G-Shock: AW-500 Re-issue Series
These new models revive the classic AW-500 Series with new looks that embody the unmatched toughness for which G-SHOCK has been renowned since its inception back in 1983. Making its initial appearance in 1989 as G-SHOCK's first analog-digital model, the AW-500 shattered the then widely held belief that the hands, gears, and other small parts of analog watches made them vulnerable to shock and impact. These new models provide a choice of either the original AW-500 look or new colour variations. The AW-500E has the same color combination as the original AW- 500. The AW-500BB models offer a selection between popular mud black or mud red hues. Basic features include stopwatch and alarm, along with an EL backlight, seven-year battery life, and more.
Original Style [AW-500E] The design of the original model, which had not been made digital, provides blueprints for newly designed components. The variant hand shapes, triangular marker, index, decorative letters and numerals, and other such features are reproduced faithfully. All-Original Beauty of Form The watch’s “simple & minimal” design concept draws on the unique characteristics of its resin-molded form with features such as the slanted bezel with its curved outline that continues onto the band.
Perfect Circle Motif Embodying the“ simple & minimal” design, the perfect circle motif is adopted even for side buttons. The same historic originality informs features such as the angle of horizontally operated button shafts as well. New Style [AW-500BB] Components including the case, band, dial, hands and reverse LCD display all uniformly feature a single color. The adoption of a bar index lends the watch a simpler design.
Shock-Resistant Structure Just like the AW-500, which upended conceptions of analog watches’ susceptibility to damage from shock, the watch ensures characteristic G-SHOCK shock resistance by employing hollow case construction and omnidirectional covering.
Improved Construction Even lighter weight is achieved with the watch’s updated design featuring an inner case made of resin and back cover with panel construction. The shock-resistant design of the module serves to protect against electronic components’ detachment or breakage and watch hands’ falling out of alignment.
Evolution of Features The watch realises features including EL backlight and an approximately 7-year battery life. Such features offer even greater practical use.
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