GW-9400 Rangeman G-Shock

    Posted the 20th day of August in 2013 by Riley.


The first ever ABC G-Shock is the Master of G Rangeman (includes altimeter, barometer and compass). Casio has announced the GW-9400 model as a "military inspired timepiece for urban survival". These watches won't go on sale until November 2013, but there's already been lots of heated discussion over the various features and price. The retail price of $300 USD might seem a little high, but this is one of the most feature packed G-Shocks ever produced. This new model could be compared to Pathfinder and Protrek models, or maybe as the next evolution of the Riseman. There is going to be a Japan only version that will probably cost a good bit more. That GW-9400J-1JF model features a carbon fiber band and could contain a different metric-only module. The international GW-9400-1 release will be the basic black model for other regions around the world. An army green GW-9400-3 edition will also be released. These international models include a module that displays metric and imperial measurements (Celsius and Fahrenheit for example). It will be interesting to see how this new G-Shock series takes off. It's sure to be a big hit for those longing for a G with this feature set. The price and design details are the only parts that might not make everyone happy. Take a look at all the photos and information below to help you get ready for this brand new G-Shock.

Carbon Fiber Band GW-9400J-1JF Rangeman
International GW-9400-1 Rangeman

A. Rangeman Altimeter
B. Rangeman Barometer and thermometer
C. Rangeman Compass


Preview of a green GW-9400-3 Rangeman
Upcoming Lightning Yellow GW-9430EJ-9JR Rangeman (aka GW-9430EJ-9DR)



Here's the first Rangeman promo videos from Casio.





Specifications and Functions:

Super-Full-Auto-LED light
If the ambient light fades, a turn of your wrist illuminates the watch display particularly brightly and in coulor.
Shock resistant
Shock-resistant construction protects against impact and vibration.
Solar Power
A solar cell provides power for operation.
Radio signal reception (EU, USA, Japan, China)
Whether in Europe, North America and Japan or in the outer reaches of Canada, Central America and China - once the watch has been set to the local time, it receives the relevant signal and shows the correct time wherever you are. In many countries, it also sets itself automatically to summer and winter time.
Barometer (260 / 1.100 hPa)
A special sensor measures the air pressure (measuring range: 260/1100 hPa) and presents this on the display in the form of a symbol. This enables early detection of weather trends.
Thermometer (-10°C / +60°C)
A sensor measures the ambient temperature around the watch and displays it in °C (-10°C /+60°C).
Digital-compass
A built-in direction sensor detecs the magnetic north.
10,000 m Altimeter
A pressure sensor detects changes in the air pressure and converts the result into an altitude up to 10,000 m.
Sunrise/sunset display
After entering the geographical location, sunrise and sunset times can be displayed for any given date.
Altimeter data memory
Depending on the model, up to 40 sets of elevation data can be stored in the watch's data memory and re-accessed at any time. Each of these data sets consists of a measured altitude as well as the date and time. In addition to the individual altitudes, the maximum and minimum altitudes during a measurement are also stored.
World time function
Displays the current time in major cities and specific areas around the world.
Stopwatch function - 1/100 sec - 1.000 hours
Elapsed time, split time and final time are measured with 1/100-sec accuracy. The watch can measure times of up to 1000 hours.
Timer - 1/1 min. - 24 hours
For fans of precision: the countdown timers help you to remember specific or recurring events by giving off an audible signal at a preset time. The time can be set to the nearest minute and up to 24 hours in advance. Ideal for people who need to take medicines every day or those who do interval training.
5 daily alarms
The daily alarm reminds you about recurring events with an acoustic signal at the time you have set. You can also activate hourly time signal that indicates each full hour. This model has 5 independent alarms for flexible reminders of important appointments.
Snooze feature
Each time you stop the alarm, it sounds again after a few minutes.
Button tones on/off
The button tones for using the mode button can be turned off. This means that the watch no longer beeps when switching from one function to another. Preset alarm or countdown timers remain active when the button tones are deactivated.
Automatic calendar
Once set, the automatic calendar always displays the correct date.
12/24-hour timekeeping
Times can be displayed in either a 12-hour or 24-hour format.
Mineral glass
The tough, scratch-resistant mineral glass protects the watch against unsightly damage.
Resin case
Resin band

Synthetic resin is the ideal material for wrist straps thanks to its extremely durable and flexible properties.
Battery level indicator
An indicator shows the current battery level.
Water resistance classification (20 bar)
Perfect for free diving without scuba gear: the watch is water resistant to 20 bar / 200 metres. The metres value does not relate to a diving depth but to the air pressure used in the course of the water resistance test. (ISO 22810)
Type of battery
CTL1616
Dimensions
approx. 55,2mm x 53,5mm x 18,2mm (H x W x D)
Weight
approx. 80 g



User manual: PDF Download



And this is the official press release from Casio USA.

CASIO G-SHOCK RELEASES A MILITARY INSPIRED TIMEPIECE FOR URBAN SURVIVAL

Master the Elements with the new Rangeman Tactical Timepiece

DOVER, NEW JERSEY, AUGUST 7, 2013 – G-SHOCK is honored to present a new addition to the intrepid Master of G collection with the release of the GW9400 Rangeman. This military instrument is a trustworthy companion that both the professional soldier and adventurers of all stripes can rely upon in the field.

