If there were a search for the last honest watch on Earth – a watch that embodies down to the deepest fiber of its being what it really means to be a genuine tool watch, and not just a illustration of what a tool watch used to be, chances are very good that it would be a Casio G-Shock replica watch. Unloved by many who think of themselves as real watch lovers, the G-Shock is very much loved by those who need a watch that will put up with the very roughest use the very roughest and most dangerous jobs can dish out. G-Shocks are worn by more than a few hipsters and would-be hipsters these days, but they’re also worn by the thousands by police officers, firefighters, special forces operators, regular Army guys and gals – you name it.
The Casio G-Shock replica watch was never an especially inexpensive watch by design, although it was certainly, at least as originally conceived, designed to work for a living rather than get by on its looks. As the years have gone by, however they have not only become collectible, with many, many serious G-Shock enthusiasts around the world as fanatical and focused as any Patek-aholic or Rolex aficionado, but they’ve also become gradually more culturally iconic and symbolic as well. The luxury Casio MR-G replica watch series have pushed the high end limited edition – created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of MR-G – goes even further.
The Casio G-Shock MR-G Limited Edition ‘Hammer Tone’ replica watch is one of those mash-ups of pop culture and tradition that seems so highly characteristic of Japanese culture. The Hammer Tone is a G-Shock through and through, of course – it’s water resistant (200 m), shock resistant, and has a plethora of features, including a GPS receiver to update time at any of 40 time zones around the world. But what gives it its name – and price – is that it’s decorated with the technique known as tsuiki, in which a pattern is created on a metal surface through hammering.
The case and bracelet of Casio G-Shock MR-G Limited Edition ‘Hammer Tone’ replica watch are DLC-coated titanium, but the hammered bezel and center links are finished with oborogin a silver and copper alloy. Oborozuki is an older, alternate term for a group of such alloys which were traditionally used on Japanese sword fittings, and which were collectively known as shibuichi, or “four parts to one,” for the ratio of silver to copper. Other elements including the crown and bezel screws have been ion plated in akagane.
Anyway, this Casio G-Shock MR-G Limited Edition ‘Hammer Tone’ replica watch will be a limited edition of 300 pieces worldwide and they’ll be available starting in July of this year.