Seiko Prospex Marine Master 600m Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB009

Seiko Prospex Marine Master Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB009

At one point and time, many had hoped to see one of Seiko’s greatest innovations in one of their most coveted dive watches.  The thought of a Spring Drive movement in a Tuna Can body came to reality in a limited edition model labeled the SBDB008 in 2013.  Sadly, this piece was limited to only 300 pieces for the world and was sold out incredibly fast.  There were rumors that the SBDB008 was going to be the one and only Spring Drive Tuna, but thankfully those rumors turned out to be false.  For 2014, Seiko introduced the SBDB009 an all black version of the LE Spring Drive Tuna.

Seiko Prospex Marine Master Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB009

The dial of the SBDB009 is deeply recessed, with the center of the dial deeper then the outer ring for the indexes and the chapter ring on an impressive deep slope.  This allows for a very thick sapphire crystal to help in its 600m water resistance.  The crystal has Seiko’s proprietary 99% clarity coating for anti-reflective purposes and the large hands and indexes on this piece offer incredible legibility.  The minute and second hand reach out far to the seconds/minutes track on the chapter ring adding even more quick glance visibility.  All hands and indexes are applied heavily with Seiko’s LumiBright luminescent material with the exception of the whole seconds hand.  It does make up for it however, by having a luminescent dot for the tail.

Seiko Prospex Marine Master Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB009

The outer case or shroud on this model is DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coated titanium.  This shrouded design was actually inspired by a letter Seiko received in 1968.  The letter was from a professional diver who lived in Kure, a coastal city near Hiroshima.  This diver worked in depths as deep as 350m and needed a watch that could resist not only the depths, but also the strong shock of being beaten against rocks on the ocean floor.  Seiko’s team was shocked, and went to work on creating a piece that could survive these harsh conditions.  After 7 years, Seiko introduced their first 600m diver watch, the 6159 in 1975.  This watch was the first to use a titanium shroud, which added greater shock resistance as well as being light weight and corrosion proof.  Most importantly, the watch could not be penetrated by helium and the new accordion style strap that remained tight on the wrist, even when the wet suit shrinks due to the pressure at great depths.  This new SBDB009 utilizes the same design elements as found on the model from 1975.

Seiko Prospex Marine Master Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB009

The bezel has some very special features to create a beautiful feel when in operation.  This “Triple Safety Rotating Bezel” is achieved by a special lubricating material between the case and bezel, the shrouds design that protects the bezel leaving it only slightly open from the 12:00-3:00 and 6:00-9:00 area that also allows for easy turning, and a special structure that allows the bezel to only rotate counter clockwise, ensuring the bezel will not move clockwise at all.  The shroud is made of Seiko’s proprietary Bright Titanium with DLC coating, while the inner case does contain some stainless steel.  The possibility of achieving a 600m dive watch with no helium release is reached by utilizing a special rubberized material called “L-Shaped Packing Material” in the case structure, giving it complete air and water tightness. The result is a 50.7mm wide by 16.2mm thick Professional Specifications piece, that sits great on the wrist due to its virtually non-existent lugs making the lug to lug length only 49.6mm.  A piece of this size only weighing 126g certainly adds to its comfort.

Seiko Prospex Marine Master Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB009

I mentioned the design of the strap and its use on the 1975 diver the 6159.  This is still adopted in the Tuna’s design today.  Many may remember last years SBDB008 coming with the same polyurethane strap as most of Seiko’s divers.  While this was some what of a disappointment, it was still very functional for diving.  The SBDB009 however did feature an upgrade on the strap, now utilizing Seiko’s Extra-Strength Silicone material providing about four times greater tear resistance, superb flexibility and an ultra smooth and soft feel.  The accordion style design is still there, providing the same functionality on the polyurethane with the inside of the strap gripped to hold onto your wrist.

