There’s no denying that I thoroughly enjoyed tough-testing the bright yellow CasiOak two months ago. And guess what? There was also a full-metal Casio G-Shock GM-B2100D-1A in the office. This shiny and sturdy-looking watch seemed more than ready to undergo a rigorous test. That’s why the Fratello Tough-Test is back, and this time, we put a metal CasiOak through the wringer. We’ll let the four elements water, air, earth, and fire try to do their worst to the watch.

After roughing up the bright yellow G-Shock GA-B2100C-9A on a racetrack, we thought it was best to go back to the basics. There were a couple of wild ideas about how we could put the full-metal Casio G-Shock GM-B2100D-1A through the test. There were plans of letting a particularly rough death metal band and the raging crowd in the mosh pit loose on the watch. We also had an ambitious cinematographic idea of a gloomy, gray, and rainy automobile graveyard. Yes, I mean the place where cars go to die and await utter destruction, where large and dangerous cranes and machines would chase after the CasiOak, trying to rip it apart. But sometimes you have to keep things simple, stupid. Therefore, we decided to use the four elements to test tough-test the watch.

Casio G-Shock GM-B2100D-1A

Frozen in time: the Casio G-Shock GM-B2100D-1A

By using the four elements, we stay close to how the inventor of the G-Shock, Mr. Kikuo Ibe, tested the prototypes of the G-Shock. He dropped the watch from the Casio building. Our tough-test also involved dropping, but we also paired the flying through the air and landing/crashing on the ground — that’s the earth element, of course — with two other elements, water and fire.

First, we put the full-metal CasiOak (€550/US$550) in water and put it in the freezer for a couple of days. With its screw-in case back, the GM-B2100D-1A is water resistant to 200 meters, so stage one was never going to pose a problem. The freezing could have. The only way to find out how it would fare was to drop it from a considerable height and free it from the ice. And that involves the element earth. What better way to smash things than to let gravity and the earth work in perfect harmony?

G-Shock GM-B2100D-1A

When ice hits the earth

Do you want to find out when and how the element fire came into play? Take a look at the video, and you will find out if the watch with its beautiful brushed and polished finishes still looked the part. You will also find out if you can still read the time in 38 cities in different time zones on the little display and if the CasiOak’s double-LED Super Illuminator still flashes on.

Enough talk. It’s time to free the G-Shock GM-B2100D-1A from the ice and start the Fratello Tough-Test. And you can watch it below!