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)

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003 – Now Available

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003

AZ Fine Time is proud to announce the 1st official landing of the Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003 to the US market!  For the last 2.5 years collectors have longed to own the, originally Japanese market only, black dialed chronograph and now the opportunity has arisen.  As a new part to the international collection, the SBGC003 is incredibly crafted (as with all Grand Seiko’s) and adds a new sportier style to the Spring Drive Chronograph line up.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003

As I mentioned, the SBGC003 was only sold on the Japanese Domestic Market until today.  This piece is one of the very first to appear as an official part of the US line up, with full 3 year manufacture warranty.  The first time we encountered this model was back during our Grand Seiko Roadshow in 2011.  At the time, the President of Seiko USA (Mr. Kenji Hagiwara) was wearing this timepiece on his wrist.  The overall curiosity with this model was elevated to a whole new level, and many started to ask when the US would have access to this model.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003

Now that the piece is in stock, we can do a full, thorough review and expose the true beauty behind this piece.  The matte black lacquer dial really adds a to the sport look of this piece versus the sunburst dial of the SBGC001.  While they are both incredible pieces, the black dial SBGC003 seems to appeal to a broader crowd.  The elegance of the SBGC001 makes for a great dressier chrono, while still having great sport function, but the black dial dresses down slightly more.  The beautiful SBGC005 in titanium also offers a black dial, but the yellow gold accents make for a more unique look, that may not be everyones preference.  The stainless steel case, bracelet, hands and indexes make for a more subtle and subdued piece that can remain more casual and neutral.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003

Of course, the SBGC003 offers essentially all the same outstanding traits of the other Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronographs.  The Zaratsu katana blade mirror finish on the case, bracelet, hands and indexes making the piece sparkle like a diamond.  The unique design of the chrono pushers, which surprisingly wear incredibly comfortable for their shape and size, which somehow manages not to dig into your wrist.  The ease of using the pushers is also a very nice trait.  The pushers have screw locks that actually push a cuff up to the top of the flared out pusher and lock it into place.  The system is incredibly unique and function wise feels amazing.  The solid feel of the chrono function is thanks to Seiko’s in house designed, developed, and manufactured 9R86 movement.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003

The 9R86 is intended to be the most reliable chronograph on the market and in all honesty, probably is.  This movement has 416 parts, 50 jewels, a power reserve of 72 hours and is made at Shinshu Watch Studio in Suwa, Japan.  Its features include 12 hour chronograph, date, power reserve display, and GMT. The accuracy of Spring Drive is incredible and that accuracy carries over to the chronograph measurements.  The use of a vertical clutch in the 9R86 has many benefits.  Not only is it a better system to ensure the gears line up properly with the use of the chrono, but it also allows for a smoother transition when starting the chronograph (no jump of the chrono sec hand),  and has less of an effect on accuracy while running the chrono.  Not only that, but the power reserve is not reduced by use of the chronograph.  In most watches, the power will run down faster, where in the 9R86, this does not happen.  Thanks to a special “chronograph seconds mid-wheel” the piece minimizes the loss of power while the energy is being used for the chronograph.  This 10 part gear wheel reduces the energy use by about 1/5th of what it would normally take.  As always, Seiko never ceases to amaze me with the technology incorporated in their timepieces.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003

The Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003 will have an MSRP of $8,600.  This will not be the only new core model in the GS line up.  You can look forward to the SBGE011, SBGA083 and SBGA085.  Which will be in stock soon.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003

See our video review below…

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