G-SHOCK Unveils Limited-Edition MRG-B2000SG-1A 'Shougeki-Maru: Gai'

A watch inspired by a Samurai Kabuto Helmet and limited to a production of 700 examples.

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Casio has added a new weapon to its G-SHOCK arsenal—the MRG-B2000SG, a limited edition watch inspired by the elegance and might of a samurai’s armor. This release embodies Casio’s “ultimate in toughness-driven watches” motto and aligns with the 40th anniversary of the G-SHOCK brand. Additionally, it acts as a tribute to centuries of samurai heritage, encapsulated in modern wristwear.

G-SHOCK’s MRG-B2000SG design finds its muse in the Shougeki-Maru: Gai kabuto helmet, crafted especially for this release. The bezel showcases a tiger, a symbol of strength, meticulously engraved by renowned metalsmith, Kobayashi Masao. His chiseling technique results in a unique rock-grain relief pattern on the tiger stripes, each bearing a distinct size and shape.

The white band of the watch, reminiscent of the white ito odoshi — a binding technique used in samurai armor — is more than an aesthetic choice, it signifies the unyielding determination of a samurai. Made from fluor rubber, the band offers a flexible fit, durability and stain resistance.

Notably, the case, crafted from titanium and ion-plated in a dark silver hue, undergoes a deep-layer hardening process. This process enhances its hardness and also unveils a crystalline pattern, giving the watch a rugged look that mirrors the color of the helmet. A metal plate on the side commemorates the G-SHOCK 40th anniversary and screw heads set with rubies add a bit of flair to the watch.

At the time of writing, pricing for the MRG-B2000SG, limited to 700 pieces, has yet to be shared by Casio, however, interested collectors can learn more about the watch or use the brand’s store locator via its official site.

View details and a glimpse at the process behind making the MRG-B2000SG in the video below.

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