NBA player and Team G-Shock member Rui Hachimura is getting his own signature watch with the G-Shock GST-B100RH-1A. The watch is the first G-Shock signature model collaboration with a basketball player. The GST-B100RH-1AJR will be released in Japan on August 8, 2020, with a list price of 62,000 JPY. The GST-B100RH-1A was also announced internationally and is expected to be released worldwide. (Update: G-Shock U.S. released the GSTB100RH-1A with a list price of $480. The GST-B100RH-1AER is also being released in Europe.)
The solar-powered and Bluetooth-enabled GST-B100RH-1A has a gold IP case and bezel, gold markers, red accents, and a dual-layer black resin band with a red inner layer. Red accents appear at the 8 o’clock marker and on the button pipe to represent Hachimura’s jersey number. The gold IP case back and band keeper are imprinted with Hachimura’s unique “Black Samurai” logo, which his mother created. The logo features a hachi (8) character crossed with a Japanese sword to resemble the letter H.
In addition to Tough Solar power and Bluetooth smartphone link, the GST-B100RH-1A features shock resistance, 200-meter water resistance, dual time with home city swapping, 1-second stopwatch (23:59’59 max with split), countdown timer (24 hours), daily alarm, battery level indicator, date display with day indicator, power saving function, and Super Illuminator LED light with afterglow.
Rui Hachimura attended Gonzaga University and became the first Japanese national to play in an NCAA basketball tournament. In 2019, Hachimura was drafted ninth overall by the Washington Wizards, becoming the second Japanese-born player to be drafted in the NBA and the first to be drafted in the first round. He is also a member of the Japanese national team and plans to play in the Olympics.
The Washington Wizards are scheduled to play the Phoenix Suns on July 31, 2020, as the NBA season makes it return at Disney World.
G-Shock published a special website for the collaboration at world.g-shock.com.
Rui Hachimura x G-Shock GST-B100RH-1A Signature Model Promotional Video:
Rui Hachimura reacts to the GST-B100RH-1A in an exclusive interview.
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Esta bonito y raro pero me gustan mas otros modelos
Any idea why it’s so much more expensive in Japan? 62,000 JPY is about $585 USD
Yeah, that seems to be common these days with G-Shock watches when you compare the Japan price to the USA price. It might have to do with the increased sales tax in Japan, which was raised from 8% to 10% in late 2019. (I know that’s the pre-tax price you mentioned.) People spend less after sales tax is raised, so a business might raise its prices to make up for the decline in sales and profit. (Casio has acknowledged that the increased consumption tax hurt sales in Japan). Or maybe it’s just that the U.S. market doesn’t support as high prices as the Japan market does.