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Casio to release square-faced digital G-SHOCK featuring stainless steel bezel


Casio Computer Co Ltd has announced the latest additions to the G-SHOCK line of shock-resistant watches, which has been revolutionizing personal timekeeping since 1983. The GM-5600 and GM-5600B are square-faced digital watches fitted with a bezel featuring a fine metal texture.

The new GM-5600 and GM-5600B models boast the same design as the resin-made, square-faced G-SHOCK 5600 line, but with a stainless steel bezel with a quality finish. While delivering the finely-crafted texture of metal, the new models offer the comfortable fit of a lightweight watch, thanks to the resin used for the case and band. The new timepieces also come with a light-on-dark LCD design that creates a consistently chic look.

Other functions include full auto-calendar; 12/24-hour format; EL backlight with afterglow; flash alert: flashes with buzzer that sounds for alarms, hourly time signals and countdown timer.

The new GM-5600 and GM-5600B will be available from September. Launch date and price vary with countries. In Japan, the GM-5600 will sell for 22,000 yen plus tax, and the GM-5600B for 24,000 yen plus tax.

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The sqare face looks like its taken from Patek.

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Don't these exist already? I've seen steel G-shocks in the style for years.

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I quit wearing a watch, but when I did, it was a G-Shock. They are good watches.

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The sqare face looks like its taken from Patek.

Any examples? It's hard to know which decade you have in mind from the last hundred years.

If Patek was making something that looked like these Casios before 1983, then potentially. But these models watches are closely and directly descended, stylistically speaking, from the original G-Shocks. A range of models with that bezel shape has been in the G-Shock lineup ever since 1983.

Square (really, rectangular) faces are pretty natural for digital watches anyway, as there's no dial and no rotary aspect to the time display. Even the first Pulsars are rectangular, with a bit of rounding thrown in; the Japanese and other digitals that flooded the market soon tended to be rectangular rather than circular.

Square and rectangular faces, non-Patek, go back all the way to at least the mid-1920s, and there isn't much to go on before that, because men's wristwatches weren't common before World War I.

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