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The 20 Best Casio G-Shock Watches by G-Central

Updated for Spring/Summer 2023

The 20 Best G-Shock Watches by G-Central

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The G-Central Top 20 is a list of the overall best G-Shock watches for 2022. 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 indoor 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 (with altimeter and barometer), compass, and thermometer. Bluetooth smartphone link is now a common feature in many models and allows the watch to sync the time through the internet. For a list of more features, see our features glossary.

There are many other deserving models that had to be excluded from our Top 20 list below. There are really no “bad” G-Shock watches, 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. We also recently added a Specifications Catalog for detailed information and comparisons of current G-Shock models.

G-Central’s Top G-Shock Recommendation:

G-Central’s 20 Best G-Shock Watches for 2022

20. G-Shock GA-900 Analog-Digital With Long-Life Battery

G-Shock GA-900 GA-900-1A GA-900-1AJF

The GA-900 has the distinction of having the longest battery life (approximately 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 activation
BEST FOR: Daytime use and outdoor work

G-Shock GA-900-1A

GA900-1A on Amazon GA900 on eBay

Dimensions: 52.8 × 49.5 × 16.9 mm
Weight: 65 grams
Battery Life: Approx. 7 Years
Full Specs: GA-900

19. G-Shock G-STEEL GST-B400 Solar Stainless Steel Analog-Digital

GST-B400 Thumbnail

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 a solid choice. Watches in the GST-B400 series are one of the slimmest G-STEEL models available. (The new GST-B500 is thinner, but it did not get a full release in the U.S.) 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, a time & place log, reminder notification, and phone finder), but as with other Bluetooth-equipped G-Shocks, it is not a requirement, and the watch can be set up and operated without using Bluetooth. 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, one of the slimmest G-STEEL models
CONS: No sensors
BEST FOR: Work, social, travel

GSTB400D-1A on Amazon GSTB400D-1A on eBay

Dimensions: 46.6 x 49.6 x 12.9 mm
Weight: 160 grams (with stainless steel band)
Battery Life: Solar Rechargeable
Full Specs: GST-B400

18. G-Shock GBD-H2000 Fitness Watch with Heart Rate Monitor

G-Shock GBD-H2000 8 Activities

An advanced fitness and outdoors watch with solar charging

The GBD-H2000 improves on the popular GBD-H1000 fitness watch with the addition of a gyroscope that adds supports to more activities such as biking, swimming, and gym workouts. It is also over 35% lighter at just 63 grams. The training measurement and analysis functions are now powered by a database and algorithms by established wearable company Polar, and the watch provides blood oxygen measurement and cardio load status. The G-Shock GBD-H2000 is equipped with six sensors, including an optical heart rate monitor, step counter, gyroscope, pressure sensor (altimeter and barometer), compass (with auto horizontal compensation), and thermometer. It also has GPS, which is mainly used to measure distance and pace. (It can also display location coordinates on the watch for the current position.)

The GBD-H2000 has an MIP LCD, which 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 also needed. The GBD-H1000 also has smartphone messaging notifications and vibration alerts, and it is one of the few G-Shock watches that can sync the time anywhere in the world from a GPS signal. The GBD-H2000 is simply one of the most advanced and versatile G-Shock watches available, providing many useful features to athletes, outdoorspeople, and world travelers.

PROS: 6 Sensor, GPS, solar charging, Bluetooth, vibration alerts
CONS: Requires wired charging to use all functions
BEST FOR: Training, health and fitness, athletes, runners, outdoorspeople

G-Shock GBD-H2000-1B

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Dimensions: 59.6 x 52.6 x 19.4 mm
Weight: 63 grams
Battery Life: Rechargeable (wired USB and solar-assisted charging)
Full Specs: GBD-H2000

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 most affordable 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 or iconic as other G-Shocks
BEST FOR: Military, extreme sports

G-Shock DW9052-1V Affordable Digital Military Watch

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Dimensions: 48.5 x 43 x 14.7 mm
Weight: 59 grams
Battery Life: Approx. 2 Years
Full Specs: DW-9052

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 very affordable DW-5600E-1V. 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, multi-function alarm, and EL backlight with afterglow. A few caveats 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, buttons are harder to press than larger models
BEST FOR: All-around

G-Shock DW-5600E-1V

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Dimensions: 48.9 × 42.8 × 13.4 mm
Weight: 53 grams
Battery Life: Approx. 2 Years
Full Specs: DW-5600

15. G-Shock GM-B2100 Full Metal “CasiOak”

GM-B2100GD-9A Angle

The GM-B2100 draws on the past while representing the modern era of G-Shock.

