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The G-Central Top 20 is a list of the overall best G-Shock watches for 2017. The criteria for evaluation include features, style, value, and popularity. This list is ever-evolving and regularly updated to include the most current G-Shock releases. We’ve included a wide range of G-Shock models with a variety of features and styles to help you find the best G-Shock watch that fits your needs and taste.
About G-Shock Features: All Casio G-Shock watches feature shock resistance against impacts and 200-meter water resistance. Also most G-Shock watches have a daily alarm or multiple alarms with snooze alarm, world time (except for the most basic models), EL or LED backlight, stopwatch, countdown timer, adjustable hourly time signal, auto calendar, and 12/24 hour time format. Some G-Shock watches have other useful features like Tough Solar (with a solar-powered rechargeable battery) and Multi-Band 6 (automatic time adjustment via radio wave reception, a.k.a. “Wave Ceptor” or “Radio Controlled”). Some high-end G-Shock watches such as those in the professional Master of G line have the Triple Sensor including an altimeter-barometer, compass, and thermometer.
In addition to the overall top ten G-Shock watches, we’ve also compiled the Best G-Shock Watch By Category list. These selections should give you a good overview of the G-Shock lineup, but for more information about the whole range we’ve also included the Beginner’s Guide to G-Shock Watches. For more options see all of our G-Shock Buying Guides.
Top 5 Best G-Shocks: Quick View
|Style||Size||Top Features||Good For|
|5. G-Shock GA100-1A1||Analog-Digital||L||World Time, Stopwatch, Timer||Outdoor Jobs|
|4. GWF1000-1 Frogman||Digital||L||Solar, Multi-Band 6, Tide, ISO Diver's 200M, Steel Case||Diving|
|3. GWG1000-1A3 Mudmaster||Analog-Digital||XL||Solar, Multi-Band 6, Triple Sensor, Mud/Dust Resist||Desert and Jungle|
|2. GW9400-1 Rangeman||Digital||L||Solar, Multi-Band 6, Triple Sensor, Mud/Dust Resist||Outdoor Recreation|
|1. G-Shock GWM5610-1||Digital||M||Solar, Multi-Band 6, EL Backlight||All-Purpose|
G-Central Top 20 Best G-Shock Watches: Reviews
20. G-Shock G100-1BV Mid-Size Analog-Digital Sports Watch
A consistent best-seller found on many top ten lists, the G-Shock G100-1BV is the most affordable analog-style G-Shock available. This mid-size watch has a simple, classic design and like every G-Shock it is shock-resistant and water-resistant to 200 meters. This model has the distinction of being one of the only analog-digital G-Shock watches with a high-visibility EL backlight for the LCD display (as other models like the GA100 use a LED light). The G100-1BV is a good choice for those who need a second watch for weekend activities and prefer the analog style. However, it should be noted that this model lacks world time and a countdown timer, and only has one alarm.
19. G-STEEL GSTB100-1A Large Tough Solar Analog Watch with Bluetooth
The G-STEEL GSTB100-1A continues G-Shock’s push into more mainstream-style analog watches while maintaining toughness and adding innovative new features. The fully analog GSTB100-1A features Tough Solar power and uses a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone to automatically synchronize the time though internet time servers and adjust the watch settings. There is also a phone finder function to locate a misplaced phone. As part of the G-STEEL line, the GSTB100-1A has a tough stainless steel body. The GSTB100-1A is a good choice for travelers and those who want their watch to always be as accurate as possible but live outside of Multi-Band 6 range and don’t have the budget for a G-Shock with GPS timekeeping. It is currently the most affordable model with the Bluetooth time-syncing capability. The GST-B100 line is also available in more upscale versions with a stainless steel band or carbon fiber bezel, but we suggest the GSTB100-1A with black resin band for its more affordable price and easy adjustibility.
18. G-Shock DW9052-1V Affordable Digital Military Watch
The DW9052-1V is referred to as the “standard issue” G-Shock and it is often seen worn by military personnel around the world. It is one of the cheapest G-Shock watches available but is just as tough as any other. The DW9052-1V has an extra-rugged case design with button guards and an easily-accessible front EL backlight button. For those who need maximum visibility in the dark, the EL backlight on this model illuminates the entire LCD display from behind for easy viewing. This basic model also has a stopwatch, countdown timer, and daily alarm.
