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Behold, the ultimate square G-Shock, the MRG-B5000, cometh

By Kenny Yeo - on 17 Mar 2022, 10:16am

Behold, the ultimate square G-Shock, the MRG-B5000, cometh

The Casio G-Shock MRG-B5000D. (Image source: Casio)

The square G-Shock is arguably one of the most iconic and recognisable watches in the world. And in recent years, Casio has been giving fans more premium versions of it with stainless steel cases and then titanium ones, each with their own unique finish.

Take, for example, the GMW-B5000TVA, which has a mech-inspired design and a full titanium construction. And then there's the GMW-B5000V, which has a stainless steel case with an unique aged IP finish.

Now, however, Casio has taken its popular square G-Shock to the next level with the firsts to appear in the company's flagship MR-G lineup. These models standout for their all-metal construction and often feature hand-finished elements. They are also made in exclusively in Japan at Casio's state-of-the-art Premium Production Line at Yamagata.

(Image source: Casio)

Meet the new MRG-B5000B-1DR and the MRG-B5000D-1DR. Both models feature titanium alloy construction, but the former has a DLC coating and gold accents when the latter has a titanium carbide coating to create the look of polished silver.

The titanium alloy construction is interesting because the case and bezel are made using a special Ti64-based titanium alloy while the watch band is made using another titanium alloy called DAT55G that Casio claims is three times harder than pure titanium.

The bezel features a Multi-guard Structure that consists of 25 components including flat springs and silicone buffers to help absorb shock and protect the inner module. These components are individually polished to create a look that's unique to the MR-G B5000 series. 

The G-Shock MRG-B5000D-1DR with its titanium carbide coating. (Image source: Casio)

Furthermore, the top portion of bezel is made using a special alloy called Cobarion that Casio says is four times harder than pure titanium and has a shine that's comparable to platinum. Clearly, despite the additional attention to details, these watches were still created with durability in mind. Water resistance is rated at 200 metres.

Having handled the two watches recently at a special press event, I was amazed at how light they were. They were substantially lighter than any stainless GMW-B5000 square G-Shock. Also impressive was the high level of quality and construction. These feel nothing like your standard metal square G-Shock and feel more like a luxury watch.

The G-Shock MRG-B5000B-1DR has a black IP finish that changes it looks depending on how light falls on it.

In terms of features, these new MRG-B5000B watches have all the functions that you'd expect a high-end G-Shock watch to have including chronograph capability, multiple alarms, and a world-time function for around 300 cities.

These watches also feature Bluetooth connectivity and can connect to your smartphone using the G-Shock Connected app for easy setup and to sync with an atomic time source. Speaking of atomic time sources, these watches feature Multi Band 6 so they can also sync with up to 6 clock towers around the world to ensure spot-on timekeeping. These watches have Tough Solar too so they can be powered by sunlight.

 

Availability and pricing

These new square G-Shocks have a sheen that's unlike any other metal G-Shock.

The G-Shock MRG-B5000B-1DR and MRG-B5000D-1DR will be available at the end of March or April at the G-Shock boutique at Marina Bay Sands, Ion Orchard, and Vivo City. 

The G-Shock MRG-B5000B-1DR in black is priced at S$5,999 while the G-Shock MRG-B5000D-1DR in silver is priced at S$4,999.

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