While it took the DW-5000 series thirty-five years to get a full metal version, the GM-B2100 was released just three years after the introduction of the GA-2100, which is a testament to the overwhelming popularity of the 2100 line. Like the GMW-B5000, the GM-B2100 has a stainless steel case with screw-back cover, along with a stainless steel bezel and band. The GM-B2100 inherits the traits that made the GA-2100 so popular, such as the octagonal bezel inspired by the original G-Shock DW-5000 and a clean and minimalist dial layout, and combines it with a refined yet rugged stainless steel build that doesn’t scream “outdoor watch” but is just as durable as any other G-Shock. The GM-B2100 also adds Tough Solar power and Bluetooth smartphone link for features like automatic time adjustment, auto summer time (DST) switching, reminders, and a time and place log. This is a G-Shock watch that can be worn anywhere and offers mainstream appeal to those who might shy away from the usual rugged style of G-Shock. (The GM-2100 offers a similar and more affordable metal style, but with a resin interior case and resin band, and without solar power and Bluetooth.)

PROS: Tough Solar, Bluetooth, relatively thin, popular octagonal analog-digital style
CONS: A bit heavy at 165 grams
BEST FOR: Work, social settings, travel

G-Shock GM-B2100GD-9A

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Dimensions: 49.8 × 44.4 × 12.8 mm
Weight: 165 grams
Battery Life: Solar Rechargeable
Full Specs: GM-B2100

14. G-Shock GA-700-1B Extra-Large Analog Watch

G-Shock GA700UC

An extra-large analog-digital model with front light button and 5-year battery

The GA-700 Series was introduced in late 2016 and 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. It also has a dedicated one-press button to start the stopwatch from timekeeping mode and a target time alert. The GA-700 has a large rugged case (53.4 millimeters-wide) combined with a 3D dial and large analog hands. The face also includes an LCD display for features like date display, 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, no backlight for LCD display
BEST FOR: Sports, outdoors, all-purpose

G-Shock GA-700-1B

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Dimensions: 57.5 x 53.4 x 18.4 mm
Weight: 69 grams
Battery Life: Approx. 5 Years
Full Specs: GA-700

13. G-Shock G-SQUAD GBA-900 Fitness Watch

G-Shock GBA-900 Affordable Step Counting Fitness Watch with Bluetooth

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 when used with a GPS-equipped smartphone for more accurate offline use. 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

G-Shock GBA-900-1A

GBA900-1A on Amazon GBA900 on eBay

Dimensions: 51.3 x 48.9 x 16.6 mm
Weight: 61 grams
Battery Life: Approx. 2 Years
Full Specs: GBA-900

12. G-Shock GBD-200 Step Tracking Fitness Watch

G-Shock G-SQUAD GBD-200-1 Angle

MIP LCD display and advanced fitness features

The GBD-200 has advanced fitness features like a step counter with daily logs, training functions (to measure and record distance, pace, and calories burned), and interval timers. Despite being one of the more advanced G-Shock watches (with more features than the GBA-900), the GBD-200 is also one of the more affordable. The compact case is inspired by the classic square G-Shock with an octagonal bezel, and the high-contrast MIP LCD display provides superior legibility, making it a good choice for non-runners as well. 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

G-Shock G-SQUAD GBD-200-1

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Dimensions: 49.4 x 45.9 x 15 mm
Weight: 58 grams
Battery Life: Approx. 2 Years
Full Specs: GBD-200

11. G-Shock GG-B100-1A3 Mudmaster Sensor Watch

An affordable Mudmaster with the Triple Sensor and carbon fiber bezel

The GG-B100 Mudmaster improves on the popular GG-1000 series with the addition of a pressure sensor (altimeter and barometer) and step counter (along with the compass and thermometer), 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 (using the LCD display and the second hand of the watch) to a current location point (a useful feature for backtracking to a previous location), 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

G-Shock GG-B100-1A3 Mudmaster

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Dimensions: 55.4 x 51.3 x 19.4 mm
Weight: 92 grams
Battery Life: Approx. 2 Years
Full Specs: GG-B100

10. G-Shock GW-6900-1 Mid-Size Solar Digital Watch

G-Shock GW-6900-1

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 adjustment. 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 is also 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 medium-size watch that is also suitable for smaller wrists but it wears a little larger than the 5000-5600 line.

