Quick Jump: 20 Best G-Shock Watches
The G-Central Top 20 is a list of the overall best G-Shock watches for 2021. Our criteria for ranking include features, style, value, and popularity. This list is ever-evolving and regularly updated to include some of the most recent G-Shock releases. We’ve included a wide variety of G-Shock models to help you find the best watch for your needs.
Why Should You Buy A G-Shock? Casio G-Shock watches are widely 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 excellent 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 precise accuracy on a daily basis. The basic features like the stopwatch and timer are 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 fashionably rugged style that is unmatched by other brands. In addition to making useful tool watches, G-Shock has evolved into a popular streetwear fashion brand that offers a large variety of unique timepieces.
About G-Shock Features: All current G-Shock watches feature shock resistance and 200-meter water resistance. Most G-Shocks also have a daily alarm or multiple alarms, world time, EL backlight or LED light, stopwatch, countdown timer, adjustable hourly time signal, auto calendar, button tone on/off, and 12/24 hour time format. The most basic and affordable models lack some features such as multiple alarms, world time, button tone on/off, and auto light activation. Some G-Shocks have other useful features like Tough Solar power (rechargeable by the sun and fluorescent lighting) 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 have the Triple Sensor including a pressure sensor (altimeter-barometer), compass, and thermometer. Bluetooth smartphone link is becoming more common in mid-range and high-end models and allows the watch to sync the time through the internet. For a list of more features, see our G-Shock glossary.
There are many other deserving models that had to be excluded from our Top 20 list below. There is really no such thing as a bad G-Shock, and it mainly boils down to personal preference. 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 Basic G-Shock Watches Around $50.
G-Central’s 20 Best G-Shock Watches for 2021
20. G-Shock GA-900 Analog-Digital With Long-Life Battery
The GA-900 has the distinction of having the longest estimated battery life (7 years) of any non-solar G-Shock with an analog display. The style is inspired by industrial and construction equipment, and the yellow accents on this GA-900-1A bring to mind the Caterpillar company. With its decagonal bezel, prominent front screws, and bumpers, it sort of resembles a mini-Mudmaster. The watch also has a front LED light button, 1/100 second stopwatch, 60-minute countdown timer, and 5 alarms.
PROS: Longest battery life for non-solar analog G-Shock
CONS: Busy dial, no second LED light for LCD, no auto light
BEST FOR: Daytime use
19. G-Shock G-STEEL GST-B400 Solar Stainless Steel Analog-Digital
A more formal and maintenance-free solar G-Shock
For a more formal-looking G-Shock that can be worn everywhere but is still in the mid-range in terms of price, the GST-B400AD-1A4 is the natural choice. Watches from the GST-B400 series are the slimmest G-STEEL models available. The GST-B400 is also solar-powered and can automatically adjust the time through a Bluetooth-connected smartphone, for maintenance-free operation. The Bluetooth connectivity improves functionality and adds other features (such as expanded 300-city world time, time & place log, reminder notification, and phone finder), but as with other Bluetooth-equipped G-Shocks, it is not absolutely necessary, and the watch can be set up and operated without using Bluetooth at all. The GST-B400AD-1A4 has a stainless steel bezel and band, and there is another model available with a resin band.
PROS: Tough Solar, Bluetooth, slimmest G-STEEL model
CONS: No sensors
BEST FOR: Work, social settings, travel
18. G-Shock GBD-H1000 Fitness Watch with Heart Rate Monitor
G-Shock’s most advanced fitness watch
The G-Shock GBD-H1000 is equipped with a brand-leading five sensors, including an optical heart rate monitor, step counter, pressure sensor (altimeter and barometer), compass (with auto horizontal compensation), and thermometer. It also has GPS, mainly used to measure distance and pace. (It can also show a map of a route traveled on the MOVE smartphone app and location coordinates for your current position.) Advanced fitness features such as V02 max calculation, training data analysis, and automatic training plan creation are useful for serious runners. The GBD-H1000 has an MIP LCD that is the best digital display available in a G-Shock. The watch also has solar-assisted charging, but if using more than the most basic timekeeping and step counting features, USB charging is required. The GBD-H1000 also has smartphone messaging notifications and vibration alerts, and it is one of the only G-Shock watches that can automatically sync the time anywhere in the world with a GPS signal. The GBD-H1000 is simply one of the most advanced G-Shock watches available.
