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100,000,000th G-Shock: Casio G-Shock MR-G ‘Akazonae’ Watch

100,000,000th G-Shock: Casio Watch 06876 G-Shock MR-G 'Akazonae' Watch Watch Releases
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December30/ 2017

100,000,000th G-Shock: Casio Watch 06876 G-Shock MR-G 'Akazonae' Watch Watch Releases

The one hundred millionth G-Shock has rolled off the assembly line and been fitted with a commemorative caseback at Casio Watches G Shock Manual in Yamagata, Japan. G-Shock is, of course, a diverse family of product collections, but that is still a lot of watches. I wonder how many of those are still alive and faithfully showing the time since the first G-Shock was born in 1983. It wasn’t just any $100 G-Shock that was the one hundred millionth, but Casio made sure it was one to remember with a Casio G-Shock MR-G G1000B-1A4 “Akazonae” from the high-end MR-G sub-collection of G-Shock watches.

100,000,000th G-Shock: Casio Watches Retailers G-Shock MR-G 'Akazonae' Watch Watch Releases

100,000,000th G-Shock: Casio G-Shock MR-G 'Akazonae' Watch Watch Releases

The Casio G-Shock MR-G “Akazonae” watch is a G1000 series watch that has a titanium case with a dark DLC-coating and “Deep Layer Hardening” with red and gold accents. It differs in colors (and a “4” at the end of the reference number) from the Casio G-Shock MR-G MRGG1000B-1A we reviewed in detail here. Other G1000 watches have become special editions too, such as the “Hammer Tone” watches (hands-on here). The name Akazonae refers to the red accents and comes from the name of “a special military unit during Japan’s Warring States Period” that used a similarly deep red uniform. The Casio G-Shock MR-G “Akazonae” watch has an AR-coated sapphire crystal, is 200m water-resistant, and measures 54.7mm by 49.8mm with a thickness of 16.9mm and a weight of 153g. See all about its features in the above linked-to article. To be clear, there is no limited edition being released to the public to commemorate the hundred millionth G-Shock, and Casio will rather hold on to this one-off piece with a specially engraved caseback for its archives.

100,000,000th G-Shock: Casio G-Shock MR-G 'Akazonae' Watch Watch Releases

100,000,000th G-Shock: Casio G-Shock MR-G 'Akazonae' Watch Watch Releases

This hundred millionth watch is a good chance to briefly look back at the 35-year development of G-Shock watches. Separately, 2017 also brought the G-Shock 35th Anniversary Collection of matte black watches we covered here. Ever since watches began being carried in pockets, durability in the face of people’s daily lives (and more specific and extreme situations) has been a driving force for innovation right alongside accuracy. See our history of dive watches article here for more about the development of water-resistance and durability in watches.

100,000,000th G-Shock: Casio G-Shock MR-G 'Akazonae' Watch Watch Releases

Though quartz timekeeping technology was developed decades before it became viable for affordable mass-production, G-Shock is the ultimate representation of an accurate, durable, affordable plastic digital watch – and in many ways the 1980s decade itself. The impetus to start developing a “shock-proof” watch came when Casio engineer and now folk hero Kikuo Ibe looked in shock at his heirloom watch shattered by only a short drop to the floor, so the legend goes. The name, however, if you didn’t know, refers to the unit “g” used in mechanics to measure multiples of the acceleration of gravity.

