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    Picture Casio G-Shock G-2000 model line (2000/2001)

    Thanks to a few members on WUS, I've been infected with a strong appreciation for the G-2000. This is not an exceptional watch by Casio functionality standards, but the visual design and feel of it is really well done. When I finally managed to obtain one, I was pleasantly surprised. It also had me intrigued when I learned on the G-Shock Wiki that there were quite a few additional variants, another 11 to be exact. Those other versions were released in the JDM (Japan Domestic Market) only, so they seldom come up for sale in the USA markets.

    So, some background on the G-2000 is in order, I think.

    To commemorate the new millennium, Casio created the G-2000. It wasn't marked with anything specific to celebrating the year, except for the model number matching "2000". But it was an important milestone for the Casio G-Shock line. It also marked the ending of the screw back case for standard G-Shocks (a couple of other models had them, but the last G-2000 made in November 2001 was the end of it), except of course for a few exclusive limited editions (GW-5000 reissue, DW-5025D 25th anniversary, DW-5000SL "Spike Lee", etc) and the Frogman.

    The G-2000-1JF was the starting model, in January 2000. MarineMaster wrote a terrific review about this model, entitled "The Fortress" (warning: image intensive). One could say this watch is the "round" version of the venerable DW-5000. And you can see in that review some great comparison photos showing the two together. Functionally they're about the same, so I won't be repetitive and go into those details. The one key difference is that the G-2000 has an EL back light, instead of a small bulb as on the DW-5000. It sits a bit higher on the wrist, but not awkwardly so. It just feels rugged.

    So, I kept this watch on my radar... saw a few examples pass me by at prices higher than I wanted to pay, then finally got one at a price I liked and in the condition I wanted. I wasn't look for perfection, as some minor signs of use would actually be welcome. Here's what I got:

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    I find it to be one of the more handsome G-Shocks Casio ever made, for the size. It's nowhere nearly as enormous as a GX-56 King, yet not too small that you'd feel like you're wearing a "junior" watch. To me, it's pretty much perfect. And so as I got to know this watch better, I became a bit more curious about it and the other variations. Casio made the G-2000 in different colored resin bezels/bands, a variety of colors in dial face and lettering, and LCD segments in black, purple, or reversed. There is even one model with a cloth band, and one with a silver metal bracelet. Again, these were only available in the JDM, so little is shown about them outside of Japanese regional websites. All I could do to learn more about them was through the G-Shock Wiki, which was very helpful. But rather than leaving it to you to wander about it, I've consolidated the list here with images:












    January 2000
    G-2000-1JF - First G-2000 model debuted. All black resin case and band. EL blue.

    March 2000
    G-2000A-2JF - Second G-2000 model, based on VICE EYE ("Vice i") series. Dark purple resin bezel and band, purple seconds ring, and light gray dial. EL blue.

    June 2000
    G-2000BM-1MJF - First G-2000 model with reverse LCD display, called "Raven". All black resin bezel, band, and dial face. White G-Shock and Shock Resist, and blacked out pusher labels. EL blue green.

    July 2000
    G-2000CK-3MJF - Named "Viper", with dark green background in seconds ring. Very dark green resin bezel and band, with tan LCD background. White G-Shock and Shock Resist, and blacked out pusher labels. EL blue.

    September 2000
    G-2000CG-8MJF - Silver resin bezel and band, with purple background in seconds ring. Purple LCD digits with white background. Black labeling. EL blue.

    February 2001
    G-2000BK-1MJF - Named "Real Black", based on the "Raven" but with all labels completely blacked out. Reverse LCD display with tan segments. Dial writing is all white (including the triangle in "shock resist"). A white bat appears on the lower band.

    April 2001
    G-2000SD-8MJF - Named "Dragon", with medium blue dial face and lettering. All dark silver resin bezel and band, with dragon emblem. EL blue green.

    June 2001
    G-2000FL-6JR - Metallic black resin bezel and band, with light gray dial face. Yellow G-Shock and Shock Resist, and blacked out pusher labels. EL blue green.

    July 2001
    G-2000BS-2JF - Deep blue semi-translucent bezel and band, with black dial face. Yellow G-Shock and Shock Resist, and blacked out pusher labels. EL blue green.

    September 2001
    G-2000D-8JF - Only G-2000 with silver metal bracelet, with silver bezel. Black lettering on bezel. El blue green.
    G-2000TD-2MJF - Named "Fire G". Based on "Dragon", but with brighter blue lettering and black resin bezel. Fabric band with blue and black blotch pattern. El blue.

    November 2001
    LOV01A-7JR - A G-2000 version with "Lover's Collection" all white motif, featuring gray dial face and silver bull bars. El purple.




    So, that about covers it. Everything you wanted to know about the G-2000 model series, and perhaps a bit more... except, for why it was discontinued. There are some speculations floating around, but none definitive. I think it was due to a shift in focus, whereby more feature laden modules needed a larger case and Casio was ready to move onto other designs. At least an interesting variety of G-2000's were made. A great watch for Casio G-Shock history.
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    Re: Casio G-Shock G-2000 model line (2000/2001)

    A fabulous one-stop reference for the discreetly wonderful G-2000.