Seiko Prospex Marine Master Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB009

Inside this insanely sealed case lies one of Seiko’s most innovative movements, the Spring Drive 5R65 caliber.  This unique mechanism uses a mainspring as its sole power source with both hand-winding and self-winding capabilities.  The energy from the mainspring not only moves your traditional gear train, but also powers an electronic regulating system that would replace a traditional escapement.  The frequency from a quartz crystal (of which Seiko grows in-house), is almost 8,200 times faster then that of a common escapement, making it of course substantially more precise.  The frequency from these crystals goes to an integrated circuit (also developed in-house) that translates that frequency to an electromagnet.  The electromagnet basically regulates a wheel that turns freely in one only direction (unlike a balance wheel that rocks back and forth on a hairspring) telling the wheel to only turn 8 times per second.  This makes the mainspring unwind at an unbelievably precise pace and move as fluid as time itself, creating a second hand that glides as opposed to a sweep.  This smooth uni-directional motion allows for the smooth gliding second hand, incredible accuracy and a significant reduction in stress on the movement.  Seiko’s proprietary alloy Spron 510 that is used for the mainspring material also provides a 72 hour power reserve off only one mainspring, which can be monitored on the dial.  The display of the power reserve will reflect tightness of the mainspring, with a full power reserve expressed with the hand all the way down showing tightness, and all the way up in the red section meaning it is near fully expanded.

Seiko Prospex Marine Master Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB009

As a great dive watch should, the SBDB009 provides excellent legibility in the dark.  LumiBright’s glow can last up to 10 times longer then conventional luminous paints, has a stronger glow intensity, is non-radioactive (so safe for people and the environment),the quality of glow can be sustained over a long period of time.

Seiko Prospex Marine Master Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB009

The Seiko Prospex Marine Master Professional 600m Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB009 retails for $4,200.    It can be viewed on the AZ Fine Time site HERE and can be ordered by calling us at 1-800-486-3996.

 

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Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE 8X82 Series Hands On

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Limited Edition SSE001

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Limited Edition SSE001

It was 2012 when Seiko first introduced their new interpretation of the Seiko Quartz Astron (the worlds first Quartz watch in 1969), introducing the Seiko Astron GPS Solar, the worlds first GPS controlled solar watch.  On September 19th, Seiko Watch Corporation had the official launch of the new variation, the Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph, bringing not only new functionality to the Astron, but also reducing its size roughly 30%!  Today we are proud to bring you our first review of the new Astron GPS Chrono’s, featuring their 8×82 caliber.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Limited Edition SSE001

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Limited Edition SSE001

The SSE001 will be the 1st in the series and limited to 7,000 pieces world wide.  The first thing people may notice is that this is the only Astron GPS to have a white dial.  Thanks to a more efficient way to convert light to energy, Seiko was able to achieve new dial colors for the Astron GPS models.  The SSE001 will also have a few distinct differences compared to the rest of the chronograph line up, including a faceted bezel design, unique crown and a case width of 45mm.  The titanium bracelet on this model will also have ceramic center links, with titanium for the rest of the bracelet and case.  This limited edition will also include a black leather strap with three fold deployment buckle.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE005

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE005

The rest of the silver toned titanium collection will include SSE003 (black dial), the SSE005 (blue dial pictured above), and the SSE007 (black dial with yellow gold accents).  These use Seiko’s proprietary Bright Titanium which is 40% the weight of stainless steel, just as hard, and is capabale of receiving a unique finish.  All models in the Astron Chronograph collection will be finished in Zaratsu polishing technique, giving it a distortion free mirror finish and then a special hard coating (known as DiaShield) is applied.  DiaShield can increase the scratch resistance to nearly twice the hardness of stainless steel and protects its beautiful finish.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE009

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE009

Other models in the Astron Chronograph line up will have a black hard coating process as seen in the SSE009 pictured above.  Along with the SSE003, 005 and 007, these will have a rounded bezel as opposed to the faceted on the limited edition.  These will also have city code indicators engraved into the bezel, making for easy manual timezone adjustments if necessary.  Another new feature in these new Astron’s is the addition of an electronic crown.  The electronic crown makes it easier to manually adjust timezones by pulling out the crown one click, the seconds hand will point to the current city code you are set for, and you turn the crown to the new desired timezone.  The hands from there will adjust themselves.  For daylight savings adjustment, all you need to do is hold down the upper left hand button for about four seconds with the crown out one click.  This will turn daylight savings either on or off.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE011