PROS: Solar power and auto time adjustment, front EL backlight button, iconic style
CONS: No sensors, thicker and heavier than 5000-5600 models
BEST FOR: Military, work, all-purpose

G-Shock GW-6900-1 Solar Mid-Size Digital with EL Backlight
GW6900-1 on Amazon GW6900-1 on eBay

Dimensions: 53.2 x 50 x 17.7 mm
Weight: 63 grams
Battery Life: Solar Rechargeable
Full Specs: GW-6900

9. 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 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 “CasiOak,” although Casio’s vision for the watch was actually an analog-digital version of the DW-5600. It has a carbon fiber-reinforced interior case and is part of the trend of smaller and slimmer G-Shock watches at 45.4 mm wide and 11.8 mm thick. The minimalist, blackout GA-2100-1A1 was an instant bestseller that resulted in a worldwide shortage for over a year.

PROS: Trendy style, affordable, double LED with LCD backlight
CONS: LCD display is quite small, inverted LCD versions can be hard to read
BEST FOR: Casual wear, street fashion

G-Shock GA-2100-1A1

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Dimensions: 48.5 x 45.4 x 11.8 mm
Weight: 51 grams
Battery Life: Approx. 3 Years
Full Specs: GA-2100

8. 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 one. 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 held in high regard 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. Longtime G-Shock fans 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 colorways and titanium versions.

PROS: Stainless steel case , DLC-coated screw-back, solar-powered, Multi-Band 6 radio wave timekeeping, Bluetooth smartphone link
CONS: Relatively heavy for a G-Shock (but titanium versions are lighter)
BEST FOR: G-Shock lovers

G-Shock GMW-B5000D-1

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Dimensions: 49.3 x 43.2 x 13 mm
Weight: 167 grams (with stainless steel band)
Battery Life: Solar Rechargeable
Full Specs: GMW-B5000

7. G-Shock GWF-A1000 Frogman Diver’s 200M Watch

G-Shock Frogman GWF-A1000 GWF-A1000-1A2 ISO Divers 200M

The iconic 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 line 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. 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 it uses the hour and minute hands to display the 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 luxury MR-G series is positioned as the top of the G-Shock lineup, some fans will always regard the Frogman as 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

G-Shock Frogman GWF-A1000-1A2

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Dimensions: 56.7 x 51.7 x 19.7 mm
Weight: 119 grams
Battery Life: Solar Rechargeable
Full Specs: GWF-A1000

6. G-Shock GA-100-1A1 Large Analog-Digital Watch

A simple but effective best-selling model

Part of the 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. For gifts or first time G-Shock buyers who mainly need a watch to tell the time, the GA-100 is highly recommended. The GA-110 has also been a best-selling model, but we prefer the simplicity and viewability of the GA-100’s dial.

PROS: Classic large case, straightforward design, high-visibility analog hands
CONS: Approximate 2-year battery life
BEST FOR: Police, outdoor jobs, all-purpose

G-Shock GA100-1A1 Large Analog-Digital Watch
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Dimensions: 55 x 51.2 x 16.9 mm
Weight: 70 grams
Battery Life: Approx. 2 Years
Full Specs: GA-100

5. G-Shock GW-5000U-1JF Origin Tribute Screw-Back Watch

Close in design and spirit to the original G-Shock from 1983

Although this list originally excluded import models, the GW-5000U-1JF deserves a place because of its 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 the updated technology that most fans want. 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 face design bordering the display has a clean and subdued style, and the 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 stainless steel 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 and evidence of the original’s timelessness. 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 the Updated Module “U” Series. The GW-5000U-1ER is also available in Europe.)

(Update: The GW5000U-1 was officially available at Casio America, but it quickly sold out and it’s uncertain if or when it will be restocked.)

