There was a time when G-Shock watches weren’t the behemoths that they are today, and that time was actually not very long ago as the shift towards bigger models started in the 2010s. People with smaller wrists may be daunted by the prospect of wearing a Mudmaster GWG-1000, but there are still many smaller G-Shock watches to choose from. These are the models that are commonly referred to as “mid-size” and include the classic models as well as some newer ones.
Please read this before dismissing the large G-Shock models:
When talking about small wrists, I generally mean wrists that are around 6 to 6.5 inches (15-16.5 centimeters). I should make it clear that I don’t believe a Mudmaster GWG-1000 or Rangeman GW-9400 is necessarily too big for a wrist of this size. Some people get a bit self-conscious about wearing a large watch, and I am guilty of this myself. I have a 6.5-inch wrist and I initially thought that the G-9300 Mudman was too large as well as the GWN-1000 Gulfmaster, but I got used to wearing them. Even now when I look at the Gulfmaster on my wrist it seems very large (but feels perfectly comfortable). However, when I see photos of myself wearing the watch it looks fine and not excessive, and I have come to appreciate the size of the display. Nobody has ever commented about the watch’s size but I have received compliments about its looks. There is no set of rules that says certain models are too big for certain wrists, as G-Shock watches are designed to accommodate a wide range of sizes and can fit comfortably on smaller wrists. Sometimes the thought of a G-Shock being too big is just an ingrained bias that can be overcome with time, but you should only wear what you’re comfortable with.
Here is an overview of the mid-size G-Shock watches that are suitable for small wrists.
Classic Mid-Size Digital G-Shock Watches
These classic models include the DW-5600, DW-6900, and DW-9052, which can all be found on our basic and affordable G-Shock list. This also includes all other variants of the 5600 and 6900 lines like the solar-powered GW-M5610, GLS-5600, and GW-6900, with the exception of the GD-X6900 line which is an extra-large size. Those who want the smallest profile should go with a 5600 series G-Shock, as they are some of the thinnest models available. Other series to consider are the recently revived DW-5700 and GWX-5700 which are similar to the 5600 series but with a round face. The G-9000 Mudman (amazon link) is a mid-size model from the 2000s (not to be confused with the larger G-9300).
Also consider other all-digital Tough Solar with Multi-Band 6 watches such as the GW-2310 and GW-M500 series. The G-7900 and GW-7900 are also close to a mid-range size but they are very thick.
Mid-Size Analog-Digital G-Shock Watches
Those who prefer analog-digital G-Shocks should consider the basic G-100 (also on our affordable list above), AW-591, and the solar-powered AWG-M100 series (amazon link). More recent options include the GA-800 series which is the most affordable G-Shock with a third analog hand (something that traditionalists might desire), and the fitness-oriented G-SQUAD GBA-800 with a built-in pedometer and Bluetooth link.
Mid-Size G-Shock G-STEEL Watches
G-Shock G-STEEL watches are the best option for those who want a more upscale style of analog watch (particularly with the models that have a stainless steel bezel or band). These solar-powered 300-series models include the number 300, 310, or 330 in the model numbers. Note that the G-STEEL 100-series models are the larger size. The 300-series watches are close to a large size but significantly smaller than the 100 series.
The difference between the GST-S130C-1A and GST-S330C-1A below is 59.1 x 52.4 x 16.1mm versus 55.9 x 49.3 x 15.3mm.
G-Shock S Series Watches
The G-Shock S Series is a specialty line of smaller G-Shock watches created for women, but recent models have more unisex styles like the Military Collection and Metallic Face Series. These watches are about 30% smaller than their large-case counterparts. They are recommended for those with smaller wrists, women, teens, and older children, but are also a viable option for anyone who just wants a smaller G-Shock.