Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

G-SHOCK’s latest G-LIDE watches are a smaller take on surfing timepieces

It is more than a woman's watch

G-Shock G-lide in blue and white
G-Shock

The Euro was introduced. Eminem dropped the Slim Shady LP. Keanu Reeves first appeared as Neo. Lance Armstrong won his first Tour de France. 1999 was a big year in a lot of ways. But for the surfing community, it got the first of a line of watches that would transform the sport from the wrist out. G-SHOCK introduced the G-LIDE, GL-100, with a low-temperature resistance that made it perfect for those early morning waves while the rest of the world missed out in their beds.

Since the end of the millennium, G-SHOCK has gone back to the line to add more features over and over again. That included solar power, sunset and sunrise times, and a tough square case perfect for standing up to the wipeouts. But, what made the G-LIDE perfect for surfers was the addition of the moon phase data and the tide data. All of this was packed into a slimmer package that appeared in the newest model last year in the GLX-S5600. But now, G-SHOCK is adding to the line again with two new women’s versions.

G-Shock G-lide on wrist
G-Shock

Introducing the GLXS5600-2 and the GLXS5600-7B

The newest additions to the G-LIDE line, at 40.5 mm, are meant to give the surfing community a smaller option. They give a feeling of surfing with nature as they embrace the eco-friendly ideals that many surfers hold, protecting their ocean for longer surf times and smaller impacts on the environment. The bezel and band are constructed from eco-friendly biomass-based resin, utilizing renewable organic resources for our oceans and beaches, perfect for the surfers of today and tomorrow.

The two new additions come in two colors: The first is a baby blue to represent the hues of the oceans. The freedom of the open water that keeps us searching for the horizon and exploring the seas. The second is a pristine white, representing the untouched beauty of the sandy beaches and the safety of home when you are off the water and on dry land of the coastline.

G-Shock G-lide on wrist 2
G-Shock

Not just for women

Of course, we talked about the fact that men wear women’s watches all the time, so these new beauties aren’t exclusive to women. Like most marketing campaigns with things like colors, sizes, and fragrances, something that is marketed to women isn’t necessarily exclusive. The smaller casing is perfect for the guy with the smaller wrists or the guy who simply wants to keep a lower profile.

And you don’t have to sacrifice any of the perks of the usual G-LIDE, as this one also comes with these amazing features:

  • Shock Resistance ​
  • 200M Water Resistance​
  • LED Light (Super Illuminator) w/Flash Alert
  • Tide & Moon Graph
  • World Time (29 TZ / 48 City)
  • Multi-function Alarm (1 with Snooze Alarm
  • 1/100 Sec Stopwatch (24 Hr.)
  • Countdown Timer (24 Hr.)
  • 12/24 Hr. Time Formats

Each one of these comes at the easy price of about $100. That makes this surfing accessory one of the most affordable, stylish, and eco-friendly options on the market.

Topics
Mark McKee
Mark is a full-time freelance writer and men's coach. He spent time as a style consultant and bespoke suit salesman before…
Harry Winston adds 7 blinged out watches to its Ocean Collection
Harry Winston Ocean Collection gets 7 new additions
Harry Winston Ocean Date Moon Phase Baguette Automatic

In 2023, Harry Winston marked 25 years of its Ocean Collection with an Ocean Date Moon Phase Automatic 42mm. Now the brand has added 7 more watches to this line, including several updated versions of the Ocean Date Moon Phase and the Zalium line, made with exclusive zirconium-based alloy. If you're looking to add a new luxury watch to your collection, either of these would be a welcome addition.
Harry Winston Ocean Date Moon Phase Automatic Rose Gold

When someone says they're looking for a "luxury watch" we can imagine the Harry Winston Ocean Date Moon Phase Automatic 42mm Rose Gold Limited Edition as being what they envision in their mind. This watch, truly the epitome of high-end is made with 18K rose gold and features a gem-set dial, bezel, and bracelet all adorned with sparkling diamonds. On this watch is a moon phase display along with the date, hours, and minutes arranged in an asymmetrical layout through overlapping registers. Each of the 978 diamonds was very obviously applied to the watch with the utmost precision rather than just being thrown on there simply for aesthetics. If exclusivity is your thing, you'll be happy to hear that only 5 of these are available.
Ocean Date Moon Phase Baguette Automatic with alligator strap

Read more
F.P. Journe closes the curtain on limited editions with one last watch
F.P. Journe releases its last limited edition watch ever
F.P. Journe Flyback Chronographe FB

F.P. Journe announced earlier this year that they would cease producing limited edition watches, though the "announcement" was more of a quiet whisper. The company is known for its small annual output of watches , which makes 1,000 mechanical and 500 quartz pieces. However, they would never end a party without a final confetti canon, and this one is in the form of a hand-wound flyback Chronographe FB.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Tokyo location, they've introduced this last limited edition. Going forward, they will stop engraving edition numbers on their watches, meaning the 200 Chronographe FB models released will certainly be highly sought after.
The F.P. Journe Chronographe FB

Read more
Merci, Hodinkee team up for limited edition dress watch with Parisian flair
Hodinkee, Merci partner for Beaumarchais H02 collab
Merci Instruments Beaumarchais H02 Limited Edition for Hodinkee

Mention the name "Hodinkee" and even a watch novice will nod their head in acknowledgment as it's a well-known power player in the timepiece community. They recently collaborated for the second time with Parisian brand Merci, located in the Marais district, and they offer a range of curated items like clothing and home decor. The result is the Merci Instruments Beaumarchais H02 Limited Edition for Hodinkee. If you've ever scrolled through Paris street fashion on TikTok or picked up vintage jeans from a secondhand store just to get the Parisian streetwear vibe, then this new collaboration will feel like an answer to your every sartorial prayer.
Hodinkee has teamed up with Merci for the Beaumarchais H02

Merci Instruments is a subsidiary of Merci, and they bring a laissez-faire yet high-end flare to watchmaking, blending like peanut butter and jelly (or Switzerland and Rolex?) with Hodinkee. Their first collaboration, the LMMH01, debuted in 2020 and featured simplistic colors and a minimalist style. The new Merci Instruments Beaumarchais H02 Limited Edition for Hodinkee has a bit more to it, especially in the dial, and gives off more aviation-inspired energy.

Read more