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Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000V Aged IP Full-Metal Watch Hands-On

Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000V Aged IP Full-Metal Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Japan’s Casio enjoyed so much success with the 2018 G-Shock GMW-B5000 watches (aBlogtoWatch hands-on here), that consumers were hard-pressed to find them available in retail stores. I recall hosting an event at a watch retailer last summer where the single GMW-B5000 watch available was sold soon after the event opened. I’ve personally scouted many Casio retailers around the world over the last year and, indeed, found that the GMW-B5000 was a bit of a ghost — and for good reason. What Casio did so well was create a mature but hip version of a core G-Shock look that so many people are after. 2019 continues to see Casio attempt to ramp up production to meet demand for the GMW-B5000 watches and, at the same time, they offer a new “aged IP” flavor of this all-metal G-Shock as the ref. GMW-B5000V (GMW-B5000V-1).

Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000V Aged IP Full-Metal Watch Hands-On Hands-On Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000V Aged IP Full-Metal Watch Hands-On Hands-On

This is one of the first “pre-aged” Casio watches I’ve seen. Japan’s fashion culture certainly loves vintage-style or attractively aged goods, but as far as I know, Casio hasn’t yet really come out with anything that fits that trend. Here we see Casio apply an “artificial aging” technique to the black ion-plated coating over the base steel case and matching bracelet. Casio remarks that the GMW-B5000V undergoes “proprietary aging processing to give a vintage look.” That pretty well sums up what this flavor of the GMW-B5000 “full metal” G-Shock watch is all about.

Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000V Aged IP Full-Metal Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Visually, the GMW-B5000V looks cooler than its description might suggest. In a lot of ways, having a pre-aged timepiece is out of character for Casio. It doesn’t fit with the indestructible theme of the G-Shock watch family, and it doesn’t always jibe with the modern and technological sensibilities of the brand. That said, this out-of-character product is great-looking in person and is certainly very fashionable. I really don’t want to see Casio pumping out “aging processed” watches, but if they produce something like the GMW-B5000V once in a while, I think it could make a lot of sense for the brand and its fans.

Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000V Aged IP Full-Metal Watch Hands-On Hands-On Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000V Aged IP Full-Metal Watch Hands-On Hands-On

What made the GMW-B5000 collection so popular to begin with was Casio’s skillful mixture of practicality and quality (along with price). The GMW-B5000V-1 is at the top of the price spectrum for the collection at $1,000 but still represents a very good value when you compare it to the pre-aged vintage-style watches offered by many luxury brands. Zenith, for example, does a pretty nice job with its pilot watch collection — if you want to spend at least several thousand dollars more for a watch.

Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000V Aged IP Full-Metal Watch Hands-On Hands-On

At its best, the GMW-B5000V looks like a G-Shock rediscovered from the 1980s, but for today. The squared case shape, screen design, and bracelet all feel like elements of 1980s Casio. But this is a high-end G-Shock product complete with a well-polished and -designed case, DLC-coated caseback (not aged), and a Bluetooth-connected solar-powered digital quartz movement. Speaking of Bluetooth, it is an absolute joy to control your G-Shock watch with the G-Shock Connected app. I recommend that for anyone who hasn’t tried it yet and gets one of today’s Bluetooth connected G-Shock products.

Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000V Aged IP Full-Metal Watch Hands-On Hands-On Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000V Aged IP Full-Metal Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Even though the GMW-B5000V has a “full metal” structure, it features all the engineering and case construction techniques necessary to offer the class-defining durability of a G-Shock watch (including 200 meters of water resistance and massive shock protection). All of that sits on the inside of the watch, offering a quality user experience, while the attractive and nostalgic case shape and negative (dark) LCD screen add to the hip aged look of the case and bracelet. This isn’t the Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000 watch for everyone, but as a unique and fashionable flavor, the pre-aged G-Shock GMW-B5000V-1 is a solid choice. Price is $1,000 USD. See more at the Casio G-Shock website here.

