Casio G-Shock GPW1000 Is First Watch To Combine GPS & Atomic Clock Radio Time Syncing

Casio G-Shock GPW1000 Is First Watch To Combine GPS & Atomic Clock Radio Time Syncing

Casio G Shock GPW1000 Is First Watch To Combine GPS & Atomic Clock Radio Time Syncing   watch releases

For 2014, Casio will release yet another technologically interesting watch that we've never seen before. As part of the G-Shock collection, the Casio G-Shock GPW1000 watch family will synchronize and receive signals from both atomic clock radio signals as well as from satellites from the Global Positioning System (GPS). The latter feature has been around for longer, and over the last few years–especially with the promotion of the Seiko Astron–the public is getting used to the latter idea that their quartz watches can be always correct, anywhere in the world by connecting to GPS. Both systems of receiving the correct time from signals have their pluses and minuses. So Casio decided to design a watch that could connect to either.

The Casio G-Shock GPW1000 includes new technology that Casio co-developed with Sony. Together the two companies developed a miniature low-power consumption system for reviewing GPS signals as well as including a six band radio receiver to get signals from the six atomic clocks around the world. The atomic clocks emit a radio signal that watches and clocks can use to update themselves with the correct time. This requires low energy usage and is relatively efficient assuming the signal is available. However, the radio signals are only available in certain parts of the world. The Casio G-Shock GPW1000 by default will look for atomic clock radio signals and automatically update the time, but if those are not available it can receive GPS signals to update not only the time, but also the user's current time zone location.

Casio G Shock GPW1000 Is First Watch To Combine GPS & Atomic Clock Radio Time Syncing   watch releases

Casio designed the Casio G-Shock GPW1000 to fit within the brand's growing collection of purely analog G-Shock watches. We don't get technical data on the case dimensions or all of the features, but a quick look at the dial makes it clear that the watch includes many of the features we have some to expect Casio's newer and more stylish G-Shock fair that does not use LCD screens. Though it is interesting that on the dial "GPS" stands for "Global Positioning System" (and not satellite).

The dial features two time zones at a glance, an AM/PM indicator, day of the week indicator, and date. The GPW1000 also seems to include various world time and travel functions, as well as a timer and alarm. It also appears that the GPS system will indicate whether you are located in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere.

Casio G Shock GPW1000 Is First Watch To Combine GPS & Atomic Clock Radio Time Syncing   watch releases

Casio G Shock GPW1000 Is First Watch To Combine GPS & Atomic Clock Radio Time Syncing   watch releases

This is also one of the first times that I've seen a Casio G-Shock of this flavor mix red, white, and blue with the typical black resin case. The dial further allows light to pass through it (though you aren't meant to be able to tell) because the movement is powered by light (no battery changes). Further, Casio claims that the GPW1000 solar cell and motors (to move the hands) have been reduced in size by about 26%.

The idea behind the Casio G-Shock GPW-1000 is not only to combine the various functions, but also to do so in an efficient manner that does not require too much energy. Timepieces of this nature that are solar powered have a limited ability to power all of these complicated functions properly, so it should be a great benefit to Casio that this G-Shock can use both connectivity features on the same lower consumption model. We look forward to getting a hands-on look at the Casio G-Shock GPW1000 watch soon. casio-usa.com

10 comments
regis57
regis57

How long until you need to change the battery?

blackmondy
blackmondy

Hey, Casio,


Why not have a watch that syncs to the GPS on our mobile phones instead ? That would be much cheaper and just as accurate.

CreationWatches
CreationWatches

This watch is looking stunning and the colour of the strap is matching with the dial perfectly. Nice watch to buy.

mrbofus
mrbofus

"Though it is interesting that on the dial "GPS" stands for "Global Positioning System" (and not satellite)."


I believe the "S" has always stood for system and never satellite.  There is more than one GPS satellite in orbit, and you need more than one to get a fix on your location.

mrbofus
mrbofus

"synchronize and receive signals from both atomic clock radio signals as well as from satellites from the Global Positioning System (GPS). The latter feature has been around for longer"


I thought watches that synchronized with atomic clock signals came out before watches that synchronized with GPS?

Thanatos42
Thanatos42

"Though it is interesting that on the dial "GPS" stands for "Global Positioning System" (and not satellite)."

Why is that interesting?  The S has always been for System.

emenezes
emenezes

It's interesting that many radio clocks around the world are being decommissioned because of the world-wide availability of GPS.  Better than falling back to radio clock, it would be more interesting if it fell back to GLONASS, the Russian GPS, like GPS navigators and cell phones do.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

I'm not really very fond of G-Shocks.  They just remind me of the resin watches every kid had at school.  The technology is clever but in a package I wouldn't go near without a specific purpose.  They are certainly tough, but pretty they ain't.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

I am very much a fan of G-Shocks, but this one does nothing for me. The redundant syncing to multiple sources is interesting and innovative, but I don't know that I find it all that useful, and the watch itself is not very attractive - doesn't have that cool G vibe as it should. In my eyes anyway. 

regis57
regis57

The bluetooth watches from gshock already do that.

However the rest is crap, u got only facebook, Twitter and sms notification, when it dare to connect...

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