Japanese fan blog Great G-Shock World reported on the discovery of an upcoming G-Shock MRG-B5000. The original source was not revealed, but it will reportedly cost at least 300,000 yen and will likely be the highlight model of the 40th anniversary in 2023.
5000 models hold a special place in the G-Shock lineup, as the first ever G-Shock from 1983 was the DW-5000, and current 5000-5600 series watches still use its iconic “square” case. Current 5000 models like the GW-5000, GMW-B5000, and DW-50XX anniversary edition are special origin tribute models, and feature a stainless steel inner case and screw-back like the original DW-5000.
The MR-G series is the top of the G-Shock lineup and features watches made of a specially treated and hardened titanium. Though early models included all-digital displays, it is now a luxury analog line. The MRG-B5000 will presumably be a return to an all-digital display.
The MRG-B5000 is expected to be the peak 5000 model (excluding the limited and solid gold G-D5000-9). It’s hard to imagine what will set the MRG-B5000 apart from a GMW-B5000. We assume that it will be made of hardened titanium with a DLC coating, but what else will justify a nearly $3,000 price and a move to the MR-G line?
Keep in mind that we do not know the certainty of this watch being released or the reliability of the original source.
Update: Great G-Shock World later reported on rumors that the MRG-B5000 will use the same TranTixxii titanium alloy as the GMW-B5000TR-9 and will also have a multi-color design like that model. Again, we have no idea how accurate or reliable this information is.
The MRG-110T-8 was one of the first full metal MR-G models from 1996.
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