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Watch & Learn: Spike Lee’s Casio

The ‘Do The Right Thing’ director’s digital watch

When director Spike Lee likes something, he really likes it. For example, he frequently collaborates with actors such as Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Imperioli as well as cinematographer Ernest Dickerson and composer Terence Blanchard.

Style-wise, Lee is partial to Casio G-Shocks. In 1995, he gave two different models close-ups in the crime drama Clockers. In 2009, he partnered with Casio for the Spike Lee signature G-Shock, a black resin tribute to the DW5000.

Basically, if you see Lee, he will likely be sporting a G-Shock of some kind. Here, The rabid Yankee fan was spotted wearing the new Classic Series GDX6900LG-8 at Derek Jeter’s last game at Fenway Park in Boston.

Casio G-Shock timepiece

Casio G-Shock timepiece

The first G-Shocks were engineered around the triple 10 concept: the watch would have a 10-year battery life, with water resistance to 10 bars, while being able to survive a 10m fall onto a hard surface. 

Lee’s watch is a plus-sized (57.5mm) update of the popular 6900 model, originally introduced in the 1990s. The resin case and strap is a matte grey that is meant to evoke the color of snow. It comes loaded with features that seem designed specifically for a director, including an automatic-calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2099), stopwatch and countdown timer, world time and three alarms with flash alerts (for when you need quiet on the set).

Lee’s not the only auteur who is partial to G-Shocks—Ron Howard and Francis Ford Coppola are also fans—but along with his owl-ish glasses and baseball caps, he has made this casual timepiece part of his signature look. When it comes to Casio, Lee’s gotta have it!

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