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE011

Not all of the new Astron Chronograph’s will be titanium.  They have also introduced several models in stainless steel, that also use DiaShield.  The SSE011 is the first in the collection with black dial, stainless steel bracelet and a red accent at the tip of the second hand.  The pushers for the chronograph on the right hand side are different in design then the titanium models but do function the same.  The chronograph functions as most do, using the upper right hand button to start and the lower right to reset.  Those two buttons do not have any other function aside from working the chrono.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE013

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE013

The SSE013 will have a black hard coated stainless steel case and bracelet and blue accents on some of the indexes.  The bracelet for the steel models differs from the titanium, using a 5 piece link bracelet, versus the titanium’s 7 piece.  The weight difference is pretty substantial with titanium pieces at 110g, steel on bracelet at 175g, and steel on rubber at 125g.  Another interesting note on the stainless models is that these will have a ceramic bezel with engraved tachymeter as opposed to the city codes.  This allows to measure time and distance with its 1/5th of a second chronograph.  The ceramic bezel still maintains its purpose as on the orginal Astron GPS models, with the in-house developed antenna ring underneath.  Airplane mode, which turns off the GPS receiver, is much easier to do on the chrono’s.  Just hold down the lower left button for four seconds.

 

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE015

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE015

There will be 2 models in the line up featuring an extra-strength silicone strap.  SSE015 (pictured above) and SSE017 (black dial, black hard coated case, and orange accents).  These will both have a 3 fold deployment clasp and is extremely comfortable to wear.  The SSE015 has a great sporty feel to it with white chapter ring and silver/white sub dial rings.  It is very easy to distinguish all going on within the three sub dials.  The 10:00 sub dial will measure your actual running seconds.  Once GPS satellite connection is initiated by holding the upper left hand button for six seconds, the hand will indicate how many satellites you are connected to as well as if you received successful connection pointing to “Y” for yes and “N” for no.  Your 6:00 sub dial show your current power reserve (which still maintains the 6 month power reserve running, or up to 2 years in sleep mode), unless you are connecting to satellites or running the chronograph.  The hand will point to the “1” if the upper left button is held for three seconds.  This means you are connecting to one single satellite for an accuracy update (which this also does automatically when exposed to bright light).  When held for six seconds, the 6:00 hand will point to the “4+”.  This is to pinpoint location and adjust the hands to that timezone, using multiple satellites.  When running the chronograph, the 6:00 hand will measure up to 6 hours and your 2:00 sub dial is used to measure minutes.  Your center second hand will only be used for measuring up to 1/5th of a second, only when the chronograph is running.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Limited Edition SSE001

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Limited Edition SSE001

The crowning achievement in the new 8X82 Astron GPS Solar Chronograph series is its size.  At 30% smaller then the originals, the chrono’s are much easier to wear for dress or casual.  Measuring at 45mm on the Limited Edition, and 44.6mm wide on the rest of the series, these pieces are much more wearable and compare to a typical self-winding chronograph at only 13.3mm thick!

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Limited Edition SSE001

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Limited Edition SSE001

The prices in stainless steel vary from $1,825 on strap to $1,875 on bracelet.  The titanium models are all $2,450, with the limited edition SSE001 at $3,300.   You can view and purchase and of the new Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronographs HERE, including three new limited edition models SSE019 in all black hard coated titanium with rose gold accents.  The first ladies Astron GPS with white ceramic, mother of pearl dial and diamond markers labeled SSE021.  Finally, the new Novak Djokovic Limited Edition SSE022.  These three models are scheduled for November delivery.

 

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G-Shock Launch Event In NY Featuring MT-G, GPW1000, And MR-G MRG-1000 Introduced To The USA

Trump Soho NY

Last week I had the distinct honor and pleasure of going to New York for the national release of the latest and greatest from Casio G-Shock.  The event was held at the top of Trump Soho, and the image above is the beautiful view we had at the top.

G-Shock Store Soho

The first stop on my visit was to the G-Shock store in Soho, where I met up with our friend Michael Eckhaus, the Director of Sales for Casio’s watch division.  Coincidentally, the founder, father and creator of G-Shock himself, Mr. Kikuo Ibe was at the store signing autographs and taking pictures with some of his biggest fans.  It was truly an honor to meet him.

