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

Updated for Spring/Summer 2024

Best Casio G-Shock Watches for 2023

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The G-Central Top 20 is a list of the overall best G-Shock watches for 2024. 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 activities in all environments that a human can handle. The quartz movement of a G-Shock is highly accurate, and some models are equipped with automatic time syncing features (through radio waves, Bluetooth, or GPS) 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 watch brands. In addition to making useful tool watches, G-Shock has evolved into a streetwear fashion brand that offers a large variety of unique timepieces in many colorways.

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, and button tone on/off, but may also have some unique features such as the multi-function alarm and flash alerts. Some G-Shocks have more advanced features such as 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. G-Shock has also expanded its lineup of fitness-oriented watches with step trackers. For more information on features, see our features glossary.

The signature features of G-Shock watches are their extreme shock resistance and 200-meter water resistance. In this real world test, a $50 G-Shock DW5600E-1V goes 200-meters deep without a problem.


There are many deserving models that had to be excluded from our Top 20 list below. There are really no “bad” or G-Shock watches, and it mainly boils down to personal preference. To learn more about the whole 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 all current G-Shock models.

G-Central’s 20 Best G-Shock Watches for 2024

20. G-Shock DW-H5600 with Heart Rate Monitor

The classic G-Shock watch gets modern tech in a fitness-oriented redesign.

The DW-H5600 has the classic “square” style of the original G-Shock DW-5000 (but in a slightly larger case) and is the first 5000 series model with a heart rate monitor. Other features include a high-contrast MIP LCD display, step counter, accelerometer, Bluetooth smartphone link, and vibration alerts. The DW-H5600 offers activity tracking and advanced analysis functions such such as cardio load status, blood oxygen level measurement, VO2 max calculation, and sleep measurement. The accelerometer also allows the watch to track gym activity such as weight lifting and stationary bicycle workouts. Although it doesn’t have environmental sensors like the GBD-H2000 (below), it does have sunrise and sunset time and moon data. Unlike most G-Shock watches, the DW-H5600 runs on a lithium-ion battery that is rechargeable by USB cable and solar power.

PROS: Heart rate monitor, step counter, wired and solar-assisted charging
CONS: No environmental sensors, no GPS (but can use a connected phone’s GPS for distance correction), does not support as many activities as GBD-H2000
BEST FOR: Fitness, gym workouts, walking, running, training

G-Shock DW-H5600-1

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Dimensions: 51.1 x 44.5 x 17.4 mm
Weight: 59 grams
Battery Life: Rechargeable with wired and solar-assisted charging
Full Specs: DW-H5600

19. G-Shock Mudman GW-9500 with Triple Sensor and Duplex Display

G-Shock Mudman GW-9500 Duplex LCD Display

The Mudman adopts Pro Trek technology for the first G-Shock with a duplex display.

A professional-grade Master of G model with features like Tough Solar power, Multi-Band 6 automatic radio time adjustment, and the Triple Sensor with pressure sensor (altimeter and barometer), compass, and thermometer, the Mudman GW-9500 is ideal for those looking for an advanced G-Shock without Bluetooth. The GW-9500 is based on Casio Pro Trek technology and has a duplex LCD display with one layer depicting pointers that are used for various functions like the compass and barometer. The GW-9500 is thinner than the previous G/GW-9300 (which had the Twin Sensor combo of compass and thermometer) as well as the similarly equipped Rangeman GW-9400. If you’re buying this as a tool watch, we recommend the GW9500-1 model with a positive (non-inverted) LCD display for better visibility in in darker settings.

PROS: Solar power with radio time correction, Triple Sensor, display has larger digits than most G-Shock models, the only G-Shock with a duplex display
CONS: Does not have the timestamp sensor memory log of the Rangeman GW-9400.
BEST FOR: Outdoors, Trekking

G-Shock Mudman GW-9500-1

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Dimensions: 56.7 x 52.7 x 14.8 mm
Weight: 81 grams
Battery Life: Solar Rechargeable
Full Specs: GW-9500

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, trekking, 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: Beater watch, all-around

Note: As of February 2024 and according to customer reviews, Amazon is selling the new DW-5600UE-1 with LED light and improved (5-year) battery life as the DW5600E-1V. This applies only to the watches that are “Sold by Amazon.com” and not other sellers, and we cannot guarantee that you will receive the DW-5600UE-1 if you order the DW5600E-1V.

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”

G-Shock GM-B2100D-1 Angle 2

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, including 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 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-B2100D-1


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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 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

12. 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

11. 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
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Dimensions: 53.2 x 50 x 17.7 mm
Weight: 63 grams
Battery Life: Solar Rechargeable
Full Specs: GW-6900

10. G-Shock Rangeman GPR-H1000 Rugged Trekking Watch with Fitness Features

G-Shock Rangeman GPR-H1000 Activity Tracking

The Rangeman series gets a major upgrade with fitness sensors.

