Quick Jump: 15 Best G-Shock Watches List
The G-Central Top 15 is a list of the overall best G-Shock watches for 2018. The criteria for ranking 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.
Why Buy A G-Shock? G-Shock watches are regarded as the toughest watches in the world and every G-Shock model is designed to take an extreme amount of abuse that would render most other watches broken and useless. The raised bezels of G-Shock watches provide impact protection and the superb 200-meter water resistance allows G-Shock watches to be used for any activity in any environment. The quartz movement of a G-Shock is highly accurate and some models are equipped with automatic time syncing features that ensure total accuracy on daily basis. The basic features like the stopwatch and timer can be useful in everyday life and more advanced features are available for specific outdoor activities. G-Shock watches generally don’t need any maintenance and can be trusted to operate as intended. Not only are G-Shock watches extremely durable and practical, they also offer a rugged style that is unmatched by other brands. G-Shock has evolved into a popular streetwear fashion brand that offers a huge variety of unique timepieces.
About G-Shock Features: All current Casio G-Shock watches feature shock resistance and 200-meter water resistance. Also most G-Shocks have a daily alarm or multiple alarms with a snooze alarm, world time (except for the most basic models), EL or LED backlight, stopwatch, countdown timer, adjustable hourly time signal, auto calendar, button tone on/off, and 12/24 hour time format. Some G-Shock watches have other useful features like Tough Solar power (chargeable by the sun or flourescent lighting) and Multi-Band 6 (automatic time calibration 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. Bluetooth mobile link is becoming more common in mid-range and high-end models. For a list of more features see our G-Shock glossary.
We have attempted to include a broad range of G-Shock models in our Top 15 and there are many deserving models that we had to exclude. To learn more about the entire range of G-Shock watches see our Beginner’s Guide to G-Shock Watches. For more G-Shock selections see all of our G-Shock Buying Guides and for the most affordable selections see Cheap Basic G-Shock Watches.
G-Central’s #1 G-Shock: GW-M5610-1 Solar-Powered with Radio Wave Time-Syncing:
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15. G-STEEL GST-B100-1A Large Analog Watch
Stainless steel G-Shock with Tough Solar power and Bluetooth connectivity
The G-STEEL GST-B100-1A continues G-Shock’s push towards classier analog watches with innovative features while maintaining the brand’s legendary toughness. The fully analog GSTB100-1A features Tough Solar power and uses a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone to automatically synchronize the time through 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 GST-B100-1A has a tough stainless steel body. The GST-B100-1A 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 a black resin band for its more affordable price and easy adjustability.
PROS: Mainstream style, solar-powered, Bluetooth mobile link
CONS: Requires a smartphone to adjust settings
BEST FOR: Office, travel, those living out of range of Multi-Band 6 signals
14. G-Shock DW-9052-1V Digital Military Watch
An affordable and trusted military favorite
The DW-9052-1V is referred to as the “standard issue” G-Shock and 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 more expensive models. The DW-9052-1V 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.
PROS: Inexpensive, front EL backlight button
CONS: Maybe not at stylish as other G-Shock models
BEST FOR: Military, extreme sports
13. G-Shock GA-800-1A Traditional-Style Analog-Digital Watch
A smaller G-Shock with a third analog hand and unique stopwatch features
The GA-800-1A has a number of unique features. It is the only smaller “mid-size” G-Shock (48.6 mm wide) with a third analog hand to display the second (a feature usually reserved for higher-end models). It is also the only mid-size analog G-Shock with a front-facing light button for easy and quick access. This watch also has a one-press stopwatch button that will activate the stopwatch immediately from timekeeping mode and a 120-record lap time memory which includes the date and time. These features make the GA-800-1A a recommended choice for sports and training. The three-handed design and smaller size also make it a good choice for the first-time G-Shock buyer who wants a more traditional style of watch and who may be apprehensive about the larger size of other G-Shock models.
