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How G-Shock watch was born - by accident

Mr Ibe joined Casio after graduation in the late 1970s after the electronics giant hired him as a production engineer. Mr Kikuo Ibe, 66, spent over two years and tested hundreds of prototypes before the first G-Shock model, DW-5000, was released in 1
Mr Kikuo Ibe, 66, spent over two years and tested hundreds of prototypes before the first G-Shock model, DW-5000, was released in 1983.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Mr Ibe joined Casio after graduation in the late 1970s after the electronics giant hired him as a production engineer. Mr Kikuo Ibe, 66, spent over two years and tested hundreds of prototypes before the first G-Shock model, DW-5000, was released in 1
Mr Ibe joined Casio after graduation in the late 1970s after the electronics giant hired him as a production engineer. PHOTO: COURTESY OF CASIO

Idea of shock-proof watch came to inventor after stranger accidentally broke timepiece his father gave him

There is a toilet on the third floor of Casio's research and development facility in Hamura, a city outside Tokyo, which Kikuo Ibe avoids.

"It brings back bad memories and reminds me of tough days filled with frustration," he says through an interpreter.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 03, 2019, with the headline 'How G-Shock watch was born - by accident'. Print Edition | Subscribe