At a certain point, we’ll have to look back at G-Shock and ask ourselves when, exactly, the brand shifted from producing affordable, indestructible tools that were, if nothing else, completely humble, to making more expensive, indestructible tools that push further into the luxury market. If you look at our own recent G-Shock coverage, you’ll see a whole bunch of metallic, smart, coated, and limited G-Shocks that seem tailored to the robust community of G-Shock specific enthusiasts, the watch collecting community at large, or both. They’re decidedly not the type of sub $100 G-Shocks that you can pick up in a department store on a whim when you just, you know, need a watch, although they’re certainly still in that market, as a cursory Amazon search will quickly confirm. Today, we’re bringing you news of yet another entry into the MT-G line of G-Shocks, their selection of premium metallic watches with carbon fiber reinforced cases. Let’s take a look at the new MTGB2000.
The MT-G series is G-Shock’s play at the luxury sports watch market, and watches under this umbrella maintain the robust quality we all expect from a G-Shock but incorporate premium metallic finishing in a package that feels a bit more premium than the tried and true resin cases that the brand built its reputation on. The MTGB2000 features what G-Shock refers to as a Dual Core Guard Structure, that uses carbon fiber to reinforce a resin case. That resin case is then surrounded by a metal frame, which gives the watch the appearance of a full metal G-Shock, but keeps a lot of the lightweight qualities that have always been part of the appeal of G-Shock’s watches. G-Shock has been using carbon fiber reinforced cases for a while now, across a spectrum of price points. Last year, I reviewed the GA-2100, a watch that features a similar structure that retails for less than $100. The GA-2100, of course, is missing the metal frame, but it still benefits from the rigidity of the carbon fiber. You can think of the MTGB2000 as having a measure of “extra” rigidity and overall robustness with the addition of the metallic components.
There are two versions of the watch, differentiated by bezel color and straps. The black bezeled version features a composite band made with both metal and resin components, while the blue bezeled watch utilizes a urethane strap and features additional blue highlights on the dial. The two watches are identical in their operation, but offer completely different looks, one plainly looking more like a traditional watch with its stainless steel outer shell, the other registering as what we tend to think of when we consider G-Shock, or at least the G-Shock of old.
Naturally, these watches feature all the built in functionality that’s ever present on modern G-Shocks, including alarms, a chronograph, a world timer, and so on. They’re also powered by solar energy and Bluetooth enabled, allowing for adjustments to be made to the watch via a smartphone. In addition to the carbon fiber construction, the other relatively novel feature here is implementation of three dual coil motors to control the hands on the dial, a first in the MT-G series. According to G-Shock, this allows for instantaneous adjustment of the time when paired with a smartphone. As you can probably guess, these watches are not even a little bit diminutive, coming in at 55mm in diameter and an eye popping 15.9mm thick.
The MTGB2000, in both variants, will be available in November through G-Shock retailers. The version with a blue bezel and urethane strap (MTGB2000B1A2) will sell for $950, while the variant with the metallic shell MTGB2000D1A) is priced at $1,000. G-Shock