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    Who designed DW-6900?

    This is a question I ask myself now and then. Given the watch was launched in 1995, it's been 22 years in the market without changing its looks. I'd call that a classic design.

    If I search the web for other classic designs I love, often it's not so hard to find the designer. You can google Rayban Wayfarer and find out that they were designed by Raymond Stegeman, for example.

    Well, we know that Kikuo Ibe and his team designed DW-5000, which has been a classic for 35 years and still looks great and is really popular in its new encarnations. Solar, atomic, whatever, but same look.

    Same goes for DW-6900, but who designed it? Like it or not, it's the most iconic G-Shock along with Kikuo Ibe's first model.

    Not to mention Casio is making zillion of dollars with his creation. : )

    This guy is alive somewhere and at this point I think he deserves some credit, don't you?

    Any ideas?




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    Re: Who designed DW-6900?

    who ever designed it had a clear inspiration by a tv series of the same vintage! :)
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    Re: Who designed DW-6900?

    I don't know but I'd like to shake their hand! One of favorite G's.
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    Re: Who designed DW-6900?

    It might have been the same guy(s) that designed the TGW10 or TG100. Both came out years before the 6900 which was introduced in 95. I had both of these at one point in my collecting. The TGW100 is a nice metal screwback. Super solid piece. Yes I sort of regret selling it, as all-metal all-digital Casios are not very plentiful these days.
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    Re: Who designed DW-6900?

    Yeah, I had the resin version! Cool watch.

    Then again, 6900 looks much more interesting to me. I have a rangeman and a frogman, sill I think 6900 looks greater than any other G to me.

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    Re: Who designed DW-6900?

    we are not even sure if kikuo ibe is really the one who designed the dw-5000... his prototype have that classic “designed by an engineer” element

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    Re: Who designed DW-6900?

    Would be interesting to know the designers who are most instrumental for each model, also want to know why he created the odd lug width, even on my wrists there are huge gaps that look odd.

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    Re: Who designed DW-6900?

    Quote Originally Posted by godizded View Post
    This is a question I ask myself now and then. Given the watch was launched in 1995, it's been 22 years in the market without changing its looks. I'd call that a classic design.

    If I search the web for other classic designs I love, often it's not so hard to find the designer. You can google Rayban Wayfarer and find out that they were designed by Raymond Stegeman, for example.

    Well, we know that Kikuo Ibe and his team designed DW-5000, which has been a classic for 35 years and still looks great and is really popular in its new encarnations. Solar, atomic, whatever, but same look.

    Same goes for DW-6900, but who designed it? Like it or not, it's the most iconic G-Shock along with Kikuo Ibe's first model.

    Not to mention Casio is making zillion of dollars with his creation. : )

    This guy is alive somewhere and at this point I think he deserves some credit, don't you?

    Any ideas?




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    Godized I think I can help here. The actual case design, basic aesthetic shape (half moon glass face) of the 6900 was not invented by Casio. It was invented by Timex in the mid 80's. If my research is correct, I brought what I think was the first Timex Ironmann in 1986, with two buttons on the front. Casio began making the 6900 shape in the 1990's. While Timex pioneered the Indiglo feature, G-Shock of course used the resin bezel and gel filled case.
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    Re: Who designed DW-6900?

    Unfortunately, CASIO keeps the names of its designers rather secretive. Not only don't we know who they are, or were, but there's no publicly available roster of what lead designers were assigned to each CASIO watch model.

    I imagine it probably doesn't matter, in the long run... as we'll never see their photos.
    We can always make up a name and assign it... until CASIO gets upset and tells us the real name.
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    Re: Who designed DW-6900?

    Other than Ibe-san, I wonder how many engineers from the original Project Team Tough are still working on G-Shocks and how many are still working in some capacity at Casio?
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