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:
If the ambient light fades, a turn of your wrist illuminates the watch display particularly brightly and in coulor.
Shock-resistant construction protects against impact and vibration.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Once set, the automatic calendar always displays the correct date.
Times can be displayed in either a 12-hour or 24-hour format.
The tough, scratch-resistant mineral glass protects the watch against unsightly damage.
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
approx. 55,2mm x 53,5mm x 18,2mm (H x W x D)
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.