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When it comes to military watches, few brands are as recognizable and trusted as the Casio G-Shock. Introduced in the mid-1980s, the mega-durable yet comparatively inexpensive family of digital watches soon proved a worthy successor to its mechanical cousins in military supply channels. It’s no wonder that the original G-Shock’s overbuilt descendents soon became widely recognized as the unofficial watch of the Global War on Terror among U.S. troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan: In hostile environments where other watches perish, the G-Shock thrives.
The great thing about the G-Shock family of watches is that there are tons of options available at many different price points, from the elegantly designed GWM5610-1 to the robust and overbuilt GW7900-1CR – and, even better, they’re frequently on sale on Amazon at deep discounts.
Here’s a list of worthwhile Casio G-Shock digital watches worth adding to your kit.
These prices were valid at press time, but prices can change and deals do expire.
Casio G-Shock GWM5610-1 ($99.39, down from $150)
In a world of bulky timepieces and massive screens, the GWM5610-1 maintains the retro 1983 "square" build that made Casio a household name while ensuring a durable, multifunctional timepiece. Elegant yet casual, this compact G-Shock is chock full of features, including enhanced shock resistance, world time, countdown timer, stopwatch, an electroluminescent backlight, and solar technology that ensures long-lasting battery life. Seriously, nothing says “I have a business meeting at 5pm and a firefight with ISIS at 10pm” like this modern update to the classic G-Shock.
Casio G-Shock GWM5610-1B ($114.99, down from $150)
An updated to the classic GWM5610-1, the stealthy GWM5610-1B (also billed as the GWM5610-1BJF or GWM5610-1BCR, depending on where you buy) has the same features as the original iteration, including a long-lasting solar-powered battery and Multi-Band 6 automatic radio time syncing. But with an inverted LED display and black-and-white details, this version offers a more suave alternative to the red-and-grey of the bestselling GWM5610-1, making it a sleek and stylish update that doesn’t sacrifice functionality in the name of making you look good.
Casio G-Shock DW5600E-1V ($49.88, down from $74.95)
While it appears similar to the GWM5610-1 in design, the DW5600E-1V is distinctive in that it’s just one of just four G-Shock models with a NATO Stock Number, meaning the model has been rigorously tested and approved by the U.S. government for purchase through official channels. While that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to pick one up at supply, it is a testament to the watch’s potential utility in a military setting due to its shock-resistant design and suite of useful features. It’s no wonder that Casio bills this watch as the “quintessential G-Shock.”
Casio G-Shock GW6900-1 ($89.60, down from $140)
The GW6900-1 is the “solar atomic” iteration of the rugged DW6900 model G-Shock, which integrates Casio’s atomic timekeeping system into the tried-and-true overbuilt watch design with minimal changes to the structure of the timepiece. Casio also removed as much additional decorative features and colorways from the body of the GW6900-1 as possible, resulting in a stripped down, simple design that “captures the essence of the basic G-Shock,” according to the company.
Casio G-Shock GW7900-1CR ($94.99, down from $160)
The GW7900-1CR is a solar atomic addition to Casio’s rough-and-tumble “G-Rescue” series of watches, which were conceived with first responders and other frontline personnel in mind. With a bulky design and oversized buttons, this G-Shock is designed for maximum utility in even the harshest conditions (including through gloves), while the tide and moon graphs add an additional layer of functionality to this incredibly durable timepiece. While it’s nowhere near as elegant as the retro square build, the GW7900-1CR is comfortable enough to wear while remaining tough enough to get the job done.
Casio G-Shock G2310R-1 ($79.39, down from $110)
An update to the G2300 model that Casio rolled out years ago, the G2310R-1 is a rugged and reliable digital watch that lives up to the G-Shock reputation for durability. With features like multiple time zones, an auto-calendar, and a long battery life, as well as the G-Shock family of watches’ trademark shock and water resistance, the G2310R-1 is a practical and functional choice for those seeking a dependable timepiece for both everyday wear and potentially extreme situations.
Casio G-Shock GW2310-1 ($95.23, down from $140)
The GW2310-1 is the solar atomic version of the G2310 sports watch, updated with the company’s atomic timekeeping technology in a clean yet rugged package. Like other G-Shock watches, the GW2310-1 incorporates practical features such as a countdown timer, stopwatch, world time function, and a sturdy, shock-resistant design, making it a reliable choice for both daily wear and more challenging conditions like swimming or rucking. It may not be the most tactical watch on this list, but it’s certainly good enough for PT at the least.
Casio G-Shock GD350-1C ($73.95, down from $130)
Engineered for “those special secret missions that demand precision and stealth” (according to Casio, at least), the jet-black GD350-1C appears designed with those who “operate,” so to speak. The GD350-1C comes with a countdown timer, stopwatch, and a Super Illuminator LED backlight for clear visibility in low-light conditions. In one unique addition, the watch also features a vibration alert and special shock absorber that allows users to receive silent notifications, adding a discreet and practical element to the timepiece. It may be overkill for everyday use, but the GD350-1C is certainly appealing for night exercises.
Casio G-Shock DW9052-1C ($67.99, down from $84.95)
With enhanced shock resistance and water resistance down to 200 meters, the DW9052-1C is as durable and reliable as it is sleek and suave. Like the other G-Shocks on this list, the DW9052-1C features essential functions such as timekeeping, stopwatch, countdown timer, and an electroluminescent backlight, but the timepiece is distinguished by its black matte design and negative LCD screen. With a user-friendly interface and a robust build, this watch stands out as an ideal choice for those seeking a resilient, reliable timepiece that doesn't compromise on design.
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