17. G-Shock GA800-1A Mid-Size Analog-Digital Watch with 3 Hands
Before the GA800-1A, the affordable range of analog-style G-Shock watches were limited to two hands with second data displayed on an LCD subdisplay, with three-hand models relegated to the upper range of the lineup. The GA800-1A changes that by being a three-handed analog G-Shock with an affordable price. It has the distinction of being a smaller, mid-size G-Shock and the only affordable analog model along with the GA-700 with a front-facing LED button. It also has a dedicated stopwatch start button and a lap memory that holds 120 sets of data. The GA800-1A is recommended for those who want a more traditional analog-style watch that is extremely rugged.
16. G-Shock GMAS130-4A Women’s Analog-Digital Watch with Step Tracker
The GMA-S130 series is the first G-Shock with a step tracker. It is also part of the S Series designed for the smaller wrists of women, with a case that is 30% smaller than a G-Shock GA-100-series case. The step counting function includes a step count history, step count graph, and step goal progress. There is also a step reminder function that gives an alert when too much inactivity is detected, and a 30 lap time memory. While the GMA-S130 is designed for athletes and the fitness-oriented, the simple and straightforward design makes it a good choice for any woman. We don’t mean to promote gender stereotypes but we do like the look of this pastel pink GMAS130-4A. The GMA-S130 is also available in unisex white and black colors.
15. G-Shock GX56BB-1 Extra-Large Digital Watch with Tough Solar
Once feared to be discontinued, the GX-56 series made a welcome return with the all-black GX56BB-1. The GX56BB-1, known as “The King” by fans online, is considered by many to be the ultimate digital G-Shock due to its sheer size and imposing nature. It is one of the largest G-Shock watches at 53.6 millimeters wide. Casio designed the GX-56 to be the most rugged digital G-Shock able to withstand extreme punishment and impacts from every direction. In addition to being solar-powered, it is also mud-resistant with protected buttons. The retro nature of this watch combined with its intimidating size and cult appeal makes it an all-time great in a class of its own. We’re not certain that the GX56BB-1 will be around much longer or if there will be more models added to the GX-56 family, so it might be best not to hesitate on this one.
14. G-Shock GD100-1B Large Digital Sports Watch
For those who want the large G-Shock case but prefer an all-digital display, the GD100-1B is one of the most affordable options. This model has a stealthy look with subtle gray bezel lettering and a dark reverse LCD display. It shares the same exterior case as the popular GA100 analog-digital watch (seen below). The main advantage of the GD100-1B over the GA100 is its estimated 7-year battery life (versus 2-year for the GA100). As a G-Shock watch with a subtle, no-nonsense look, the GD100-1B is a good choice for military or work use.
13. G-Shock GA700-1B Extra-Large Analog Watch with Front LED Button
The GA-700 Series was introduced in late 2016 and is likely to become another classic. It is the first affordable analog-digital G-Shock watch with a convenient front-facing LED light button. Another standout feature is the estimated 5-year battery life which is much longer compared to other non-solar analog models. The GA-700 continues the recent G-Shock trend of a large rugged case (53.4 mm-wide) combined with a 3D index and large analog hands. The face also includes an LCD subdisplay for features like world time, stopwatch, countdown timer, 4 daily alarms and 1 snooze alarm, and 12/24 hour format.
12. G-Shock DW5600E-1V Classic Tough Digital Sports Watch
The DW5600E-1V is the closest model to the first-ever G-Shock watch introduced in 1983. This is the classic “square” G-Shock case that started the brand and would become an international symbol for toughness and reliability. The DW5600E-1V is a very affordable model with an EL backlight and basic features like stopwatch, countdown timer, and daily alarm. Though we prefer the more advanced solar-powered GWM5610 (seen below), the DW5600E-1V is a good choice for the first-time G-Shock buyer who wants the toughest watch for the least amount of money.
11. G-Shock GAS100B-1A Extra-Large Analog Resin Watch with Tough Solar
Before the GAS-100 series, analog-style G-Shock watches with Tough Solar power were either smaller models or larger, more expensive high-end models. The GAS100B-1A is the first large analog and solar-powered G-Shock in the more affordable price range. Sharing the same module and display style as the G-STEEL GST-S100, the GAS100B-1A forgoes the stainless steel body in favor of a resin case, though it does have an integrated stainless steel bezel coated with a black ion plating. The GAS100B-1A continues the G-Shock tradition of rugged good looks combined with useful technology. As analog G-Shock watches usually consume battery power at a faster rate than digital models, the Tough Solar feature is particularly helpful in this model and keeps the rechargeable battery constantly powered up with exposure to the sun.
