List of G-Shock square watches

April 15, 2017

No doubt Casio had a winner when they created the "Gravitational Shock" watch in 1983. The long name was soon changed to "G-Shock", and the rest is history. Designed by the Japanese engineer Kikuo Ibe, his goal was to "have a 10-year battery life, be water resistant to 10 bar, and survive a 10m fall onto a hard surface." That's how the DW-5000C was born in the early 1980s, and officially launched in April 1983. Today G-Shocks are a huge fashion icon, and popular all over the world. In this post I want to focus on the history of the so called "squares", which as the name implies, come with the square classic design that started it all.

1) DW-5000 Series | 1983 


1. DW-5000C-1A
2. DW-5000C-1B

2) DW-5200 Series | 1984

This series was launched in 1984 and is essentially the same as the original G-Shock, that was launched the year before. It has the same 240 module and a liquid crystal display. The nickname of this watch is "The Hero", allegedly because this model saved the G-Shock series and lead it to success. It was discontinued in 1987, when the popular DW-5600 series was launched.

3) DW-5500 Series | 1985



1. DW-5500C-1
2. DW-D5500-1B
3. GW-5510BW-7JF
4. DW-D5500MR-4JF

The DW-5500 series is technically a G-Shock square, however the square is more rectangular than the classic G-Shock square with rounded corners, so I hesitated to include it on this list. Not only because of that fact, but because it's one of the fugliest G-Shocks ever made, it's an eye sore of a design. Just like the 5600 series, this one has several sub-series (DW-5500, G-5500 and GW-5500), but not many models are being sold today (you can still purchase GW-5510BW-7JF in Japan). I would never buy one of these, unless I'd plan to dress up like a 1980s movie star for carnival.

4) DW-5600 Series | 1987



1. DW-5600E-1V
2. DW-5600BB-1JF
3. DW-5600EG-9V
4. DW-5600HR-1

The DW-5600 series is one of the longest running and most successful G-Shock square series Casio has ever launched. It comprises of two types, the DW-5600C, the classic from the 1980s and 1990s, and the DW5600E, which is still sold today in various variations and comes in several sub-series.

4.1) DW-5600CF Sub-series



1. DW-5600CF-2JF
2. DW-5600CF-3JF
3. DW-5600CF-8JF

This sub-series is also called "The G-Python range", it's a military inspired DW-5600 series with camouflage colors (hence CF in the name). These watches are meant for soldiers, as well as urban street toughs.

4.2) DW-5600M Sub-series



1. DW-5600M-2
2. DW-5600M-3
3. DW-5600M-4
4. DW-5600M-8

This sub-series is called Military series, but it doesn't come with camouflage colors like the G-Python range above. These are fashion watches, not really to my liking, but they target a very young audience.

5) G-5600 Series | 2002



1. G-5600-1JF
2. G-5600E-1
3. G-5600KG-3CR

The G-5600 series is kind of like the modernized version of the classic G-Shock, but with new features like Tough Solar and waveceptor technology. The quality of the band and crystal is also better, so is the module, which has features like world time and many more. I personally owned a G-5600-1DR and have reviewed it here.

6) GW-5000 Series | 2005



1. GW-5000-1JF
2. GW-5000B-1JR

This is a very similar series to the G-5600, but it's actually the direct replacement of the classic DW-5000 with modern internals and features such as the Tough Solar and waveceptor.

7) GW-S5600 Series | 2010


1. GW-S5600-1JF
2. GW-S5600B-1JF

This is a special edition GW-5600 watch, that comes with a carbon fiber band and case, as well as a titanium case back. This is a very durable watch as compared to the regular one, but it costs 2-3 times more. It's also harder to find outside of Japan. A 30-Years anniversary edition named GW-M5630D-1JR was launched in 2013, that looks a bit like the classic DW-5000C-1B.

8) GW-M5610 Series | 2010



1. GW-M5610-1 / -1JF
2. GW-M5610BC-1JF
3. GW-M5610-1BJF
4. GW-M5610NV-2JF
5. GW-M5610B-1 / -1JF
6. GW-M5610BA-1JF
7. GW-M5610R-1JF

The GW-M5610 series is the modern version of the DW-5600 and comes with the Tough Solar, waveceptor, and some other functions, and has one of the larger numbers of models for all kinds of flavors. This is the most common classic G-Shock square, and a favorite of many customers.

9) GX-56/GXW-56 Series | 2010



1. GX-56-1B / GXW-56-1BJF
2. GX-56-1A
3. GXW-56E-1
4. GX-56GB-1
5. GXW-56KG-3 / -3JF
6. GXW-56-4
7. GX-56DGK-1JR (sp. edit.)
8. GX-56BB-1

The GX-56/GXW-56 Series is the so called "King of G-Shock", it's the largest G-Shock ever made, it's huge. Launched in 2010, this series is now close to extinct. Right now only the GX-56BB-1 is being sold, other models have been discontinued. There are a lot of fans of this series, and Casio made a big mistake to discontinue it.

