• G-Shock 30th Anniversary Resist Black Series coming April 2013

    Casio Japan have today announced the latest G-Shock release celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the world's toughest watches. The 'Resist Black' Series follows the 30th Anniversary Initial Blue Series and 30th Anniversary Rising Red Series in commemorating the release of the first G-Shock way back in 1983. The Resist Black Series features three models all of which have been chosen as iconic and significant watches in the history of G-Shock.
    • G-Shock DW-5030C - the original classic
    • G-Shock DW-6930C - the classic round G-Shock shape and one of the most iconic G-Shocks
    • G-Shock GW-5530C - a modern take on the first mud and dust resist model, the DW-5500




    All three feature black bands and bezels with copper detailing designed to give that vintage feel. The G-Shock DW-5030C also features the 'PROJECT TEAM' Tough logo to the dial. All three models feature the classic 30th Anniversary custom caseback and packaging designed by Mr Eric Haze.

    The new G-Shock 30th Anniversary Resist Black Series is dropping in Japan on 19th April 2013, we expect to see a very limited worldwide release.


    G-Shock DW-5030C


    G-Shock DW-6930C


    G-Shock GW-5530C


    G-Shock DW-5030C - dial detail showing classic DW-5000 inspired brick pattern


    G-Shock 30th Anniversary packaging
    This article was originally published in forum thread: G-Shock 30th Anniversary Resist Black Series coming April 2013 started by rutteger View original post
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    1. rutteger's Avatar
      rutteger -
      Just to add this Series is limited to 10500 pieces.
    1. chrisek's Avatar
      chrisek -
      I can see why a collector needs these in their collection. For myself, I'm still unsure. It may be my first 5500 (learning some hard lessons about resin rot recently so I'm hesitant on the older ones) and might be my first Project Team Tough. We'll see. What do you think Rutteger?
    1. rutteger's Avatar
      rutteger -
      Quote Originally Posted by chrisek View Post
      I can see why a collector needs these in their collection. For myself, I'm still unsure. It may be my first 5500 (learning some hard lessons about resin rot recently so I'm hesitant on the older ones) and might be my first Project Team Tough. We'll see. What do you think Rutteger?
      I'm not too sure about this release either. On the one hand I'm liking the fact Casio have made such an obvious nod to their heritage - this certainly seems aimed squarely at the fan boys. On the other hand it's not the most exciting of releases, not up there with the Rising Red imho. Not sure if it's just me but so far would probably say the 25th Anniversary Releases top the 30th....

      You going to pick one up? If I happen to be down London or somewhere else with stock sure I might, otherwise not sure.
    1. chrisek's Avatar
      chrisek -
      Similar views. And agreed on the vs 25th anniversary. I'm still waiting for a wave that is just "Oh My F* Gawd!".
    1. rutteger's Avatar
      rutteger -
      Quote Originally Posted by chrisek View Post
      Similar views. And agreed on the vs 25th anniversary. I'm still waiting for a wave that is just "Oh My F* Gawd!".
      Yeah, I know that. Some strong stuff in the 30th releases so far but kind of expected more given the super strong start with the Rising Red, 30 stars GW-A1000 and Haze. Was hoping for another series with a couple of must haves.
    1. chrisek's Avatar
      chrisek -
      If Casio does 5 waves again, they still have not done a single one with all Master of G for the 30th. Yet.

      The thing about this black series, if I end up turning into a "collector" (appreciating watches without wearing them) I will wish I had picked these up. Ugh. 10,000 pieces. I have time to figure this out
    1. sharkfin's Avatar
      sharkfin -
      These just look to be classic renditions.

      So, any major difference for the GW-5530C to the GW-5525 besides the extra multiband?
      Been wanting one of those but should I wait for the upgraded version?

      Also, just getting back into G's and digging the 5500's. Whats up with the resin? Are they that bad?

