This time, G-SHOCK’s first analog-digital combination model “AW-500” has a white arrow as a full metal. It is a milestone in the wristwatch world that has overturned the conventional wisdom that “hand clocks are vulnerable to shocks”. And the ” AWM-500 ” was born . Let’s take a look at the details and texture.
The first thing that catches your eye when you look at the AWM-500 is the case with a simple yet sufficient presence. The case size is 51.8 x 44.5 x 14.2 mm, which is not so thick among G-SHOCK with radio solar and analog needles. However, the slightly retro-futuristic (Star Wars C-3PO-like) image of the minimalist design and metal weaves the eyes.
The SS (stainless steel) exterior is actually a huge cover-shaped bezel that integrates the top, lugs, and sides. This bezel and the SS screw back on the back side sandwich the center case in which the watch module is set. Although it cannot be visually confirmed, a fine resin is set as a cushioning material between the bezel and the center case.
The screw back is the original of this model. DLC + mirrored, very satisfying finish. This is also a major upgrade from the original AW-500.
In addition to the Anadigi movement, the center case contains a module that incorporates a receiving unit for a multi-band 6 compatible radio-controlled watch. SS is a disadvantageous material for reception because it bounces off radio waves. As a countermeasure, the antenna must be enlarged, and space for that is required in the center case.
How to secure that space?
The answer is “make everything except the antenna smaller.”
The motor that moves the hands and the IC for digital clocks have been downsized by the latest high-density mounting technology, and full metal and radio wave reception have been realized at the same time.
The weight of AWM-500 is 175g. Considering that the normal resin exterior G-SHOCK weighs around 70g, it is more than twice as heavy. The impact at the time of falling becomes large by that much. It is the joint between the center case and the band that is particularly loaded. Therefore, we have developed a technology to disperse the impact with three lugs instead of the conventional two lugs at the joint between the two. This can be seen from the back of the rug.
The size of AW-500 (battery-powered, without radio clock), which became the image source of AWM-500, is 55.2 x 47.7 x 14.7 mm. Surprisingly, the AWM-500 is smaller in all aspects, length, width and depth.
The reason why the case size of AWM-500 is small is that “metal looks inflated”. If you make the AW-500 in the same size, the brilliance unique to metal will make the watch look bigger.
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