The MRGB5000 is a masterwork. Build on the chassis of the DW5000C, this brick-shaped quartz piece uses wild materials and craftsmanship to offer something surprisingly unique and, at $4,000, quite a bit more expensive than your standard beater.
According to Casio, the real star here is “the enhanced bezel and case have been constructed of 25 individual components with Sallaz polishing applied to each part prior to assembly, giving the watches a stunning, elegant finish.” The entire piece has gold-colored ion plating on the screws and case back and the case itself is made with “COBARION, a cobalt-chrome alloy that is four times harder than titanium and is part of a 25-piece Multi-Guard Structure, specifically developed for the MRGB5000.”
The piece has Bluetooth built-in, atomic timekeeping, and supports multiple time zones.
Casio knows that $4K is a tough price point for a G-Shock and, personally, I’d probably think twice before dropping a few grand on any quartz watch. That said, I’ve seen some of Casio’s nicer offerings and I’ve been extremely impressed with the quality and materials. Casio knows it’s hitting some cultural touchpoints these days and this watch is the ultimate flex in some circles. Check them out if you’re into a rugged watch that still screams artisinal.