For around $50 or less, a G-Shock is the toughest watch you can buy. Maybe you need an everyday “beater” that you can wear all the time, or maybe you just need a part-time watch to work out or play in. If you’re not interested in spending hundreds of dollars on a watch, there is a cheap yet durable G-Shock that can fit your budget. There are many models with a list price of $99 but we will focus on those that are less and available well below their list prices, the absolute cheapest G-Shock watches available. You won’t get the latest advanced features, but you will get the most bang for your buck with G-Shock’s legendary build quality, shock resistance, 200-meter water resistance, and quartz accuracy.
The following G-Shock watches all feature shock resistance, water resistance to 200 meters, backlight, alarm, stopwatch, countdown timer (except for the G100 analog-digital model), hourly time signal, auto calendar, and 12/24 hour time format.
(Disclaimer: Prices can fluctuate and some models may currently cost more than $50.)
G-Shock DW9052: Affordable Military Favorite
The DW9052 is one of the cheapest G-Shock watches and is consistently one of the best-selling, but cheap never means low quality when it comes to a G-Shock. The DW9052 is a popular military choice due to its low price and toughness and seems to have taken the place of the discontinued military favorite DW6600. While it’s not an official military issue watch on the record, it’s been known to be distributed to soldiers worldwide, and Casio acknowledges its military connections by calling it their “standard issue” G-Shock. Owners have a high regard for this watch and consider it a very rugged model with its protected button structure.
G-Shock DW9052V-1: Cheap G-Shock With Nylon Band
The DW9052V-1 is a slightly more expensive version of the DW9052. It has more of a tactical style with a neutral color scheme and a nylon wrist band for improved fitting and comfort. This is a good option for those who prefer cloth bands or want a more subtle look.
G-Shock G100-1BV: Cheap Analog-Digital G-Shock
The G100-1BV is the good choice if you prefer analog hands instead of a digital display. This is a simple-looking G-Shock and is a more standard size than the popular big-case analog-digital watches. It has a small LCD display for the date and to access functions like dual time, 12 or 24 hour time format, stopwatch, and alarm. The watch’s analog structure is resistant to magnetic forces and the battery life is 3 years. The G100-1BV is the toughest analog watch you can find for such a low price.
G-Shock G2900F-1V: Affordable G-Shock with 10-Year Battery
This simple G-Shock has an estimated 10-year battery life, which is much longer than the usual 2 years. It is also one of the only G-Shock watches on this list with world time (29 time zones, 27 cities) and 4 daily alarms over the standard 1. It also has a password-protected “E-Data Memory” which means it can store 40 data sets (when sets are 7 characters each). Data sets can be more than 7 characters but will then reduce the total capacity. The extremely long battery life combined with more features than the average basic G-Shock makes this one of the best bargains.
G-Shock DW6900-1V: Affordable Classic G-Shock
A truly classic G-Shock that has been around for decades, Casio once stated that the iconic DW6900 was their best-selling model. The DW6900 is simple yet stylish, unassuming yet confident. It’s easy to see why the 6900 case is so popular with both fans of simple, tough watches and those who want a stylish watch. Like the classic 5600 series, the 6900 shape is still going strong with many different models and colors being released. The DW6900 has the same exterior case and button structure as the discontinued G-Shock DW6600 formerly used by Navy SEALs, and it is a popular choice for military use. The front-facing backlight button makes it easy to press with gloves on.
G-Shock DW9052-2: Cheap Blue G-Shock
The DW9052-2 is the cheapest option for a fashionable colored G-Shock. This navy blue watch has yellow logos on the bezel and front light button. As a standard-size G-Shock like the other models on this list (i.e. not a large case model), it is also good choice for teens and older boys.
G-Shock DW5600E-1V: Affordable Origin Style G-Shock
The DW5600 is a direct descendant of the first-ever G-Shock DW-5000 series. It still looks like a contemporary model 30 years later and is highly revered by G-Shock fans. The combination of functionality, durability, and rugged style is what created a worldwide sensation and made the G-Shock brand what it is today. The DW5600 is the most retro of all G-Shock watches but also the most timeless, and it remains a best-selling model.