- G-Shock Ships 100-Millionth G-SHOCK Shock-Resistant Watch
(First model, Launched 1983)
Casio Ships 100-Millionth G-SHOCK Shock-Resistant Watch
TOKYO, September 1, 2017 – Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today that total worldwide shipments of G-SHOCK watches passed the 100 million unit mark in August this year. Casio began selling G-SHOCK shock-resistant watches in April 1983.
The development of G-SHOCK began in 1981 with an engineer’s passion to create a rugged watch that would not break even if dropped. Two years and over 200 prototypes later, the first G-SHOCK model, the DW-5000C, featuring an all-new shock-resistant construction, was released in 1983. It overturned the accepted notion of the time that wristwatches are inherently fragile and susceptible to shocks, and established a new product category: the “tough watch.” Since then, G-SHOCK has continued to evolve with improved functions and performance.
* FY2018 figure represents units shipped as of end August
Casio is determined to keep moving forward with the G-SHOCK brand, so that customers worldwide can continue to enjoy these outstanding watches. The aim is to ensure that every new G-SHOCK developed exceeds expectations.
From G-SHOCK Concept to Creation (1981 to 1983)
G-SHOCK development began in 1981. It was a time when watches could be easily damaged by shock and were considered to be sensitive instruments requiring careful handling. The concept for G-SHOCK arose when a Casio watch developer accidentally dropped a watch he had received from his parents after passing his high school entrance exam. Sadly, the watch broke. He made up his mind to create a new kind of watch that would not break even if dropped. After over 200 prototypes, a hollow watch case structure was finally devised that supported the core module at certain points. A covering of urethane was also formed around the entire case. This became the DW-5000C, the first G-SHOCK model, which was launched in 1983. The G-SHOCK name was coined from the development concept of a watch that can withstand a strong shock caused by gravity (free fall).
A Hit in the United States (1984 to 1990)
In 1984, a G-SHOCK commercial in the United States showed an ice hockey player hitting a G-SHOCK DW-5200C instead of a puck. People started to wonder if the watch could really be as strong as shown in the commercial, and a popular TV program recreated the scenario to verify the watch’s strength. The G-SHOCK still kept accurate time, and G-SHOCK became widely known as a shock-resistant watch. The watch size also suited the wrists of many American men, and it became popular with outdoor enthusiasts, firefighters, police officers, and others, turning it into a popular brand in the United States. Then, with the adoption of innovative liquid crystal graphics for the DW-5900C released in 1990, the brand became especially popular with skateboarders on the US West Coast.
A Hit in Japan (early 1990s)
In the 1990s, the latest American street fashion started to be featured in Japanese magazines, causing the same fashions to take off in Japan, along with a new interest in G-SHOCK. At that time, the DW-5900C was only available outside the country. However, it began to appear in Japanese clothing stores as an imported fashion accessory and gradually became popular with young fashion-forward Japanese. Its popularity grew when some famous musicians and action movie heroes began wearing G-SHOCK. A magazine article graphically chronicling G-SHOCK models drew attention to even earlier models. This further boosted the popularity of G-SHOCK. The total number of watches shipped in Japan grew from about 10,000 in 1990 to about 700,000 by 1995, confirming it as an exceptional hit product. G-SHOCK became the first digital watch to be adopted by youth fashion.
- Aiming to increase the diversity of G-SHOCK wearers, Casio expanded the model lineup in the mid-1990s. In 1996, the MRG-1 was released as part of the new MR-G series designed to appeal to adult men as well as youth. The MRG-100 was also released in the same year, featuring both a full metal casing and shock resistance. This marked the start of an initiative to make G-SHOCK a brand that both youth and adults love.
- Lineup Expansion / Connecting with Sport and Youth Culture (mid to late 1990s) Aiming to increase the diversity of G-SHOCK wearers, Casio expanded the model lineup in the mid-1990s. In 1996, the MRG-1 was released as part of the new MR-G series designed to appeal to adult men as well as youth. The MRG-100 was also released in the same year, featuring both a full metal casing and shock resistance. This marked the start of an initiative to make G-SHOCK a brand that both youth and adults love.
Continual Innovation (present)
By continuing to challenge the conventional notion of the watch, the evolution of G-SHOCK is still going strong today. Featuring Bluetooth® 4.0 compatibility, the GB-6900 (2012) can link with the wearer’s smartphone, creating new value in a wristwatch. The GPW-1000 (2014) offers a hybrid time acquisition system allowing it to receive time-calibration signals from both GPS satellites and six radio transmitters worldwide. This enables even more accurate timekeeping anywhere on the planet. In May 2017, Casio released the GPW-2000 featuring the Connected Engine 3-Way module. The module receives both radio wave and GPS satellite time calibration signals, while also connecting to time servers by pairing with a smartphone. It automatically updates the watch’s internal data on time zones and daylight savings time (DST) from a smartphone, keeping it updated at all times, for a whole new level of timekeeping accuracy. Casio will continue to challenge the conventional notion of the watch by delivering new functions and performance never imagined before.
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