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 (for U.S.), noticeably heavier than GW-M5610, some may find the GW-M5610 more comfortable, premium price
BEST FOR: G-Shock purists, watch collectors and enthusiasts

G-Shock GW-5000U-1JF

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Dimensions: 48.9 x 42.8 x 13.5 mm
Weight: 74 grams
Battery Life: Solar Rechargeable
Full Specs: GW-5000

4. G-Shock GWG-2000 Mudmaster Solar Analog-Digital Watch

G-Shock GWG-2000-1A1 Angle

The toughest-looking analog-digital G-Shock with Triple Sensor

The GWG-2000 Mudmaster retains the same rugged style as the best-selling GWG-1000, but offers it in a slightly smaller and thinner Carbon Core Guard structure. It is also the first G-Shock watch to include forged carbon parts. The unique patterns of the forged carbon surfaces and the stainless steel bezel give the exterior a unique and premium look. The Mudmaster inherits the Rangeman’s guarded button structure and is resistant to mud and dust, making it ideal for extreme environments and activities. This “ABC” watch is equipped with the Triple Sensor that includes a pressure sensor (altimeter and barometer), compass, and thermometer. It also has Tough Solar power, Multi-Band 6 radio wave timekeeping, and a sapphire crystal for extra scratch-resistance.

PROS: Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, Triple Sensor, sapphire crystal, rugged design
CONS: Inverted LCD display is harder to read in some conditions, no Bluetooth
BEST FOR: Outdoor exploration, extreme environments

G-Shock GWG-2000-1A1 Mudmaster
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Dimensions: 61.2 x 54.4 x 16.1 mm
Weight: 106 grams
Battery Life: Solar Rechargeable
Full Specs: GWG-2000

3. G-Shock GW-9400-1 Rangeman Solar Digital Survival Watch

G-Shock GW9400-1 Rangeman

An affordable fan-favorite with survival features

The GW-9400 Rangeman is one of the most popular watches in Casio’s Master of G signature G-Shock line of professional-use watches. Its success can be attributed to its Triple Sensor (altimeter-barometer, compass, thermometer) feature, aggressively bulky appearance that offers extreme shock protection, and 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. It also has Tough Solar and Multi-Band 6 for maintenance-free operation. It is one of the best choices for a serious all-around outdoor or survival watch, as its digital structure will theoretically be less prone to damage than an analog watch with moving parts, and all of its functions can be fully powered by the sun. If you can only have one G-Shock, the Rangeman may very well 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 display model
BEST FOR: Hiking, hunting, outdoor recreation, survival

G-Shock GW-9400-1 Rangeman Solar Digital Survival Watch
GW9400-1 on Amazon GW9400-1 on eBay

Dimensions: 55.2 x 53.5 x 18.2 mm
Weight: 93 grams
Battery Life: Solar Rechargeable
Full Specs: GW-9400

2. G-Shock GA-B2100

G-Shock GA-B2100-1A Angle

A fan-favorite gets Tough Solar and Bluetooth.

Although it made its debut relatively recently in 2019, the GA-2100 series quickly became one of the most popular models of all time, and it is now considered one of the four masterpieces of G-Shock. The new GA-B2100 series is G-Shock giving the fans what they want. The GA-B2100 is essentially the GA-2100 with Tough Solar power and Bluetooth smartphone link. (One difference is that the dial indicator on the GA-B2100 is a function indicator rather than a day-of-the-week indicator.) It has nearly the same slim profile at just 0.1 millimeter thicker than the GA-2100. There aren’t many choices when it comes to affordable analog-digital G-Shock models with Tough Solar, and the GA-B2100 is the clear favorite when it comes to style. With solar power, you won’t have to change the battery every few years, and the Bluetooth link adds a variety of functions including daily automatic time adjustment. We recommend the GAB2100-1A, which features color accents inspired by the classic DW-5600C-1V from 1987 and a more legible non-inverted LCD display.

PROS: The slimmest solar-powered G-Shock watch, fashionable analog style, double LED light with LCD backlight
CONS: No Multi-Band 6, no auto light activation
BEST FOR: Casual wear, all-around

GAB2100-1A on Amazon GA-B2100 on eBay

Dimensions: 48.5 x 45.4 x 11.9 mm
Weight: 52 grams
Battery Life: Solar Rechargeable
Full Specs: GA-B2100

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 larger analog-digital models. This watch also has a relatively slim profile (12.7 mm) and serves as an 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.

