Everybody knows what NASA does. More so these days since they have mastered how to social media. They regularly post the coolest space news, stunning cosmic images, and jaw-dropping videos. So it’s not really surprising why Casio has noticed this surge in popularity and decided it would be cool to release the coolest tribute watch in the world, the G-Shock DW5600 complete with NASA’s logo emblazoned on it.
G-Shock DW5600 NASA Specs
- Model: G-Shock DW5600 NASA
- Ref: DW5600NASA20-7CR
- Case/Dial: 42.8mm diameter x 13.4mm thickness, plastic, LCD screen
- Water resistance: 200m (20 bar)
- Movement: Calibre Module 3229
- Functions: Hours and minutes, date, calendar, stopwatch, CDT/STW modes, alarm
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
- Power Reserve: 2-10 Battery Life
- Strap: Integrated Strap
G-Shock Adopts NASA’s ‘Worm’ LogoBuy Now
The classic “worm” logo, which was recently revived for the Crew Dragon mission, can be seen in this digital timepiece. In fact, every aspect of the watch will remind you of the space agency’s early days. There’s even a hidden moon in the background when you check the time in the dark. With the EL backlight on, Earth’s natural satellite will beam back.
The watch comes with a tin made especially for this edition, and it, too, is reminiscent of older American spacecraft, like the Saturn V rocket.
White, Like an Astronaut Spacesuit
With the obvious exception of the NASA logo in a striking red hue, the NASA G-Shock is all white. It reminds you of what astronauts wear in space — white with hints of red here and there.
The DW5600, which measures 48.9 x 42.8 x 13.4 mm, is both shock- and water-resistant. Underwater, it can survive up to 200 meters down. The analog face has electroluminescent backlight afterglow for those missions in the dark depths of space, or wherever you might find yourself. Hourly time signals and alarms flash with the buzzer. And as with other G-Shock watches, it also has a countdown timer and 1/100 second stopwatch.
When the NASA G-Shock was released earlier this year, stories on how it was developed made rounds on the internet, like how NASA prohibited anything that may hint of a joint development or official endorsement as part of the space agency’s merch requirements. That meant the Casio logo would have to lose its space on the front. The G-Shock logo, along with a small Casio badge, has been transferred on the back of the timepiece.
A NASA-Approved Space Watch
And yet, Casio giving NASA a nod isn’t exactly surprising, considering G-Shock is a certified astronaut watch. That’s right, the DW-5600C, DW-5600E, DW-5900, DW-6600, and DW-6900 models are all flight-qualified for NASA space travel.
The G-Shock is joined by the Omega Speedmaster Professional and Speedmaster Skywalker x-33, as well as the Timex Ironman as NASA-approved watches. Pretty cool, eh?
The $130 price tag is accessible, but the DW5600 NASA watch is pretty hard to come by these days and its fate will be interesting to follow. Where will this collaboration fall? Will it oversaturate and end up on Target? Or will this series be something more than just another colorway? When it launched, the NASA G-Shock managed to crash Casio’s website. While not listed as a limited edition, we wouldn’t expect this watch to be around forever.