INTRODUCING: The new G-Shock Full Metal Rich Red is a colourful daily wearer for a hard-knock lifeZach Blass
We can all debate what are the best daily wearers, but if the term is based on robustness and reliability there is arguably nothing better than a G-Shock. The Full Metal series elevates the offering from resin cases and straps, to a full stainless-steel build – even titanium in the more premium editions. So far we have seen stainless-steel versions in steel, gold-plated, black, black grid, and aged black tones, but this year we have the most bold and colourful version yet: the G-Shock Full Metal “Rich Red”.
While the ion plating of the watch is billed as “Rich Red”, to my eyes it actually has a slight purplish hue to it. In fact, if it were aged in the same manner as the aged IP version in black it would remind me of the patinated Rolex GMT Master bezels that turned from red into bright fuchsia. At any rate, the case is 43.2mm in diameter, 49.6mm lug-to-lug, and 12.9mm thick with a water resistance of 200 metres. It’s a good size and highly robust like the other Full Metal watches we have seen before.
The backlit digital display is home to a wealth of information and complications which include a 1/100th of second stopwatch, countdown timer, alarm, auto time-zone correction when travelling, full auto-calendar accurate to 2099, plus a whole lot more that you can familiarise yourself with using the G-Shock smartphone app that you can pair and control your watch with via bluetooth connectivity.
The links are compact, and there are four holes in the clasp for micro adjustment, so the watch can be well-sized for a variety of wrists. I personally do not have the largest wrist by any means, and my Full Metal Titanium Camouflage suits my wrist surprisingly well due to the angular flare of the bracelet wrapping around the wrist.
Overall, I highly recommend the Full Metal series for your collection. If you want a hassle-free watch with extensive digital complications, that will always run thanks to its two-year battery that is recharged with each wear thanks to the tough solar technology, than this is the watch for you – especially in situations where you may want to give your mechanical watches a break. I for one strap on my Full Metal G-Shock as my go-to watch anytime I head to the tennis court as there’s no fear of shock interrupting the integrity and timekeeping of the movement.
G-Shock Full Metal Rich Red GMWB5000RD-4 pricing and availability:
The G-Shock Full Metal Rich Red is available now, and can be purchased from authorized G-Shock dealers or online here. Price: $600 USD.