There was no anniversary hangover in 2019, as G-Shock had another incredible year that included many new groundbreaking models and the expansion of old and new favorites. Here are our top holiday picks for new watches that were released this year. For a complete listing of all the major releases from this year, visit our Featured category or view our curated selections at Amazon. For all watches with shopping links, including the latest Japanese releases and collaboration models, visit our Shopping category.
Under $1,000: GWR-B1000-1A1 Gravitymaster
The G-Shock GWR-B1000-1A1 ushered in the Carbon Core Guard era and offered an exciting new style that signaled the beginning of a new era. The innovative one-piece carbon-reinforced case structure allows for a smaller size and lighter weight, resulting in the lightest Gravitymaster aviation watch at 72 grams. The lighter design doesn’t sacrifice toughness, as this watch still has the signature Triple G Resist for protection against impact, g-forces, and heavy vibration.
Under $400: GG-B100 Mudmaster
Another new Carbon Core Guard model, the GG-B100 Mudmaster marks a lot of milestones for the Mudmaster family: the first with Bluetooth and a step counter, the first affordable (non-GWG-1000) Mudmaster with a front-facing light button and at least a Triple Sensor, and the first with a carbon fiber bezel. Equipped with a Quad Sensor (which includes a pressure sensor with altimeter and barometer, compass, thermometer, and step counter), the GG-B100-1A3 is as functional as it is rugged.
Under $150: GA-2000
Yes, Carbon Core Guard models were the dominant force in 2019, and the GA-2000 got a lot of attention, thanks to its refreshed style and affordable price. It also offers a lighter weight (64 grams) than the GA-100 and a contemporary look that is suitable for the retro-averse. Recommended models include the black GA-2000S-1A and the Military Color Series.
New Model of the Year: GA-2100
Call us traditionalists, but the GA-2100 moved us in a special way and made us feel like we were back in the 1990s. Influenced by the case and bezel of the first-ever G-Shock DW-5000, we liken it to an analog-digital version of the trustworthy DW-5600, only with more features like world time and multiple (5) alarms. The GA-2100 is a welcome alternative to the larger GA-1XX analog-digital models, and like the GA-2000 series, it offers better lighting for the LCD displays in the form of a backlit screen. It is the slimmest current G-Shock and weighs just 51 grams, making it a great choice for a tough watch that doesn’t always remind you of its presence. (Unfortunately, the black models have been selling out everywhere, so they might not be possible to find for list price this year.)
For Him: Neo Tokyo Series
This may be G-Shock catering to its older fans, but even the younger ones would be hard-pressed to deny how good the Neo Tokyo Series looks. Anyone who is a fan of Akira (and who isn’t?), or those who like the old school G-Shock look, will appreciate the rugged lines and the simple yet striking color combo of this anime-inspired collection. The series has options in all sizes, including the mid-size DW-6900BMC-1, the large GA-140BMC-1A, the extra-large GA-700BMC-1A, and the extra-large and solar-powered GAS-100BMC-1A.
For Her: MSG-S200G-5A
The MSG-S200G-5A is part of the MSG-S200 series, the only women’s G-Shock or Baby-G line (outside of Japan and China) that is solar-powered. It also offers a refined and mature look with its sleek stainless steel bezel and body. Treated with a rose gold IP and paired with a brown resin band, this elegant watch makes a great gift for wives, daughters, sisters, or mothers. Alternatively, the MSG-S200G-4A offers a lighter look with a blush-colored band.
For Kids: Pokémon x Baby-G
Pokémon-loving kids are sure to enjoy the limited edition Pokémon x Baby-G BGD560PKC-1 featuring an 8-bit design and Pikachu graphics on the EL backlight and case back. The fun doesn’t stop with the watch, as an exclusive Poké Ball case is also part of the package.
For Fun: Color Skeleton Series
There can never be too many “jelly” G-Shocks, and the Color Skeleton Series delivers options the whole family can enjoy with three eye-catching DW-5600 models in translucent red, green, and blue. As the DW-5600 is one of the smaller and slimmer G-Shock models, women and older children should feel free to indulge.
Limited Edition of the Year: GMW-B5000TB-1 and GMW-B5000TCM-1
It’s very expensive, and that’s okay, because the GMW-B5000TB-1 is not meant for the masses. As a full-metal G-Shock with a design and colors based on one of the original G-Shock models, it’s a lot like the ultra-limited GMW-B5000TFC-1 from 2018 that was nearly impossible to find. The GMW-B5000TB-1 is presumably available in a larger (but still limited) quantity and should be more easily attainable at various retailers. Like the GMW-B5000TFC-1, the GMW-B5000TB-1 has a DLC coating, and it differentiates itself with a lighter titanium build and a sapphire crystal. Another titanium-DLC-sapphire model with a laser-engraved camo dot pattern, the GMW-B5000TCM-1 offers a more noticeable and innovative style.
Collaboration of the Year: Keith Haring x G-Shock DW-5600 Pair
With all due respect to the likes of Eric Haze, Stash, and Yayoi Kusama, the Keith Haring x G_Shock DW-5600 Pair is, in our opinion, the biggest G-Shock artist collaboration ever, as Haring’s work is ingrained in American culture at a level that few ever reach. Though Haring died in 1990, this collaboration was done in partnership with The Keith Haring Foundation, which continues to promote his art and philanthropic legacy. (Images and products © Keith Haring Foundation. Licensed by Artestar, New York.)