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It would be a stretch to say that this year has already been big for extraterrestrial pedigree watches. And the famously controversial Moonwatch may be the biggest space-oriented timepiece of the year (so far) It’s still the new kid on the block when it comes to rugged quartz timepieces that pay homage to space exploration. Now in its third year, G-Shock has managed to capture the magic of space with subsequent versions of the DW5600, paying homage to space travel. And like the MoonSwatch, these G-Shock limited editions have become a hot commodity, leading the manufacturer to take a more strategic approach to delivering these sought-after watches. So, we at A Blog To Watch are happy to know a local Casio authorized dealer Augustine LA G-Shock’s space watch has been selected as the “launch” pad for the next installment in the collection.
Augustine LA, the boutique where the next limited-edition space G-Shock premieres, is the brainchild of Jay Partoe. A veteran of both the watch and apparel worlds, Parto brings both worlds under one roof in Santa Monica, offering a breadth of brands including everyone’s favorite streetwear watch brand: G-Shock. With a growing knack for innovation and exciting collaborations, G-Shock is a perfect fit for a shop like Augustine that has tapped into the culture among tastemakers.
Going back to 2020, Casio’s all-white special edition DW5600 marks the first G-Shock timepiece to salute America’s space program. Predictably, it sold out within hours, but stargazers and sneakerheads alike had another crack at things the following year with an updated version celebrating the 40th anniversary of the initial space shuttle launch. A revised black resin case offers a monochromatic look reminiscent of the shuttle fleet’s iconic profile, while the unobtrusive digital display cleverly conceals the space shuttle’s “watermark,” visible only when the backlight is lit.
In 2022, G-Shock returns to the scene with its third limited-edition space-inspired timepiece, this time taking on a bright-orange motif reminiscent of the famous high-altitude suits worn by astronauts on their way to and from orbit. Since the early days of the shuttle program, American astronauts have donned the “pumpkin suit” and enjoyed increased mobility during the most critical phases of flight—launch and re-entry. Thanks to the lightweight design and high visibility, crews (and rescue teams, should it arrive) can react faster with better situational awareness. G-Shock — whether intentional or not — pays a nod to this history with the new GWM5610NASA4 model, not just in aesthetics but in functionality as well.
As previously mentioned, G-Shock’s approach to product releases has become more nuanced (and more affordable), helping to give fans a more even process on special releases. As part of this, the mod-July online launch will be followed by in-store availability at select G-Shock retailers. Here in Los Angeles, Jay Partoe’s boutique, Augustine, is one of the few stores confirmed to have product availability. Operating only online since its inception, Augustine’s storefront is holding its grand opening on August 5, coinciding perfectly with the boutique launch of Orange “SpaceShock.” Making things a real celebration, Augustine sweetens the deal by throwing in a 12 oz. Tote and free shipping on orders over $99 (which the G-Shock easily qualifies for). If you’re looking for an excuse to pass it up, you won’t find it here. While previous “SpaceShocks” were built on the DW5600 platform, the 2022 special edition uses the GWM5610. As such, useful features such as tough solar functionality and multi-band 6 atomic timekeeping are added to an already productive suite of features such as 24-hour timekeeping, alarms, countdown timing and a precision calendar without adjustment until 2099. Additionally, solar capabilities enable another motivating feature. Sensing when in darkness, the 5610 series automatically turns off the display to conserve battery until it detects light or the backlight is activated.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a G-Shock without some serious toughness, like 200m water resistance and G-Shock’s eponymous shock resistance. The flipped-over, steel screw-down caseback is engraved with an image of an anonymous astronaut, while text is embedded on a matching resin strap in the same font used by US-government agencies. As readers of this site know, attention to detail is key. The tail of the strap is held in place by a contrast black keeper printed with stars and stripes.
Love it or leave it, G-Shock has ushered in the collectable era, ensuring that every wrist truly has a watch. Committed to not just one but (at least) three limited-edition timepieces dedicated to America’s place in space, G-Shock has done what watch fans want: creating unique pieces that are functional and affordable. Although PumpkinShock (or whatever nickname it’s earning) is limited, it’s certainly recognizable and a fitting tribute to the old shuttle program — one of mankind’s most famous and technologically masterful inventions. And as America and the world stand on the precipice of a new era in space travel, it seems fitting to commemorate the last era of exploration. ABTW readers in Los Angeles can find this timepiece Augustine Los Angeles. Not in LA? Augustine also makes this timepiece available online through its website.
Measurements: 46.7 × 43.2 × 12.7 mm
Water resistance: 200 meters
Case material: Resin
Movement: Tough Solar (Solar Powered)
Power reserve: 10 months on rechargeable battery (without exposure to light), 22 months on rechargeable battery (operation duration when stored in total darkness with power saving function after full charge)
Price & Availability: $170 USD at Augustine Los Angeles. Includes free shipping and 12 oz. Tote bag.
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