In 1983, one year before Orwell’s 1984 date came to pass, the world’s favourite digital watch makers launched the first G-SHOCK, the Casio DW-5000C. The Casio engineer was called Kikuo Ibe. He designed it to have a 10 year battery life, be water resistant to 10 bar, and survive a 10m fall onto a hard surface. Over 200 prototypes were tested by dropping them from rooftops or third storey windows.
The timeless shock resistant design had 10 layers which protected the quartz timekeeping module. Over the next few years Casio released several new models each year. Firmly cemented as the watch any man would want to have, the firm released the Baby-G series in 1991, targeted towards women.
By 1998, 19 million G-SHOCKS had been sold worldwide and over 200 models were released in that year alone.
Fast forward to 2016, we were lucky enough to get our hands on a loan G-SHOCK Gulfmaster GWN-1000B-1BER for a few weeks.
As an investment piece for any discerning G-SHOCK fan, the Gulfmaster is one of the top of the range models which combines stellar outdoor features with timepiece precision.
The watch came in a stunning box and we got to try the electric blue and black edition. Featuring multi band 6 technology, this provided outstanding global time synchronisation which took a little bit of getting used to when we were in New York, as it kept setting back to the London time. Once we worked out how to sync it properly it worked like a dream.
If you’re doing outdoor pursuits, such as white water rafting, or skiing for example, the Gulfmaster has the added luxury of a compass, barometer and altimetre. Some of us just love to know exactly what’s happening in our surroundings.
For busy men about town, you’ve got a choice of up to 5 daily alarms for all your time management needs.
When we were trekking through the Forrest, the Barometer’s built-in pressure sensor measured barometric pressure, which helped with pointers for weather changes and letting us know when to break out the trusted windbreaker.
For those of you soaking up the latest craze of internal training, Insanity, or maybe for those of you managing your kids football team, the timer and countdown timer is able to run from 0, through to 24 hours.
A very useful Digital Compass measures and displays direction as one of 16 points which is great if you need to find your SSW back to the carpark once you’ve finished your hike, or if you’re into a spot of orienteering.
For snorkelling the Gulfmaster is water resistant up to 200 metres. If you want to use the thermometer, I’d advise taking the watch off because it was showing far closer to body temperature whilst being worn to give an accurate surrounding temperature. Also you can read the time, but the light only comes on briefly, so by pressing it again and again it will stay on for longer.