Note: As of 2022, you may receive the GW-M5610U-1 with the updated module when ordering the GWM5610-1 from Amazon and other American retailers. The new module features an upgraded light (LED) and enhanced functions. To identify the new version, check the case back cover for the module number (3495) and model name (GW-M5610U). For more information on what’s new and different with this model, see Updated Module “U” Series. However, we cannot guarantee that you will receive the updated version from Amazon.

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

G-Shock GW-M5610-1

GWM5610-1 on Amazon GWM5610-1 on eBay

Dimensions: 46.7 x 43.2 x 12.7 mm
Weight: 51.7 grams
Battery Life: Solar Rechargeable
Full Specs: GW-M5610

For more options, see all of our G-Shock Buying Guides and our G-Shock Specifications Catalog.

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6 years ago

What is the easiest to read G-Shock in bright sunlight?

6 years ago
Reply to  sam

They are all pretty much equal in that regard. Monochrome LCD is easy to read in sunlight unlike a backlit smartphone display.

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4 years ago
Reply to  sam

I own G-shock squares with positive and negative displays. The negative display is much easier to read on the beach and in bright sunlight for me. If you buy a negative display G-shock for the first time, you will likely want to immediately return it; however, if you can get over your initial reaction, the watch will start to grow on you. Yes, a negative display G-shock is an acquired taste. In a recent interview in London, the G-shock inventor was seen wearing a negative display square. I find it interesting that he could have chosen any premium G-shock to wear but he chose to wear a low end negative display square.

6 years ago

Thanks for your brill website.
Can I ask a question please?
Which watch would you consuder for world travel- Deserts, jungle treking, rafting etc. I’m looking for a watch which will be tough enough for extreme travel. I like the look of the GW 3000b 1aer. It appears to fit the bill for most of the activities, plus I like the idea of solar power.
As it is water resistent, would you also say it is mud & sand resistant?
Thanks again

6 years ago
Reply to  Shaun

Thank you. I think any G-Shock watch is suitable for extreme travel and will be fine in the mud and sand. Personally I always buy solar models. Officially the current mud-resistant models are the G-9000 and GW-9010 Mudman, G-9300 and GW-9300 Mudman, GW-9400 Rangeman, GWG-1000 Mudmaster, GG-1000 Mudmaster, as well as the GX-56 and GXW-56. All of these are digital-only except for the Mudmaster models. I think any G-Shock will be okay if exposed to mud though some may require more thorough cleaning than others if there is extreme/constant exposure.

6 years ago
Reply to  G-Central

Thanks for your reply. I think I will go with the GW 3000b 1aer as I like the look ,but was worried about sand dust etc.

Once again thanks for your website.

6 years ago

Is GD 400MB-1D is the great choice? Grab one last night :)

6 years ago
Reply to  Ally

Yes, very tough watch

6 years ago

Does the mudmaster Gwg 1000 1A3 comes with a carbon fiber band? And wich one is better between the gravitymaster GPW 1000 1A and the mudmaster Gwg 1000 1a3?


P.S great website!

6 years ago
Reply to  Felipe

No, the GWG-1000 does not have a carbon fiber insert band. It really depends which features you want and which look you prefer, keep in mind the GPW-1000 is fully analog.

6 years ago

I am a beginner, which will be the best g shock for me, i really wanna grab one mudmaster GWG 1000RD 4AJF rescue red, I love its looks n features, I am an industrial Health and Safety consultant let me know about the positive and negative aspects of this watch as well as your advice.

6 years ago
Reply to  Arun

That would be a great choice, keep in mind it is a larger watch. Positives are that it looks great with large analog-digital display, has Triple Sensor and Tough Solar/Multi-Band 6. Negative is that it is one of the more expensive Triple Sensor G-Shock watches.

6 years ago

Thank you for publishing a great article. I have the Gulfmaster and I had planned to use it as a dive watch because of the built in compass. Reading Gshock forums and my manual as a guide, it appears I am diving with tanks at my own risk and I cannot operate the buttons underwater (like to activate the compass).
I have read that the recessed buttons cannot be pressed but, you can press the protruding buttons on the Frogman. I’m wondering if you knew, before I ruin a watch, if the Gulfmaster’s triple sensor, the protruding ‘A’ button can be pressed underwater, which means it would have multiple o-rings or a completely sealed housing (but that’s Frogman territory). Thanks for the Review and Guidance!