PROS: Quad Sensor, GPS, solar charging, Bluetooth, vibration alerts
CONS: Very large compared to other large G-Shocks
BEST FOR: Runners, athletes, outdoorspeople
17. 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 it 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 excellent visibility in the dark, the EL backlight illuminates the entire LCD display with a blue/green hue 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-Shocks
BEST FOR: Military, extreme sports
16. G-Shock DW-5600E-1V Classic Square Digital Watch
The original G-Shock lives on as an ultra-affordable model.
If you’re just looking for a “beater” watch for weekends and recreation, you can’t go wrong with the DW-5600E-1V. In the U.S., it’s one of the most affordable G-Shock watches and usually the cheapest. The DW-5600E-1V is based on the original “square” G-Shock case from 1983 and has basic features such as a 1/100-second stopwatch, 24-hour countdown timer, single alarm, and EL backlight with afterglow. A few things to keep in mind about this basic model: it doesn’t have world time and you can’t turn the button sound off.
PROS: Affordable, slim profile, iconic case
CONS: Has only the most basic features
BEST FOR: All-around
15. G-Shock MTG-B1000 Analog Stainless Steel Watch
Ruggedness and beauty meet in a great all-around timepiece.
The MTG-B1000 strikes the perfect balance of G-Shock ruggedness and contemporary stainless steel styling. It also started the trend of smaller analog-digital G-Shock watches, after they got larger and larger in the 2010s. It’s been described as “mid-size” by Casio, but we’d say it’s more like a large size (when categorizing G-Shocks as small, mid-size, large, and extra-large). The MTG-B1000 has advanced and premium features like a sapphire crystal, Tough Solar power, Multi-Band 6 automatic radio time-sync, Bluetooth smartphone link, and Triple G Resist (for protection against shock, gravitational force, and heavy vibration). The MTG-B1000 can fulfill many roles and be at home in a variety of settings.
The MTG-B1000 series is also available in different colors and with metallic bands.
PROS: Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, Bluetooth, sapphire crystal, contemporary style
CONS: Heavier than the average G-Shock at 125 grams (with resin band)
BEST FOR: Work, social settings, travel
14. G-Shock GA-700-1B 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 modern classic. It was the first affordable analog-digital G-Shock watch with a convenient front-facing LED light button. Another standout feature is the approximate 5-year battery life which is one of the longest for a non-solar analog G-Shock watch. It also has a dedicated one-press button to start the stopwatch from timekeeping mode and a target time alert. The GA-700 has an extra-large rugged case (53.4 millimeters-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 basic black GA-700-1B is a best-seller, and other popular military-inspired colors are available in the Utility Color Series seen above.
PROS: Long battery life, front LED light button, large buttons
CONS: Reverse LCD display may be hard to see in low light
BEST FOR: Sports, outdoors, all-purpose
13. G-Shock GA-800-1A Traditional-Style Analog-Digital Watch
A mid-size G-Shock with a three-handed analog display 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 millimeters wide) with a third analog hand to display the second (a feature usually reserved for higher-end models). It is also one of the few mid-size analog G-Shocks with a front-facing light button for easy 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 that includes the date and time. These features make the GA-800-1A a recommended choice for sports and training, though its straightforward design makes it suitable for anyone who needs a weekend watch. The three-handed design and smaller size may appeal the first-time G-Shock buyer who wants a more traditional style and who may be apprehensive about the larger sizes 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: Training, sports, all-around
12. G-Shock G-SQUAD GBA-900 Fitness Watch
Affordable step-counting G-Shock watch for running and fitness
The GBA-900 is G-Shock’s latest affordable fitness model from its popular G-SQUAD line, and it has a number of improvements over its predecessor, including a self-calibrating step counter that will adjust itself for more accurate for offline use when it is used with a GPS-equipped smartphone. The stopwatch now has an auto lap feature that automatically records the time it takes to cover a certain distance. The watch also has a new 5-level exercise intensity graph and a daily goal attainment rate display. The battery life is approximately two years, and there is a low battery alert.
