Casio G-Shock AWM-500 — All-metal version from 1989

*AWM-500GC-1A – Updated October 2021 color!

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AWM-500 Model Range *may be updated


Quick Content Guide

  1. AWM-500 Model Range *in different colors and bands
  2. Japanese Unique Features in AWM-500 *the most distinctive features in details
  3. General information about the watch *year of first release, model range etc.
  4. Official AWM-500 Video *only from Casio Company
  5. G-Shock AWM-500 Display Guide *for key functions only
  6. G-Shock AWM-500 on the wrist! *only images and only on the wrist
  7. AWM-500 Usage Patterns *what the watch is usually meant for
  8. Feedback from Users and Experts *anonymous from different sources
  9. AWM-500 Limited Editions *unique style, materials, and price
  10. The most distinctive specs *from our Editorial point of view
  11. Official AWM-500 Specs *all details and for base version AWM-500D-1A
  12. AWM-500 Comparison Table *with similar G-Shock Watches
  13. Full Photo Gallery *various images
  14. Recent News about AWM-500 *the latest breaking news and videos

About the Watch in Short. First G-SHOCK, the brand that has constantly been testing the limits of timepiece toughness since 1983, released the GMW-B5000, an all-metal version that recreated the look of the very first G-SHOCK. Now comes the AWM-500 Series of new full-metal analog-digital models.
Based on the AW-500, G-SHOCK’s first analog-digital combination timepiece that was released in 1989, these new full-metal models employ hard stainless steel material for their bezels and bands. Other features include screw-in backs and three-dimensional hour markers.



Enjoy Japanese Unique Features in AWM-500!

Analog Dial. From variant hand shapes to decorative letters and numerals, design features of the first-generation analog model are reproduced in the AWM-500. Treated with a vapor deposition process, the dimensional index nicely matches the watch’s metal exterior.

Solid Stainless Steel Band. The band features three-dimensional curvature up to the third increment. The original resin band’s design is reproduced in metal, with its curved form lending a sense of unified identity with the case.

Hairline and Mirror Finishes. The watch features both line and round hairline finishes, as well as a mirror finish. Each finishing is applied to components on an individual basis to highlight their metallic textures.

Full Metal Shock-Resistant Structure. Shock absorbing structure components made of fine resin are installed between the bezel and case. With its metal exterior in the original form of the first analog model, the watch realizes a shock-resistant structure.

Solar Panels with Shadow-dispersing Solar Panel. Converting light to energy, solar panels ensure stable operation of features such as signal reception. Even while the dial’s rate of light transmittance may be low, the watch achieves the guarantee of sufficient electric power along with greater freedom in face design.

Double High-brightness LED Lights. LED lights with high luminance brightly illuminate the dial and LCD to ensure visibility in dimly lit locations. With the watch’s ability to sense light and darkness, a simple slant of the wrist will engage the LED lights.



General Information

Price$500 *average Amazon Price, we may earn commission from purchases
Year of first Release2020
Suitable for Wrist Size160 – 210 mm
Module Number5640 / Manual
Model RangeSTANDART ANA-DIGI (This Line includes Digital and Analog displays on G-Shocks that are the best in “price/quality” category. Usually have traditional digital functions, but with beautiful hands. Don’t worry, the hands won’t prevent you from seeing digits, since there is a special Hand Shift technology that moves them to the neutral position)
Battery TypeSolar (G-Shock Batteries)
Other Divisions the AWM-500 belongs to: *you may find all watches of the division by clicking on the linkG-Shock Ana-Digi
G-Shock Solar
G-Shock 2020

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Official G-Shock AWM-500 Video

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G-Shock AWM-500 Display Guide *for key functions only. For you to know how it works))

Timekeeping

Use the Timekeeping Mode to set and view the current time and date.
– Each press of A cycles the Home City information.

Using the World Time Mode

You can use the World Time Mode to view the current time in one of 31 time zones (48 cities) around the globe. The city that is currently selected in the World Time Mode is called the “World Time City”.

