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 Rangeman GW9400-1

G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-1Casio’s launch of the G-Shock Rangeman, without question, was an incredible success.  The GW9400 Master of G series is the 1st G-Shock equipped with Casio’s 3rd generation triple sensors (or to use triple sensor in general), in order to display compass bearing, atmospheric pressure/temperature, and altitude.  As compared  to their 1st triple sensor from 1994, the 3rd generation is not only reduced in size by 95%, but also 90% less power consuming and more accurate.  Casio has also used a cylindrical button guard structure for smoother, more precise, and protected button operation and stainless steel button shaft to ensure a more durable performance with frequent use.  This is now G-Shocks ultimate survival watch.

G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-1

The new Rangeman also has the full on functionality and durability found throughout the G-Shock brand.   Shock resistance is of course a must, but it is also mud resistant, low temperature resistant and water resistant to 200m.  One of the best parts is that the Rangeman is Tough Solar having a maximum power reserve of 23 months in sleep mode from a full charge, plus Multiband 6 for atomic timekeeping.

G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-1

By pushing the right middle button once you can access the 1st of your 3 different sensors.  The 1st sensor is distinguished by a single audible beep and will display your current altitude.  The sub dial at 10:00 will be your altitude differential graph, to check the difference between current altitude and a reference point.  This gauge will measure the difference in meters.  At the top of the screen, you will see the altitude tendency graph (which can be switched to relative altitude by pushing the upper left button), and is updated every time you take a reading.  Below that is your current time.  On the main portion of the display you will see the altitude read out.  The Rangeman is capable of measuring -2,300 to 32,800 ft.

G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-1

Pushing the middle right button again will bring you to your compass, which is recognized by a double audible beep.  It is important to have the watch level in order to get an accurate reading.  The sub dial at 10:00 will have a a digital indicator that will point North.  The top of the screen will display your bearing objective, telling you what direction you are facing from the 12:00 area of the watch.  Below that, your current time will be displayed again.  The main portion of the screen will display the bearing angle to the objective.  This compass can run for 60 seconds as opposed to the 2nd generations 20 second length and uses 1/10th the power in comparison.

G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-1

By pushing the middle right button one more time, you will hear a 3 beep indication which means the watch is now in barometer mode.  The 10:00 sub dial in this mode will display with a single digital line to indicate differential in barometric pressure.  The line in the picture is currently pointing to “0” meaning no change.  If it were to move towards the “10” on the red ring, it means an increase in pressure, and towards “-10” a decrease.  The top of the screen will display a graph that shows a chronological history of pressure readings.  Below that is your current temperature, which is most accurately read when off of your wrist for about 20 minutes, as body temperature will affect it.  The main portion of the screen displays current barometric pressure in inHg (as pictured).  You can adjust all sensor measurements to display in either US or Metric measurements in timekeeping mode by holding down the upper right button for about 3 seconds, using the lower left button to find unit adjustment and use the upper, middle and lower button to change temperature, altitude, and barometer measurements respectfully.

G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-1Pushing the lower left button will take you out of your sensors and back to timekeeping mode.  Timekeeping mode displays time, day, date and month as well as AM/PM.  The 10:00 sub dial will act a a second hand unless the stopwatch is in progress or paused.

G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-1

Pushing the lower left button once from timekeeping mode will put in World Time mode.  This allows for easy changing of timezones by using the upper and lower right buttons.  You will have 48 city codes to choose from to display one of 31 timezones.  The top of the screen displays the city code, below is your display of home time, and your world time’s display is in the main portion of the screen.

G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-1

Pushing the lower left button again will pull up your stopwatch.   Your stopwatch can be started/paused by using the lower right button and reset by using the upper right.  This can measure anywhere from 1/100th of a second up to 1,000 hours.

G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-1Pushing the lower left button again will bring up your countdown timer.  The can be set for as low as 1 minute up to 24 hours.  Pushing the lower right button will start or pause your timer, the upper right button will reset.  Once the timer goes off, 10 audible beeps will sound.

G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-1The next mode is your alarm.  There’s actually 5 of them one of which you can snooze.  You can turn the alarms on or off by pushing the upper right button and switch to through your different alarms by pushing the lower right.  Setting the alarms is done by holding down the upper left button for about 3 seconds on the alarm you of your choice and using the lower left and upper and lower right to change hours and minutes.  Once the alarm sounds, 10 double beeps will sound.  You can also set an hourly time signal so the watch will produce 1 double beep, on the hour, every hour.

G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-1

The next mode is an indicator for sunrise and sunset times, based on the set city code and latitude/longitude.  You can scroll through and see sunrise/sunset from different dates by using the upper and lower right button.

G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-1

The next mode is your data recall.  Basically, you can record up to 40 logs for date/time, bearing, and barometric pressure/temperature records.  To record the info, you simply hold down the upper right button for 2-3 seconds in the desired mode you want to record.

G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-1

As I mentioned before, this piece is radio controlled.  The final mode will scroll “R/C RECEIVED” along the top of the screen.  In this mode you can manually attempt to connect to the signal by holding down the lower right button until “R/C HOLD” appears at the top of the screen.  This piece will automatically attempt to receive signal on its own between midnight and 5AM, so the manual receive shouldn’t be necessary.  Pictured above is an example of the watches white LED light, that can be set for a duration time of 1 or 3 seconds.  The light is activated by pushing the button at the 6:00 area.

G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-1

The Rangeman measures out at 53.5mm wide and 18.2mm thick, which sounds gargantuan, but definitely does not wear that large.  While it is still a big watch, these measurements are from the furthest points out, so it is a little deceiving.  It is a wide design to help with legibility, which it definitely does, and is also very comfortable to wear as it is only 93g in weight.  As always and most important, G-Shock’s impressive designs look awesome on the wrist!

G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-1

The case back is forged stainless steel with a cool impression of the G-Shock Wild Cat character.  This symbolizes the Rangeman’s unrestricted movement through the wilderness.

The MSRP on the Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-1 is $300 and can be purchased directly on our site HERE.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.

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