PROS: Traditional analog style, one-press stopwatch start, lap time memory
CONS: Not solar (approximate 3-year battery life), no world time (but has dual time)
BEST FOR: Sports, training, all-around
12. G-Shock GA-700UC-5A Extra-Large Analog Watch
An extra-large analog-digital model with front light button and 5-year battery
The GA-700 Series was introduced in late 2016 and is on its way to becoming 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 than other non-solar analog G-Shock watches. It also has a dedicated button to start the stopwatch with one press from timekeeping mode, and a target time alert. The GA-700 continues the recent G-Shock trend of an extra-large rugged case (53.4 mm-wide, larger than a GA-100) combined with a 3D index and large analog hands. The face also includes an LCD display for features like world time, stopwatch, countdown timer, 5 daily alarms with 1 snooze alarm, and 12/24 hour format. The khaki GA-700UC-5A pictured here is part of the military-inspired Utility Color Series which also includes an olive green and dark gray model.
PROS: Longest battery life for a non-solar analog G-Shock, front LED light button, large buttons
CONS: Reverse LCD display may be hard to see in low light
BEST FOR: Sports, all-purpose
11. G-Shock GX-56BB-1 Extra-Large Solar Digital Watch
An extra large, extra rugged digital G-Shock with solar power
Watches from the GX-56 line are nicknamed “The King” by G-Shock fans for their large size and dominant appearance. The GX-56BB-1 measures 55.5 x 53.6 x 17.5 mm and is one of the largest all-digital G-Shock watches. It is one of the few digital G-Shock watches that utilizes Alpha Gel in its interior for superior shock protection. The case is modeled after the original square G-Shock but in a much larger form designed for extreme impacts from all angles with extra-large guarded buttons and mud resistance. The GX-56 is a cult-favorite and regarded as one of the toughest G-Shock watches, but is not for those who are reluctant to wear large watches.
PROS: Extremely rugged, solar-powered
CONS: Will look very large on smaller wrists
BEST FOR: Large men, those who demand extreme shock protection
10. G-Shock G-9300-1 Mudman Solar Compass Watch
Solar-powered digital G-Shock with compass and thermometer sensors
Though flashier models have taken the spotlight recently, the G-9300-1 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 G-9300-1 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.
PROS: Smallest and most affordable compass sensor G-Shock
CONS: Buttons are harder to press due to mud-resistant design
BEST FOR: Hiking, trekking, travel, military
9. G-Shock GAS-100B-1A Extra-Large Solar Analog Watch
The most affordable extra-large analog G-Shock with Tough Solar power
Before the GAS-100 series, analog-style G-Shock watches with Tough Solar power were either the smaller models or the larger but much 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 GAS-100B-1A forgoes the stainless steel body in favor of a resin case and an integrated stainless steel bezel coated with a black ion plating. The GAS-100B-1A continues the G-Shock tradition of rugged good looks combined with useful technology. As analog G-Shock watches 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.
PROS: Solar-powered, large display, large buttons
CONS: The small reverse LCD displays may be hard to read
BEST FOR: All-purpose
8. G-Shock GWG-100-1A8 Mudmaster Solar Watch
A smaller Mudmaster with solar power and radio time calibration
The GWG-100-1A8 is a slightly smaller Mudmaster than the original GWG-1000 at 54.9 mm wide versus 56.1 mm. It lacks the front light button and Triple Sensor of the original but does have Tough Solar power and Multi-Band 6 radio time calibration for maintenance-free operation. It is also mud-resistant and is one of the few G-Shock watches with the Neon Illuminator, a blacklight LED that makes the hands and marker glow vividly in the dark. This makes the GWG-100-1A8 a good choice for those who work or spend a lot of time in dark environments. The Neon Illuminator, along with a second Super Illuminator LED light for the LCD display, can be set to automatically activate in the dark with a turn of the wrist. The GWG-100-1A8 is black with red accents and a gray band, reflecting the traditional G-Shock colors. The GWG-100 line also includes an all-black model and one with an olive green band.
PROS: Tough Solar power, Multi-Band 6 radio time sync, Neon Illuminator
CONS: No front light button like the GWG-1000
BEST FOR: Nighttime use, extreme outdoor activities
7. G-Shock GW-6900-1 Mid-Size Solar Digital Watch
A proven classic case design favored for military use, combined with modern features
The GW-6900-1 is the most advanced version of the popular 6900 line and features Tough Solar power and Multi-Band 6 automatic radio time syncing. This model has one of the most iconic and long-running G-Shock cases along with the 5600 series. It started off as the DW-6600 in 1994 which was the first G-Shock to use the “EL backlight” that illuminates the entire background of the display, and it was known as the Navy SEAL G-Shock. The GW-6900-1 retains the same user-friendliness as the DW-6600 and its successor the DW-6900 but with more advanced features like world time, multiple (5) daily alarms, and a full auto EL backlight (that can be set to automatically activate in the dark with a turn of the wrist), as well as the usual features like stopwatch and countdown timer. With its straightforward design and easy-access front backlight button, the GW-6900-1 is recommended for military use or any job that demands reliable timekeeping. The GW6900-1 is a mid-size watch that is also suitable for smaller wrists but it wears a little larger than the 5600 line.