PROS: Step counter, Bluetooth smartphone link, specialized stopwatch with distance/pace display, interval timers, lap memory
CONS: Not solar, only available with inverted LCD display
BEST FOR: Running, walking, fitness
11. G-Shock GBD-200 Step Tracking Fitness Watch
MIP LCD display and advanced fitness features
The GBD-200 has advanced fitness features like a step counter, training functions (to measure and record distance, pace, and calories burned), and interval timers. Despite being one of the more advanced G-Shock watches, the GBD-200 is also one of the more affordable. The step counter can be calibrated by using it with a Bluetooth-connected, GPS-enabled smartphone, to improve its offline accuracy. The case is inspired by the classic square G-Shock with an octagonal bezel, and the high-contrast MIP LCD display provides superior legibility. There is a front light button for the auto LED backlight, and this is one of the few G-Shock models with a vibration alert setting.
PROS: Step counter, fitness features, Bluetooth, vibration alerts
CONS: No solar power
BEST FOR: Running, walking, training
10. G-Shock GG-B100-1A3 Mudmaster Sensor Watch
An affordable Mudmaster with the Triple Sensor and carbon fiber bezel
The GG-B100-1A3 Mudmaster improves on the popular GG-1000 series with the addition of a pressure sensor (altimeter and barometer) and step counter, a front light button, a carbon fiber bezel, and a carbon fiber reinforced case. The Bluetooth features include a mission log function to record the altitude and GPS location, a location indicator to display the distance and direction (with the LCD display and the second hand of the watch) of a destination, a calorie calculator, automatic time adjustment, and a phone finder function. The GG-B100 is also unique in that the order of the main menu on the watch can be customized.
PROS: Quad Sensor (with altimeter-barometer, compass, thermometer, and step tracker), Bluetooth smartphone link
CONS: Not solar-powered
BEST FOR: Trekking, extreme outdoor activities
9. 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 5000-5600 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 the DW-6600 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), along with the usual features like the 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 GW-6900-1 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
8. G-Shock GA-2100: Minimalist Analog-Digital with a Touch of Class
The GA-2100 is one of G-Shock’s most successful new series. The design is inspired by the octagonal bezel, case, and band of the original G-Shock, but with a round analog-digital display. The bezel strongly resembles the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, which has earned it the nickname the “CasiOak.” The minimalist, blackout GA-2100-1A1 was a bestseller and sold out around the world in 2019, and though there have been sporadic restocks since then, Casio is still having trouble keeping up with the demand. New colorways also tend to sell out very quickly.
PROS: Elegant style, affordable, LCD display is backlit
CONS: LCD display is very small, often sells out quickly and is hard to find in stock
BEST FOR: Casual wear
7. G-Shock GMW-B5000D-1 Full-Metal Stainless Steel
The original G-Shock is reborn as a classy stainless steel watch.
When the GMW-B5000D-1 was first released during the 35th Anniversary in 2018, it was an absolute sensation and nearly impossible to get a hold of one. Now that things have calmed down, and it is readily available at non-inflated prices, we can wholeheartedly recommend it. The GMW-B5000D-1 is modeled after the original G-Shock but in a fully stainless steel form. Due to its lineage, features, and build quality, it is highly regarded by both G-Shock fanatics and general watch enthusiasts. It’s hard to argue that this isn’t the best-looking full-metal G-Shock ever made.
The GMW-B5000D-1 has full shock resistance and 200-meter water resistance like any other G-Shock. Casio also added the latest technology such as Tough Solar power, Multi-Band 6 automatic radio timekeeping, and Bluetooth mobile link, which allows the watch to automatically sync the time through a smartphone. The Bluetooth connection also provides other features such as easy watch setting, reminder alerts with descriptions, a time and place log, and a phone finder function. G-Shock purists will appreciate the full stainless steel inner case and screw-lock case back (like the original G-Shock DW-5000C).
The GMW-B5000 series is also available in other colors and titanium versions.
PROS: Stainless steel case , DLC-coated screw-back, solar-powered, Multi-Band 6 radio wave timekeeping, Bluetooth mobile link
CONS: Relatively heavy for a G-Shock
BEST FOR: G-Shock lovers
6. G-Shock GWF-A1000 Frogman Diver’s 200M Watch
The storied Frogman gets a makeover with an analog display
While all G-Shock watches have 200-meter water resistance, the Frogman is the only G-Shock with the ISO-certified “Diver’s 200M” designation, and it has buttons that are fully tested for underwater use. The GWF-A1000 is the first Frogman with an analog display, and it has an innovative and effective way of displaying the elapsed dive time by combining the hour and minute hands into a single hand to display the minutes elapsed, and using the hour and minute hands to display hours and minutes (with the second hand running in reverse) for surface interval time. The GWF-A1000 is also the first Frogman with a carbon monocoque case. While the MR-G series is positioned as the top of the G-Shock line and priced accordingly, many longtime fans will always consider the Frogman to be G-Shock’s top model.