Mr. Kikuo Ibe founder of G-Shock

The upstairs of the Soho store is where we met Mr. Ibe which was not just in any room, but practically a museum of some of the great models of G-Shock ranging back from the early 90’s.  People were standing in line to meet Mr. Ibe, even a couple of which got his autograph on their arms, and went right away to go get it tattooed.  Their fan base is some of the greatest out there, with a strong dedication to the world of G-Shock.

Mr. Kikuo Ibe founder of G-Shock autograph

We even got ourselves a nice autograph for the store which is now on display.  Mr. Ibe proved himself to be an extremely nice guy, and very funny to boot!  The following he has created for the G-Shock brand is something like I have never seen, ranging from people who strictly collect G-Shock for colors, limited editions, and the funkiest pieces they can create, all the way up to avid collectors of high-end timepieces.  The range of people into G-Shock is astonishing.

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The whole reason I was even there was because of the launch of G-Shock’s newest technology, the new GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor GPW1000.  The technology they crammed into these pieces is overwhelming in a way, but thankfully it’s as intuitive as an iPad, maybe even the Apple Watch (which is still really yet to be determined).  Overall though, The GPW1000 is very easy to use.

DJ VP of Casio USA

The event started and David Johnson (DJ), Vice President of Casio’s watch division started the night and when he did, you could tell he was incredibly passionate about their products.  He’s not the only one, everyone at Casio takes great pride and works so well together, it’s truly impressive.

Mr. Shigenori Itoh President of Casio USA

DJ then introduced Mr. Shigenori Itoh, CEO and President of Casio USA to take the stage.  Mr. Itoh discussed the success of the Metal Twisted (or MT-G) G-Shock’s which he was a huge part in the development of.  Mr. Itoh then introduced Mr. Ibe to speak about the challenges of creating the MT-G.

Mr. Kikuo Ibe founder of G-Shock

I mentioned Mr. Ibe was funny.  The story he told was surrounded by a “little white lie”.  With a team of 8 young designers, Mr. Ibe had motivated them to create what was thought to be impossible…  A metal G-Shock that still maintains the durability of every G they had previously created.  The “small white lie”, Mr . Ibe told his team was that there would be a BIG interview with a world famous magazine after the project was completed.  Of course, he had no idea how he was going to get this interview, but he remained confident it would happen.  He motivated his team, telling them they were the only ones who could do it.  In the end, they got their “famous” interview and Mr. Ibe could wipe the sweat from his brow.  A great story, and the entire speech can be seen in the video below…

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While this video is 30 minutes long, it is very entertaining and very exciting.  This proves the evolution of G-Shock in the watch world.  They have some amazing new products that we know everyone across the globe will love.

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Another part of the reason I was there, was Casio had asked me to speak at their event along with a couple of other retailers.  My part was to talk about GPS and it’s use in watches today, but most importantly, the expectations of the new GPW1000.  I had a great opportunity to play with the piece prior to the release and learned a lot about it.  You can see our first hands on review of the GPW1000 HERE.

G-Shock MT-G Black Rose Gold Orange MTGS1000BD-4A

The watches unveiled that night were incredibly impressive and expand on G-Shock’s expansion into the luxury market (especially in this country).  They introduced two new versions of Metal Twisted G-Shocks, one with black hard coating, rose gold and orange accents, which will be limited production under model number MTGS1000BD-5A.  See it on our site HERE.

G-Shock MT-G Basel World Special MTGS1000BS

Another piece introduced was the MT-G Basel World Special.  Getting to see it hands on was a treat.  It has a truly unique finishing process utilizing a gold ion plating that is then layered over in black.  Burnishing away the gold, and blending with the black plating that gives it a distressed or vintage look to it that only contributes to its character.  This gives a weatherd bronze type color that expresses the toughness of G-Shock’s as they are worn over the years.  Sadly, this model is limited to only 500 pieces globally, and will be extremely difficult to find.