PROS: Solar power and auto time adjustment, front EL backlight button
CONS: No sensors
BEST FOR: Military, work, all-purpose
GW-6900-1 on Amazon GW-6900-1 on eBay
6. G-Shock GWN-1000B-1B Gulfmaster Solar Analog-Digital Watch
Excellent value with a classy analog-digital design and the Triple Sensor
The GWN-1000B-1B Gulfmaster is one of the most feature-rich G-Shock models available with Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, and Triple Sensor (alti-barometer, compass, thermometer). It is also one of the most visually appealing with its large round face and easy-to-read analog hands. The electronic Smart Access crown allows easier and quicker adjustments of the settings than a button-only digital model. 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 and also includes a tide graph and moon data. It is a good choice for a higher-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.
PROS: Most affordable Triple Sensor analog G-Shock, tide graph, metal strap keeper
CONS: Reverse LCD display may be difficult to read in some conditions
BEST FOR: Boating and maritime use
GWN-1000B-1B on Amazon GWN-1000 on eBay
5. G-Shock GA-100-1A1 Large Analog-Digital Watch
A simple but effective best-selling model favored by law enforcement
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 GA-100-1A1 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 one of the safest choices.
PROS: Classic large case, straightforward design, high-visibility analog hands
CONS: Estimated 2-year battery life
BEST FOR: Police, outdoor jobs, all-purpose
GA-100-1A1 on Amazon GA-100-1A1 on eBay
4. G-Shock GWF-1000-1 Frogman ISO Diver’s Watch
The premier diving G-Shock with ISO-compliant 200M water resistance
The 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 GWF-1000 is the best Frogman ever produced (see update below) and also the toughest looking. 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.
PROS: ISO Diver’s 200M compliant, Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, screw-lock case back, stainless steel inner case, made in Japan
BEST FOR: Scuba diving
Update: Casio released the new GWFD1000B-1 Frogman in 2016, but the GWF1000-1 remains in the top ten due its more affordable price.
GWF1000-1 on Amazon GWF1000-1 on eBay
3. G-Shock GWG-1000-1A3 Mudmaster Solar Analog-Digital Watch
The toughest-looking analog-digital G-Shock with Triple Sensor
The GWG-1000-1A3 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.
PROS: Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, Triple Sensor, sapphire crystal, very rugged design
CONS: Reverse LCD display
BEST FOR: Large wrists, extreme environments
GWG-1000 on Amazon GWG-1000 on eBay
2. G-Shock GW-9400-1 Rangeman Solar Digital Survival Watch
An affordable fan-favorite with survival features
The GW-9400 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 offers 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. As an advanced G-Shock 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.
PROS: Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, Triple Sensor, sunrise/sunset data
CONS: Large for a digital model
BEST FOR: Hiking, hunting, outdoor recreation, survival
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1. G-Shock GW-M5610-1 Solar Digital Watch
Stays true to the original G-Shock case design with modern features added
The GW-M5610-1 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 GW-M5610-1 is a good choice for the first-time G-Shock buyer who wants a no-nonsense watch for any purpose. The classic, timeless styling of the original G-Shock combined with modern features at an affordable price are the reasons the GW-M5610-1 is our top pick. For a more affordable version see the DW5600E-1V which lacks the solar power, radio time calibration, world time, and full auto backlight. For the ultimate tribute to the original G-Shock, consider the GW-5000-1JF, a Japan-only screw-back model with superior build quality.
PROS: Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, iconic original design, slim profile, lightweight
CONS: Will look small on very large wrists
BEST FOR: All-purpose
GW-M5610-1 on Amazon GW-M5610-1 on eBay
For more options please see all of our G-Shock Buying Guides.