Finally, the kid inside me won and I got myself a G-SHOCK. What can I say… aliens and G-SHOCK, I’m in 90s mode here. But this is not just any G-SHOCK – this is … RANGEMAN! Master Of The Elements! (And By the way that, really reminds me of “HE-MAN! Master of the Universe”).
The all-black GW9400BJ-1JF
The watch came with a number of color options – but one in particular grabs my attention, the all-black GW9400BJ-1JF
This particular model is actually a JDM (Japan Domestic Market), and I really dig the black-on-black look. The wordings on the watch are in light grey, giving it a monotone, dark look, except for the little orange circle on the top left of the face. I like the color coordination on this model very much – more so than the standard look.
For time reading, I find traditional watch to be more legible, because they have a large surface area to receive light. The time on a traditional watch can be seen from many angles, whereas on a G-shock, you need to have a an almost frontal line of sight. However it is still very legible, I haven’t had any problem reading time when it is on my wrist. Although I have to admit, the positive display is probably going to be slightly more readable than the negative one – but the all-black look really had me.
This is now my everyday watch, even in office. Despite the shape, it blends with my office clothing, mostly because it is a neutral color (all-black) and I do have a lot of dark-colored clothing/pants.
This watch is packed with features – and ‘packed with features’ is such an understatement. See the official G-shock product page here:
And nothing gives an overview of the feature like the product video from the manufacturer:
Most notably is the triple sensor – on top of the usual awesome time management feature of G-shock: alarm, stopwatch, timer, world clock and so on – GW9400 Rangeman now comes with compass (that finds true north), barometer (temperature), altimeter (measuring heights/altitude). This makes it great for outdoor sport activity like hiking, mountain climbing, or in the event that you are stranded after a plane crash – a scenario no one plan to be involved in, obviously.
It also have great ‘hidden’ usability features / aspects that helps everyday use. The autolight switch, for example, illuminates when you tilt its face towards you (40 degree or more) – which is almost always the case when you want to check time in the dark. The button is massive and have a rugged surface, which makes it easy to operate when wearing gloves. The carbonfibre band have perforation/holes which helps greatly with ventilation, so your wrist don’t sweat so much. It is solar powered, so it can receive energy from sunlight, and other light source. It autosleeps to conserve energy. It automatically receive time correction signal from 6 time station around the world to make it very accurate – 2 of which are in Japan (this is where the ‘multiband 6’ comes from). Water/pressure resistant to 200m, cold resistant to -10c, and obviously shock proof.
How durable are G-shock watches?
G-shocks are amazingly durable. I know it is built like a tank, the name itself implies that it can withstand gravity pull and shocks – but I did not understand the extent of its durabiliy until I saw this video – the G-Shock Test of Toughness. Video description from CASIO UK reads:
“Casio demonstrates just how tough its G-Shock watches are with a series of ‘Tough Tests'”
Links & Ref
- Product page: http://www.gshock.com/watches/Master_of_G/GW9400-1
- User manual: http://www.servicecasio.com/web/download/manual/3410_EA.pdf