Using the Stopwatch

The stopwatch measures elapsed time, split times, and two finishes.
To enter the Stopwatch Mode
Use C to select the Stopwatch Mode (STW)

Using the Countdown Timer

The countdown timer can be set within a range of one second to 100 minutes. An alarm sounds when the countdown reaches zero.
Use C to select the Countdown Timer Mode (TMR).

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G-Shock AWM-500 on the wrist!

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AWM-500 Usage Patterns *what the watch is usually meant for

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Feedback from Users *accumulated information from our own comments and emails, forum threads, socials, reviews, etc.

PROs
+ full metal
+ solar powered
+ premium look
+ reminds of juggernaut from X-Men
+ it’s affordable and durable. Looks like a cross between a Seiko Tuna and a Panerai Luminor 👍🏼 (same size 44mm)
+ great design
+ the love of nostalgia with the power of actual technology
+ easy bracelet adjustment
+ very cool

CONs
– no smart functions
– if only the metal version came in black
– too short handset
– looks like it would scratch up easily
– no 24hr stopwatch like it’s resin cousin does
– change the hands to something more traditional
– at that price point it should have sapphire
– too expensive

Feedback from Experts *based on comparison info with similar watches by price, model range, etc.

PROs
+ hourly Time Signal
+ 1/100-second stopwatch
+ perfect accuracy. Radio-controlled (via atomic watch signals)
+ double LED light
+ 5 daily alarms
+ 31 time zones
+ Solar powered

CONs
– mineral Glass
– not so small (55.2×47.7×14.7mm)

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AWM-500 Limited Editions *unique style, materials, and price

The Listing of All G-Shock AWM-500 Limited Watches → *with detailed description about the style

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What we like in AWM-500 *comments by experts with 10 years experience in writing about Casio watches
Full Metal Come back from 1989 (updated version of the first G-Shock analog-digital model AW-500 that proved to the whole World – the hands, gears, and other small parts of analog watches can be shock resistant)
— Radio-controlled Watch; Multi band 6 (additional way for time sync. This watch receives time calibration radio signals that keep the displayed time accurate)
— Tough Solar (CASIO’s original solar-charging system converts not only sunlight but also light from fluorescent lamps and other sources into power)
— WorldTime (Ideal function for business people or travelers who want to control two times at one display)
— Day of the week languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian)
Screw Lock Back (Premium Feature)
Case / bezel material: Stainless steel (it was never before)

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Official Casio Description. Functionwise, MULTIBAND 6 supports automatic time setting adjustment based on one of six time calibration signals around the globe for accurate timekeeping no matter where your travels take you. Other functions include Tough Solar in combination with CASIO original power-saving technology that delivers a stable supply of power, high-brightness Full Auto LED illumination, World Time, and more. In addition, the day of the week can be shown in any one of six different languages.*


