If you’re a G-Shock enthusiast, then chances are you’ve heard of this website – G-Central.com. G-Central also covers the Casio Baby-G and ProTrek brands which are related. Along with latest news for the hardcore fans and they also write shopping guides to make easy navigating and understanding the many different models and easier for people who are new to G-Shock.
But, do you know who the owner of the site is? Some of you probably already know who the person is running the site, but if you don’t, you’ll found out in few seconds.
Walden is the owner, founder and the voice behind famous blog G-Central and becomes one of an authority site if you are talking about the “A to the G” of Casio G-Shock. Personally, G-Central becomes one of my go-to resource whenever I seek new information about G-Shock.
Let The Interviews Begin
Couples weeks ago, I had a chance to talk to Walden through email and asked a few questions about his blog and particular G-Shock series, and turn out into a long chat with him.
How and what inspired him to start G-Central in the first place? He told me that he always been a big fan of Casio G-Shock watches and owned many over the years, but after 2008 he was having a rough time and completely lost with what was going on in the G-Shock realm.
With G-Shock and all of the new models, special editions, collab’s, and events, there is always so much to follow up with from many different sources around the world.
So, he decided to start a blog to cover the new watches and any G-Shock-related news and information. It was a way to make sure he wouldn’t miss out on everything again, and also an opportunity to keep others informed and share the love of G-Shock.
Honestly, I asked a lot of questions, and it is a great discussion. Walden has given a good amount of time in answering my questions, especially what he thought about G-Shock being the unofficial watch of the military around the world.
With his permission, I decided to share our so-called ‘interviews” on our blog. Besides, what would be a better way to explore about G-Shocks than to ask an authority.
TL;DR; Meet Walden from G-Central!
G-Shock is a highly recognized brand that is over 30 years old, and its watches are extremely durable, functional, and affordable. It appeals to a broad spectrum of people. For some people, it’s a useful tool or a fashion accessory, and for many, it’s both.
In the 1990s it became very popular beyond its intended niche market, and a lot of celebrities started wearing them. It also got a lot of awareness because of its use in the military and extreme sports, and a lot of exposure from appearances in movies.
G-Shock is not only associated with high quality but also has that cool gadget appeal, and it inspires extreme brand loyalty in its owners. Also, G-Shock continues to do limited editions watches and is regularly adding new models with innovative features, and that keeps people interested over time.
Casio has done an excellent job sticking to the original G-Shock vision of Absolute Toughness while also becoming a trendy fashion brand and moving upmarket with its newer models.
As the toughest watches in the world it’s natural that G-Shocks would be a favorite choice for military use. The DW-6600 series was issued to Navy SEALs at one point, and that’s about the best unofficial endorsement it can get.
*Note : G-Shock DW-6900 is the closest model to the discontinued DW-6600 series.
G-Shock watches are not only rugged, but they are also very accurate and have useful features. Their popularity in the military is a testament to their toughness, functionality, and reliability.
I grew up in the 80’s with fond memories of Casio digital watches, calculators, keyboards, and of course the calculator watch, so I can only be happy to see G-Shock these days being so successful around the world.
I would recommend an all-digital model because theoretically, it would be less prone to damage than one with an analog movement, although analog G-Shocks are also extremely tough and put through torture tests.
For military use, we recommend the GD-350 series for its vibration alerts, large dual display, and long battery life. A Tough Solar model would also be a good choice since you don’t have to worry about changing the battery for a very long time.
The Mudman G-9300 or *GW-9300 series *Japan Only release and considered as JDM (Japan Domestic Market), would also be a good military option with its compass and thermometer sensors.
For adventurers, I would recommend the Rangeman GW-9400 series with altimeter, barometer, compass, and thermometer sensors. Seafarers should look into the Gulfmaster line (GWN or GN series) which also has a tide graph and moon age data.
*For a serious diver’s, you may want to consider the Frogman series.
Personally,I would like to see a smaller model with a digital compass sensor although I’m not sure that’s feasible, as well as more all-black stealth models.
A new feature in upcoming high-end models like the MRG-G2000 is 3-Way Time Sync which uses Multi-Band 6 radio waves, GPS signals, or a Bluetooth connection to adjust the time automatically.
Also, the upcoming Gravitymaster GPW-2000 series has GPS positioning information as well. The more affordable Bluetooth-connected digital G-Shock watches never really caught on, but I would definitely buy one if it were a solar-powered.
As far as what the future holds, I really have no idea, but I hope to see a G-Shock smartwatch one day.
That would be what the online G-Shock community calls “The King,” the GXW-56 ( JDM with Atomic version ) and GX-56 (Non Atomic version for the rest of the world models). Some people might consider the design overkill, but I like it.
I don’t have it as I prefer to wear smaller G-Shock watches. I did come very close to buying the recent G-Shock GX-56BB-1 in a store, and I probably should have.
I’ve come to like the 5600-series the most which are based on the original G-Shock. As far as my favorite watch to wear, for a while, it was the Mudman GW-9000 because I liked its rugged look, but now it’s the GW-M5600-A3.
I like its slim size and the color scheme because it reminds me of the Seattle Sonics. It’s a Tough Solar model, and it’s been going ten years so far on the original rechargeable battery. I also wear a DW-6900BB-1 sometimes to change it up.
Although I love G-Shock, I’m actually not a big buyer or obsessive collector as I live a somewhat transient life. I’ve given a bunch of G-Shocks away to friends, and right now I have less than ten.
I do have a GW-225C-1 Master Blue Frogman which is probably my most prized G-Shock and also a vintage MRG-121.
Currently, the model I’m obsessing over is the GW-5000 (*me too ) which is a higher-end tribute to the original G-Shock that is only sold in Japan. That might be my next purchase and is likely to become my favorite.
We have a lot of G-Shock buying guides at G-Central.com to help out new buyers and customers. Also, the official G-Shock site is a good place to start, and there are a lot of YouTube videos that can provide you a better look at the watches.
It also helps to go to a store like Macy’s or other offline shop to see what the watches look like in person and try them on.
For first-time buyers, I recommend Tough Solar models for the convenience, and they have more features than the cheapest models such as world time, multiple alarms, and a backlight that can activate automatically by turning your wrist.
I know it can be overwhelming to decide because there are so many models to choose from, but that’s part of the fun.
Sometimes people will like the features of one watch but prefer the look of another. You should ask yourself if you really need all those features. The only features I use regularly are world time, stopwatch, and timer.
So, for me, it’s usually just about which one I like the look of. I like to say there is no such thing as a bad G-Shock.
And in case you guys have any question for G-Central that I missed asking during the interview, please ask using the comments section below.