The Rangeman GPR-H1000 adds a heart rate monitor to the survival and trekking-oriented Rangeman series. The GPR-H1009 has the signature Rangeman features of the Triple Sensor (pressure with altimeter-barometer, compass, and thermometer) and sunrise/sunset times, and adds additional outdoor features such as GPS positioning information, a tide graph, and moon age data. Other upgrades like the heart rate monitor, step counter, gyroscope, and Bluetooth connectivity add a host of advanced fitness tracking features powered by Polar algorithms.

PROS: Outdoor sensors, fitness sensors, GPS, dust and mud-resistant buttons, solar-assisted charging
CONS: No GPS navigation features, requires wired recharging for full use of sensors, more affordable GBD-H2000 has most of the same functions
BEST FOR: Trekking, fitness

G-Shock Rangeman GPR-H1000-1

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Dimensions: 60.6 x 53.2 x 20.3 mm
Weight: 92 grams
Battery Life: Rechargeable
Full Specs: GPR-H1000

9. G-Shock GA-2100: Minimalist Analog-Digital with a Touch of Class

The GA-2100 launched in the late 2010s and instantly became one of G-Shock’s most successful 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-B1000 Mudmaster Solar Analog-Digital Watch

G-Shock GWG-B1000-1A Angle

A tough-looking analog-digital G-Shock with Triple Sensor and Bluetooth

The GWG-B1000 Mudmaster continues the rugged style of the GWG-1000 and GWG-2000, with a Carbon Core Guard case that offers a more comfortable fit than the bulkier GWG-1000. It also adds Bluetooth smartphone link and an updated Location Indicator function that allows the saved location to be edited with a map on the smartphone app. Sunrise and sunset time is another new feature that the GWG-1000 and GWG-2000 lack.

The Mudmaster has cylindrical button shafts that are protected from mud and dust and large buttons that are easy to press with gloves, 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. The GWG-B1000 is the first G-Shock watch with the Triple Sensor, Bluetooth, and Tough Solar power.

PROS: Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, Triple Sensor, Bluetooth, sapphire crystal, rugged style
CONS: Inverted LCD display is harder to read in some conditions
BEST FOR: Outdoor exploration, extreme environments

G-Shock Mudmaster GWG-B1000-1A
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Dimensions: 58.7 x 52.1 x 16.2 mm
Weight: 114 grams
Battery Life: Solar Rechargeable
Full Specs: GWG-B1000

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
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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

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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-M5610U-1 Solar Digital Sports Watch

The original G-Shock style with modern features added

The GW-M5610U-1 (GWM5610-1 in the U.S.) continues the lineage of the first-ever G-Shock (DW-5000C) that launched the brand in 1983. The GW-M5610U-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-sized digital G-Shock over chunkier larger models. This watch also has a relatively slim profile (12.7mm) and serves as an unobtrusive timepiece for work or recreation. The GW-M5610U-1 is recommended for the first-time G-Shock buyer who wants a simple, no-nonsense watch for all purposes. It continues the tradition of Absolute Toughness and provides an extremely rugged and maintenance-free option at a very affordable price.

Note: As of 2022, you may receive the GW-M5610U-1 with the updated module when ordering the GWM5610-1 from Amazon.com 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. Casio America confirmed that the GW-M5610U-1 replaced the GWM5610-1 but retained the old name at casio.com/us.

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

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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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5 years ago

The rangeman, are they made in japan or made in thailand?

5 years ago
Reply to  Andy

Thailand, according to the case back in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8qLvCTe3_c

5 years ago

Is there a Japanese (JDM) model for GWG 1000 1A3?

5 years ago
Reply to  Sam

Yes, GWG-1000-1A3JF

Nuno Cardoso
Nuno Cardoso
5 years ago

Hi, great article! I’m about to get my first G-shock (recommended by a friend) and both this and your guide to beginners were quite helpful. Still I am yet to decide which model (amazon reviews don’t help much as it goes from 0 to 100 from person to person).

My current choices are between the GA-110MB-1AER and the GBA-800-1AER,


the AWG-M100B-1AER and the GAW-100B-1AER,

I am quite inclined for a solar powered model and I wonder if the fact the there’s a big gap between release years makes it a factor in the decision in either case?

Also, besides how it looks, doesn’t seem that there is a big difference between the models, or are there major differences to take in account?

Thank you very much and keep up the great work!

5 years ago
Reply to  Nuno Cardoso

Thanks for visiting. Battery life could be an issue on older, non-solar models, but the batteries usually last longer than the estimated battery life listed in the specs.

The AWG-M100B-1A and GBA-800-1A are considered “mid-size” models that are more like the smaller G-Shock watches from the 1980s-2000s. The GA-110MB-1A is more of a large size (although it doesn’t really seem that large now in 2019) and the GAW-100B-1A is the largest model of the four and I would consider it an extra-large size.

