David Bernstein has been an online writer for more than 8 years. He particularly enjoys reviewing and writing about watches.
Have You Heard of the G-Shock Watch?
The Casio G-Shock brand is famous all over the world and has produced tough, high-tech, and stylish watches for over thirty-five years. In addition, many of its watches are affordable, with some starting as low as $89. They are worn by a wide variety of well-known celebrities, from musicians and actors to sports stars and royalty.
G Shock's other brands, Baby-G and G-Shock Mini, are also popular. Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, and Rihanna have all been seen wearing them.
Since I've been looking into purchasing one, I thought I would share what I've learned with you. Here are the eight best G-Shock watches that I've come across.
The Aviation Range: GW3500B-1A
Black and Yellow
Analog + Digital
Solar powered, water resistant to 200m, 1/100th second stopwatch, LED light
Between $260 and $360
Classic XL White: GA110C-7A
Analog + Digital
Magnetic resistance, LED light, countdown timer, calendar
$100 - $120
Classic Red: G7900A-4
Low temperature resistance, tide and moon graphs
Classic White: DW6900FS-8
Light feature, 200m water resistance, various alarms
$70 - $100
Master of G Range: GF8250-9
Tracking time in 31 time zones, moon data, 4 alarms, 1/100th second stopwatch, 200m water resistant, entirely shock resistant
Classic: 6900 Sneaker Culture
White or Black
Digital + Analog
Anti-magnetic structure and a fully pre-programmed calendar
Tide and moon graph, 200m water resistance, multiple alarms, compatibilities to world time zones
Master of G: G9300er-5
Khaki and Brown
Thermometer, a digital compass, and 200m water resistance
$200 - $400
In the picture above, you can see Prince Harry, fifth in the line to the British throne, wearing his G-Shock watch. Prince Harry is a big fan of watches in general, but I think this looks better than his Rolex (which cost about 100 times as much!)
In the picture below, you can see Usher and Justin Bieber pose with their G-Shocks. Usher is wearing the DW-6900CS-7ER model, and Bieber is showing off his GLX-5600-4ER.
Other celebrities that like G-Shock include Dr. Dre, LMFAO, Eminem, Tom Cruise, Vin Diesel, Austin Mahone, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Pharrell Williams, Wiz Khalifa, Brad Pitt, and Travis McCoy. Not a bad endorsement at all!
1. The Aviation Range: GW3500B-1A
There are currently five different watches in this range. G-Shock boasts that they can function properly even at the 12Gs that are felt in an air race (hence the title of the collection). The watch is also resistant to drops, water, ice, hammers, pistons, and vibrations.
These watches retail between $260 and $360 (or £160 for UK residents) but I've found them for under $240, including postage. My favorite watch is GW3500B-1A which is slightly different from its counterparts since it weighs less (82g instead of 146g), and is the only digital and analogue watch in the range. It can also keep track of the time in nearly fifty different cities around the globe.
Other features include:
- Solar power (so you don't need to change the battery)
- Water resistant to 200m
- 1/100th second stopwatch
- LED light
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It is not bad-looking either!
2. Classic XL White: GA110C-7A
This watch (GA110C-7A) stands out from the others in the collection range. It can time accurately to within 1/1000th second and indicate speed as well.
Some other features include:
- Magnetic resistance
- LED light
- Countdown timer
It's also 4mm bigger than the usual watches. I think it looks really great in white, as does its counterpart in black (GA110C-1A). They both retail for $120. However, I was able to find it in the UK for £60 for the black watch and about $100 in the US.
3. Classic Red: G7900A-4
This G7900A-4 watch in eye-catching red has many features including low temperature resistance, tide and moon graphs, and other flashy features. It also only weighs two ounces! Additionally, it's available in black (G7900-1) and in white (G7900A-7). All the watches retail at $99.
If you're willing to look, however, they can be found in some places for considerably less than this cost however. I am proud to own the yellow version of this watch and can testify to the fact that it is very comfortable and easily read. Friends, family, and colleagues also never fail to compliment it.
I would really recommend this watch since it looks great, has fantastic features, and is relatively inexpensive.
4. Classic White: DW6900FS-8
This is at the cheapest end of the G-Shock spectrum, but do not let the price deter you as it still has many features, including 200m water resistance, various alarms and other gadgets.
This is the watch that Justin Bieber has been seen wearing on multiple occasions. Even though it seems to be popular on the wrists of various pop stars aside from Beiber (including Dr. Dre and Eminem to name a few) it can be found for just $78 on Amazon in the US or £82 in the UK.
Looking like a pop star doesn't have to break the bank! This was the first Casio G-Shock I owned, and in my opinion it is the iconic model of this brand. It is very light (it hardly feels like I am wearing a watch at all, in contrast to my other stainless steel clunky bracelet watches), and it fits very comfortably.
I like the light feature which means I can use it in the middle of the night!
5. Master of G Range: GF8250-9
Ranging from $99 to $450, the Master of G Range is comprised of nine different watches which are even tougher than the others!
My favourite is the Tough Solar Yellow (GF8250-9) which retails at $450 (trust me to pick the most expensive one!). It can do more than any other watch in the brand.
Its features include:
- Tracking time in 31 time zones
- Moon data
- 4 alarms
- 1/100th second stopwatch
- 200m water resistant
- Entirely shock resistant
I found it at Sky Watch Dealers for £255 including postage or $328.90 on Amazon, although there was a secondhand one for just $70 there as well.
6. Classic: 6900 Sneaker Culture
This new set of extra large classic watches are very cool and I would argue that they're even better than the last, with a whole host of additional features, including an impressive anti-magnetic structure and a fully pre-programmed calendar until the end of the century; and trust me you'll want to wear it until then!
It comes in a variety of colours that are 'inspired by sneaker fashions.' The case itself is huge, 55mm x 52mm, so it truly is a fashion statement. It retails with Casio for $130, and you will struggle to find a lower price on the internet. Since Casio is now sold out of many of these watches, your best bet to find them might be on Ebay or Amazon.
I love the boldness and display of this watch, particularly the size.
7. Classic: G6900KG-3CR
This watch is my personal favourite. It looks both cool and classy and would go with shorts and a t-shirt or more formal attire. The colour, olive green, looks fantastic. It is G Shock's first military-style solar power watch. Some of its features include:
- Tide and moon graph
- 200m water resistance
- Multiple alarms
- Compatibilities to world time zones
Its retail price is only $120 and it can be found on eBay for just £65! The display of this watch is really cool and I love the shape.
8. Master of G: G9300er-5
G Shock has added to the Master of G range, which now comprises of 11 different watches in 4 different styles (Frogman, Riseman, Gulfman and Mudman). The one seen here is the G9300er-5, part of the Mudman Collection.
It boasts a thermometer, a digital compass, and 200m water resistance. It can be bought for approximately £160-£180 on a variety of websites. This watch is reminiscent of the older G shock watches and certainly deserves a spot in the top eight because of its wide range of features.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Jay Dunning on March 25, 2017:
I have a Casio calculator watch that I have had for years. I used to wear a genuine Cartier Santos steel and gold watch but the Casio is much more serviceable and has a light for in darkness!
Jack blayford on July 24, 2015:
I have the waveceptor AWG-M100A-1AER and I must say it is a fantastic watch my favourite