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!

See the new Gravity Master GPS Hybrid G-Shock in action in our video below…

 

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G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3 – Review

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

With a ton of truly impressive G-Shock’s hitting the market this year, one of the most interesting, durable and technologically advanced is the new Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A2.  I’ve had my eyes on this piece since we 1st saw it at the Basel Fair earlier this year.  After much anticipation the new G-Shock Aviation GWA1100’s are finally in stock, and look way more impressive than I remember.  I’m proud to say, I just picked this piece up for my personal collection, and want to explain why this was my “must have” G.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

G-Shock’s are known for their durability and being virtually bullet proof.  This new Aviation model goes above and beyond the limits of not only other watches, but also pretty much any other G-Shock on the market today.  This model is Triple G Resist which means it is resistant to shock , centrifugal force, and vibration.  Utilizing the new Alpha Gel (aGel), a material mostly composed of silicone which surrounds the movement, the watches durability is increased substantially.  This bad boy can withstand over 15G of gravitational force and 20G of vibration.  It is also water resistant to 200m and has an anti-glare coated, scratch resistant sapphire crystal  which  only contribute to its strength.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

This piece is built tough as nails, but also has an immense amount of functionality.  The GWA1100 is the 1st of the Gravity Defier series to incorporate a compass.  The compass is simply activated by pushing the upper right button and watching the carbon fiber second hand point North.  The use of Japanese made, low specific gravity, carbon fiber is essential in regards to weight of the second hand, and allows for it to be large and a more accurate and rapid display of direction.  Casio also has a new direction sensor that gives the opportunity to down size by 95% and is 90% less in power consumption.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

Casio’s Multi Mission Drive utilizes a 5 separate motor system that allows for easy use of different modes.  In time keeping mode, you can easily adjust timezones thanks to Casio’s “Smart Access Technology”.  The watch has a quick-lock crown, which makes for faster access to setting the time.  This is not a conventional adjustment of time.  With smart access, you simply pull the electronic crown out one click, the second hand displays the current timezone by pointing at the city code on the chapter ring, and you change timezones by turning the crown until you reach your desired timezone.  The hands do all the work on their own from there.  This system is definitely very easy to use and makes for a very convenient travel watch.  There is also a 24 hour counter at the 12:00 , day of the week indicator at 6:00, and date at 3:00.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

Pushing the lower left button (mode button) once from time keeping mode will put you in the world time mode which allows for an easy adjusted secondary timezone.  This can be set in the same manner you would set the home time, by using the electronic crown to select the desired secondary timezone.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

The next mode is your chronograph.  This chrono can measure up to 1/20th of a second which is displayed by the second hand when running.  The seconds are indicated by the minute hand, the minutes by the hour hand, and the sub dial at 12:00 displays up to 2 hours (one full revolution is equal to 120 minutes).  There is also a flyback feature, allowing you to reset without stopping the measurement.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

Your next mode is a count down timer which can be set for anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes.  Once the timer has reached zero, there is an alarm that will sound for 10 seconds after.

GWA1100-15

The final mode is your alarm.  You simply set the desired time for your alarm to go off by using the crown.  The hands can be adjusted 1 minute at a time, but also has a rapid advance feature which is activated by turning the crown fast.  The hands advance on their own and can be stopped by turning the crown again.  The alarm can be turned on or off by using the upper right button.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

To add to its reliability, the GWA1100’s are solar powered and can go 6 months in the dark before needing to be recharged.  They are also radio controlled.  Multi-Band 6 indicates that this model can receive radio signal from all 6 towers across the world.  I’ve become a bit of an accuracy nut, and radio controlled is almost a must have for me when it comes to quartz.  The fact the watch has perfect accuracy at all times is greatly appreciated.  Signal can be received automatically at night, or on demand should the automatic sync not go through.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

While most G-Shock’s tend to have LED lights for visibility at night, this model uses heavy amounts of Casio’s Neobrite luminescence.  The glow is fantastic and maintains great legibility all throughout the night.  I was truly impressed.  They even have lume on the arrow tip of the second hand, which I might add has perfect alignment with the indexes, thank to their auto-hand home position correction.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

When you add up the durability, technology, and quality materials used, you get this unbelievable 53.8mm, 93g beast of a timepiece.  I must say that in the last 24 hours this watch has been on my wrist, I couldn’t be happier with my decision.  Top of the line in every aspect and just incredibly cool to look at.  The MSRP on the GWA100-1A3 is $650 and can be purchased directly through AZ Fine Time HERE.   Also, feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 if you have any questions.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

Hope you enjoyed the review and thanks for reading!

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3
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