G-Shock Full Metal GMW-B5000TFG-9 35th Anniversary Gold Review 2018 Exclusive Baselworld Release

Casio G-Shock’s Full Metal GMW-B5000 line has taken the watch world by storm. Debuted at Baselworld 2018 in Switzerland, these new releases have been the subject of immense publicity and praise on every continent, watch blog, and retail boutique worldwide.

Here at Arizona Fine Time, the energy & excitement is in sync with the rest of the world- We absolutely love Casio G-Shock’s Full Metal Series (and we’ve been very busy making sure our customers get a piece of the action too!)

In addition to the initial blog review we did on the Full Metal Silver GMWB5000D-1 (which you can find by clicking here), we’ve decided to include some additional photos of the actual 35th Anniversary Gold release, known as the GMW-B5000TFG-9.

Both models are still available for pre-order here at Arizona Fine Time, but they won’t be for long. Call our watch experts at 1-800-486-3996 and reserve your GMW-B5000 Casio G-Shock Full Metal today!


Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000 Full Metal Review 2018 Exclusive Baselworld Release

In the spirit of their 35th Anniversary, Casio G-Shock has introduced an all-new (and much anticipated) “full metal” iteration of it’s classic GMW-B5000 watch. With it’s old-school square case and full-metal shock-resistant structure, the G-Shock world went absolutely ballistic when this model (as well as a gold version, and limited edition Japanese Only DLC) was finally introduced at Baselworld 2018.

Besides the throwback, square-like appearance, this new release is almost nothing like it’s original counterpart. Casio aimed to completely reinvent the classic GMW-B5000, not only aesthetically, but by also adding advanced functionality such as tough solar technology (a built-in solar cell that harnesses energy via solar or artificial lighting), their signature Multi Band 6 Radio Controlled Timekeeping, atomic clock accuracy (updates 5-6 times a day), world time featuring 300 different cities, alarm function, 1/100th second chronograph, perpetual calendar, and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, which now boasts a “low energy consumption ability”.

When syncing with the “G-Shock Connected” app, you can do everything from setting text reminders (yes, text will show up on the watch), to manually syncing atomic time with the push of a button. All of these features are extremely user-friendly; a quick review with the manual should give you all the information you need (or, call our Casio experts at the store! 1-800-486-3996)

One thing I will note is the weight of this piece. Being all-metal, you’re looking at a healthy weight of 167 grams. This may not seem that hefty to the standard watch collector, but for G-Shock fanatics like myself, I will say that this happens to be one of the heavier G-Shocks I’ve seen in their collection. I’ll also add that this model goes through G-Shock’s notorious (and quite rigorous) durability tests; the folks at Casio have adamantly stated their metal-cased watches can endure the same level of stress a regular G-Shock can take. They also carry a 200m water resistance, so feel free to take your new Full Metal G-Shock swimming or surfing anytime!

In conclusion, I can honestly say that I am blown away by how handsome the GMW-5000 “Full Metal” series came out. Not only that, but Casio’s dedication to readability, durability, and functionality has proved yet again, that the Japanese really do strive for complete and utter perfection when it comes to making a great watch (and their Swiss “brothers in horology” are definitely taking note!)

The GMWB5000D-1 (silver) is retailing for $500, while the gold version, GMW-B5000TFG-9, is going for $600. The limited edition GMW-B5000TFC-1(Japanese Only DLC) model is selling for $1,000, but I wouldn’t hold my breath if you’re looking to get it at that price (or get it at all for that matter.) Feel free to call our Casio experts at the Arizona Fine Time retail store in Scottsdale, Arizona to find out how you can acquire your GMW-B5000 full metal G-Shock now! (1-800-486-3996)



Posted by Gary Spahr, Kole Hirsh on 12th Feb 2018

Arizona Fine Time is proud to offer the new Casio G-Shock Full Metal 5000 Series

Possibly replacing the DW-5750 revival as the most surprising release of the year, the G-Shock GMW-B5000 series features metal bezels and bands with the classic square shape plus a sapphire crystal, Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, and Bluetooth V4.1 connectivity. Reminiscent of the solid gold Dream Project concept watch, the GMW-B5000 has two variants: the silver GMW-B5000D-1 and gold GMW-B5000TFG-9. We don’t have any official information from Casio yet but have heard that the watches are limited editions made of steel with a price of around €500 EUR for the silver model and €600 EUR for the gold model.

It is believed that the GMW-B5000 has a full stainless steel housing and screw-back case like the GW-5000-1JF. A European distribution site states that it has a phone finder and flight log memory functions, as well as the usual features like world time, stopwatch, timer, 5 alarms. It is fully shock-resistant and water-resistant to 200 meters. Unlike most 5000-5600 models, it has a LED light instead of the EL backlight. No word yet on if it has call and message alerts like the GB-5600 series did.

The solar panels on the face have a brick pattern that is reminiscent of the first-ever G-Shock DW-5000 and previous DW-5000 anniversary tribute models. This is the first time this brick pattern has appeared on a solar model.

Click Here To Pre-Order A G-Shock Full Metal 5000 Series Watch

More information to come soon! Call our experts to place your pre-order now: 1-800-486-3996


Citizen Eco-Drive Proximity Bluetooth Watch Now For Sale – Launch Party Tonight

Citizen Proximity Bluetooth Watch AT7030-05E

Citizen Proximity Bluetooth Watch AT7030-05E

For all the iPhone fans, Citizen has just released a new a new timepiece that is compatible for iPhone 4S and 5.  The Citizen Eco-Drive Proximity Bluetooth watch has finally delivered and is now for sale.

