Casio’s best selling G-Shock Full Metal – essentially the original G-Shock design of 1983 executed entirely in steel (or titanium) – is now available in yet another iteration. The G-Shock Full Metal ‘Grid’ (ref. GMW-B5000CS) is covered in a square-lattice motif that represents the “time tunnel that connects the past with the future”, a nod to the vintage inspiration of the Full Metal model.
The case and bracelet are stainless steel that’s first finished with a black ion plating, and then laser engraved with the grid pattern, bringing to mind the laser-engraved pixel pattern on last year’s camouflage model. The laser not only light etches the surface, but also removes the black coating, revealing the steel substrate beneath. Both the case and bracelet are covered in the etched grid, with the motif continuing onto the crystal as a printed pattern,
Aesthetics aside, the Full Metal ‘Grid’ is identical to the standard steel model. The case is the same size as well as weight, and contains the same electronic module that has the usual functions as well as smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth. It’s solar powered and charged via solar cells on the face; at full charge it’ll run almost two years with the power-saving function turned on.
The Grid is priced at US$800, which is a step up compared to the US$550 for the entry-level black-coated model. That’s because it’s a limited-production special edition like last year’s Full Metal Aged IP, which means it’ll be in production only for a couple of months.
Key facts and price
G-Shock Full Metal ‘Grid’
Diameter: 49.3 mm by 43.2 mm
Height: 13 mm
Material: Steel with black coating
Water resistance: 200 m
Functions: Digital, multifunction, Bluetooth connectivity
Power reserve: 22 months with power-saving function on
Limited edition: No
Availability: From May 2020 at G-Shock stores and retailers
For more information, visit Gshock.com.
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