Introducing the Casio G-SHOCK Full Metal-Clad GMW-B5000 in Red

Introducing the Casio G-SHOCK Full Metal-Clad GMW-B5000 in Red

Casio’s iconic G-SHOCK is a watch that has seen more versions, iterations and limited editions than practically any other watch in existence. The indestructible digital watch is a versatile, powerful platform for customisation. But back in 2018, the watch received an upgrade that had everyone paying attention. I am talking, of course, about the first wave of Full Metal-Clad models.

Now it’s 2021, and full metal jackets are a way of life for G-SHOCK, adding even more durability and some up-market appeal to the famous square watch. This time around, the GMW-B5000RD-4DR adds something a little bolder to the palette. As you can’t help but have noticed, this watch boasts a rich red ion-plated case. It’s not the red of a fire engine but instead has a slightly purple, cherry-like flavour to it. Combine this colour with the 43.2mm wide case, and you’ve got a G-SHOCK that does more than stand out — it dominates the room. This is probably a good thing, and it’s a fun, characterful release timed in perfectly with the lunar new year.

The current generation G-SHOCK is powered by the brand’s solar Connected Engine, which can be paired either to radio waves or a smartphone to automatically adjust to the correct timezone. (© Revolution)
The current generation G-SHOCK is powered by the brand’s solar Connected Engine, which can be paired either to radio waves or a smartphone to automatically adjust to the correct timezone. (© Revolution)
The red ion-plated steel and resin case of this watch is water-resistant up to 200 metres. (© Revolution)
The red ion-plated steel and resin case of this watch is water-resistant up to 200 metres. (© Revolution)

Inside the watch is just as smart as out. As you might expect from a current-generation G-SHOCK, it’s powered by the brand’s Connected Engine, which can be paired either to radio waves or a smartphone to automatically adjust to the correct timezone. The G-SHOCK Connected app is an especially handy tool for managing some of the other functions of this feature rich watch.

Casio G-SHOCK Full Metal-Clad GMW-B5000 in red.
Casio G-SHOCK Full Metal-Clad GMW-B5000 in red. (© Revolution)
Casio G-SHOCK Full Metal-Clad GMW-B5000 in red. (© Revolution)

Being a G-SHOCK it’s also proven to be tough, rated to 200m of water resistance, and with a legible backlight. The construction also utilises a shock-resistant resin structure underneath the metal shell.

So, if you’re looking for something fun that’s up for a challenge, and red is your colour. The Casio G-SHOCK Full Metal-Clad GMW-B5000 in red could be for you.

Casio G-SHOCK Full Metal-Clad GMW-B5000 in red. (© Revolution)

Technical Specifications

Calibre

Tough solar Connected Engine, accurate to +/- 15 seconds per month

Functions

World time, stopwatch, countdown timer, alarm, smartphone connectivity and other features.

Case and bracelet

Red ion-plated steel and resin case, 49.3 × 43.2 × 13 mm, water-resistant to 200 metres. Total weight of approximately 167 grams.

The Casio G-SHOCK GMW-B5000RD-4DR has a retail price of USD 600

Casio G-SHOCK Full Metal-Clad GMW-B5000 in red.

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Felix Scholz

Felix Scholz has spent the last decade covering watches from his home in Australia. Given this, it's surprising that he still struggles with time zones. Over the years he's become a firm believer that less is more when it comes to watch design – except when a rainbow bezel is involved. He's written for numerous titles including Hodinkee, GQ, A Collected Man and more. These days he looks after the Australian edition of Revolution and takes a break from writing about watches to talk about them, as the co-host of OT: The Podcast.