The Master of G family, which is considered as the toughest of the tough lineage of Casio Watches, has become richer for a new member. We are talking about the brand new G-Shock Rangeman GW9400 timepiece which was designed with the needs of mountain climbers, army members and emergency patrols in mind. This is the first G-Shock that includes the brand’s triple sensor technology that unifies altimeter/barometer, compass and thermometer, and facilitates its wearer to get a sense of his current position. The triple sensor with additional useful graphs and memory to keep track of this data is complemented with many other useful features, with the most notable of them being atomic timekeeping and tough-solar technology.
Prior to this newcomer, the Master of G sub-series of the G-Shock included several “specialist” watches that were designed with additional resistance to particular harsh environment and are equipped with the features that are designed specifically for such situations. For example, a Mudman feature enhances resilience to mud and dirt, a Frogman is useful for divers (we have previously reviewed one of these), while a Gulfman shows information about storms and weather. In the past, there were also several other specialists from the Master of G lineage. However their production has been discontinued. One of those “abandoned” models that is closest to the new Rangeman was climbers-friendly Riseman which was equipped with the readings for altitude and temperature. Unlike the latest edition to the Master of G family, this watch lacked a compass.
Rangeman – A Survival Instrument
Now let us share a bit more information regarding the mentioned triple sensor technology. Its first component is a digital compass which is able to measure and show direction on a scale of 16 points (displayed by the second hand). It has a measuring unit of 1 degree and naturally, its range is from 0 to 359 degrees. Additional features include a graphic direction pointer that shows movement in a time frame of 60 seconds, correction for magnetic declination, bidirectional calibration and finally, a northerly calibration function.
The second sensor helps keep track of pressure and altitude. Its barometer has a range from 260 to 1,100 hPa and enables perks such as atmospheric pressure graphic, tendency graph for past 42 hours and a warning for significant changes. Its adjoined indication for altitude has the measuring range which is obviously larger than anyone would need (-2.300 ft to 32,800 ft or -700 m to 10,000 m) and a measuring unit of 5 ft or 1 m, depending on the chosen unit.
Unsurprisingly, the feature also includes some more complicated features such as information for high/low altitudes, cumulative ascent and descent etc. Finally, we come to its thermometer which is able to measure temperatures between 14 and 140 degree Fahrenheit (or -10 to 60 degree Centigrade) and has a measuring unit of 0.2 degrees of Fahrenheit or 0.1 degree Celsius. It is quite convenient that each of these features can be activated with a single push of a separate button. Additionally, each sensor mode can be tied with a different sound notification which is quite helpful when the visibility is low.
The examination of the supported Triple Sensor technology is not even close to conveying all the included perks and possibilities of new Casio G-Shock Master of G Rangeman GW9400 watch. The extensive list of functions includes: shock resistance; water resistance to 200 meters; atomic timekeeping with reception of radio signals from atomic watches around the globe; world time feature with 48 cities and daylight saving; a precise stopwatch with elapsed, split, 1st and 2nd times; a countdown timer; five independent alarms, memory for 40 records detected with the triple sensors; full auto calendar; 12/24 format; LED backlight with afterglow and selectable duration; sunrise and sundown times with a daylight graph; an E-O-L indicator and finally, a solar-powered movement. The watch can run for as much as 23 months when its power saving function is activated upon the full charge.
A Stylized Wild Cat Logo
It is likewise important to say that the watch has a case and a strap made from resin, as it is the common practice of the brand. The housing of round shape has the diameter of 53.5 mm, the thickness of 18.2 mm and the weight of 93 grams. On the solid case back of the watch, there is a neat engraving of a stylized wild cat wearing a wristwatch which is in the opinion of the Japanese brand a suitable symbol of this tough new watch. Initially, the watch will be available in black (the GW9400-1) and khaki (the GW9400-3) colors, though more styles are undoubtedly soon to follow.