Surfrider x G-Shock G-5500SRF-2 Review

    Posted the 10th day of August in 2009 by Riley.

The new Surfrider G-5500SRF-2 just showed up, so here's a review of what it has to offer. This is a limited edition G-Shock that was designed by the Surfrider Foundation. They are a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Buying one of these G-Shocks helps support their effort. This is the 11th Surfrider x G-Shock collaboration.

This watch contains the 3160 module with Tough Solar. So it has a rechargeable battery that could possibly never need replacement. The LCD is nice and large, so it's very easy to read. It looks great with deep and glossy blue resin and white detailing. It can take on a little different look depending on the lighting. This one seems like it would work for most any occasion.

Take a look a the video and photos below to see what this one has going for it.


  • Tough Solar Power
  • Shock Resistant
  • 200M Water Resistant
  • Full Auto EL Backlight with Afterglow
  • World Time
  • 29 time zones (48 cities + UTC), city code display, daylight saving on/off
  • 4 Daily Alarms & 1 Snooze Alarm
  • Hourly Time Signal
  • Countdown Timer
  • Measuring unit: 1 second
  • Input range: 1 minute to 24 hours (1-minute increments and 1-hour increments)
  • 1/100 Second Stopwatch
  • Measuring capacity: 23:59'59.99"
  • Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
  • Button operation tone on/off
  • Auto Calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2099)
  • 12/24 Hour Formats
  • Accuracy: +/-15 seconds per month
  • Storage Battery: Solar Rechargeable Battery
  • Battery Power Indicator
  • Power Saving Function
  • Approx. battery life: 11 months on full charge (without further exposure to light)
  • Module 3160
  • Size of case - 5.4 x 46.2 x 13.6mm
  • Total weight - 54.9g

Overall, it's a solid G-Shock. It has the same retail price as a non-limited edition one, so it's basically a bargain for the custom extras on it. Lots of collaboration models are jacking up the price many times higher than a stock version. At least 1,000 of these have been produced, so it's not the rarest, but it will definitely be collectible.

I forgot to take photo of it, but it does have a custom red backlight image of the Surfrider Foundation logo:

The only real negative I can think of would be that the white buttons might get dirty over time. They look great though.

Snag one up now if you like it. You can get one right now online for as little as $90 USD shipped. These won't be around forever.

Thanks to the Surfrider Foundation for this G-Shock.

Filed under: Limited Editions, Review, Video



    Nice review as usual Riley!

    But this one is not my fave in the series. I like the Green/Black LAX Los Angeles modell that came out in Februrary but that one is already very rare and going for over $170.

    Also I noticed that for some strange reason your review of the Pegleg are no longer showing when searching on YouTube for G-Shock. Strange considering it is still on your channel.


    Hi Joakim.

    It will be interesting to see how rare this one will be. You never really know until a year or two after the release.

    And that's strange about the Pegleg video on YouTube search. The search function of YouTube doesn't seem that reliable sometimes.


    Nice one Riley!
    This is technicaly a gen_1 Mudman 5500 which I like very much. The strap and case/bezel designs haven't changed from its inception in 1985. It's one of the few G-Shocks that stood the test of time for over 24 years.

    All I can say is big thumbs up, and you're right - this one will become a collectible for sure!


    Hi! I have a question for the LAX model. Is it also a surfing watch with tide and moon graph? Would you know where I can buy one? Thanks



    You can see the LAX model here:

    It's the same module as this one. I don't know where you can get one now.

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