Official AWM-500 Specs / Features *for base version AWM-500D-1A

  • Case / bezel material: Stainless steel
  • Solid Band
  • One-touch 3-fold Clasp
  • Stainless Steel Band
  • Mineral Glass
  • Neobrite
  • Shock Resistant
  • Screw Lock Back
  • Gray ion plated case
  • 200-meter water resistance
  • Tough Solar (Solar powered)
  • Double LED light
    LED light for the face (Super illuminator, full auto LED light, selectable illumination duration (1.5 seconds or 3 seconds), afterglow)
    LED backlight for the digital display (Super illuminator, full auto LED light, selectable illumination duration (1.5 seconds or 3 seconds), afterglow)
  • Time calibration signal reception
    Auto receive up to six* times a day (remaining auto receives canceled as soon as one is successful)
    *5 times a day for the Chinese calibration signal
    Manual receive
    The latest signal reception results
  • Time Calibration Signals
    Station name: DCF77 (Mainflingen, Germany)
    Frequency: 77.5 kHz
    Station name: MSF (Anthorn, England)
    Frequency: 60.0 kHz
    Station name: WWVB (Fort Collins, United States)
    Frequency: 60.0 kHz
    Station name: JJY (Fukushima, Fukuoka/Saga, Japan)
    Frequency: 40.0 kHz (Fukushima) / 60.0 kHz (Fukuoka/Saga)
    Station name: BPC (Shangqiu City, Henan Province, China)
    Frequency: 68.5 kHz
  • Hand shift feature (Hands move out of the way to provide an unobstructed view of digital display contents)
  • World time
    31 time zones (48 cities + coordinated universal time), daylight saving time on/off, Home city/World time city swapping
  • 1/100-second stopwatch
    Measuring capacity: 00’00”00~59’59”99
    Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
  • Countdown timer
    Measuring unit: 1 second
    Countdown range: 100 minutes
    Countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 100 minutes (1-second increments, 1-minute increments)
  • 5 daily alarms (with countdown)
  • Hourly time signal
  • Battery power indicator
  • Power Saving (hands stop to save power when the watch is left in the dark)
  • Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
  • 12/24-hour format
  • Button operation tone on/off
  • Regular timekeeping
    Analog: 2 hands (hour, minute (hand moves every 20 seconds))
    Digital: Hour, minute, second, pm, month, date, day
  • Accuracy: ±15 seconds per month (with no signal calibration)
  • Approx. battery operating time:
    11 months on rechargeable battery (operation period with normal use without exposure to light after charge)
    28 months on rechargeable battery (operation period when stored in total darkness with the power save function on after full charge)
  • Size of case : 51.8×44.5×14.2mm
  • Total weight : 175g

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AWM-500 Comparison Table with similar G-Shock Watches

AWM-500

AW-500 

Price (Amazon)

Year of first Release

Accuracy

Radio-controlled (via atomic watch signals)

±15 seconds per month

SmartWatch Features

No

No

Light

Neobrite (hands and hour markers) Double LED light

Neobrite and Electro-luminescent backlight (for digital display)

Alarm

5 daily alarms (with countdown)

Daily alarm

Timer

Measuring unit: 1 second
Countdown range: 100 minutes
Countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 100 minutes (1-second increments, 1-minute increments)

No

Stopwatch

1/100-second stopwatch
Measuring capacity: 00'00''00~59'59''99
Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times

1/100-second stopwatch
Measuring capacity: 00′00″00~59′59″99 (for the first 60 minutes)
1:00′00~23:59′59 (after 60 minutes)
Measuring unit: 1/100 second (for the first 60 minutes)
1 second (after 60 minutes)
Measuring mode: Elapsed time

Hourly Time Signal

Yes

No

World Time

31 time zones (48 cities + coordinated universal time), daylight saving time on/off, Home city/World time city swapping

No

Auto-Back Light

Yes

No

Multi Band

Yes

No

Screw Back

Yes

No

World Time

Yes

No

Case / bezel material

Stainless steel

Resin

Glass

Mineral Glass

Mineral Glass

Battery

Solar powered

7 years on CR2016

Size (mm) *we consider 48.9×42.8×13.4 to be a traditional watch size (as in DW-5600). So you are to compare how far or close the watch is to this size

51.8×44.5×14.2

55.2×47.7×14.7

Full features (if you want to know more)

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Recent News about AWM-500 *on casiofanmag.com

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You ask, we answer…

How does World Time in AWM-500 work?

It is ideal function for business people or travelers who want to control two times at one display.

What does Tough Solar in AWM-500 mean?

CASIO’s original solar-charging system converts not only sunlight but also light from fluorescent lamps and other sources into power.

What is Metal Come back from 1989 in AWM-500?

It’s updated version of the first G-Shock analog-digital model AW-500 that proved to the whole World – the hands, gears, and other small parts of analog watches can be shock resistant.


Not sure about AWM-500? There are more G-Shocks!

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