10. G-Shock G9300-1 Mudman Solar Watch with Compass & Thermometer
Though flashier models have taken the spotlight recently, the G9300-1 Mudman remains a solid performer that offers excellent value. Equipped with Tough Solar power and a Twin Sensor (with compass and thermometer), the Mudman is a maintenance-free digital watch with features everyone can use. The G9300-1 is a large-case model but is the smallest G-Shock watch with a compass sensor. The Mudman line goes way back to the 1980s and was responsible for laying the foundation for the Master of G series of professional-grade G-Shock watches. The current Mudman retains the extra-rugged mud-and-dust-resistant structure while maintaining a classic G-Shock look which is understated yet tough.
9. G-Shock AWGM100B-1A Mid-Size Solar Analog-Digital Watch
With its conservative styling and relatively smaller size, the AWGM100B-1A is a good entry point for a first G-Shock. The AWGM100B-1A has Tough Solar power and Multi-Band 6, so the battery won’t need to be replaced regularly and the time will be automatically synced to atomic clocks if within range of the six radio transmitters around the world. The black IP stainless steel bezel combined with the resin case give this watch a classy look that wouldn’t be out of place in an office. Other features include world time, 5 daily alarms, stopwatch, countdown timer, and LED light with afterglow. This is a great all-around G-Shock for someone who just wants a simple watch to tell the time with and not have to worry about maintenance at all. Since the LCD subdisplays are small, if you plan to use the digital functions a lot it may be better to go with an all-digital model.
8. G-STEEL GSTS130L-1A Solar Stainless Steel Watch with Leather Band
The GSTS130L-1A is part of the G-Shock G-Steel line that offers more upscale yet affordable solar-powered watches with bodies constructed of stainless steel and resin. This model features a dual-layer guard structure that consists of an inner urethane bezel and an outer stainless steel bezel for superior shock protection. The GSTS130L-1A is part of the Tough Leather series which is the first line of G-Shock watches to include a synthetic leather-style band that is resistant to scratches and water. We prefer this model for its classic color scheme and standard LCD displays with black digits for easy viewing. In addition to its analog hour and minute hands the watch has three digital subdisplays to show the day, date, and second data and for functions like the stopwatch and countdown timer. It also has a hand concealment function that will move the hands out of the way in order to view the LCD displays. Other features include Tough Solar power, dual LED light, world time, 5 daily alarms, hourly time signal, auto calendar, and 12/24 hour formats.
7. G-Shock DW6900-1V Mid-Size Digital Watch with EL Backlight
The DW6900-1V is one of the most affordable G-Shock watches available. It is a basic G-Shock model with a stopwatch, countdown timer, and alarm, but it lacks the features of pricier models such as world time, multiple alarms, and an auto-activated backlight. The DW6900 series followed the DW6600 which was the first model to feature the high-visibility electro-luminescent (EL) backlight and was known as the Navy SEAL G-Shock. The iconic DW6900 became one of the top-selling series and has been going strong for over 20 years. The easy-access front backlight button makes it a popular choice for military use. It is also one of the smaller G-Shock models for those who don’t want the typically large size. The DW6900-1V is a fine example of G-Shock’s best qualities: timeless design, extreme durability, and reliable functionality.
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6. GWN1000B-1B Gulfmaster Solar Analog-Digital Maritime Watch
The GWN1000 Gulfmaster is one of the most feature-rich G-Shock models available with Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, Triple Sensor (alti/barometer-compass-thermometer), and tide/moon data. It is also one of the most visually appealing with its large round face and easy-to-read analog hands. At 55.8 millimeters wide it is a large watch but it looks smaller in person and it is comfortable to wear. The Gulfmaster line also comes in a variety of color schemes, making it one of the more stylish of the large specialty G-Shock watches. As its name suggests, the Gulfmaster was designed for boaters and maritime use. It is a good choice for a high-end analog-style G-Shock that won’t break the bank and it is one of the best values for a Triple Sensor G-Shock. For all color options see our listing of all Gulfmaster GWN-1000 models.
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5. G-Shock GA100-1A1 Large Analog-Digital Watch
Part of the new breed of large analog-digital G-Shock watches that revitalized the brand in the 2010s, the GA-100 is one of the best-selling models and has become a modern classic. The GA-100 series reaffirmed G-Shock’s status as an innovator of practical and attractive timepieces. The GA100-1A1 features a design inspired by an airplane’s instrument panel with high-contrast analog hands and an anti-magnetic structure. It also has an LCD display for functions like the stopwatch and countdown timer. Other features include an auto LED light, world time, and 5 daily alarms. The GA100-1A1 is a popular choice for police and other uniformed workers. Millennials view the GA-100 series as an iconic G-Shock case and tend to favor the large analog style over the digital models. For gifts or first time G-Shock buyers, it is likely the safest choice.
