New AWM-500D and AWM-500GD with metal construction also released
G-Shock International announced today they will also be releasing AWM-500 models with metal construction which also reprise the AW-500, the first G-SHOCK analogue-digital combination model, released in 1989.
The AWM-500D and AWM-500GD add full metal exterior parts and solar-powered radio control. The full metal construction was achieved by inserting fine resin 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 features a different finish using hairline, mirror, and other finishes to give full play to the watches' metallic texture.
The AWM-500 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 centered in the dial for a more refined look and distinct 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 battery life extended from three years to around seven years.
These models are expected for an early December release in New Zealand.