    Thanks!
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    Re: Casio G-Shock G-2000 model line (2000/2001)

    Well, I've finally added two more to my G-2000 collection. For a nice contrast, I wanted the white one. The resin is a metallic white with a lustrous sheen. It also comes with bull bars installed. I've seen black bull bars for the G-2000, but somehow the look doesn't appeal to me on the dark resin. I prefer to see the face unobstructed. But on the lighter colored G-2000, it seems to work much better. The dial face lettering that is obscured is rather muted to begin with, so you don't miss much. Also, the bull bars on the G-2000 look like they fit much better than on the 5600 series. There's very little in the way of gaps.

    Anyway, here are the obligatory photos:

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    The G-2000LV has a much weaker back-light than the other two G-2000's I own. I thought that maybe it was just age or something to do with the design, but there's a slight intensity drop after initial activation which suggests it's just the battery nearing exhaustion. There's a fine dotted pattern over the LCD background that you can't see with the naked eye, but I managed to capture it in the close-up. This might be muting some of the brightness. The backlight still works, but visibility is useful only in the pitch dark. Another thing I didn't capture is that there's a kind of iridescence to the LCD background of the G-2000LV. It creates a rather attractive shimmer effect in bright light.
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    Re: Casio G-Shock G-2000 model line (2000/2001)

    When you look at the casings of the older screw back models like the DW-5600 and DW-5700 without the bezel, you find somewhat rough and unfinished metal. That's OK, because the resin bezel covers over it. But later on, Casio began to finish off the casings and make them very presentable. My first experience of this was with the GL-110, which has a very clean and polished look.




    The G-2000 benefited from a finished case as well.

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    Really nice looking. I'd almost try venture wearing the watch without the bezel.
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    Re: Casio G-Shock G-2000 model line (2000/2001)

    I find it fascinating to see how certain G-Shock models descend from previous models, inheriting some of their characteristics in combination of functionality and appearance. When the G-2000 came out, many felt it mimicked the Frogman model.The year 2000 proved to be a major milestone for Casio, where older designs were retired in favor of newer ones, and an upgraded version of the solar cell recharging functionality appeared in an iconic workhorse model: The G-2300/G-2310. There were over a dozen variants created based on the G-2300, and also named as the G-2310 (with just cosmetic differences, as most use the 2184 or 3192 module; the atomic version uses module 3195).

    What I found rather intriguing is that the G-2000, G-2300, and G-2500 were initially released in 2000 and 2001. The G-2300 is the most feature laden of the three, and the only one with solar cell recharging. It was first produced in the same year as the G-2000. The G-2500 looks astonishingly like the G-2000, with just a few cosmetic differences and weighing significantly lighter (because the case is resin, not steel). The G-2300 inherits many of the visual cues from both the G-2000 and G-2500. Given how anemic the G-2000 is in comparison to the G-2300, with only 1 alarm, no world time, and no databank, it's a wonder why it was even made. I see it more as a transitional model, intended to serve as a "poor man's Frogman" as many have pointed out in the past, because it has a super rugged all stainless steel case.

    I thought it might be kind of fun to put the G-2500 module inside the G-2000 casing, except that the crystal backing on the bottom would obscure the day indicator, and there would be no way to activate the EL backlight (there is a dedicated 5th button on the G-2500, the recessed silver segment below "Shock Resist").

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    What's interesting is that the G-2310R, the successor to the G-2310, is still on the active Casio G-Shock product list. The main improvement it introduced is increasing the full charge duration from 6 months to 11 months, removal of the year on display, removal of the data bank, adding button tone control, and an automatic power save feature (the older models had a manual control of the LCD display).

    The G-2300/G-2310 also had a "GW" variant, adding the Waveceptor atomic sync functionality. Casio then decided to do a "super black" version of it, released as the GW-2310BD. In the USA, the inner bezel was dark blue rather than black. But... aside from reverse LCD, bezel upgrade, and metal bracelet, everything else remained unchanged from the GW-2310. With only minor cosmetic differences, it was mind boggling to see such an incredible markup, to more than triple the cost of a standard GW-2310.

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    Re: Casio G-Shock G-2000 model line (2000/2001)

    Do you know where I can buy a g-2000 new or slightly used?

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    Re: Casio G-Shock G-2000 model line (2000/2001)

    ^ They very rarely turn up on eBay, but if you wait long enough you'll eventually see one (that's how I got my first one, the black resin model). Occasionally you can find one for sale in the WUS sales forum. They are frequently available on Yahoo Japan, if you're up for the additional costs of using a proxy bidding service (like From Japan, Shopping Mall Japan, and others).
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    Re: Casio G-Shock G-2000 model line (2000/2001)

    Ok thanks for the info!

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    Re: Casio G-Shock G-2000 model line (2000/2001)

    I just got a G-2000A-2 "Vice Eye" model, 2nd G-2000 made in March 2000 (my birth month). What particularly grabbed me about this model is the "Java Purple" ring around the seconds graph, and the very dark purple (almost blue) colored resin in contrast to the white faced dial. But what was a nice unexpected surprise is that the EL backlight is reversed! I didn't know that the G-2000 line had any of those (the GL-110 line has several, including the GL-110V-8 pictured on the right).

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    This G-2000A-2 came in slightly used condition with original box, CASIO price tag, and manual. I'm very taken with the color scheme, to the point where I feel it unseats my G-2000-CK "Viper" as the favorite.
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    Congrats! Looks pretty cool. Reverse EL is a very very nice thing. I hope Casio would do that on new non-negative models too. It lights up the display much better and is easier to read since it lights the numbers and not the display. Another nice screwback G-Shock of the past. Pity that only Frogman and GW-5000 have the screwback these days.
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