Casio G-Shock MR-G MRG-G1000 MRGG1000-1A

The new GPW1000 models were also featured during the event, but the big news was at the very end.  For the first time ever, MR-G is making its debut in the US market!  Not only that, but this will feature a MR-G exclusive version of the GPS Atomic Solar Hybrid movement.  This new MRGG1000B-1A will feature a 49mm wide by 16.6mm hardened titanium case and bracelet that also has a DLC (or Diamond Like Carbon) coating.  This will be now the highest priced G to ever touch US soil at a $3,000 retail.  These will become available in limited quantities at the beginning of 2015.  See it on our site HERE.  The crowd was amazed and ooh’s and aahh’s filled the room.  The night came to an end and people relaxed, had a few drinks (including some GPS-tini’s) and chit chatted for a while.  Afterwards, I was lucky enough to spend some time with some of Casio’s team and our friend Ariel Adams from aBlogtoWatch.  Earlier, I brought up the new Apple Watch as Ariel and DJ had a great discussion about smart watches.  While I think all of us there are big Apple fans, the topic of the “smart watch” was something discussed and ended something along the lines of “that’s not a smart watch.  It still needs the phone in order to really do much of anything.  Now this… (as he shows the GPS Hybrid) is a SMART WATCH”.  A totally proven point as it is independently controlled, has tons of functionality , breaks down the Earth to a 2.6 billion piece grid, determines your location through GPS  and is powered by light, not an outlet.  I’ll admit, I was impressed by the Apple Watch, but DJ had an excellent point that I totally agree with.

Ariel got some really impressive pictures of the new G-Shock MR-G MRG-G1000 GPS Atomic Solar Hybrid and a great write up on aBlogtoWatch HERE.

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Before I knew it the trip was over and I was saying good bye to NYC.  I would sincerely like to thank everyone involved for such an awesome trip and being such a great company to work with.  As I mentioned in the video, all of us here at AZ Fine Time are extremely proud to be a part of the ongoing evolution of G-Shock!  Can’t wait to see what’s next!

G-Shock Aviation GPS Hybrid Gravity Master GPW1000‐1B

G-Shock Aviation GPS Hybrid Gravity Master GPW1000‐1B

The evolution of G-Shock is here!  We would like to introduce you to once of the most impressive G’s to ever hit the market.  Not just in design, but this is one of the most complex, highly functional, and smartest G-Shock’s to be introduced.  Say hello to the new Casio G-Shock Sky Cockpit Aviation GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor, the Gravity Master, GPW1000!  We were fortunate enough to get a trial run prior to its national debut in the USA, test out its functions, and see just how this piece works.  I think everyone will be truly impressed.

G-Shock Aviation GPS Hybrid Gravity Master GPW1000‐1B

The new GPW1000’s are going to be solar powered, which is impressive in its self.  The power it requires to sync to satellites nearly 13,000 miles away is huge, but not only does this piece have a GPS receiver, but also a radio signal receiver which means it could require more power.  However, Casio has a very low power radio receiver and actually worked with Sony on the development of one of the lowest power consuming GPS receivers on the market.  The GPS tech inside this piece is incredible and utilizes a grid consisting of over 2.6 billion points, or a 500m segment.  This is ultra accurate for finding the correct timezone no matter where you are standing.  The solar power reserve will last around 7 months, but can go a maximum of 18 months if in power save mode.  There is a low power alert, and you can see the energy in the watch, every time you adjust back to timekeeping mode.  When you go into timekeeping mode, the second hand will rotate between 12:00 and 6:00, with 12:00 expressing a full power reserve , and 6:00 meaning empty.

G-Shock Aviation GPS Hybrid Gravity Master GPW1000‐1B

The lower right hand button will be to engage your GPS reveive.  The watch will actually connect to a single satellite automatically up to once a day when exposed to bright light for 1-2 minutes.  This will only adjust the accuracy, not the timezone.  You can do this type of connection by holding the lower right button for a couple of seconds, or until the second hand points to “TIME” between 6:00-7:00.  If you hold down the button for more then a few seconds and the second hand points to “T+P” between 8:00-9:00, this means time and position.  You will then connect to multiple satellites, the mode hand around 3:00 will go up and down a couple of times, and generally within 30-40 seconds, the watch will pin point your location and adjust the hands to the timezone you are standing in while the mode hand indicates your current latitude.  Another cool feature is that this piece will automatically recognize daylight savings, so there is never a need to adjust.  Even in Arizona where we do not adjust for daylight savings, this piece will sync for mountain time, but it knows AZ does not use daylight savings, so it turns it off when necessary.   On top of that, the watch will automatically connect to the radio control towers, if in range, starting at midnight.

