Casio announced in January the latest model in the RANGEMAN G-SHOCK Master of G series, “GPR-B1000″.
Two models are planning to be released on March 9th, a black and khaki version for Y100,000 in Japan/$800+ in the US.
The GPR-B1000 was announced at CES 2018 and one of it’s popular highlights is its GPS navigation function. For one, if your battery dies, have no fear, if you are outdoors, it will keep going with a solar charge.
Also, the GPS position information is received and can be displayed on the face of the GPR-B1000. The watch collections location data from GPS satellites to display the current location on a route or bearing to a destination. The watch will also save track and point data (including longitude/latitude, altitude and temperature) in memory.
The watch also comes with a triple sensor to measure compass bearing, atmospheric pressure/altitude, and temperature, based on the concept of “Survival Toughness”.
The GPR-B1000 can connect to a smartphone via Bluet00th using the G-SHOCK Connected app, allowing the user to create routes or manage log data in the app. Now, I’m not sure if the watch can interact with Strava, but if it does (I’m buying it!).
According to Casio, “The GPR-B1000 features both wireless and solar charging systems. The GPS functions are usable for up to 33 hours on a wireless charge of approximately five hours. Even if the battery level drops below a usable level for GPS while outdoors, solar charging can be used to resume GPS functions for a limited time. The time display is kept powered at all times using solar charging, regardless of the status of GPS functions.”
And of course, the biggest selling points for the Rangeman series is its durability and its ability to withstand harsh conditions (-20c/-4F).
But the Rangeman wasn’t the only announcement in January 2018, Casio announced the G-SHOCK 35th Anniversary Limited Edition RED OUT series.
Now, if I call my white G-Shock a Gundam watch, if I get a RED OUT DW5635C-4, DW5735C-4, DW6935C-4 and GA735C-4A, can I call it a Zeon watch?
According to Casio, each are featuring “a deep red LCD display, black IP metal band loop stamped with stars, and black IP metal case back engraved with the G-SHOCK 35th anniversary logo designed by artist Eric Haze”.
And according to Casio, “The DW5635C-4, DW5735C-4, DW6935C-4, and GA735C-4A, with case sizes of 42.8mm, 45.4mm, 50mm and 53.4mm respectively, will retail for $140, and will be available for purchase beginning in February 2018.”