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4. GWF1000-1 Frogman ISO Diver’s 200M Watch
The Casio G-Shock Frogman is one of the most beloved and storied lines of G-Shock watches dating back to 1993. It remains a favorite of hardcore fans and those who want a premium G-Shock. In addition to Tough Solar it now has Multi-Band 6 plus tide and moon phase graphs. Unlike the average G-Shock, the Frogman module is housed in a full stainless steel inner case and the watch is manufactured in Japan which accounts for the higher price. From a technical standpoint the GWF1000 is the best Frogman ever produced (see update below) and also the toughest-looking one yet. When it comes to all-digital G-Shocks the Frogman is the big daddy and the limited edition models are highly coveted. As the only G-Shock with ISO 6425 water resistance to 200 meters and a dive time and surface interval measurement function, the Frogman is the best G-Shock for serious diving use.
Update: Casio released the new GWFD1000B-1 Frogman in 2016, but the GWF1000-1 remains in the top ten for now due its more affordable price.
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3. GWG1000-1A3 Mudmaster Solar Analog-Digital Sensor Watch
The GWG1000-1A3 Mudmaster made its debut in the fall of 2015 and was the most highly anticipated new model since the Rangeman. The Mudmaster is a serious analog-digital upgrade of the popular Mudman model and is part of Casio’s push into higher-end analog G-Shock watches. The Mudmaster looks like the beefy Rangeman combined with an analog watch, making it the best-looking tactical-style analog G-Shock. It inherits the Rangeman’s guarded button structure and is resistant to mud and dust, and also adds resistance to extreme vibration for its analog movement. It is an “ABC watch” with a Triple Sensor that includes an altimeter, barometer, compass, and thermometer. It also has Tough Solar power, Multi-Band 6 radio wave timekeeping, and a sapphire crystal for extra scratch-resistance. At 59.5 × 56.1 × 18.0 mm it’s one of the largest G-Shock watches. The Rangeman and Gulfmaster offer similar features and better value, but the Mudmaster offers an extremely confident look as it embodies the best elements of G-Shock design and takes the analog style to a new level of toughness. It’s billed as the ideal watch for rescue workers and it will certainly appeal to those in other physically demanding professions as well.
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2. G-Shock GW9400-1 Rangeman Solar Digital Survival Watch
The GW9400 Rangeman is the most popular watch in Casio’s Master of G signature G-Shock line of professional-use watches. Its success can be attributed to the Triple Sensor (compass/thermometer/altimeter-barometer) feature, its aggressively bulky appearance that gives it extreme shock protection, and its reasonable price. The Rangeman is resistant to mud and dust with its protected button structure and the sensors are easily accessed with a single button. It is a good choice for those who like the old-school tough-style of G-Shock watch but also want the latest features at an affordable price. It is one of the most functional tactical watches available with features like sunrise/sunset data, low temperature resistance, 1000-hour stopwatch, 24-hour countdown timer, and 40 record memory for date/time, bearing, and atmospheric pressure/temperature readings. Of course it also has Tough Solar and Multi-Band 6. It is the best pick for a serious all-around outdoor or survival watch as its digital structure will theoretically handle more abuse than a watch with mechanical moving parts. If you could only have one G-Shock, the Rangeman would likely be the best choice. For more Rangeman options like different colors and carbon fiber insert bands, see all Rangeman models.
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1. G-Shock GWM5610-1 Solar Digital Watch with Radio Time Sync
The GWM5610-1 is a direct descendant of the first ever G-Shock, the DW-5000C that started it all in 1983. The GWM5610-1 has the same classic square shape as the original and adds modern features like Tough Solar power and Multi-Band 6 time syncing through radio wave reception. The 5600 series is a good choice for those who prefer a standard size G-Shock rather than the extra-large models. With a thickness of 12.7 mm, the GWM5610-1 is one of the thinnest G-Shock watches and is an unobtrusive timepiece for work or play. The GWM5610-1 is a good choice for the first time G-Shock buyer who wants a no-nonsense watch for all purposes. The classic, timeless styling of the original G-Shock combined with modern features at an affordable price is the reason the GWM5610-1 is our pick for the best G-Shock.
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