Revo Reviews: The Casio G-SHOCK MR-G Frogman MRG-BF1000E-1A9 “Double Anniversary”

A striking and refined model to celebrate a special occasion.

The year 2023 holds special significance for the Casio G-SHOCK, as it marks the brand’s 40th anniversary. Coincidentally, it’s also the 30th anniversary of one of their pivotal models, the Frogman.

G-SHOCK MR-G Frogman MRG-BF1000E “Double Anniversary”
G-SHOCK MR-G Frogman MRG-BF1000E “Double Anniversary”

To celebrate these double anniversaries, G-SHOCK proudly presents its finest – the MR-G Frogman MRG-BF1000E-1A9. As a flagship G-SHOCK model, it naturally excels in all measures (check out our Destroy the G-SHOCK video here) but what truly sets it apart is the distinctive yellow theme, paying homage to the palette of the original Frogman, the DW-6300 from 1993.

The sapphire back is engraved with the signature diving frog character, along with the inscriptions "G-SHOCK 40TH" and "FROGMAN 30TH"
The sapphire back is engraved with the signature diving frog character, along with the inscriptions "G-SHOCK 40TH" and "FROGMAN 30TH"

When MR-G meets Frogman

In essence, the newest addition is a fusion of Frogman and MR-G, embodying all the cutting-edge technology that defines the MR-G line. Its full titanium construction is well executed, radiating a sense of solidity similar to high-end mechanical watches at this price point (although it may feel more complex for those who prefer simplicity). Remarkably, despite the full metal build, the MR-G Frogman retains its shock-resistant capabilities, much like its resin and carbon counterpart – an impressive feat. Notably, the timepiece boasts a domed sapphire crystal, a rarity for G-SHOCK watches, adding an upscale touch to its appearance.

Behold the MR-G's complex case construction
Behold the MR-G's complex case construction

Still, being a Frogman at heart, the MRG-BF1000E-1A9 is fully equipped with all the functions and perks expected of an electronic dive watch. After all, it’s ISO certified for diving. One of its most important highlights is the dive mode, which interrupts the watch’s regular functions and transforms it into a dedicated diving timer.

G-SHOCK MR-G Frogman MRG-BF1000E “Double Anniversary”
G-SHOCK MR-G Frogman MRG-BF1000E “Double Anniversary”

By activating the dive mode with a pusher, both the hour and minute hands align at the 12 o’clock position, functioning as a single hand to act as a timer. This setup prevents confusion that can occur underwater with a regular analog watch, and starting the timer at 12 o’clock eliminates the need for a dive bezel.

Meanwhile, the sub-dial at eight o’clock, which serves to show a second time zone, will temporarily display the current time, as the regular hour and minute hands are engaged in serving other functions during the dive mode.

The screw-down crown is designed to keep the lettering "MR-G" oriented horizontally
The screw-down crown is designed to keep the lettering "MR-G" oriented horizontally

Notably, this adaptation exemplifies the brand’s ability to evolve while staying true to its DNA. Historically built as a digital watch, the Frogman has recently undergone a significant transition to an analog display. Capitalising on this opportunity, the brand has created a unique dive watch with the clever dive mode function.

And it was all yellow

The MR-G Frogman anniversary edition stands out right away with its unique colour palette, catching the attention of both casual admirers and dedicated fans of the brand. The bright yellow hue is simply impossible to miss.

However, the significance of this yellow colour goes beyond its eye-catching appearance. It pays tribute to the original Frogman, the DW-6300 from 1993, which featured a distinct yellow resin exterior.

The crown, buttons, and screws are treated with a gold Ion Plating (IP) finish
The crown, buttons, and screws are treated with a gold Ion Plating (IP) finish

In this edition, the use of yellow is generous, yet thoughtfully restrained (you’ll understand once you try swapping the strap with the complementary titanium bracelet). For instance, the strap is adorned in yellow, ensuring the watch stands out even from across the room. However, there are other parts in different colours and textures, such as the DLC-coated titanium case, which creates a pleasing contrast.

G-SHOCK MR-G Frogman MRG-BF1000E “Double Anniversary”
G-SHOCK MR-G Frogman MRG-BF1000E “Double Anniversary”

Similarly, the markers on the dial are carefully hand-painted in vibrant yellow, a process the brand claims achieves an unmatched thickness and radiant glow that machine filling cannot replicate. This unusual luminescent colour choice serves a dual purpose: not only does it harmonise with the strap colour, but it also enhances legibility by creating a powerful contrast against the dial.

In fact, this timepiece stands out as one of the most legible analog MR-G models to date. While these watches are typically characterised by their over-engineered functionality and complicated user interfaces, the latest model surprises with the simplicity of its dial layout. The addition of bold yellow markers creates a striking contrast, further contributing to its exceptional clarity and readability.

Why this G-SHOCK anniversary edition matters

Earlier this year, G-SHOCK unveiled the MR-G Frogman MRG-BF1000R, which serves as the base for the latest limited edition, the MRG-BF1000E-1A9. While the latest MRG-BF1000E-1A9 is functionally identical to its predecessor, the MRG-BF1000R, it boasts a far more attractive – and faithful – colour palette, making the anniversary celebration that much more special. Additionally, the latest model comes with a full-titanium bracelet, offering more options for enthusiasts of the brand.

Interchanging the strap and bracelet is effortless yet remains secure. By simply pushing the buttons located under the lugs, the pins can be quickly released using the dedicated tool included in the box
Interchanging the strap and bracelet is effortless yet remains secure. By simply pushing the buttons located under the lugs, the pins can be quickly released using the dedicated tool included in the box

Though the latest version carries a higher price tag at USD 6,400 compared to the USD 5,000 of the earlier model, the premium is arguably worth it for hard-core G-SHOCK fans due to the improved palette and overall package. Furthermore, being a limited edition of only 700 pieces adds to its allure, and the quantity is certainly not substantial, especially considering the brand’s large production volumes – approximately 10 million pieces each year and over 100 million pieces accumulated over time – and consequently, its extensive fan base.

G-SHOCK MR-G Frogman MRG-BF1000E “Double Anniversary”
G-SHOCK MR-G Frogman MRG-BF1000E “Double Anniversary”

G-SHOCK MR-G Frogman MRG-BF1000E-1A9 Tech Specs and Price

Movement: Solar powered; 29 months at rest
Functions: Time, calendar, dive time, surface time, tide graph, world time, radio control, Bluetooth
Case: 56 × 49.7 × 18.6 mm; titanium; water resistant to 200 m
Strap: Yellow rubber strap and titanium bracelet
Availability: Starting August 1, 2023
Limited edition: At selected G-SHOCK STORES
Price: SGD 9,799

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