Casio to release watches reprising the 1989 first-ever analog-digital combination G-SHOCK AW-500. The new AW-500E boasts a refreshed look just in time for Christmas.
Casio G-SHOCK’s 1989 analog-digital models were a step out of Casio’s comfort zone as the brand had always been producing digital and square-faced timepieces since their first models in 1983.
The AW-500E reprises the AW-500 with a modern redesign based on the original drawings. In the original model, the axis of the hands was set slightly above the midpoint of the dial. In the long-awaited AW-500E, the hands are fully centred in the dial for a more refined look and distinctive identity.
The original color scheme of the AW-500 is retained with a black case accented by white index marks and minute hand, together with a red hour hand. The practicality has been enhanced with the addition of an EL light and extended battery life extended of seven years – a boost from 3 years in the original model
The AWM-500D and AWM-500GD feature full metal exterior parts and a solar-powered radio control. The full metal construction includes fine resin inserted between the metal case and bezel to absorb shocks. This technology was developed for the popular GMW-B5000D, released in 2018. The GMW-B5000D also inherited the form of the first G-SHOCK model, but with a full metal exterior.
Each part of the new models’ bezels feature a different finish using hairline, mirror, and other finishes to give full play to the watches’ metallic texture.AW-500E (Resin) – Original, S$169
AW-500E (Resin) – Original, S$169
AW-500BB-1E (Resin) – Black, S$169
AW-500BB-4E (Resin) – Red, S$169
AW-500D-1A (Stainless Steel) – Silver/Black, S$729
AW-500D-1A8 (Stainless Steel) – Silver, S$729
AW-500GD (Stainless Steel) – Gold, S$819
The watches will roll out in stores on 11 December 2020 at all G-SHOCK stores and online.