You may recall I recently had been posting about chunky tacticool black digital-ish watches I want to buy. This has led me to once again spend way too much time looking for esoteric G-Shock watches with unique features and colorways.
I have a soft spot for 80s/90s-ish digital watches. Yesterday, I was talking with a friend who reminded me that this one time in 3rd grade, she thought it was very cool when I showed her my snazzy square Casio watch which if it wasn’t exactly like this F-91, was very similar.
More recently, as in 2013, for whatever reason I decided I wanted a white G-Shock, and I’m big on watches that are solar powered and sync with atomic clock signal broadcasts. Many G-Shocks have these features, so I went down the rabbit hole and ended up with the white G-6900EW-7 from the “Go Green” collection, whatever means, at the top of this post. It’s solar-powered, but doesn’t receive atomic clock signals.
Something you should know about G-Shock watches, there are bazillions of variants that Casio sells around the world and not in every market. So there’s a thriving trade in getting G-Shocks from other regions to get specific colors and/or features. This was one such non-USDM watch that I (relatively) easily tracked down.
There was just something about the glossy white finish and those green accents that I fucking loved and decided to pick it over the couple solar and atomic white G-Shock 6900s available at the time. Those were...
The GW-6900A-7, which is largely similar but with a little rougher white finish, and fewer purple accents than the green ones on mine.
And the GW-6900F-7JF, which has the gloss white, and some crimson accents including a dark red negative display, which is rather difficult to read.
These are also both cool but they just seemed less perfect looking to me than the green accent one so that’s what I picked. Every once in a while I have to slightly adjust the time by a minute or two but the battery still stays charged up perfectly after almost 7 years.
Anyway, lately I’ve been hankering for more G-Shocks, and I’ve once again been obsessing over getting just the perfect variant. Except with all this variety of options, I’ve found a few too many that I like. The first of those is the GAW-100BMC-1AER “Neo Tokyo” that I’ve already posted about.
This thing is huge and massive and chunky and stupid but this colorway is incredible. I’ve already nerded out about why in that other post. This is both solar and atomic but not available in the US. The otherwise identical GAS-100blahbittyblah that’s sold in the US is solar but not atomic. Gotta get me that atomic!
There’s another GAS/W-100 colorway which I also really love, but it’s a little over the top compared to the Neo Tokyo: the GAW-100BR-1AJF with a bunch of orange accents.
This one is similarly cool, but to me, if I’m going to wear a giant chunky-ass black watch, especially to work in my business casual office, it should have some subtlety to it, and this isn’t all that subtle.
There’s a white version too, and it’s cool, but the GAW-100 is biiiiig and I just can’t go full douchebro like this.
And now, a totally way too long list of other G-Shocks I’ve been eyeing. Remember how I said the thing about subtlety just now? Well, these mostly aren’t.
First up, the GWX-5600C-4JF, which is like the usual square G-Shock, but glossy red, atomic, solar, negative display, and as part of the G-LIDE collection, has a tide graph and moon phase display which I have no use for but they look cool.
I would buy this thing and the GAW-100 Neo Tokyo right now if I had no restraint. Definitely my other top option. There’s just something about a stupid glossy red square G-Shock.
There’s another ana-digi model called the GA-110 which has no atomic or solar versions, but its face has a cool design and Casio churns out all kinds of colorways for it.
Then there’s the GA-100 which is a slightly different plain regular ana-digi without solar/atomic, that has a kinda pilot watch looking face.
These are a lot of bright-ass colors, which I enjoy, because I like goofy-as-hell sneakers and watches like this. Fuck da haterz who can’t pull this stuff off.
If I had to pick one of these GA-110s or 100s to add to my hypothetical GAW-100 Neo Tokyo and red G-LIDE, I’d probably end up with the yellow GA-100A-9A or the navy with orange accents GA-100L-2A. The yellow one is like a Sony Sports Walkman in G-Shock form, and the blue & orange is just a really well-executed colorway.
There are of course many other G-Shock models I like. I’m growing tired of tracking down good pics of all of them, but fuck it, here’s some more!
Here’s the GW-9400 “Rangeman” which is a full digital model with atomic and solar, plus has a bunch of sensors like thermometer and shit in it because sensors are cool! The GW-9400-1 is the standard model available in the US.
But of course, there’s a bunch of other versions. A couple of them are also readily available, namely the blacked out GW9400-1B...
And the army green GW9400-3.
And then there’s the stuff from outside the US. The GW-9400BJ-1JF is regularly available in Japan.
And there are a few special, rare models that cost way too much on the secondary market because of scarcity.
GW-94ooRD-4JF “rescue red”
GW-9400FBJ-4JR Kobe City Fire Bureau special edition!
I’m fairly confident in my choice of the GAW-100 Neo Tokyo but for a chunky black watch that JDM blackout one with the orange accents is dooooooooope.
Anyway, there’s much more I found in this rabbit hole, but, I think I’ve fallen far enough. My bank account won’t be able to take this if I keep trying to scout more pics for y’all.