Baselworld 2013: Casio’s Newest G-Shock Gravity Defier Aviator Watches

Baselworld 2013: Casio’s Newest G-Shock Gravity Defier Aviator Watches

It's Baselworld, the time of genuinely fascinating new watch releases and Casio does not want to disappoint. New models in the Gravity Defier series have been announced: they are heavily loaded with technology and are built to resist such centrifugal forces only fighter pilots could submit them to.

First, we have the flagship, analog, GW-A1100, now featuring an advanced compass function and other enhancements. The analog-digital GA-1000 is an addition also featured at Basel, also based on an aviator concept. It has improved overall and with night-legibility, is not shy of features.

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Baselworld 2013: Casio's Newest G-Shock Gravity Defier Aviator Watches Watch Releases

Let's start with the top-of-the-line GW-A1100, the new flagship of the G-Shock Gravity Defier series. As you can see on the image above, it has an all analog face, but that doesn't mean a loss of functions. On the contrary. For starters, the watch now incorporates a digital compass, just what was missing in its predecessor. The way it works is simple enough: the second hand (constructed from carbon fiber) is used to indicate the compass bearing. With its seamless measurement ability, it can guide you towards north for 20 seconds continuously. The magnetic sensor used is 1/20th the size of the one in the GW-9300, and now it is coupled with a unique noise reduction algorithm to assure high-performance. So it's smaller, yet more reliable - attributes that do come handy in tight situations.

As a side note, while the luminous hands and three-dimensional indexes are impressive and should provide good and lasting legibility in the dark, there is no backlight function on this specific model. The GA-1000 is equipped with the LED backlight function, and we'll learn about it next, but there's more to be discussed about the feature-rich GW-A1100.

Ensuring you're always on time with this watch around your wrist, is the Radio Wave Reception function. Allowing for up to six (except for China where it's up to five) times of daily automatic reception. There are six frequencies worldwide, one each in the US, UK, Germany, two in Japan, and one in China. The 29-cities inclusive World Time shows the codes of the cities on the flange (the periphery of the dial) so when you are adjusting it, the seconds hand will point to the location of your choice.

The GW-A1100 has the "Triple G Resist" reinforced construction protecting the workings of the watch against shocks, centrifugal forces and vibrations. Just by looking at the images one can tell that this is a watch designed to be robust and ultimately be able to remain operational while putting up with extensive abuse.

Since we are looking at the high-end G-Shocks here, we can rightfully be looking for durability to be backed up with an extended array of functions - with easier access to them. Casio has been well aware of that, so the GW-A1100 will sport the Smart Access system to enable intuitive operation of the various functions - this should make using World Time, the stopwatch and the alarm easier and faster. As a final enhancement to the overall user-experience, these functions will be easy to get the most out of with the crown switch, which has a quick-lock mechanism enabling simple lock-and-release. You can see the crown side of the watch in high-resolution after clicking on the image above.

It's easy to get the point of Casio: when they say "flagship," they want to back it up with some of the nerdiest - and coolest - stuff there is. To top it all off, with the "Tough Solar" charging system you are set for 29 months of operation with the power saving function turned on, making this a fantastic choice if surviving in extremely demanding (and dark) places is your hobby of choice or, if you just simply love this kind of high-tech, useful stuff.

Casio showed us not only the analog, but an analog-digital model of the Gravity Defier series. Beyond the ways of showing time, there are some other important differences.

As you can tell from the image above (click on any image to see a larger view) the GA-1000 is a digital-analog watch, featuring a combination of digital and analog technologies at the same time. The analog hands are constantly indicating the local time while the digital LCDs provide world time.

New technologies are not spared in this release either, as this is the first analog-type G-Shock to be equipped with twin sensors for measuring compass bearing and temperature. That means that you get the hand indication of north with 20 seconds of continuous measurement, and you also get to see a displayed range of temperatures from -10 degrees to 60 degrees Celsius (14 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit) making it usable under most circumstances.

The watch comes in three color combinations. Black on black, black and khaki, and blue and white.

Its all-analog counterpart, the GW-A1100, lacks an LED backlight, but the GA-1000 is equipped with the Neon Illuminator feature which relies on an LED backlight to illuminate the hands and the indexes in blue and green.

