW-5700-series watch.
G-Shock Gold Tornado Collection
The Gold Tornado Collection includes the G-STEEL GST-B100TFB-1A, Gravitymaster GPW-2000TFB-1A, and Frogman GWF-D1035B-1. These three solar-powered models are the top of their lines and feature advanced technology like Bluetooth connectivity (GST-B100TFB-1A), GPS timekeeping and position tracking (GPW-2000TFB-1A), and a water depth sensor and compass (GWF-D1035B-1). In keeping with the high-end theme, Casio opted to go with celebratory gold accents along with the traditional G-Shock colors of black and red for the dual-layer bands.
Eric Haze x G-Shock GA-700EH-1A
Artist and designer Eric Haze has been working with Casio since the G-Shock 25th Anniversary and is responsible for the iconic logos that adorn the case back and packaging of limited edition anniversary models. Though the GA-700EH-1A collaboration watch is a 2017 model, it is billed as a 35th Anniversary edition and comes in 35th Anniversary packaging (but the case back features an Eric Haze logo rather than the anniversary logo). The bands have a paint-dripping motif that pays tribute to Haze’s roots as a graffiti artist.
G-Shock Big Bang Black/Neo Matte Black Collection
The Big Bang Black Collection (also known as the Neo Matte Black collection in the USA) was the first G-Shock 35th Anniversary series. It made its debut in the fall of 2017 and included the GA-135A-1A, GA-735A-1A, GA-835A-1A, GG-1035A-1A Mudmaster, and GW-5035A-1. These models have a new type of exterior surface created using extra particles in the resin mix to absorb light and provide a more textured look. The result is an extremely matte finish that has a uniquely high-quality look. Of the five models the GW-5035A-1, which is a Tough Solar/Multi-Band 6 model with a stainless steel screw-back case, is the most sought after by collectors and fans.