G-Shock Aviation GPS Hybrid Gravity Master GPW1000‐1B

You have a secondary timezone displayed at 7:00-8:00.  This piece uses Smart Access technology to adjust this timezone.  You simply unlock the crown, pull it to the first click out, your second hand will point to the city code your sub dial is set for, and then turn until it is for the timezone you want.  Close the crown and the hands will have adjusted themselves.  There is an option to switch to UTC time for the sub dial without turning the crown, you just hold the lower right button with the crown out one click.  You can also manually set the central hands in the same way (minus the UTC quick adjustment), but you would pull to the second clock instead.  Of course, it is more fun to use the GPS to set the timezone for the central hands.  You have date and day of the week while in standard timekeeping mode.  It also has airplane mode to turn off the GPS receiver.  You simply hold the lower left button for more then four seconds to turn on or off.

G-Shock Aviation GPS Hybrid Gravity Master GPW1000‐1B

By just pushing the lower left button once, your watch will then go into chronograph mode.  This can measure from 1/20th of a second up to 24 minutes.  The 1/20th of a second is displayed on the center seconds hand, seconds and minutes on the secondary time sub dial.  Pushing the lower left button again will be for your count down timer mode.  You use the Smart Access crown to adjust the hands on the secondary time sub dial to the amount of time you want to count down.  An alert will sound once the timer has reached zero.  Next, is your  alarm mode.  The alarm is again set by using the crown and the secondary time zone sub dial.  With the crown closed push the lower right button to turn the alarm on or off.  Your seconds hand will point to “ON” or “OFF”.

G-Shock Aviation GPS Hybrid Gravity Master GPW1000‐1B

The resin case surrounds a DLC coated stainless steel bezel and measures out at 56mm wide by 18.8mm thick.  The piece is no doubt large, but certainly is impressive and very good looking.  These will have anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal, a unique and easy to use crown, Hybrid Mount Construction, Alpha Gel and 200m water resistance makes for the shock, gravitational force, vibration and water resistance that G-Shock requires.

G-Shock Aviation GPS Hybrid Gravity Master GPW1000‐1B

 

G-Shock Aviation GPS Hybrid Gravity Master GPW1000‐1B

The resin strap is inlayed with carbon fiber to add durability  and has a stainless steel clasp and keeper.  The overall construction and attention to detail is very impressive.  There is Casio’s Neo-Brite for the hands and markers, but to give it that extra boost, there is an incredible LED light that gradually increases in brightness, and gradually fades out.  It is literally strong enough to use as a flashlight in complete dark.

G-Shock Aviation GPS Hybrid Gravity Master GPW1000‐1A

The GPW1000-1A will be the core production model which retails for $950.  You can order this piece direct from AZFT HERE.

G-Shock Aviation GPS Hybrid Gravity Master GPW1000‐4A

The GPW1000-4A will be the same price, and is going to be a limited production model.  This is also $950 and is available for ORDER HERE.

G-Shock Aviation GPS Hybrid Gravity Master GPW1000‐1B

The GPW1000-1B will also be a limited production model, also retail for $950 and can be ORDERED HERE.  All three models are currently in stock!  Stay tuned to the AZFT Blog to see as we attend and guest speak at the national press conference for the release of these new timepieces!

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G-Shock Gulfmaster GWN1000B-1B and GWN1000-9A

G-Shock Gulfmaster GWN1000B-1B

Debuting at Baselworld 2014, Casio’s latest introduction to the G-Shock line up has finally arrived.  In a sense, the predecessor to last years extremely successful Rangeman, the new Gulfmaster has similar functions, and so much more.  The focus on “ease of use” is something prevalent in the latest and greatest G’s, and the Gulfmaster is no exception. Today we introduce the 2 new Gulmaster’s, the black resin with blue plated stainless steel bezel GWN1000B-1B and the yellow resin with stainless steel bezel GWN1000-9A.

