Casio G-Shock GW9400 Rangeman Watch

Casio G-Shock GW9400 Rangeman Watch

Casio G Shock GW9400 Rangeman Watch   watch releases

Casio has announced a new addition to their Master of G collection, the GW9400 Rangeman. Essentially a step up from a Mudman or GW9200 Riseman, the Rangeman employs a similar case design but incorporates most of the features normally associated with the Pro Trek series. This is a rather important new watch as the Riseman has been a very popular G-Shock model for the last few years. The Rangeman sports Casio's Triple Sensor, which provides altimeter, barometer, and compass data among a host of additional features. The GW9400 Rangeman makes a serious case for itself as a more versatile Pro Trek alternative.

Ariel's video review, December 2, 2013:

Casio G Shock GW9400 Rangeman Watch   watch releases

Casio says the GW9400 Rangeman is inspired by the needs of professional soldiers and adventurers and with its pronounced (easy to push) buttons, 200m water resistance and laundry list of features - we're inclined to agree. Alongside the digital compass, altimeter (with display resolution to 1 meter), and barometer, the GW9400 also boasts a thermometer, sunrise/sunset data, 48 city world time, 1000 hour chronograph, 24 hour countdown timer, time stamp function and auto LED illumination. It looks cool to boot.

Casio G Shock GW9400 Rangeman Watch   watch releases

The time stamp function allows the operator the ability to save up to 40 time logs, useful when remembering an exact timing crucial for your mission (or when you called for that delivery pizza). I would imagine that this relatively simple feature would be exceedingly useful in any job that requires exact records for time, and could make the Rangeman especially handy for keeping accurate dive logs as a backup for a dive computer. Power is provided via Casio's Tough Solar technology (light powered) and accuracy is assured thanks to their Multi-band 6 atomic timekeeping, which can synchronize with the atomic clock radio signals from one of six locations in the US, UK, Germany, China, and Japan.

Casio G Shock GW9400 Rangeman Watch   watch releases

The GW case shape is a G-Shock icon and the GW9400's case is made from urethane and has a forged steel case back. As an avid hiker, runner and novice diver, I really like the idea of a GW with the features of a Pro Trek. The GW9400 will be available for $300 USD this November in either "stealth black" or "army green". Given the complete list of features, rugged design and signature G-Shock style, the GW9400 Rangeman looks to be an ideal multi-role sports watch and an overall great do-anything timepiece for those looking for a daily beater. gshock.com

28 comments
WilliamMEdgar
WilliamMEdgar

Wonderful watch. A G-Shock style blend of beauty, toughness, functionality and extravagance.

target28
target28

Hi..I purchased the rangeman and I noticed a gap between the glass and resin bezel about the thickness of a 2 fold paper. The gap or space is not even around the watch face, the upper lip of the bezel fits nicely with the glass but the lower portion got a space that when I push back it closes but it flexes back again when release. Please let me know if this is normal.

contrejour
contrejour

Add a MOA Calculator and BAM! instant sell out with the military crowd. I sure hope it has a tide function too! Nice review James!

Pro Trek adventurer
Pro Trek adventurer

I agree to Kris C, the pro trek watches are the watches made as abc watches, the g shock watches are too crowded for such use like the compass lines, which are fitted into a small ring, while the protrek watches have a duplex LCD screen emposed on top allowing the watches to use more space on their actual display and making it easy for the user to use. But don't think I hate the g shock watch. I'm just saying that I prefer the pro trek watches to do the abc (alti, baro, comp) job for you. G shock watches can do other things that pro trek watches can't do (I guess). But for the G shock fans this new watch is great.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Pretty cool, but I wouldn't replace my Protrek with it. I'll bet dollars to doughnuts it sits higher on the wrist, and while this has the same features that I use on my Protrek (it also hosts a bevy of other features that I don't need/use), it doesn't have the duplex LCD, which is truly a master stroke in terms of functionality, readability, and ease of use.

This will be popular with the G-Shock crowds for sure.

Tekky
Tekky

This reads more like a press release than a review.  There are many features, but no coverage of how complex the watch is to use.  Could you hand this watch to a random adult, ask them to determine the current altitude, and have a realistic expectation of success?  Or does it really require the manual nearly constantly?

RaoMak1
RaoMak1

I still remember the first time(I was 10 years) when I saw a cheap knockout of G-Shock on my friends wrist and was in awe for its looks, though the one I saw was a copy and a very bad one but still the butch look and rigid edges of the watch just screams outdoorsy nature. Indeed I have yet to encounter an original one but from the looks of it I bet it would be up to my expectations. This watch definitely doesn't have in it when it comes to sophistication and delicacy but this is one hell of a watch for hiking and camping. This is on my to buy list (as soon as I am out of my financial crunch).

nateb123
nateb123

Fits into the G-Shock line well.  I couldn't help but notice that the 3rd picture down looks like it's a special edition. The bottom strap has a "Carbon Fiber" where it should read "Triple Sensor" and some of the text is coloured differently.  In the past for limited Japan-only editions, a carbon fiber strap was one of the features so I suspect that's what that picture is of.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

$300 is too much for a beater watch (for me anyway). A Seiko Monster (2nd generation) for a bit less would be more of a fun beater for me.

Isn't this the classic G-Shock face but still what John Biggs calls a 'Robot Face'? I know its a look they have had for a long time but its still too busy looking. 

