A few weeks back, I wrote about my own Casio G-Shock GA2100-1A (AKA the CasiOak) that I had modified and received a lot of positive feedback about. Many people expressed interest in how different the watch looked after the modification. While I did note that the bracelet wasn’t particularly comfortable on the wrist, I agreed that the CasiOak was one of the coolest looking modified watches I’d ever held in my hands. But the versatility of the CasiOak extends far beyond a simple steel case and bracelet. The creative lengths that the watch community has gone to in creating weird and wonderful mods is genuinely impressive, and I wanted to take a look at a few examples that really stand out as some of the best CasiOak mods out there.
Diamond bezel on orange rubber
Gem-set G-Shock’s aren’t totally unheard of with Floyd Mayweather showing off his diamond and ruby set digital watch last year, but diamonds on a CasiOak is a new one. Wowsers!
Two-tone case and bezel
Two-tone watches aren’t as popular as they once were in their 1980s prime. But this mod has a full stainless-steel case and bracelet with a rose-gold tone bezel.
Is this the CasiOak mod? Hand-painted rainbow pattern
If you want an ultra-rare and downright cool CasiOak mod, then this is the one you need in your collection. Called “Galaxy”, it was made as a collaboration between @thedialartist and @iflwatches and is limited to 200 pieces. We actually interviewed The Dial Artist (known to his friends as Kit Alexander) about the project and damn does the result look sensational.
Integrated rubber strap and steel case
With the steel case and integrated rubber strap (nicely matching the owners jacket), this should probably be known as the CasiOak Off-Shore.
UAE Limited Edition
Just because you’re getting a CasiOak mod, doesn’t mean you need diamonds and rainbows everywhere. This United Arab Emirates-themed limited edition of five pieces is tastefully subtle.
Seeing a G-Shock on a NATO honestly feels a little weird, but once you overcome that confusion you realise there’s no reason not to have it on a NATO strap (apart from the normal spring bars). It’s a bulletproof watch on a bulletproof strap, so go right ahead.
Rainbow case and strap
I know I said all CasiOak mods didn’t have to be rainbow patterned, but it’s hard to hate anything this colourful. With a new brightly toned case and strap, you won’t see too many of these out in the wild.
Black and gold-tone steel
Black and gold is always a good-looking colour combo and don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. With the gold tone case contrasting against the blacked-out bezel and dial, this is unsurprisingly a pretty cool looking mod.
Steel case on leather strap
I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever seen a G-Shock of any kind on a leather strap and there’s an argument that it should stay that way. But here we are and the result isn’t as discordant as you might expect.
There’s something to be said for the simplicity of some colour against a blank canvas and that’s exactly what we have here. It’s a pop of colour on your wrist, but it’s a restrained pop.
Black case and bracelet with gold dial highlights
There’s something about the effect of black steel that has been vertically brushed that just reminds me of the same treatment of ceramic. This is a slightly more stealthy approach to CasiOak modding.