A lot of people complain about not being able to read the LCD displays on the AWG-M100 because they are negative displays and they are small. This is potentially an issue on all the models you are considering. If you plan to use the LCD displays regularly you might want to consider something with a positive LCD display (with black digits), or an all-digital model, but you seem to be set on an analog-digital watch. If you are mostly planning to use the watch just to tell the time, then it might not be an issue for you.

I always recommend solar when possible, especially for analog G-Shocks. You might also want to consider a GA-700 or GA-710, which has a longer battery life than other non-solar analog G-Shocks.

4 years ago

My grandson just joined the Navy. I am looking for gshock watch for him. I would like to get solar. I am looking at GWB5600BL-1, GA100BL-1A, GAS100G-1A. Which has the most features he would need? I have never had a gshock watch before.

Hein Blöd
Hein Blöd
3 years ago
Reply to  Debbie

Hi, I only own two G-Shocks (DW-5600CC-2ER and a GA-110HC-2A), both without solar. I do Monutainbiking and also extensive walks while making pictures, I would prefer my 5600 in any case, because it’s light and I forget about it . The smaller size also helps in avoiding scratching or smashing the glass.
If he’s going to the Navy keep in mind, that his watch has to look tough, so either square or oversized round case. Probably also not to flashy.

Terry Davis
Terry Davis
4 years ago

Great site! I have bought and sold G shock over the years and I currently own 5 models, four are analogue/digital and one is digital {GW 9400). My common disappointment with all of them is the poor digital displays in both bright and dark lighting conditions. Could you recommend a watch with lots of features but with a really good and legible digital readout. Many thanks.

3 years ago
Reply to  Terry Davis

The best digital display on a G-Shock is the one on the GPR B 1000 Rangeman.

4 years ago

Will the gwg10001a3 fit confortably my small wrist?

3 years ago

The GW 9400 is the best G-Shock ever. The GPR B1000´ s side bumpers are not reliable, sapphire cracks after a strong blow, mineral won´ t, no time stamp, no dedicated button to the stopwatch, and a nightmare to operate at night. GW 9400, press one button. GPR B1000, push, light, scroll, light, select, light. GW 9400 wins.

John A Lind
John A Lind
3 years ago

I have the GW6900, which is the slightly thicker “round” version of the GW5610, a DW6900 with 6-band radio sync and solar power added. I consider it nearly indestructible other than putting the watch head on an anvil or hardened concrete surface, and taking a sledge hammer to it. It’s the reason these and their battery powered DW6900 and DW5600 ancestors have been the favorites of US military personnel for decades now.

3 years ago

may i know your opinion about gulfmaster

2 years ago

G-Shock GW-M5610 — the most practical and functional watch in the world for its price got even better with the updated U-series. For some reason, the article for the GW-5000-1JF model clarified that there is already a U-update, but did not specify for the GW-M5610 model.

2 years ago
Reply to  G-Central

Thanks. Yes, this was the first article I saw about the new U-series. I have been using the GW-M5610U for several days now and I am very satisfied. Especially the fact that now I can change month and date for date and month and set my language (РУС) for days of the week. It’s terrible that it took several decades before CASIO finally provided such an option (I especially mean DD.MM).

As for the GW-5000, I never understood the hype around this model. It is heavier, thicker and more expensive. At the same time, it has absolutely the same functionality. Yes, it is metal, and the back cover is screwed. But it doesn’t appeal to me at all (I don’t see any advantages to this, only disadvantages [heavier, thicker]). And from a distance of 1 meter or more, this model already looks like an ordinary cheap G-Shock. I even like the GW-M5610U more from some distance because of the red frame around the display.

2 years ago
Reply to  G-Central

I see. So far, my experience with models with a back cover on screws has been problem-free. I wore a freak DW-6800 from 1995 for 20 years (although at the time it seemed to me that it was a cool watch. Now I understand that it looked ugly, and were impractical, since its size was too large for its functionality). And there have never been problems, including with hermeticity. The watch was disassembled about three times to replace the battery. Therefore, personally, I don’t want to overpay for functions that are redundant for me. And even if something fatal happened with the watch, then one can buy another GW-M5610, because for the price of the GW-5000 one can buy three(!) GW-M5610s. Here’s the catch.

For me personally, the GW-M5610U will be the golden mean between my other CASIO watches — DW-5600 and GW-9400 Rangeman. I also have an Apple Watch, but that’s a different area.

I am very glad that in 2019 I refrained from buying the metal GMW-B5000D, which attracted me primarily with its display module due to the capabilities described above, which are now available in the GW-M5610U display module and other models from the new U-series. In the GW-M5610U, the display module is even better, as it always shows the battery level, and not just when it gets low. I’m not talking about the STN LCD display right now, which is possibly better in the GMW-B5000D, but I don’t know how big/small the difference is. It is very strange and shameful that CASIO still uses this type of display in a very limited number of models.

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