The iconic G-Shock DW-5000C model came into being in 1983, which started off as a mere idea from a Casio engineer, when he accidentally broke a watch he received from his parents when he passed his high school entrance exam when he was younger. Adamant to create a timepiece that is virtually unbreakable with a shock-resistant structure that is based on the concept of “Absolute Toughness”, Casio spent two years developing more than 200 prototypes before it finally settled for one that can withstand a strong shock caused by gravity – a benchmark for Casio to evolve the G-Shock model with improved functions and performance, leading to its 100 millionth watch sold around the world just August this year.
To mark this milestone, the original DW-5000C will come in the symbolic black but with a matte finishing for the 35th anniversary collection – a new base colour achieved with the technology that incorporates particles into the paint.
Four other distinctive G-Shock models will also carry the same matte black finishing to share its brand’s commitment in creating new values in the coming years: the Mudmaster GG-1035A with a dust and mud-resistant structure equipped with twin sensors for measuring direction and temperature; the GA-735A with a three-dimensional dial and hands in a large case; the GA-835A with its medium-sized case and three-hand analogue mode; and the GA-135A with a large case and precise face design.
The Big Bang Black design includes a gold coloured reflective case for better legibility in contrast to the matte black body. The gold element can be seen on the metal band loop and caseback, both engraved with emblazoned stars and the G-Shock 35th anniversary logo designed by graphic artist Eric Haze, who also did the commissioned design for the brand’s 30th anniversary collection.
The Casio Big Bang Black 35th Anniversary G-Shock collection is anticipated to be released in April next year, whereby each watch will come in a specially engraved case of monochromatic black and white.