It’s hard to imagine that Kikuo Ibe could have foreseen what would become of his original DW-5000C back in the early 1980s. His first G-Shock watches were designed to be shot from cannons, run over by tanks or even handed to a toddler – all without ill effects. It’s a testament to Ibe-Sama and his team’s work that Gs today are still as robust. They’re just a little more colourful.
Over the preceding 40 years, G-Shocks have also moved from the wrists of military and service personnel to become fashion watches, all without losing their usefulness and practical indestructibility. Function so often dictates form and ends up as fashion.