PROS: ISO Divers 200M designation, Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, Bluetooth, Tide Graph
CONS: Some people are divided on the change to an analog display
BEST FOR: Diving, water sports
5. G-Shock GA-100-1A1 Large Analog-Digital Watch
A simple but effective best-selling model
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 fashionable 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 GA-100-1A1 is a popular choice for police and other uniformed workers. Younger people 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 who mainly need a watch to tell the time, this 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
4. G-Shock GW-5000U-1JF Origin Tribute Screw-Back Watch
Closest in design and spirit to the original G-Shock watch
Though this list originally excluded import models, the GW-5000U-1JF deserves a place because of its well-deserved status and popularity outside of Japan. What makes this watch special is that it is a tribute to the original G-Shock DW-5000C from 1983, but with updated technology. It is made in Japan, and it has a stainless steel inner case with a screw-lock case back and DLC coating. Also, it is not a limited edition but a regularly produced model in Japan, so it is not hard to find and purchase for a reasonable price. The outer face design has a cleaner and more subdued design, and the updated modern features include Tough Solar power and Multi-Band 6 automatic radio timekeeping. The original G-Shock from 1983 also had this inner stainless steel case and screw-back structure, but it was later abandoned for a resin inner case and a back plate held in place by four screws. With its superior build quality and classic lineage, the GW-5000U-1JF is one of the finest examples of a G-Shock. The new “U” version now offers an upgraded LED light and many improved functions. (For the differences between the GW-5000U-1JF and previous GW-5000-1JF, see our article about the Updated Module “U” Series. The GW-5000U-1ER is also available in Europe.)
PROS: Stainless steel inner case and screw-back with DLC coating, made in Japan, Tough Solar and Multi-Band 6, the original G-Shock case design
CONS: Must be imported, has a premium price
BEST FOR: G-Shock purists, watch collectors and enthusiasts
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 series. The Mudmaster resembles the beefy Rangeman combined with an analog watch, making it one of the best-looking tactical-style analog G-Shocks. It inherits the Rangeman’s guarded button structure and is resistant to mud and dust. Its analog movement is also resistant to extreme vibration. This “ABC” watch has the 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, the GWG-1000 is one of the larger G-Shock watches. The digital Rangeman GW-9400 and analog-digital Gulfmaster GWN-1000 offer similar features at lower prices, but the Mudmaster offers an extremely confident look that embodies the best elements of G-Shock design and takes the analog style to a new level of toughness. It is billed as the ideal watch for rescue workers, and it will certainly appeal to those in other physically demanding professions.
PROS: Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, Triple Sensor, sapphire crystal, very rugged design
CONS: Reverse LCD display
BEST FOR: Large wrists, extreme environments
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 (altimeter-barometer, compass, thermometer) 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 digital style of G-Shock 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 and temperature readings. As an advanced G-Shock model, it also has Tough Solar and Multi-Band 6. It is the best choice 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 color options and limited editions, 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
1. G-Shock GW-M5610-1 Solar Digital Sports Watch
The original G-Shock style with modern features added
The GW-M5610-1 continues the lineage of the first ever G-Shock, the DW-5000C that launched the brand in 1983. The GW-M5610-1 has the same classic square shape as the original and is one of the best-selling G-Shock watches. It is a good choice for those who prefer a standard-size digital G-Shock over the extra-large analog-digital models. This watch also has one of the slimmest profiles (12.7 mm) of current G-Shock models and serves as an a unobtrusive timepiece for work or recreation. The GW-M5610-1 is recommended for the first-time G-Shock buyer who wants a simple, no-nonsense watch for all purposes. The GW-M5610-1 continues the tradition of Absolute Toughness and provides an extremely rugged and maintenance-free option at an affordable price.
For a more affordable but more basic option (without Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, world time, multiple alarms, and the auto-activated backlight), see the DW-5600E-1V in our basic G-Shock watches guide.
PROS: Original case design, slim profile, solar-charging and radio time-sync
CONS: May feel small on very large wrists
BEST FOR: All-purpose
For more options, see all of our G-Shock Buying Guides.
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