Carlos Ghosn doesn’t trust Japan but trusts his G-Shock

G-Shock DW-5600 with EL Backlight: the best choice when you’re hiding in a box.

Carlos Ghosn wears Casio G-Shock DW-5600BBN-1A Wristwatch

We don’t condone criminal activity and make no presumptions about the subject’s guilt, innocence, or justification for his actions, but one of the biggest public G-Shock sightings recently occurred at former Nissan CEO and chairman Carlos Ghosn’s press conference in Lebanon on January 8, 2020, in which he professed his innocence and fear of an unfair trial for the financial crimes he was arrested for. Ghosn was seen wearing a Casio G-Shock DW-5600BBN-1 during the press conference. This is a blackout model featuring the classic square case with a Cordura nylon band and a reverse LCD display.

Ghosn was never seen wearing a G-Shock before the press conference. It’s likely that he chose (or was given) the watch to use for his escape from Tokyo to Beirut, which reportedly involved fifteen people helping him, including a former U.S. Green Beret. The escape reportedly involved breaking his house arrest, catching bullet trains to Osaka, and then hiding in an audio equipment case and being boarded onto a Turkish charter jet. The DW-5600 would be a lightweight, comfortable watch in such a situation, and the EL backlight would have been useful while hiding in the dark box. But why was he still wearing the watch a week later, with a suit, at the press conference? He’s also been seen wearing it in during media interviews, and it’s possible that he prefers to use the watch during these times to keep track of his appointments, or perhaps like so many other people, he just grew to like it. (The cynical part of us says maybe it’s an attempt to avoid appearing like an evil rich supervillian.)

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