A good starter watch that's non atomic and non solar is a DW-5600E. It's not expensive, classic G-Shock design and would give you a taste of what G-Shocks are like. If you buy one you'll probably be hooked like I am. Here's mine that I have replaced the standard strap with a composite bracelet.
I can't recommend the G-7900 series highly enough. It's one of those rare G-Shocks that managed to reach an almost perfect balance between design, features, and price in my opinion. I am personally unaffected by negative comments on the fake bezel screws.
This very generalized kind of question isn't going to help you. There's no "first G-Shock" recommendation, really, because there are so many personal factors that go into selecting a G-Shock. You need to familiarize yourself with all of the main G-Shock models first. You should also go visit a store and see them first-hand, trying a few on your wrist. And of course, budget will play a big part in narrowing your choices down.
Some favourites which all make a good 1st G:
- G-7800 (dicontinued in most European countries)
- G-8000 (discontinued)
if you like the classic square 5600 type - go look for a DW-5000SL.
I started mine about a month ago with the DW6900KR-8 aka the Krink got hooked and ended up finding a GW3000m-4a an aviation with the orange strap at one of my local dealers. I know both were suppose to be hard to find but just after a few phone calls i had them. The aviation with the tough movement solar and atomic analog display is sorta over the top but i just love this thing.
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