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The 10 Best G-SHOCK Watch Collaborations You Don’t Want to Miss!

G-SHOCK's interesting history including its rarest and most expensive models!

The 10 Best G-SHOCK Watch Collaborations You Don’t Want to Miss!
The 10 Best G-SHOCK Watch Collaborations You Don’t Want to Miss!

G-SHOCK. The name itself conjures images of watches that can withstand anything you throw at them (or drop them on!). But G-SHOCK isn’t just about legendary toughness–it’s also a brand known for pushing boundaries.

The 10 Best G-SHOCK Watches

A table showcasing three decades of G-SHOCK evolution history

Did you know the man behind G-SHOCK, Kikuo Ibe, got the idea after his favorite watch fell apart? From the moment Kikuo Ibe envisioned a watch that could withstand the unthinkable, to today’s eclectic partnerships, G-SHOCK has continuously shattered expectations.

In an interview with HODINKEE, Ibe expressed regret for not preserving any of the more than 200 prototypes, acknowledging that had he anticipated G-SHOCK’s monumental success, he would have never discarded them.

Among the rarest G-SHOCKS is the “Project Team Tough” model, exclusively given to the original development team, with only two of the eight originals surviving today.

The Most Expensive G-SHOCK-MRGG1000HT “Hammer Tone”

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The MRGG1000HT “Hammer Tone” in the picture above, stands as the pinnacle of G-SHOCK’s aesthetic complexity and price (~US$6200), distinguished by its unique tsuiki hammered decoration applied by a single artisan, Bihou Asano, to all 300 pieces over six months, making it an extraordinary example of manual craftsmanship within the G-SHOCK series.

Today, G-SHOCK teams up with world-famous names, creating limited-edition pieces that are as much about expressing your style as they are about enduring the elements.

This article unfurls the curtain to reveal the top 10 G-SHOCK collaborations, where technology, art, and durability collide, offering you a guide through the maze of the latest and greatest G-SHOCK watches to grace the wrist of enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Top 10 G-SHOCK Collaborations:

All these exclusive, sold-out editions are still within reach, thanks to SNKRDUNK’s resale platform, offering you a chance to own these timeless pieces.

1. Kith for G-SHOCK GM-6900 10-Year Anniversary

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Marking Kith’s 10th in 2021, the G-SHOCK collab featured an iridescent rainbow metal bezel achieved after ten sampling rounds. Priced at US$400 in March 2021, it combines G-Shock resilience with an electro-luminescent backlight and multi-function alarm, maintaining the brand’s renowned durability and functionality.

2. G-SHOCK x A Bathing Ape® 30th Anniversary Watch GM6900BAPE-1

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Celebrating BAPE’s 30th anniversary, the G-SHOCK × BAPE GM6900BAPE-1, released November 2023 for US$350, blends G-SHOCK’s toughness with BAPE’s 1st Camo. It includes a laser-etched bezel, extra camo fabric band, commemorative engraving, and special packaging, showcasing a fusion of durability and street style.

3. Bodega x G-SHOCK DW5600 “Anytime & Anywhere”

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The Bodega x G-SHOCK DW5600 “Anytime & Anywhere,” was released on 17 Feb 2023, marked at US$170 to celebrate G-SHOCK’s 40th anniversary, blending the DW5600’s durability with Bodega’s unique design. It features an alternative woven band, a retro co-branded face, special case back engraving, and comes in a unique carrying case.

4. Wu-Tang x G-SHOCK GM6900WTC22

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The Wu-Tang x G-SHOCK GM6900WTC22, launched in February 2023 at US$280 for Wu-Tang’s 30th anniversary, updates the classic DW6900 with a stainless steel black IP bezel.

It features a “W” logo on the black mirror dial, Wu-Tang Clan’s iconic lyric “Cash Rules Everything Around Me (C.R.E.A.M.)” around the border, a special “WU-TANG” EL backlight image, and a co-branded case back engraving, all presented in special packaging inspired by Wu-Tang’s “Killer Bees” theme.

5. Royal Navy x G-SHOCK Frogman GWF-A1000RN-8A

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The collaboration between G-SHOCK and the Royal British Navy, resulted in the limited edition Frogman GWF-A1000RN-8A, released in 2021 for US$964, which boasts a Carbon Core Guard, Bluetooth for dive logs, tide info, and a phone finder. Water-resistant up to 200M, it excels in harsh sea conditions.


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The NASA x G-SHOCK GWM5610NASA4, a US$170 sold-out launch from July 2022, marries space heritage and G-SHOCK’s toughness. Inspired by astronaut gear, it sports a laser-printed NASA logo and flag on the strap, with Radio Controlled timekeeping and Tough Solar tech.

7. A$AP Ferg x G-SHOCK GA110FRG-7AER

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The A$AP Ferg x G-SHOCK GA110FRG-7AER, released in December 2018 for US$150 (sold out), stands as a bold statement piece developed in collaboration with hip-hop artist A$AP Ferg.

This special edition blends a unique semi-transparent design with vibrant accents, analog and digital displays, orange LED backlighting, and a 200M water resistance, showcasing one of G-SHOCK’s most advanced and expressive collaborations.

8. Casio G-Shock x BAPE x Kid Cudi

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The Casio G-Shock x BAPE x Kid Cudi DW 6900 launched for US$230 in August 2021, features a unique pink bezel, a red and blue band, and distinctive logos. It represents a significant partnership, especially since Kid Cudi’s early career involved working at BAPE’s New York store, making this collaboration a full-circle moment.


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The G-SHOCK x HIDDEN® DW5600HDN227 unites two streetwear powerhouses in a limited edition timepiece celebrating G-SHOCK’s 40th anniversary.

Featuring the iconic DW5600 design in HIDDEN.NY’s signature white and green, this watch embodies the “Past, Present, and Future” mantra, reflecting the enduring appeal of G-SHOCK. Launched for US$170 on August 2023, it features brand logos and special packaging.

10. FC Barcelona Matchday Collaboration Model GBD100BAR-4

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The GBD-100BAR-4, from G-SHOCK and “Matchday: Inside FC Barcelona,” features the team’s colors and special design elements like the club’s motto and crest. Released in January 2022 for US$230, it offers advanced features via the G-SHOCK MOVE app.

Beyond the List

While our top selections captured the essence of G-SHOCK’s most memorable collaborations, other gems like the Online Ceramics x Hodinkee x G-Shock and the G-Shock Guitarhythm GA-2100HT-1AJR also deserve a nod. These unique partnerships reflect G-SHOCK’s expansive influence, blending creativity, music, and fashion innovatively.

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