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Casio Releases 30th Anniversary G-SHOCK Model

Watchband Strap Keeper Emblazoned with Stars Representing all 30 Memorable Years

  • October 15, 2012



TOKYO, October 15, 2012 — Casio Computer Co., Ltd., continues to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its G-SHOCK brand of shock-resistant watches—coming up in April 2013—by announcing today the release of the GW-A1030A Thirty Stars watch, its 30th anniversary commemorative model. Engraved with 30 stars, the new watch is based on Casio's Gravity Defier series, which features functions that are especially practical for pilots.

The G-SHOCK brand got its start when a single Casio engineer decided to try to develop a watch that was virtually unbreakable. The original model with shock-resistant construction was released in 1983. Overturning the idea of wristwatches being fragile and easy to break, the G-SHOCK created a whole new market for tough watches. Since that time, the brand has continued to evolve in pursuit of even greater toughness. Casio has developed nearly 3,000 G-SHOCK models thus far. With the inclusion of innovative functions and constant performance improvements, the G-SHOCK brand continues to define the cutting edge.

This new watch is based on Casio's GW-A1000 model from the Gravity Defier series, which features functions used by airplane pilots designed for the rigorous demands of flying. The new 30th anniversary commemorative model, the GW-A1030A inherits the cutting-edge features of the GW-A1000 and the signature toughness of G-SHOCK watches that has kept advancing for the past 30 years.

Befitting a commemorative model, the Thirty Stars watch features specially customized gold ion plating on its metal parts, including the side buttons, back plate, buckle and strap keeper, contrasting against the black body and watchband, the representative color of the G-SHOCK brand. “Since 1983” is printed on the watchband to show the birth year of the first G-SHOCK watch, and 30 stars are engraved on the strap keeper to represent Casio's unrelenting 30-year pursuit of the toughest watches in the world. The model also features Casio's Triple G Resist construction to resist shocks, centrifugal force, and vibrations, and is equipped with Casio's Smart Access system to enable smooth operations of various functions. All of these features combine to realize outstanding toughness and operability.

As with the first 30th anniversary G-SHOCK models released in August this year, the back plates of the GW-A1030A are engraved with a 30th anniversary logo designed by world-famous graphic designer Eric Haze, and each watch comes with custom packaging worthy of the special occasion.


Thirty stars are engraved on the strap keeper
Thirty stars are engraved on the strap keeper

The model comes in custom packaging
The model comes in custom packaging




Shock-resistance, resistance to centrifugal gravitational force, vibration resistance
Water Resistance
200 meters
Radio Frequency
77.5 kHz (DCF77: Germany); 60 kHz (MSF: UK); 60 kHz (WWVB: USA); 40 kHz (JJY: Fukushima, Japan) / 60 kHz (JJY: Kyushu, Japan); 68.5 kHz (BPC: China)
Radio Wave Reception
Automatic reception up to six times a day (except for use in China: up to five times a day); manual reception
World Time
29 cities (29 time zones; daylight saving on/off; daylight saving time (summer time) auto switching/ standard time and Coordinated Universal Time
1/20-second stopwatch; measuring capacity: 120 minutes; elapsed time; flyback
Measuring range: -10 to 60°C (14 to 140°F); measuring unit: 1°C (2°F)
1 independent daily alarm
Other Functions
Automatic hands correction; battery recharge warning; date display; full auto-calendar
Power Source
Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)
Continuous Operation
About 29 months with the power-saving function* ON after full charge

  • * Power-saving after a certain period in a dark location
Size of Case
54.1 × 51.7 × 16.4 mm
Total Weight
Approx. 85g

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