The first thing you think of when you hear “integrated bracelet stainless steel sports watch” is probably something that will run you somewhere in the five figures with several years of waiting (provided you can even get on the list). That’s not the kind of steel integrated bracelet watch we’re talking about today. Instead, we’re taking a look at something a bit more approachable — one of G-SHOCK’s all-metal limited editions. For the sake of your sanity (and mine), the GMWB5000CS-1 will henceforth be referred to as the “Tron” in this review. The shiny black finish is treated to an all-over laser etched “grid tunnel” that’s reminiscent of the iconic glowing grid from the 1982 cult classic sci-fi adventure film. The watch is entirely metal, from head to bracelet and the result is quite impressive. When I think of G-SHOCK, my trusty resin DW-5300 for $40 comes to mind, not the $800 hunk of steel we’re looking at today.
One look at the Tron’s shape, and you’ll recognize the same lines and proportions as the now-classic square G-SHOCK DW5000C. The Tron takes the iconic square G-SHOCK shape, and beefs it up with all metal construction and a more advanced Bluetooth-enabled module with multi-band atomic timekeeping that’s powered by solar energy. There’s a lot to take in from this all-metal G, so let’s dig in.