This $550 G-Shock Is The Next Big Watch Of 2022
Like Patek Phillipe’s Rolex Submariner and Nautilus, the G-Shock’s affectionately known CasiOak is one of those rare watches that has come close to becoming larger than the brand that created it. Such is its extraordinary appeal, G-Shock has been busy filming a number of notable variations on the rugged, octagonal theme since its introduction in 2019 — to the point where there are almost as many new Manchester United managers in the same timeframe. While we’ve been hard at work lately for the summer-ready arrival of the G-Shock GA-B2100, its all-metal successor is a watch that we’ll be wearing year-round.
Yes, you read it right. A watch that was already inspired by the Royal Oak by Audemars Piguet – an icon beloved by everyone from Drake to Chris Hemsworth – stopped playing around with those comparisons and fully embraced the homage. Big difference? While a Royal Oak will set you back the best part of $20,000, the G-Shock GM-B2100 will come in at an insanely attractive $550 price point. That makes it one of the hottest deals in the watch sector, as well as an outstanding watch in its own right.
Perhaps wisely, G-Shock hasn’t done much to deviate from a good thing with the GM-B2100. It still looks like the raw and ready-to-wear you’d expect, only now available in a metal case in black, silver, and bronze color variants. That means you have Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone, ToughSolar charging to extend battery life, and LED lights to see the time when you’re stumbling out of the pub at a great hour.
After trying the watch out for ourselves, we are pleased to announce that it is exactly what you would expect from an all-metal CasioOak. It feels solid on the wrist without overwhelming your entire ‘fit. Better still, it has a lot more versatility than its classic sibling, which leans so heavily on the casual side of ‘smart-casual’ that it’s not really suitable for corporate wear. your boss or mother-in-law.
For those who really live to be versatile, a black and gold two-tone variant of the watch on a resin strap is also coming soon but we think all metal is the more elegant way to go. That bronze model is calling us right now and the cost of living crisis is so terrible we’re not sure if we can fight it.
G-Shock GM-B2100 starts at $550. At casino.com
This story originally ran on British GQ with title “This £499 G-Shock Is The Next Big Watch Of 2022”