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 EYES AO9010-02E

Citizen Eco-Drive EYES AO9010-02E

In 2010, Citizen introduced a new concept model that today has become a reality.  As a limited edition of only 25o pieces for the world, in two different styles, the Citizen Eco-Drive EYES is finally available to a lucky handful.  Today we review the black variation AO9010-02E.

Citizen Eco-Drive EYES AO9010-02E

Citizen Eco-Drive EYES AO9010-02E

The concept of the EYES is to play on light and shadow.  The incredible design of this timepiece is only done justice in person, but we can most certainly try to replicate with pictures and video.  The unique concept seems to engage the wearer, utilizing different angels of light making your watch change in character, either by lighting up the indexes or changing the depth of the shadows.  This also effects the legibility of the watch.  At some angles, the indexes almost blend together with the rest of the dial which makes the hands just about clear enough to read the time.  At other angles, you see the true depth in the dial, which my even appear more deep than it actually is, due to the dramatic size of the shadows.

Citizen Eco-Drive EYES AO9010-02E

Citizen Eco-Drive EYES AO9010-02E

The dial itself is made of ceramic and sapphire crystal.  The sapphire crystal is found at the center of the dial to allow light to pass through and power the watch.  All 13 ceramic indexes, the portion of the dial where they sit, and the “EYES” (day/date indicator) are completely finished by hand to ensure the evenness and perfection needed for this impressive dial to work.  Apparently, these hand selected ceramics tend to shrink in the manufacturing process, which makes it necessary to polish by hand.  As you could guess, ceramic is very fragile and  difficult to work with.   This is another attribute that makes the EYES so special.  They say the overall manufacturing time of the EYES is about 80 times longer than a typical product.

Citizen Eco-Drive EYES AO9010-02E

The inspiration for this incredibly deep and intricate dial was adopted from skyscrapers and historical monuments like Stonehenge.  The ceramic indicies are brought to a maximum height to fully utilize the natural shadows and show the beauty of light.  The “EYES” themselves are intended to symbolize clearness, sharpness and brilliance, while also conveying a sense of infinite light and time energy.

The deeply domed sapphire crystal protecting the dial is actually inspired by a botanical garden architecture and is utilized to allow light to come through from all angles.  From there, the dial is bowl shaped to bring the light to the center and power the Eco-Drive solar panel.  The sapphire crystal is polished to perfection ensuring maximum clarity.

Citizen Eco-Drive EYES AO9010-02EThe 43mm case design is incredible.  The body and portion with the lugs are made individually, and the “clamps” at the 3 and 9 o’clock position are brought in to fuse the case together perfectly.  One thing is for sure, the finish is immaculate.  The combination of brushed and beautifully high polished finish are protected by Citizens proprietary Duratect coating.  This coating allows the same exact finish as originally found on the steel, but also makes it about 3-4 times harder.  The case is virtually scratch resistant, preserving its extremely high quality finish and eliminating the worry that small scratches will dull down its shine.

Citizen Eco-Drive EYES AO9010-02E

Citizen Eco-Drive EYES AO9010-02E

The movement used in the EYES, is Citizen’s Eco-Drive Caliber 8676.  The caliber 8676 displays day, date, and has centralized time (hours, minutes, and seconds).  The duration of life from a full power reserve is 6 months, as with most Citizen products.  The accuracy is rated to +/- 15 seconds a month as you will also find in most other Citizens.

Citizen Eco-Drive EYES AO9010-02E

Citizen Eco-Drive EYES AO9010-02E

The strap on the EYES is a unique product.  This “liquid rubber” strap is stain resistant and also has an incredibly comfortable feel.  This is not your typical polyurethane strap you will find on most Citizens.  The cut to size strap has a black hard coated butterfly deployment clasp as well.

Citizen Eco-Drive EYES AO9010-02E

Citizen Eco-Drive EYES AO9010-02E

Overall, the Citizen Eco-Drive EYES Concept Watch AO9010-02E is not only extremely rare, but an amazing timepiece.  Utilizing light and shadow is something found in traditional Japanese culture and the EYES exhibits this trait to the full extent.  There is much to be said about this concept model brought to life, but you really need to see it with your own eyes.

Citizen Eco-Drive EYES AO9010-02E

The Citizen Eco-Drive EYES AO9010-02E is $4,700.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-486-3996, or check us out on www.AZFineTime.com.

Check out our video review below…

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