Casio’s G-Shock timekeepers are known for their exceptional resistance to shock and bumps which do not jeopardize the functionality of these resilient digital watches. However, there are even tougher timepieces than the regular G-Shocks, and they belong to the collection that Casio named Master of G. These products are professional instruments with specific purpose and characteristics. Each of them has the features that are adapted to match the intended activity. Casio’s palette of products include Riseman (for climbers and hikers, comes with altitude and temperature indications), Mudman with increased mud resistance and digital compass, and Frogman watch (with dive timers and information about tide and moon phase) which we are going to review in this article.
The watch that is perfect for surfers and other water enthusiasts includes all the traditional traits of a Casio product. Of course, since it comes from the Master of G series, it involves a few additional perks. All in all, it is a very sturdy and reliable digital watch made by the firm that specialized in making extremely resilient timekeepers. A very neat feature is that Frogman (or more precisely GF8250ER-2) is made with Casio’s trademark Tough Solar powering. This feature naturally enables the watch to work much longer and is certainly a plus because there is no need to exchange the battery. The specific type of battery that is used in this model enables 10 months of accurate timekeeping when it is fully charged. It basically means that Frogman can continue running for almost a year without any further exposure to light, which is pretty impressive.
Useful for Surfing and Diving
It is also worth mentioning that the price of this model is $500, which seems like a reasonable deal, considering the fine construction and convenient features. As expected, the watch with a digital dial is equipped with a quartz module 3266 that guarantees the accuracy of within 15 seconds per month (which is not that impressive for a quartz watch, especially considering the more accurate quartz movements that are used by other companies). All of the standard features of the manufacturer are included, and Frogman has backlight with afterglow, world time with 31 time zones and 48 cities and daylight saving settings, 1/100 of second stopwatch and countdown timer that can be used to measure intervals up to 24 hours, five alarms (of which one is a snooze alarm), full auto calendar (programmed until the end of the century), the choice among 12 and 24 hour formats to display the time, and a battery power indicator.
Besides, this watch has the confirmed water resistance of 200 meters, which categorizes it as a diving timepiece. This is backed up with a useful dive time and surface measurement that can be used to facilitate the time spent under the surface and to make the dive safer. Furthermore, Casio G-Shock Master of G Frogman GF8250ER-2 is equipped with the indications of the moon age and tide level graphs.
The watch has a round shaped case with the diameter of 50.3 mm, so it is quite a big timepiece with notable presence. The thickness of the case is 18 mm, while the weight of the watch is 112 g (a little less than 4 oz.) The color of the case is gray, since this timepiece visually belongs to the Earth series of g-Shocks which are constructed in earthly tones. The bracelet of the watch is made from resin and in blue color, while the digital dial is neutral.