I must admit, this collaboration between G-Shock and Porter / Yoshida & Co. completely flew under my radar. If you’re not familiar with Porter, here’s a quick primer: they are a craft bag maker specializing in producing solely “Made In Japan” products under the umbrella of Yoshida & Co. During their release in late October, G-Shock announced the collaboration that would modernize their iconic AWM-500 analog-digital model by combining a carbon coated stainless steel case and bracelet, with the technological functions and features we’ve grown accustomed to with the brand. It’s no surprise here that with this collaboration, the G-Shock AWM-500GC-1A will also come with a Porter / Yoshida & Co. special edition watch travel case that doubles up as a cross body bag, if that fits your style.
The G-Shock AWM-500GC-1A dial display, for the most part, remains the same as its predecessor from the late 1980’s. The dial is fashioned in a subtle sunburst black and comes with a pair of funky analog hands; the hour hand represented with a red skeletal trapezoid, and the minute hand in a sword-like shape with circular cutouts that shrink as it narrows towards the tip. Aesthetically, the only difference seems to be the gold stamped Shock Absorption Curve graph that fills in at the center of the dial.