6 years ago
Reply to  Mike

You will often hear conflicting information about pressing the buttons underwater. Personally I think it is okay to do it as long as the seals are in good shape. On a newer watch it shouldn’t be a problem. It’s possible that using the buttons underwater all the time could lead to the seals failing earlier, though it’s uncertain when that would be. If you want to be safe you may want to go with the new Frogman GWF-D1000 or Gulfmaster GWN-Q1000 which both have the compass sensor and now also a depth meter and are designed to be used underwater.

6 years ago

Great site! Thanks for all your hard work. I have an old Casio Silver Wave Ceptor watch WV300DA-7A. One of the things I love about it is the large size of the time display numbers. Do any of the G-Shock watches have similar size time display numbers?

Reference: https://www.casio.com/products/archive/Watches/wave_ceptor/WV300DA-7A/

6 years ago
Reply to  Scott

Thank you! The GWM500 series (amazon) and MTG900DA-8V (amazon) have larger numbers than other G-Shock watches. For larger than that you might want to consider a Casio Pro Trek watch. Some other G-Shocks that have larger numbers than usual are the GD-350 (amazon), GD-400 (amazon), and GLS-8900 (amazon)

6 years ago
Reply to  G-Central

I’ve decided to get the GWM5610-1 as my first G-Shock based on it being the thinnest G-Shock model I can find at 12.7mm. It also has most of the features I am looking for and costs less than $100. Thanks again.

P.S. Are there any other thin G-Shocks?

6 years ago
Reply to  Scott

Nice choice! There aren’t really any other thin G-Shocks outside of the 5600 family. There was the G-056 (eBay) a while ago which was only 11 mm thick and the thinnest G-Shock ever (and also the GW-056). There are some G-056 watches on eBay but it will cost a lot more now.

6 years ago

Do all of g shock watches have auto light feature? Thanks

6 years ago
Reply to  Tina

Most do, but the cheapest G-Shocks don’t. There is also “Full Auto” on some models which means it only activates in the dark when you turn your wrist.

1 year ago
Reply to  G-Central

Auto-light is a specific feature and cannot be assumed unless stated on the casio / gshock websites. There are many false feature listings for gshocks that come up in google searches. Ebay reviews are the least reliable source of information.

6 years ago

hi I really am getting into the g shock frenzy what with you suggest to a first time buyer,is the cheapest ones worth it ?I prefer digital ,I am from south Africa so might not have access to a vast range

6 years ago
Reply to  shaun

I would suggest a Tough Solar model. The cheapest ones are okay but they don’t have all the features like world time, multiple alarms, and auto light.

6 years ago

Hi. I search to buy my first g-shock and i find out your site. Site is fantastic, all informations can be found there!
My question is next: which one: GA100CF-8A or G9300-1?
I first preffer GA100, but G9300 is also ok. I love it becase of compas and temperature measure, but i’m sceptical about Tough Solar and battery with 8 months. Can i charge it with clasic wear. Does anyone has problems with battery, what are experiences with Tough Soloar. I read all coments there and i see that you preffer Tough Solar and my question is it is so good and reliable?

6 years ago
Reply to  bruce

Thank you. Yes, I think Tough Solar is reliable. I have some solar G-Shocks that are almost 10 years old (GW-M5600, GW-225) and a GW-9000 which is 10 years old and they are still working fine with the original rechargeable batteries. They usually stay charged to the maximum without having to leave it in the sun or under bright light, at least for the all-digital models. Even indoor lighting will charge it. If you’re not going to wear it just leave it by a window and it should be okay. But I would say go with your first choice and then get your second choice later.

6 years ago
Reply to  G-Central

Thank you for replay!
I understand everything but last sentence. What you want to say, its better for me to buy GA100? Why? Or i do not understand

6 years ago
Reply to  bruce

What I was trying to say is: It’s up to you. I think if you don’t go with your first choice you may regret it, not because the GA100 is better, but because you should get the one you really want.

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