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  • Pricing aside, it looks great! However, the negative displays are almost unreadable. They only look as bright as in the photos with direct sunlight or with a very good angle in a well lit room. So I still prefer the stainless steel/positive display.

  • Andrea Job

    The aged look can be easily obtained on the base version by… waiting! And I would never spend 1k$ to buy such a “normal” watch…

  • Lingua Franca

    You can do artificial aging a couple of ways, which I’d call “distressed” or “patinated”. In terms of denim, for example, distressed would have pre-cut tears, while patinated would just be a wash.

    On a watch, distressed would be dented, rusted or other damage. I think this Casio has a legitimate finish like a washed pair ogf jeans.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Nice. Looks like my gun after the military service.

  • Marius

    Looks cool, but isn’t this nearly twice the price of the other full metals?

  • Rickticktalk

    These are great watches, we reviewed them at Scottish Watches also, cant wait to see the distressed version in the flesh, might be another addition in the waiting

  • Jack_Package

    I’ve wanted one of these all metal G-shocks for a while now, but thought that the price is a bit too steep. This one I really don’t understand. Only the finish and the display is different than the naked version, does this really warrant the doubled pricetag?

  • Gokart Mozart

    Pointless. Totally.

    When Laco? did it it was slagged off. When gshock do it people are fine with it. That at least was imitating vintage period watches that are sought after.

    Is this to imitate what the watch I had as kid would look like now if I had not lost it or swapped it for a toy car?

    • Gokart Mozart

      After reading my comment some confusion may be caused.

      For the record I have. NEVER EVER owned a G Shock.

      Casio yes, before the age of a teenager, gshock no.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        True, but it has this Mad Max charme…

      • Colt Foutz

        Maybe if they made it with a detachable, pull-back toy car that also has the aged vibe. I had a detachable toy car watch that I absolutely adored. When I was, you know, 7.

    • egznyc

      Freaking hilarious! Best comment I’ve seen in a while.

    • What fresh hell is this?

      But the imperfections are perfect

  • Idon12no

    Most of the analog pre-aged watches I’ve seen have come off as pale immitations of what a classic watch might look like, but this aged metal looks very cool. Plus, this is Casio giving you a modified version of its own style, and it has all the modern functions you would expect, not Brand-X copying someone else’s retro design and trying to pass that off as creativity. Shame about the price though, that’s an absolute dealbreaker for me.

  • Alex A

    Crazy price, compared to the metal or gold versions.

  • Maráczi Miklós

    There is the B5000GD-1 for $520 on Amazon. Same watch with non-aged black IP coating.

  • ray h.

    The negative display,I believe , is part of the over all dark look. This is jewelry after all . If you wanted a watch there are much better choices. I don’t know but willing to guess there are also many more desirable bracelets for $1000 ?

  • PollyO

    Why don’t they want to release a brushed, non bling steel version? I find it so strange they are avoiding that option? Maybe it’s just me. I just think that would be the perfect version of this watch.

    I don’t like this one at all. This is an extra 500 bucks for something that looks cheaper than the thing it’s based on.

  • Farkbinder012

    Casio where is the brushed stainless edition with sapphire crystal? Let’s not take a page out of the Rolex “You can’t have it and we will continue to ignore you,” book of Ludicrous Marketing Techniques!

  • What fresh hell is this?

    I like it for its grungy imperfection but why so bloody expensive, Casio?

  • Zoltan Sekeres

    please don’t tell us then,

    • Raymond Wilkie

      That’s the think. I can’t!

  • Koolpep

    I recently purchased a new steel bracelet for my Tudor BB GMT- it’s the same price as this watch. So, yes – I think this watch is worth it 🙂 at least you get a digital watch with your bracelet haha. Agree with the legibility of the inverse dials. I also have the silver version (ebay $450) and I love it way more than I thought I would.

  • Alan Griff

    Any chance of the aged look but with a positive display?

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