Beyond the compass and the thermometer, the GA-1000 comes with a World Time function with 48 cities - 31 time zones, coordinated universal time, as well as daylight savings time. It also has a 1/100th-of-a-second stopwatch with a measuring capacity of up to one day, and a countdown timer. The watch itself is accurate to +/- 15 seconds per month (or half a second a day) when kept at normal temperatures and is said to run for about two years on a battery.

It's a safe bet to say that with a watch like one of these Gravity Defier models, Casio wants you to be all set for pretty much any circumstance. Both the full-analog GW-A1100, as well as the analog-digital GA-1000 has you covered not only with the necessary functions required on a daily basis, but also are built to resist the not-so-ordinary situations like being the "victim" of overwhelming gravitational forces.

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  • Ulysses31

    Seems like these are the innovative G-Shocks I was looking for.  Still not quite as appealing to me as a true ABC watch but not bad.  Will be interesting to see the Smart Access system in action.

  • Kris C

    Ill pass here: the aviator line has a lot of cred with the G-Shockers, but its never really appealed to me. I have afew ani-digi Gs, but I’ve come to realize that handsets aren’t what G-Shock means to me. Nor are price tags past $200, and I’m sure these will come in more like $400-$500, which on one hand is amazing for the feature set you get, and pretty much anti-Gshock on the other hand. Ultre-rare LEs, DLC metal, and stuff like that aside, I’ve always like the accesability that G4hock provides.

  • DG Cayse

    I am liking the GW4000-1A  model the more I study it. With a MSRP of US$350.00 this looks like a model with the right features at what should be a very nice price. Pardon the copy & paste: Multi-Band Atomic Timekeeping (US, UK, Germany, Japan, China)
    Receives time calibration radio signals which keep the displayed time accurate
    Auto receive function (up to 6 times per day/up to 5 times per day for China)
    Manual receive function
    Signal: US WWVB, UK MSF, Germany DCF77, Japan JJY40/JJY60, China BPC
    Frequency: US 60kHz, UK 60kHz, Germany 77.5kHz, Japan 40/60kHz, BPC 68.5kHz Tough Solar Power Shock Resistant Triple G Resistant Tough Movement Auto hand home position correction 200M Water Resistant Neo-brite luminous hands and markers World Time
    29 times zones (29 cities + UTC), city code display, daylight saving on/off, home city/world time swapping) Beeper Alarm 1/100 second chronograph
    Measuring capacity: 00:23’59.99″
    Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time Full Auto-Calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2099) 12/24 Hour Formats Accuracy: +/- 15 seconds per month (with no signal calibration) Storage Battery: Solar Rechargeable Battery Low Battery Warning Power Saving Function Approx. Battery Life: 5 months on full charge (without further exposure to light) Module: 5087

  • droo

    Well, pictures are great, so great I went to buy a G-Shock once (I wanted a solar toolwatch to replace my Tissot T-Touch). Casio means great functionnality for the price, Quartz is very stable in time, but (I all of you knew there will be a “but” at some point…), BUT 🙁
    I always have this disapointing feeling as soon as I wear it : It does sit  nice on the wrist, the material does not feel good on the skin and (furthermore) you always have the feeling you are wearing a cheap watch. What is bizarre is that you never forget the watch is here, it is lightweight but cumbersome, it does not look elegant or flashy. Well I am sorry folks but I will never love my Casio and the watch has been stuck on my table as a desk watch, probably the worst or saddest ending for a traveller’s watch

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  • SRSIyer

    Well, am currently evaluating which casio model would be  the best bet to use the world time feature where the time zones and day-light savings are automatically calibrated AND  moon-phase data is also present.
    So far my closest choices are the Casio PRW3000 versus the Casio edifice model. the main objective besides the standard bells & whistles, are auto world-time & moon-phase.
    Any professional advice will help tremendously.

  • MK1974

    I do own the Casio G-Shock GA-1000-1ACR. This is a very cool watch. I do a lot of outdoor activities, so I do like having the compass mode as well as the temperature I do use it to check the temp outdoors. This is a very cool G-Shock. I also own the Casio G-Shock GW-9400-3CR in the olive green. This also has everything I like use outdoors as well. I do wear G-Shocks a lot. Great watches.