Tough Time
Lavonne Cheah | 02 Feb 2018 00:30
The Original DW-5000C

Born out of a desire to create a watch that never breaks, the Casio G-Shock has since been hailed as the toughest watch on Earth. Its development began in 1981 when Kikuo Ibe, Casio’s head of watch design, put together a team to come up with a prototype of this invincible watch.

Calling themselves Team Tough, the design of the watch were based on three criteria: It had to be able to survive a 10m drop and 10 atm (or 100m) of water pressure as well as a battery life of 10 years. To test their resilience, Ibe famously dropped the prototypes from rooftops.

Two years and 200 prototypes later, the first G-Shock was launched.


> 1983

The Original


The first G-Shock, the watch met every criteria that Team Tough set for itself. The shock resistant design had 10 layers of protective shield around the quartz module including a urethane rubber bumper, a stainless steel case and a hardened mineral glass crystal. The quartz movement also floated in a urethane foam cradle for greater protection against knocks and bumps. Revolutionary in its time, the watch effectively shattered the notion that wristwatches were inherently fragile.

> 1992

Deep Dive

Frogman DW-6300

G-Shock presented a professional dive watch with an incredible water resistance of up to 200m in depth! It was also the first G-Shock to be ISO-certified. The bulky bezel has since become an iconic design, making the DW-6300 the most memorable Frogman to date.