GOR­GEOUSLY RUGGED

Ca­sio G-Shock Mudmaster GWG-1000

HWM (Singapore) - - TEST - by ZacharyChan

The GWG-1000 “Mudmaster” is the lat­est in the G-Shock Mas­ter of G se­ries. For those not fa­mil­iar with the nomen­cla­ture, Mas­ter of G watches tend to be de­signed for spe­cific uses iden­ti­fied by its pre­fix, such as “frog”, “range”, “grav­ity”, etc. fol­lowed by a “mas­ter” or “man” suf­fix to iden­tify if it is ana­log or dig­i­tal. Hence, the Mudmaster is an ana­log G-Shock de­signed for harsh ground en­vi­ron­ments with spe­cific pro­tec­tion against mud and grit.

And a good thing too if you love Ca­sio’s ana­log of­fer­ings more than their dig­i­tal coun­ter­parts, be­cause the Mudmaster is ab­so­lutely gor­geous. Now, you’re go­ing to say that all G-Shocks look sim­i­lar, which is true, but there are many lit­tle tweaks here and there that make the Mudmaster stand out.

While the Mudmaster is an amal­ga­ma­tion of the dig­i­tal Mud­man and Range­man se­ries in an ana­log de­sign, you’re es­sen­tially look­ing at a hulked-out and im­proved Pro Trek PRW-6000 with hints of the Grav­i­ty­mas­ter’s case and thick watch face styling.

But­ton con­fig­u­ra­tion is more or less iden­ti­cal to the Pro Trek, ex­cept the Mudmaster has a fifth but­ton at the bot­tom to ac­ti­vate lights; the Mudmaster’s hands will also au­to­mat­i­cally move out of the way of the LCD when you ac­ti­vate any of the sen­sor read­ings. What we love about the Mudmaster is that it seemed Ca­sio paid more at­ten­tion to minute de­tails in its de­sign and con­struc­tion than they did with the Grav­i­ty­mas­ter. Ev­ery­thing from the ex­tralarge but­tons to the watch band fea­ture tex­tured de­tail­ing that im­presses on the whole G-Shock per­sona.

Func­tion­ally, mud and dirt re­sis­tance is much im­proved from the Mud­man with new gas­ket-type but­tons and screw-lock crown con­struc­tion as op­posed to con­ven­tional ure­thane caps; it even blocks out fine dust. A side ef­fect to this is the abil­ity to have ex­posed but­tons, which give the Mudmaster a more solid, rugged ap­pear­ance rather than the plas­tic-look­ing Mud­man.

The Ver. 3 Triple Sen­sor used in the Mudmaster is still the same one found in Pro Trek and Range­man mod­els. Read­ings for tem­per­a­ture, barom­e­ter and al­time­ter were fairly ac­cu­rate and can be a use­ful gauge, but the dig­i­tal com­pass was spot on. The watch is com­pletely pow­ered by Ca­sio’s Tough So­lar tech and the only thing that’s really miss­ing is GPS time cor­rec­tion like the Grav­i­ty­mas­ter. The Mudmaster only sup­ports multi-band 6 ra­dio sync­ing.

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