G-Shock AW-500 Series

Posted on: February 17th, 2021 by Aptimos


now in reissued form


Origin and Evolution

The concept of toughness in a watch was pioneered by G-SHOCK. Six years after the advent of the first G-SHOCK ever, the AW-500 made its debut. This historic moment paved the way for every analog G-SHOCK since. It was also marked the upending of the conventional “G-SHOCK = digital” mindset. Presenting expanded possibilities in design and technology, this analog DNA has been inherited over the years by a range of different models.

Now, in 2020, after the passage of 30 years, the analog models’ origin presents a new evolution in unchanged form with the resin AW-500E and the metal AWM-500. These are no mere reissues. These watches of toughness stand as heirs to their origin while delivering new evolution all their own. With creativity and innovation, the G-SHOCK never ceases to take it higher.

Original Style
The design of the original model, which had not been made digital, provides blueprints for newly designed components. The variant hand shapes, triangular marker, index, decorative letters and numerals, and other such features are reproduced faithfully.

All-Original Beauty of Form
The watch’s “simple & minimal” design concept draws on the unique characteristics of its resin-molded form with features such as the slanted bezel with its curved outline that continues onto the band.

Perfect Circle Motif
Embodying the“ simple & minimal” design, the perfect circle motif is adopted even for side buttons. The same historic originality informs features such as the angle of horizontally operated button shafts as well.

New Style 
Components including the case, band, dial, hands and reverse LCD display all uniformly feature a single color. The adoption of a bar index lends the watch a simpler design.

Improved Construction
Even lighter weight is achieved with the watch’s updated design featuring an inner case made of resin and back cover with panel construction. The shock-resistant design of the module serves to protect against electronic components’ detachment or breakage and watch hands’ falling out of alignment.

Evolution of Features
The watch realizes features including EL backlight and an approximately 7-year battery life. Such features offer even greater practical use.



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