The whole point behind the Tool Time articles is to talk about tools that a g-shockaholic should have at hand. Basically what you would need for DIY jobs that can easily be done at home, with just a few and inexpensive tools. On my last article I wrote about drivers in general, and said that the first set of drivers you should get was a good Phillips head set. Well, that's only partially true.
In my defense, I didn't lie, you do need a good quality Phillips head drivers set, but you can't forget that Casio is a Japanese brand. And being Japanese, they generally use Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) tools, instead of SAE International that we westerners are used to. A JIS and a SAE Phillips driver will look exactly the same from a...
On my last article I talked about the bare basics that you would need to perform a simple strap swap. For something like that, you basically only need one Phillips head driver and the spring bar tool. So today I'll talk about the drivers that you will need to work on your G-Shocks in general. Of course you can always buy the drivers one by one, as you need them, but in my experience it's easier and cheaper to buy a complete set.
The first set you should buy is obviously a good Phillips head set. I formerly recommend Wiha, a fantastic brand for the money, but there are other pretty good brands out there, some even cheaper and basically just as good. Before the Wiha set I used one from Stanley that is VERY good also - I just switched...
Forum regular Chrisek has put together an awesome overview of the G-Shock Lightening Yellow 30th anniversary series. The article includes and overview of the release and range along with detailed images of the G-Shocks which Chris is lucky enough to have collected :D Check the article out here.
Maybe the principle quality of a G-Shock is it's ruggedness, and we collectors and enthusiasts (collectively known as g-shockaholics) love to brag that it can take anything you throw at it and it will keep on telling you the time with at least +/- 15 seconds/month of precision. But even though it can withstand a direct nuclear blast, eventually the battery will have to be changed, solar or not. Or maybe you will want to change the strap. Or perhaps you want to make your beloved G look a little different, with a new resin set. Of course you can send it in to a Casio service center or to a trusted & proven watch repair shop and have someone else do the job for you, but come on, we're g-shockaholics, where's the fun in that? Why...
By Luciano U. Werner
When we think about G-Shocks, what usually comes to mind is their ruggedness, functions and their overall hard-use looks. Straps are just a detail that most people don’t think much about. However, Casio has been really prolific when it comes to straps. They have produced quite a range of straps, with diverse materials and looks. And on the wrist, they feel worlds apart.
Resin is Casio’s “bread & butter”, the kind of strap that came on the first 5600 in the early 80’s and is the most common type still used today. The composition of the resin has changed, but the feel is the same all over these years. It’s tough and effective, and 99% of users find...
More proof (if proof were needed!) that G-Shocks are tough - very tough. Casio USA have sent three G-Shock GXW-56 off to be tested thoroughly at Garwood Labs who normally deal with military, space and aviation testing. The G-Shocks were subjected to twelve tough tests and passed them all, read on for the full results.
Test 1 - Altitude test
Subjected to 4572m (15000ft) simulated altitude for one hour - passed
Test 2 - High temperature
Subjected to 65.5°C (149.9°F) for four hours - passed
Test 3 - Low temperature
Subjected to -20°C (-4°F) for four hours - passed
Test 4 - Blowing rain
Subjected to simulated blowing rain at 64.37 kph (40 mp) for 30 minutes - passed
Test 5 - Random vibration
Subjected 20-1Khz -...
If you've lost your G-shock manual or simply want to be able to read the manual on your computer rather than reading a very small booklet then Casio can help. Every Casio watch manual can be downloaded from the Casio Watch Manual Archives. Simply find the module number which is normally a three or four digit number printed on the caseback in a square box (see diagram), input into the search box and you're away.
To celebrate the release of the Stussy x G-Shock G-001 (news of which we brought you back in November) Stussy Japan have produced a pictorial history overview of all the G-Shock collabs to date. Full set of pics after the jump, enjoy :cool:
Stussy x G-shock overview
Stussy x G-Shock DW-6900. The original collab, released back in 1997.
Stussy x G-Shock DW-6900. The second collab, released in 2005 to celebrate 25 years of Stussy.
Stussy x G-Shock DW-5000ST. Released in 2008 to celebrate 25 years of G-Shock.
Stussy x G-Shock DW-6900ST. Released in 2010 to celebrate 30 years of Stussy.
Stussy x G-Shock G-001ST. Released in 2011.
Thanks to highsnobiety and Stussy Japan.
We wonder if Casio realised when they developed a rugged digital watch nearly 30 years ago how pervasive they would become in popular culture. We somehow doubt it. Anyhow G-Shocks are regularly seen in film, television, music and popular culture. Recently musicians such as Chris Martin from Coldplay, Eminem and LMFAO have been seen with Casios. There's now a thread in the forum dedicated to these 'G-Shock spots'. Check out the G-Shocks in film, music and popular culture thread here.
Eminem sporting a G-Shock DW-6900NB-7 in Dr. Dre's Video "I Need a Doctor"
G-Shockzone bought a tired and non-working G-Shock DW-9800NKJ Wademan from ebay and fixed it up to be something quite presentable. Check the full details including battery change, touch up paint and cleaning here > http://www.g-shockzone.com/showthread.php?466-G-Shock-Wademan-DW-9800-restoration . And of course there are lots of pictures :D
Ever wonder what the little hang tag that comes with your G-Shock means? Find out here. These tables attempt to decode what the full model number of a G-Shock means. This table has been built on the excellent work of the mysterious 'Buddha-G' along with trawling of the G-Shock Perfect Search. Any corrections or updates please comment or get in touch here.<br><br>
Full G-Shock Model Number<br>
Note not all groups will necessarily be present. For example most G-Shock typically have a full model number of the format Type Code-Model Number-Colour Market (eg...
Casio Japan have an excellent 'G-Shock Perfect Search' site which allows you to search through every model released in Japan. The site allows you to search according to sub-brand, series, name, release date, feature and reatil price (in Yen). The site can be found here G-Shock Perfect Search or perhaps more usefully here G-Shock Perfect Search English Translation. Massive amount of content here, enjoy!