      Thanks.
      Dave
    1. JayAreGee's Avatar
      JayAreGee -
      I'm not overly fond of this release. Seems lackluster following the Red Rising series. I didn't care much for the Initial Blue series, either. I'm sure something good is in the works. But for me, I'm gunna hardpass on these. They still look great and I appreciate the fact that they're such a throwback to the originals. But just not my style.
    1. chrisek's Avatar
      chrisek -
      @sharkfin: not the 5500's in particular, i've just been getting bit by resin rot a lot lately on older watches.

      @Jay: agreed on the style of this release.
    1. sharkfin's Avatar
      sharkfin -
      Quote Originally Posted by chrisek View Post
      @sharkfin: not the 5500's in particular, i've just been getting bit by resin rot a lot lately on older watches.

      .
      Ok, so any tips on how to preserve the resin? Or is it just inevitable?

      Thanks again.
      Dave
    1. chrisek's Avatar
      chrisek -
      There is a lot of talk about this topic, but the formulation of the resin has also been changing along the way. If you have one you want to keep for 20 years (wearing/using) it would be a good idea to a spare set of resin and don't open the bag until you need them.
    1. chrisek's Avatar
      chrisek -
      Ok, sorry for the hijack. This may be one of our last times to purchase a brand new 5500. That's the part i need to think about
    1. sharkfin's Avatar
      sharkfin -
      Quote Originally Posted by chrisek View Post
      Ok, sorry for the hijack. This may be one of our last times to purchase a brand new 5500. That's the part i need to think about
      Ya, kinda what I was thinking.
      I'm late to the game, been trying to track down all these cool old G5500's.
      But this latest modern 5500 just makes sense for the long haul.

      As for the resins, I'll be searching for some. Any tips/sources for them?

      Thanks.
      Dave
    1. rutteger's Avatar
      rutteger -
      Think / hope the issues with resin rot are behind Casio.

      Models like the original DW-5500 (not reissued G-5500 / GW-5500) and DW-5300 had big problems with resin rot. A DW-5500 with an intact bezel is a rare item! Be surprised if the current crop of G-5500 models experienced resin rot but of course only time will tell.

      As an aside I own a DW-5300, one of the models with resin rot issues. Every time I pick this model out of the draw it appears the bezel has had some kind of reaction with the atmosphere, there is almost a film on it which needs to be wiped off. Of all the models I own this is the only piece of resin on which I see such a reaction, this includes a couple of G-5500.
    1. Olivier's Avatar
      Olivier -
      The GW-5530C looks very very attractive !
    1. dynosaur's Avatar
      dynosaur -
      Anyone knows where I can pre-order GW 5030?
    1. sharkfin's Avatar
      sharkfin -
      Ok, interesting stuff.
      Thanks for the info.

      Dave

      Quote Originally Posted by rutteger View Post
      Think / hope the issues with resin rot are behind Casio.

      Models like the original DW-5500 (not reissued G-5500 / GW-5500) and DW-5300 had big problems with resin rot. A DW-5500 with an intact bezel is a rare item! Be surprised if the current crop of G-5500 models experienced resin rot but of course only time will tell.

      As an aside I own a DW-5300, one of the models with resin rot issues. Every time I pick this model out of the draw it appears the bezel has had some kind of reaction with the atmosphere, there is almost a film on it which needs to be wiped off. Of all the models I own this is the only piece of resin on which I see such a reaction, this includes a couple of G-5500.
    1. sharkfin's Avatar
      sharkfin -
      Quote Originally Posted by dynosaur View Post
      Anyone knows where I can pre-order GW 5030?
      +1
      I'd like to know too. Definite want!
    1. chrisek's Avatar
      chrisek -
      Seiya-san for sure. Probably chino. You could probably email anyone on Rakuten that is a big seller.

      Count me in. I've decided on the 5030 and 5530. Haven't formally pre-ordered yet, I'm sure later this week.
    1. dynosaur's Avatar
      dynosaur -
      Quote Originally Posted by chrisek View Post
      If Casio does 5 waves again, they still have not done a single one with all Master of G for the 30th. Yet.

      The thing about this black series, if I end up turning into a "collector" (appreciating watches without wearing them) I will wish I had picked these up. Ugh. 10,000 pieces. I have time to figure this out
      T1030 is one of the master of Gs rite?
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