Sorry GMW-B5000TFC-1 owners, but a new solid gold G-Shock will be the ultimate square…
Back in 2015 at Baselworld, Casio revealed the “Dream Project” G-Shock which had a bezel and band made out of 18-karat gold. This was essentially a metallic, real gold version of the fan-favorite GW-5000-1JF and like that model had Tough Solar power, Multi-Band 6 radio timekeeping, and a screw-back case. Only one piece was produced as a concept which subsequently made the rounds at Casio stores and events around the world and it was never intended to be sold or mass-produced. With the release of the stainless steel GMW-B5000 series in 2018 which was obviously heavily inspired by the Dream Project G-Shock and the revelation of the new origin-themed Sapphire Crystal G-Shock concept, the “pure gold” G-Shock was thought to be relegated to the annals of Casio history, but in a surprising turn of events it is now coming back to life.
According to news.mynavi.jp, in a speech at the G-Shock 35th Anniversary Fan Festa in Shibuya, G-Shock creator Kikuo Ibe revealed that the Dream Project was secretly continued and that Casio is actually manufacturing a limited run of authentic gold G-Shock watches for sale. As an official release, the gold G-Shock will meet the full specifications for shock and water resistance. Assuming the photo presented during the speech is an accurate representation of the final product, the watch will have a reverse LCD display unlike the standard LCD of the original concept model and will have Tough Solar/Multi-Band 6 but not Bluetooth like the GMW-B5000. There will only be 35 pieces available worldwide. The model number, full specifications, and price have not been released yet and more details will be revealed after February 2019.
This ultra-exclusive upcoming model should not be confused with the GMW-B5000GD-9 which is a standard release with the same color scheme but with a stainless steel bezel and bands with a gold-colored ion plating, the Bluetooth mobile link feature, and presumably a much lower price.
Update: Best Ishida referred to this model as the “金無垢（K-18）G-SHOCK” which translates to “Pure Gold (18k) G-Shock.”
Photo via news.mynavi.jp