Taking its inspiration from heroes on the front lines and built for use under the most punishing conditions, Rangeman is a true performance watch employing Shock Resistant Triple Sensor technology that allows one to master the elements. Shock Resistant, Mud Resistant and equipped with a digital compass and sunrise/sunset data, Rangeman lets you master the Earth.

Being 200 Meter Water Resistant and equipped to measure atmospheric pressure/temperature one can master the Sea. And to master the Air, Rangeman can measure altitude to within 1 meter increments at one second intervals. All of these senso-based measurements are initiated from a single button press. This one-touch direct sensor button, constructed of metal, and having a textured surface, provides secure operation even in wet conditions. Additionally, Rangeman utilizes a Tough Solar Power system for unwavering reliability and Multi-band 6 Atomic Timekeeping which not only receives the same time/date stamp signals the US Government uses from the Fort Collins, Colorado station, but up to 5 other transmission stations worldwide, based on the wearer’s home city. Additional features include Time Stamp functionality to record up to 40 moments of significance when every second counts, 48-City World Time + UTC (universal coordinated time), 1000-hr stopwatch, 24-hr countdown timer, 12/24-hr time formats , and Full Auto LED Super Illuminator which activates the watch’s backlight with a simple flick of the wrist.

The powerful 3-D case design of the Rangeman suggests that these watches were chiseled from stone rather than cast from tough G-SHOCK urethane and the watch’s forged stainless steel caseback is a rugged design that is fitting for the military professional.

“Rangeman embodies the same mentality as one who would go into battle,” said Shigenori Itoh, Chairman and CEO of Casio's Timepiece Division. “In many ways it is a salute to the first-response professionals and combatants that safeguard our lives.”

Available this November in stealth black (GW9400-1) and army green (GW9400-3), the Rangeman men’s watch will retail for $300 at select jewelers, fashion boutiques, the G-SHOCK NYC Soho store and www.gshock.com.


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9 Comments

  1.  

    Looks nice but like you said $300 is a bit high casio needs to remember that these are still plastic digital watches.



  2.  

    I'm impressed with the buckle & strap keeper. Lately a lot of G-Shocks with dual-tang straps have had the thin die-cut & stamped buckles, but this Rangeman appears to have the older style cast (or casted look) buckle. Should be more comfortable. Would like to see some strap adapters made available considering the intended "Military" focus. For military purposes, Super Illuminator probably won't be very stealthy and option to display both Home Time & World Time on the home-screen simultaneously would be wise. #NitPicking



  3.  

    I'm surprised that there will two modules. I have the impression that Japan law forbids use of non-metric or dual units of measurement (What USA failed to do resulting in failure to convert to metric). CASIO has had a number of G-Shocks with universal modules which would automatically switch and lock on metric when the home-city code was set to Tokyo. I wonder if the government decided that such a system wasn't good enough to conform to the law?



  4.  

    Ha ha, Fwupow,

    Yeah, you are right about the non-metric units. It doesn't make sense to measure in feet, hands, thumbs, pebbles, whatsoever, but the US still holds on to these conservative, apples with pears comparing, units.

    On topic, I didn't see that strap keeper first, it seems to really come with a metal keeper, I very much like that. I would like to encourage Casio to use metal strap keepers more and more.



  5.  

    Yep, the band, buckle and strap keeper design looks really nice. Those details make a big difference for how it wears on the wrist. Really curious about what this G will be like in real life.



  6.  

    I have been waiting for this watch since the mid 1990s. As a fan of both G-Shocks and Pathfinders (and ProTreks), I coveted a fusion of both series, essentially a G-Shock x Pathfinder (or ProTrek). Now, it has finally arrived and I am eagerly anticipating one (or two, three, etc.) to join my collection. BTW, does anybody know if Pathfinder is officially done as a branding with ProTrek being the sole mark from here on out? Thanks a ton.



  7.  

    Currently have a Casio GW-9200-1ER. Honestly I'm not happy. Because it has a high temperature sensors and a barometer. The Waveceptor and PS can not wear it at night. Removing the night on the windowsill, and to grab a time and slept LCD display, this is a mistake.  But the image of the hand loses its value. The climbing in the mountains is not a positive solution.  G-shock should not be removed from your hand!! In Poland, the housing and the parts are too expensive. Packaging, envelope is half the value of the watch! Services also not familiar with the features of this type of watch. ALSO THIS MODEL GW-9400 WILL PROBABLY NOT FOR WHICH Agony and the bad solution. Yours.



  8.  

    And adding more. The sensor does not indicate the exact amount. Because it depends on the weather and barometer readings. Also, the change in pressure, it automatically shows the amount badly. I think Japanese people should come to this sensor. which always reproduce the height regardless of the weather. The thermometer is only a supplement. And to this pro-trek PRW-5000 has the same sensors. He does not deserve such a high price. I had previously since 1996 Casio DW-6700. Even sooner ALT-6000.  Also, more than 20 years of G-Shock is a long time



  9.  

    I was excited to hear that the new GW-9400 Rangeman will have an Altimeter and Compass, just like ProTreks. But, even with the new triple sensor, it provides no new features. The altimeter only stores 40 records manually, which is useless. Skiers, snowboarders, and cyclists need to know just the total vertical covered during the day, and the total number of runs/hills. And altitude needs to be measured at least every 30 seconds all day, not just once every 2 minutes. So, the Rangeman is a big disappointment. All the ProTrek watches are also disappointing in the same way. When will Casio make a watch for skiers, snowboarders, cyclists, and other fast sports?




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