100,000,000th G-Shock: Casio G-Shock MR-G 'Akazonae' Watch Watch Releases

The Casio GPW-2000 does not just feature GPS but additionally Bluetooth. Maybe, but perhaps not in the meaning that it has a touchscreen and needs to be billed on a daily basis. Timepieces like this represent Casio’s most recent attempt in their ongoing mission to have useful watches that you never need to fiddle with. The watch recharges the internal battery with sun (or some other ambient lighting), as well as the GPS and other programs are primarily included as a way to ensure the calendar and time setting are always accurate — regardless of where you’re in the world. “Gravitymaster” is the expression Casio utilizes because of their nicer pilot-themed watches, therefore in addition, there are some features in this timepiece which are meant for aviators of all kinds. That starts with the comparatively (to get a Casio) clean and quite legible dial which I have come to really appreciate.Before talking about the plan of this watch I want to talk tech a little more. I will not analyze each quality of the watch in a lot of detail for 2 main reasons. One, this guide could go on for several pages if I was to detail the features available in this watch, and second, I want to focus on what the typical wearer will likely use in their daily life.I discussed this in length in the launching hands-on article of this GPW-2000 — I won’t explain it again in as much detail — but let’s discuss accuracy. Casio is obsessed with the concept that the ideal watch requires virtually no intervention by the consumer to be reliable. For that reason they’ve engineered out the requirement to change the battery or set time — but this is a procedure where preceding inventions are always built upon. The GPW-2000 supplies a brand new “triple redundancy” feature designed to create certain that the time is always accurate — and to my knowledge no other watch company offers anything like this.In order to acquire the true time, the opinion must reference outside information and it could do this in three different ways. The order it chooses to find this information (it assesses daily or can be manually performed) relies on which uses the smallest amount of electricity — hence promoting operational efficiency. The opinion first uses Bluetooth to ping paired mobile phone to check internet time. There is an application associated with the watch (G-SHOCK CONNECTED) that you download so as to facilitate this connection.

Kikuo Ibe

The first G-Shock was the square-shaped DW-5000C, which is the progenitor of today’s 5600 series. A lot of early G-Shocks were plain black as they were intended for rough wearing by professionals before they became an urabn fashion icon and palate for seemingly unlimited wild color variations. But durability and practicality remained a focus for many models as Casio Watches Parts continually crammed more technology, features, and functions into a growing range of shapes, often designed for specific purposes.

100,000,000th G-Shock: Casio G-Shock MR-G 'Akazonae' Watch Watch Releases

Tough Solar, Casio’s light-charging technology, was a major milestone in 1998 on the DW-9300 (also a very classic G-Shock line), followed by ever more durability features, sensors, and functions. More recently Casio is locked in competition with the other two major Japanese watch makers, Seiko and Citizen, to create the ultimate tech watch with features like time syncing via satellites and radio, as well as more and more smartwatch-like features such as connectivity to one’s smartphone via Bluetooth. The features available in even basic G-Shocks are often too many to tackle in anything but list form, and I’m including Casio’s list of “Key G-Shock Models” with the technology they introduced in the gallery below.

100,000,000th G-Shock: Casio G-Shock MR-G 'Akazonae' Watch Watch Releases

100,000,000th G-Shock: Casio Watches Vintage G-Shock MR-G 'Akazonae' Watch Watch Releases

There are very good, practical reasons for using plastic and digital displays both for durability and cost, and those things define the personality and distinctiveness that I appreciate about G-Shocks. The higher-end G-Shocks like the MR-G and MT-G carry Casio’s latest technology with premium materials and parts, and are assembled in Japan, often by hand, as we observed during a visit to the G-Shock headquarters and facilities (an absolutely fun read). They are cool, but an entirely different animal from those more “pure” G-Shocks such as the plastic wonder I’m wearing as I type this article. The Casio G-Shock MR-G G1000B-1A4 Akazonae watch is one of those halo products meant to represent the pinnacle of Casio technology.

100,000,000th G-Shock: Casio Watches Mudmaster G-Shock MR-G 'Akazonae' Watch Watch Releases

There will be no slowing or stopping with the hundred millionth G-Shock, and the future may just hold a commemorative caseback with a statement like “billions and billions served.” G-Shock having conquered the earth, Mr. Ibe has his sights set on the universe. The Casio G-Shock MR-G G1000B-1A4 “Akazonae” with the commemorative hundred millionth G-Shock commemorative caseback, alas, is not for sale, surely to the disappointment of some hardcore G-Shock collectors out there. The standard production model has a price of $3,000 in the US. g-shock.com