Published on April 11th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
G-SHOCK with New Carbon Core Guard
Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today in Malaysia the release of a new edition to the aviation concept GRAVITYMASTER series, part of the G-SHOCK brand of shock-resistant watches. The GWR-B1000 features a new Carbon Core Guard structure for shock resistance, improving toughness and making it the lightest watch in the GRAVITYMASTER series.
The new Carbon Core Guard structure delivers superior shock resistance by leveraging the properties of carbon fiber (shock resistance, rigidity, and resistance to degradation), which is also used for aircraft fuselage parts. The GWR-B1000 uses a carbon monocoque case made from carbon fiber-reinforced resin, that seamlessly integrates the case and case back. As a result, the GWR-B1000 boasts high strength while weighing less than any previous GRAVITYMASTER series watch.
The stronger case and the modified plate that holds the circuit board in place inhibit direct impact to the button shaft and circuit board, eliminating the need for button guards on the side of the case. The changes give the GWR-B1000 shock-resistant buttons that boldly redefine the image of G-SHOCK.
The watch features a carbon-fiber* insert band with excellent tensile strength, to withstand use in the harshest conditions. The button at the 2 o’clock position directly operates a stopwatch, for enhanced ease of use. All externally exposed metal parts are made from lightweight, rust-resistant titanium. The watch also keeps accurate time through time adjustment using Bluetooth® and radio wave time-calibration signals, meeting the precise time demands of flying. The GWR-B1000 explores new possibilities in terms of the materials, construction, and features of a watch.
Utilizing the new Carbon Core Guard structure like the watch mentioned above, the analog-digital G-Shock GA-2000 series offers a new urban outdoor style with a sleeker look than the usual G-Shock and does it at an affordable price point.
Notable features include a carbon fiber-reinforced case, guardless buttons, front light button, a double case back structure, and multi-color resin bands. The Carbon Core Guard gives the GA-2000 a very light weight at 64 grams which is lighter than the GA-100.
The display has a 3D index with high-contrast analog hands, LCD subdisplays, and a menu subdial.
Another unique feature of the GA-2000 is that unlike other G-Shocks the bands can lay completely flat with the case and are easily removable using a slide lever without special tools. Casio is reportedly planning to sell several bands separately including a Cordura fabric band, resin band, and Velcro band.
The GA-2000 measures 51.2 x 48.7 x 14.1 millimeters which is smaller and thinner than the GA-100 (55 x 51.2 x 16.9 mm). Other features include shock resistance, 200-meter water resistance, world time, 1/100 second stopwatch (24 hour total with split), countdown timer (24 hours), 5 alarms, hourly time signal, dual Super Illuminator LED lights, and estimated 3-year battery life.