10) GLX-5600 Series | 2008



1. GLX-5600-1
2. GLX-5600C-1
3. GLX-5600C-2
4. GLX-5600-7
5. GLX-5600A-3
6. GLX-5600-4

This series of G-Shocks are called G-Lide line-up. They have a tide and moon graph functionality and 200M Water resistance. They were made for surfers. A special edition GLX-5600FAT3-2 was made, being a big success in Japan.

11) GB-5600 Series | 2012



1. GB-5600B-1JF
2. GB-5600B-1BJF

The GB-5600 Series, or the Bluetooth series, is basically a more advanced version of the GW-5600. It offers smartphone synchronisation offering call and message alerts. It's a kind of a smartwatch with basic functionality, suitable for business people, managers, but also freelancers might enjoy it.

I hope the list was comprehensive enough for all of you who are searching for their perfect G-Shock square. I will be updating it in the future, when Casio comes out with some amazing new square editions.

CASIO G-Shock G-5600E-1DR review

March 5, 2017

G-SHOKKU!

The CASIO G-Shock G-5600E-1DR is my latest timepiece acquisition, and I'm pretty impressed with it. I was never into G-Shocks, but I've recently fell in love with the squares, and decided to get my first one. I was heavily researching G-Shock squares before making my buying decision, and I chose this one, because it's the only Tough Solar model without Multi Band 6, which I felt was nothing that I really need and pay more for it. However I wanted the solar charging, so this was the best choice for me. I bought it via PC Home, it cost me 3060 NTD (around 99 USD). It's not the cheapest square, but also not the most expensive (they can go up to 300 USD), for me it was a nice sweet spot. Check out my pictures and read about my impressions and experience below:

Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter review

February 4, 2017


So I bought the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter from Apple together with the latest MacBook Pro "13-inch (no TouchBar), mainly because I needed an USB-C to HDMI adapter, which is required for my work. I'm doing a lot of presentations and need it to connect to projectors. Retailing at 1690 NTD (USD 49), this adapter certainly wasn't cheap. With that said, it did come with another USB-A and USB-C port, effectively giving me 3 different I/O ports, and thus adding additional value. There are other pure USB-C to HDMI adapters from third party brands, but I opted for Apple's own product, because I know their quality control is one of the best in the industry (I know that from friends in the Taiwanese supply chain). Since I bought an expensive laptop, I'm not going to save money on USB-C adapters. There were stories about bad quality USB-C cables causing issues with products, and that's definitely something I want to prevent.

Top 5 USB-C adapters for the new MacBook Pro (Late 2016)

January 30, 2017

USB Type-C dongles and adapters are a necessity for everybody who's recently purchased a MacBook or a MacBook Pro. Now that I have preordered my new MacBook Pro "13 inch without TouchBar, I am also looking to snag some USB-C dongles and adapters, as well as other accessories, such as an external drive or pen drive. I researched the web and this is my list of all the USB-C accessories that I would recommend to anybody, who's living the future today.

1. USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter | by Apple


This dongle is my top choice, and I have preordered one for my new MacBook Pro. It's a USB-C to USB-C/HDMI/USB-A adapter, designed in typical Apple white minimalism, which appeals to me a lot. Apple says this adapter draws power from your MacBook even when the Mac is asleep. If your computer isn't connected to AC power, be sure to unplug the adapter to avoid draining your battery.

Why USB Type-C is the future

January 29, 2017

I've finally decided that I'm going to get one of the new MacBook Pros after being very pleasantly surprised during my first hands-on experience. I will blog about my new notebook later when I receive it, right now my main concerns is connectivity, or the lack thereof. I have to find ways to adapt to having only 2 x USB Type-C connectors (no pun intended). What is USB-C anyway, you may ask?


My new MacBook Pro impressions in Taipei

January 1, 2017

A few days ago I was finally able to see the new 2016 MacBook Pro in Taipei's Syntrend IT mall, and had a brief hands on experience. Given all the negativity in the tech press when the new laptops were announced and shipped, I was pretty positively surprised, when I saw them in real. The design is amazingly beautiful! Right next to them were the old Retina MacBook Pro's and boy did they look "old" and outdated. These new MacBook Pros are a work of art, that's for sure. Images don't do them justice, you need to see them in real to admire the design. Another concern was the new keyboard, but after typing with it for some time, I was also pleasantly surprised, it's actually quite nice, much better than the MacBook keyboard, which I can't stand. The screen is amazing, so is the Trackpad. The only negative would be the lack of SD card port. As a hobby photographer, I would really miss it, but then again I'm already used to a dongle that I use together with my iPad Pro and my iPhone. I would probably get used to it.

2016 MacBook Pro ("15)

The new "15 MacBook Pro.