G-Shock UK was the first to mention a delay to late May 2020, and now G-Shock Europe has made an official statement about the debut of the G-Shock G-SQUAD GBD-H1000 series being delayed throughout Europe until late May. G-Shock U.S., where the G-Shock Move GBDH1000 series was originally scheduled for mid-May, is also stating an estimated late May release for pre-orders made at Gshock.com. Reeds Jewelers also has pre-orders open for the GBDH1000 and GBD100 series with expected delivery in late May. (Update: The Japan release, originally scheduled for April 24, 2020, is also reportedly delayed until late May.) The delays likely apply to the GBD-100 series as well.
The GBD-H1000 is the first G-Shock watch with a heart rate monitor. Other features include shock resistance, 200-meter water resistance, solar-assisted power, GPS, Bluetooth, Triple Sensor, accelerometer (step counter), smartphone notifications, vibration alerts, and LED backlight. The watch has advanced fitness features such as VO2max measurement, training data anaylsis with recovery time, and automatic training plan creation for distance running or cadio workouts.
While Casio and G-Shock have limited some of its operations and closed some of its retail stores due to COVID-19, they have not mentioned anything about the impact of COVID-19 on production and other future releases. It wouldn’t be surprising to see other products delayed, and it would certainly be understandable during this trying time.
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