G-Shock Gulfmaster Yellow GWN1000-9A

Both models in the line up have identical features, just different color combos.  To start, they are both solar powered and radio controlled keeping perfect accuracy and lasting up to 6 months in the dark from a full charge.  These new analog digital models also feature Casio’s Smart Access technology, which allows the user to adjust timezones easily by unlocking and pulling out the crown.  The second hand will point to the current city you are set for and by turning the crown, you can adjust it to one of the 29 cities listed around the inside of the bezel.

G-Shock Gulfmaster GWN1000B-1B

The digital display has several different possible displays while in the standard timekeeping mode.  By pushing the upper left button you change the display.  Currently, the display reads the same as the analog time.  Push the button again and it will display your world time (a secondary timezone).  Again and it will display the age of the moon.  Another push will display day of the week, month and day.  And lastly, one more push will show you month and date, but also a barometric graph.

G-Shock Gulfmaster Yellow GWN1000-9A

Now we start getting into the really special features of this piece.  Pushing the lower right button will control your version 3 triple sensor, which is by far the smallest and most accurate Casio has made so far.  Pushing the button once, you will hear a single “beep” which means you have entered barometer mode.  Your reading will appear as well as the barometric chart.  By pushing the upper left button in barometer mode, you can see your barometric pressure differential which is indicated by the second hand and using the bezel.  If the second hand points to the 3:00 area, that means no change.  You can see the increase or decrease if the second hand points to the “+ over” or “- under” part of the bezel.  Pushing the button again will bring up your compass, which you will hear 2 beeps for, where the second hand will point magnetic north and your angle value will be displayed in the digital screen.  This will run for up to one minute before turning off automatically.  A third push with three beeps means you are in altimeter mode which will display current altitude and an altitude tendency chart.  You can also check your altitude differential by pushing the lower left button twice.   The fourth and final push will beep four times, and indicates it is now in thermometer mode.  The digital display will read your temperature, which is most accurate when off the wrist for 20-30 minutes.  With all of these modes you have the option to read in metric or US measurement.  All you have to do is unlock and pull out the crown in whichever mode you want to adjust, use the lower left button to get in the “measurement adjust mode” and turn the crown to which you prefer.  Close the crown and it is all set.

G-Shock Gulfmaster GWN1000B-1B

One of the most interesting features of the Gulfmaster is that this piece not only tells you current barometric pressure, but also has an alert for any dramatic changes.  It basically tells you if a storm is coming!  This piece will automatically check the barometric pressure every two hours, even outside of barometer mode.  Should the barometric pressure drop, this means the weather will deteriorate and and an audible alert will go off.  You can see the sub dial at 10:00’s lower half is used for the barometer.  The red hand will point to either an arrow down for sudden fall in pressure, an arrow up for a sudden increase in pressure, a curved arrow pointing down which means a sustained rise in pressure changing to a fall or a curved arrow pointing up which is a sustained fall in pressure changing to a rise.   This will also display on the digital screen.  Of course, if you don’t want this alert to go off, you can turn it on or off by holding the upper left button down for more then two seconds in barometer or time keeping mode, and toggle the “info” mode to off.

G-Shock Gulfmaster Yellow GWN1000-9A

There’s still a lot more that these pieces can do.  By pushing the lower left button you can adjust your mode.  From time keeping mode, pushing it once will take you to world time mode.  You will adjust this secondary timezone the same way you adjust the home time, by using the Smart Access crown.  You can also swap your home and world time by holding down the upper left button for more then 3 seconds.  Pushing the lower left button again will take you into tide and moon phase data mode.  The red hand at the 10:00 sub dial will show the level of the tide and the digital display will indicate the date and time of the level of that tide.  By pushing the upper left button in this mode, you can change the digital display to the age of the moon display.

G-Shock Gulfmaster GWN1000B-1B

 

After the moon and tide data, your lower left button will take you to stopwatch mode.  The stopwatch is engaged and paused by pushing the lower right button.  If you push the upper left button while it is running, you will split the time measurement.  If you pause it, the hit the upper left, it will reset.  This can measure from 1/100th of a second to 24 hours.  The next mode will be your countdown timer.  You can count down from as low as 1 minute up to as high as 60 minutes.  To set your timer, you will unlock and turn the Smart Access crown to the desired time.  Once it has finished, you will hear ten beeps.

