The great thing about custom-made dials is that their inspiration is endless. The team at IFL Watches shows that time and again. For its latest pair of releases, the Swedish brand is inspired by the world of aviation. To be more exact, the first watch pays homage to the iconic past of the aviation spirit, while the second model celebrates the future of aeronautics. The canvas is the metal G-Shock “CasiOak” GM-2100 that comes on a canvas strap. With its military style, this G-Shock model fits the aviation theme perfectly, resulting in another special duo from IFLW.

It’s only been a month since I wrote an introduction article about the Citizen Tsuyosa Automatic Space Surfer. It was the first Citizen watch for which IFL Watches created a custom dial. Four weeks after the introduction, it is no surprise that all 150 pieces sold out quickly. It shows the great success that IFL Watches has had over the past couple of years. The newest IFLW project is this duo of CasiOak watches with hand-painted dials celebrating aviation. The first model is the CasiOak Spitfire, which will be produced in a limited run of 100 pieces. The second is the CasiOak Supersonic, which will have a run of 100 pieces as well. And after seeing the pictures, I do not doubt that all 200 pieces will “fly” off the shelves.

IFL Watches G-Shock CasiOak Spitfire

The IFLW G-Shock CasiOak Spitfire

Let’s kick things off with the G-Shock CasiOak Spitfire. The canvas for this watch is the CasiOak GM2100CB-3A. It features a 44.4 × 49.3 × 11.8mm stainless steel case with a gray ion-plated bezel and fitted with a dark green fabric strap. For the first step of this modification, the team at IFLW makes the engravings on the bezel white. The second step is making the ring of hour markers white. And the third and biggest step is customizing the dial. As you can see, it features a beautiful hand-painted image of the iconic Spitfire fighter plane.

IFL Watches G-Shock CasiOak Spitfire

The Supermarine Spitfire was a British single-seat fighter aircraft introduced in 1938. The Spitfire was retired in 1961 after almost 25 years of service for the different air forces worldwide. For the dial of this special watch, the IFLW team chose a Spitfire with the iconic markings of its original unit, No. 222 Squadron of the Royal Air Force. The aircraft is flying above the treetops with a blue sky and white clouds as the beautiful backdrop. This design separates the dial into two distinct parts.

IFL Watches G-Shock CasiOak Spitfire

More than just a nice image

This relates to IFLW’s strategy to create dials that stand out from a distance through the use of two clear colors. And once you come closer, the details of the hand-painted images reveal themselves. For this dial, the lower part is green, while the upper part is light blue. This ensures a nice contrast between light and dark from a distance. It’s a beautiful color combination that works well with the watch’s color.

I can only say that the image of the Spitfire looks impressive. It’s expertly painted and helps make this dial so nice. If you are a fan of the golden age of aviation, this watch will appeal to you. The combination of the dial and this specific G-Shock GM2100CB-3A also works well. It is one of my favorite watches that IFLW has released so far.

IFL Watches G-Shock CasiOak Supersonic

The IFLW G-Shock CasiOak Supersonic

The second of two models is the G-Shock CasiOak Supersonic. As the name already implies, it celebrates the modern days of aviation. The canvas for this piece is the G-Shock GM-2100C-5A. It’s slightly different from the first model as an unplated bezel and a cream-colored lume (the first model has a light green lume). Additionally, the watch comes fitted with a sand-colored fabric strap. Just like on the first model, the first step is making the bezel’s engravings white, while the second step is making the hour markers white. And similar to the first model, in the third step, the dial is customized.

IFL Watches G-Shock CasiOak Supersonic

For the dial of this Supersonic model, the IFLW team took inspiration from the supersonic X-59 that NASA will start testing in 2024. The development of the Lockheed Martin X-59 Quesst, the aircraft’s full name, started in 2016 with plans to begin flight testing in 2021. Unfortunately, due to several delays, it was pushed back until later this year. However, on January 12th, 2024, Lockheed finally unveiled the X-59. As a result, the IFLW team could use the images to create these new dials.

IFL Watches G-Shock CasiOak Supersonic

Flying at supersonic speed through the stratosphere

At first glance, the lower part of the dial is light blue, and the upper part is a darker shade of blue. Once again, the contrasting shades create a nice division from a distance. If you zoom in, you will see that the lower part is a deck of clouds that the X-59 broke through. The plane is depicted on the upper half of the dial, moving further up in the stratosphere. That is why this part has a nice gradient that goes from a lighter blue in the center to a darker blue at the upper edges of the dial.

With this version, the IFLW team has created a counterpart to the Spitfire dial to celebrate the future of supersonic air travel with the X-59. As a set of two, these watches will appeal to aviation fans immediately. One thing this Supersonic model sparked was my interest in the X-59. I read about it in the past but hadn’t kept up with it. Consequently, this was a nice trigger to dive further into the world of supersonic jets a bit more in my free time.

Final thoughts on the IFLW G-Shock CasiOak Spitfire and Supersonic Limited Editions

But let’s get back to the watches. I think IFLW did a great job bringing the world of aviation to life on these two dials, and I have no doubts that the 100 pieces of each watch will sell out in no time. Both watches are for sale now for €1,149, including taxes, and I think they’d be nice to buy together as a set. Even on their own, though, both are great pieces. My favorite is the Spitfire LE. My sentiments for that plane have been much greater since I was young, and it is one of the most iconic planes ever made. So that version would be my pick, but you can’t go wrong here. After all, it’s just a matter of personal preference. If you want one, though, be quick!

For more information or to buy the new G-Shock CasiOak Spitfire and Supersonic Limited Editions, head to the official IFL Watches website, where the watches will be available to purchase from 16:00 CET today. Let us know your thoughts on these two new customized G-Shocks in the comments!

Watch specifications

G-Shock CasiOak Spitfire and Supersonic Limited Editions
Hand painted with white indices
Case Material
Stainless steel
Case Dimensions
44.4mm (diameter) × 49.3mm (length) × 11.8 mm (thickness)
Case Back
Stainless steel, affixed with four screws
Casio 5611: analog-digital quartz module, 36-month battery life (R396 × 2)
Water Resistance
20 ATM (200m)
Green fabric (Spitfire) or sand-tone fabric (Supersonic)
Analog time display (hours and minutes) with separate digital display, world time in 31 time zones, 1/100-second stopwatch, 24-hour countdown timer, LED light for dial and backlight for digital display, five alarms, auto calendar to 2099
€1,190 (including VAT)
Special Note(s)
Limited to 100 pieces each