Another gripe, I hate that the advertising/branding is mixed with the functional labels on the bezel. 

And the radio signals don't reach Hawaii so the multi-band is worthless to me. And looking at the radio signal footprints, they don't cover the vast majority of the world. GPS (power sucker that it is) is the way to go.

For $100 I could see picking one up though. Thanks for the review James.

jaydub_
jaydub_

How do they illuminate the face?  I always liked indiglo so much more than whatever the g-shocks used to use....

WilliamMEdgar
WilliamMEdgar

@target28 Yup, it's normal. My Rangeman has is too. But you don't have to worry about it. The Rangeman's module is completely sealed. One of my friend opened his one for some modifications and we were amazed to see the superb quality. The resin bezel isn't rigid. You may find such a gap in the back side too, right behind the resin covering the sensor button, between the resin and the steel back cover (You can even see a bit of the metal guard of the sensor button). It's been almost two months that i am using it, it's just wonderful. I am glade i waited for it and didn't go for the GW9300 or  even PRG 250T.

jstacey
jstacey

@Tekky Hi Tekky, this is just a news post. Not a review nor a hands-on style post. The Rangeman is newly announced and we have not seen it in person nor had a chance to try the interface or features. As soon as we get one in-hand, we will be sure to publish additional details or a full review if possible. Thanks! 

jstacey
jstacey

@jaydub_ Modern G-Shocks (for the most part) use an indiglo style backlighting system. Very similar to what you've seen from Timex and quite bright. 

target28
target28

@william, you opened a brand new watch? what mods you're trying to perform? Or are you doing something to fit the bezel's gap? You can just return it for fixing. I'm a bit lucky my replacement policy is still in effect when returned the watch. And I'm not accepting it if they performed a bush mechanic thingy to fix it. i want a brand new replacement and I know if their giving me the same watch. I advice you to just contact casio.

target28
target28

@Wiliam, I have already sent mine and i am waiting for replacement. Casio won't comment about the gap and I was instructed to return it to the store for checking. I believe the watch was mishandled somewhere as I found dents at the bottom of my tin can and it's a mark left by the 2 prong guards of the sensor button. Can you send me a pic of your watch ? I want to post mime here but I don't see a way of posting. Anyway thank you for your reply.

WilliamMEdgar
WilliamMEdgar

At 4 o'clock i don't have any gap, at first i thought that they glued the whole front bezel to the glass except the lower part housing the Illumination button.

target28
target28

That is the gap found at 4 oclock,

target28
target28

William, mine is a bit smaller compared to your back plate gap. Anyway it's just the back and it won't affect aesthetic that much.

WilliamMEdgar
WilliamMEdgar

Target, in this pic you can see the panel gap in the backside of the sensor button. In my watch the rear panel gap is clearly wider than the gap between front bezel and the mineral glass. Once again sorry for the terrible picture quality. :-)

WilliamMEdgar
WilliamMEdgar

@target28 No target, i didn't open my watch, it's my friend who opened his. He just wanted to ion-plate the studs, screws and buttons in black. But he couldn't manage to remove the sensor button. I don't ever want to open mine, i love it and i am very happy. 

target28
target28

Thank you so much William. Now its clear to me that I made the right decision and asked for replacement. i think your watch is in good condition because it does not show the gap when you're not pulling it, the gap at the back seems to me as a design it may be a vent or something.

WilliamMEdgar
WilliamMEdgar

Target, i see the gaps in your front bezel appear even without stretching with you finger. That's not the case in mines or my friend's watch. The front lower gap on mine only appears if i slightly push the lower part, with 'Protection' written on it, backwards. As you can see in my pic that im slightly pulling the bezel with my finger. If i don't push by my finger no gap on the front apears. But at 9 to 11 o'clock there isn't any gap at all, it's like glued, and it doesn't appear even after i push the bezel outwards with my finger. But the back panel gap is visible only while viewing from angles 45° - 50°. And gets more visible if i push it outwards.

target28
target28

Here is mine. Gaps found at 9 to 11 o'clock.

WilliamMEdgar
WilliamMEdgar

You're welcome Target. My watch only has gap in the lower part and the back. And i have found exactly the same in my friend's watch too, although we both bought watches from different sellers.

I just checked at http://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/rangeman-gw-9400-1er-part-1-finally-arrived-review-924379.html this guy's watch also has a panel gap in the back. Well, no doubt it is a fantastic watch with very accurate sensors and fast processing, and I am certainly very happy to own one.

target28
target28

Thanks for the pics William. Seems the gap on your watch is a bit bigger. i have been scouring the web to see closeup shots to compare. the gaps on mine is not just on the lower part but also at 4 o'clock at 11. This is the only thing I can complain but I have to say as well that the watch ia superb. It measures altitude accurately when I tested it. I'm excited to see other versions of this and I would probably buy one again. They just need to fix the problem with the gaps. I wanna hear from other guys out here if they experience the same. How about your friends watch..is it just the same with yours?

WilliamMEdgar
WilliamMEdgar

@target28 Actually i was only surprised that the gap on your watch was enough for 2 fold paper, in my one even a thin tracing paper can barely fit. It's best what you did as there were clear signs of mishandling on the tin. My watch arrived in perfect condition the box and tin were in shipshape condition. I am sorry for the pic quality, i took it by my mobile's camera. 

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