G-Shock Gulfmaster Yellow GWN1000-9A

The next mode is for your alarm.  There are actually 5 different alarms that you can set, and there is also an hourly signal that will beep once on the hour, every hour.  To switch through alarms 1 – 5, and adjust your hourly signal, you use the upper left button to scroll through.  Use the lower right button to turn the alarms and hourly signal on or off.  To set the time of the alarm, pull the crown out and turn to adjust the minute hand.  Once it is at the desired minutes, you push the lower left button to adjust the hour hand.  Once it is set to the time desired, close the crown.  The alarms and hourly signal will go off, even if outside of alarm mode.  Another interesting bit of info is that if your minute hand happens to be blocking the digital screen when you adjust modes, the hand will move itself out of the way to either the 4:00 or 8:00 for 3 seconds so you can see the screen completely.

G-Shock Gulfmaster GWN1000B-1B

As I mentioned before, this piece is radio controlled for perfect time keeping.  The final mode when using the lower left button to adjust is the R/C mode.  You can manually in this mode by holding down the lower right button for more then 2 seconds.  The digital display will show your current strength of signal level showing either L1, L2, or L3.  L3 will be the strongest signal, L1 the weakest.  If nothing appears, you cannot get signal.  The good thing is, this piece will automatically attempt to receive the signal in the middle of the night, so manual reception shouldn’t be necessary.

G-Shock Gulfmaster GWN1000B-1B

G-Shock Gulfmaster GWN1000B-1B

With all those features, you couldn’t guess there would be more…  But there is.  In the dark, you have two options.  Neo-brite luminova is utilized for clear legibility at night, but if you want, push the upper right button and you have a dual LED backlight.  The light has two duration settings. the first is a 1.5 second duration and the second is a 3 second duration.  To change the duration, you would pull out the crown in time keeping mode and push the lower left button four times.  Turn the crown to the desired duration and then close the crown.  They also have an auto light switch that turns the light on when you move your wrist from down to the position you would view your watch (over a 40° angle).  You can turn this on or off with basically the same procedure as changing duration , but only push the lower left button three times instead of four.

G-Shock Gulfmaster Yellow GWN1000-9A

Some more amazing functions of the GWN series are if you can’t see the digital read out because the hands are in the way, you hold the upper right (light) button down and push the lower left button, the hands will all move themselves out of the way of the screen to see the screen clearly.  Because this is a G-Shock, you get shock, gravitational force and vibration resistance thanks to Alpha Gel and Hybrid Mount construction.  There is also 200m water resistance as you will find on all G-Shock’s.  The technology in this piece is incredible, using multiple motors that have been reduced in size by 26%,making it incredibly easy to use especially considering all it does.  The Gulfmaster also has an automatic hand correction feature to ensure alignment is correct.

G-Shock Gulfmaster Yellow GWN1000-9A

 

G-Shock Gulfmaster GWN1000B-1B

The Gulfmaster’s will measure out at 55.8mm wide, 16mm thick and weighs in at 101g.  For its size (as is true with most G-Shock’s) it wears smaller as you have to account for the flared out case sides for the sensor on the left, and crown protector on the right.  Both pieces retail for $499.95 and you can purchase the black and blue GWN1000B-1B HERE or purchase the yellow GWN1000-9A HERE.

G-Shock Gulfmaster GWN1000B-1B

G-Shock Gulfmaster Yellow GWN1000-9A

 

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G-Shock Launch Event in NYC

G-Shock Launch Event in NYC

AZ Fine Time is out in New York right now for the press release event for some of the great new G-Shock products.  We’ll see the launch of the GPW1000 G-Shock GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor, the launch of the Basel World Special MT-G, and there will be a few other big surprises we will show you after the event tonight.  We’ll have plenty of pictures and video of the event soon to follow, but in the meantime, we will feature a couple of new blog posts/reviews of some of their new products.

I had the distinct honor of being invited to speak at the event tonight in regards to the new GPS Hybrid and have been having fun hanging out with Casio in NYC for the last 24 hours.  To see more on my trip please follow me on the following social media sites…

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We hope you enjoy and we look forward to sharing the coverage of the event!

– Joe