Citizen Proximity Bluetooth Watch AT7035-01E

Citizen Proximity Bluetooth Watch AT7035-01E

Before I get into all the functions that Bluetooth will actually do, I wanted to share what the watch does without a Bluetooth connection.  A perpetual calendar, chronograph and secondary timezone are some of the functions you have, just for the timepiece itself.  On top of that, there is also a 24 hour (AM/PM) indicator, and power reserve display.  The Proximity is solar powered using Eco-Drive technology.  This piece can go 8 months in the dark using Bluetooth, or 17 months without.

Citizen Proximity Bluetooth Watch AT7030-05E

Citizen Proximity Bluetooth Watch AT7030-05E

The Bluetooth utilized is the lowest energy consuming Bluetooth 4.0.  Proximity connects to iPhone through Bluetooth and once the free app for your phone is downloaded, you can do the initial pair with the watch.  You can adjust to pairing mode (PR) by rotating the crown while it is pulled out to the 1st position.  After you have done the 1st initial pair, you can reconnect by adjusting the mode to connect (CT) or pushing the top button for about 3 seconds.  Both the watch and phone need to be used for the initial pair and reconnection.  If the Bluetooth is left on, the watch will automatically disconnect after 6 hours which helps conserve energy.

Citizen Proximity Bluetooth Watch AT7035-01E

Citizen Proximity Bluetooth Watch AT7035-01E

When connected, Proximity will alert you of incoming calls, emails (which can do up to 5 email accounts), calendar notifications, and if you lose your Bluetooth connection.  This alert is a subtle vibration and the second hand pointing to the appropriate indicator.  11 o’clock-will be for calls, 10 o’clock for email or calendar, and 9 o’clock for lost connection.  The second hand will continue pointing at the indicator unless you press the upper right button for a 2-3 seconds, and then will jump back to perfect time.  This is to let the watch know you saw the call, email, etc.  There is a 10 meter (33ft) sync range, and if the phone and watch get that far apart, you will receive notification.  If you’re quick enough to get back within range, it will automatically reconnect and this also helps prevent the loss of your phone.

Citizen Proximity Bluetooth Watch AT7030-05E

Citizen Proximity Bluetooth Watch AT7030-05E

One of my favorite features is the phone finder.  Should you lose your iPhone, you can push and hold both buttons for about 2-3 seconds.  Whether or not your phone is on silent, your phone will ring at full volume through the app.  You do not have to be connected for this feature, you just have to establish the initial pair.

Citizen Proximity Bluetooth Watch AT7035-01E

Citizen Proximity Bluetooth Watch AT7035-01E

If you are concerned about timekeeping, the watches time, date and accuracy are all adjusted by the phone.  This is great for traveling, as it will automatically adjust timezones (as long as your phone is setup that way) as soon as it reconnects.  The iPhone keeps atomic time, and your Proximity will as well.  You can manually calibrate the accuracy on the watch to the phone by pushing the lower right button for about 3 seconds.  If you keep the Bluetooth off and do not update, the accuracy rating is -/+ 15 seconds a month.

Citizen Proximity Bluetooth Watch AT7030-05E

Citizen Proximity Bluetooth Watch AT7030-05E

It is certainly a great looking watch for the money not even including the Bluetooth function.  There are currently 2 variations of the watch,  which are 46mm, have anti-reflective mineral crystal, 100m water resistance and fabric straps with polyurethane coating and contrast stitching.  The stainless steel with blue (AT7030-05E) and black IP with green (AT-7035-01E) both retail for $495 but can be purchased directly through our site for $371.25 HERE.  This price is also valid over the phone or in store.

Citizen Proximity Bluetooth Watch AT7035-01E

Citizen Proximity Bluetooth Watch AT7035-01E

For this impressive timepiece, we will be hosting an event tonight from 3-7pm here at AZ Fine Time in our Scottsdale retail store.  During the event, we will have Citizen USA’s Director of After Sales Service (who also is their head technology expert) in store doing a unique presentation on the new Proximity Bluetooth watch and how it works.  After each presentation, there was a Q&A session for inquiring customers.  We’ll also had free drinks, food and cigars for everyone in attendance.  With the purchases of any Citizen product, we had T-shirts, hats and other promotional items.  All orders placed online through this weekend will also get a free Citizen T-Shirt.

Citizen Eco-Drive Proximity Bluetooth Watch Release Party

Thanks for reading and hope to see you there!

Citizen Eco-Drive Proximity Bluetooth and Drive by Citizen

Citizen Eco-Drive Proximity Bluetooth for iPhone

Citizen Watch Co. has had a lot of buzz about their new Proximity Bluetooth syncing watch.  You can read more about it HERE.

We were informed late last night that the new Proximity will be arriving next week!  I know many are very excited about this tech savvy timepiece and in honor of this tremendous occasion, we will be hosting a Proximity Release Party on Wednesday, November 28th from 3-6pm.  The party will include complimentary food, drinks and cigars (as most of our parties do), but we will also have Citizen USA’s head tech guy here doing demonstrations on how the watch will work with your iPhone 4S or 5.  We will also have gifts with purchase (T-Shirts, hats, etc.)

Drive by Citizen Eco-Drive

For those who have not seen the latest introduction from Citizen, the new Drive by Citizen Eco-Drive was just released and delivered to AZ Fine Time today.  All the pieces in the Drive collection retail for $295 or LESS!  These cool new designs feature a new proprietary Chroma finish (which allows for the bold color on the cases to be extremely durable and scratch resistant).  All the watches will be in either 40.2mm, 42mm, or 44.5mm.  A very cool new release from Citizen that is in a tremendous price point!  These models will not be sold directly through our website, but we should have images up on the site to browse through by next week.

Be on the look out for a post next week on our 1st impressions of the Proximity.

Thanks for reading!