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Casio G-Shock Master Of G Gulfmaster GWNQ1000-1A Watch Review

Casio G-Shock Master Of G Gulfmaster GWNQ1000-1A Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Casio G-Shock “Master of G” Gulfmaster collection is unique for a few interesting reasons. Sort of a dive watch, and sort of a hardcore marine-themed watch, what further separates the Gulfmaster collection from other G-Shock models is actually how they look. Before going more into this Casio G-Shock Master Of G Gulfmaster GWNQ1000-1A reference watch, let’s talk a bit about what the upper echelon of G-Shock watches is all about.

Casio G-Shock Master Of G Gulfmaster GWNQ1000-1A Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Casio G-Shock fans tend to begin their collecting obsession with relatively inexpensive models typically costing under $200. Many stay there, but the brave ones who truly appreciate the mastery of what a G-Shock watch can do eventually embark on the fascinating road of what I’ll call “high-end G-Shock.” To many active professionals or serious adventure seekers, these higher-end G-Shock watches represent “the perfect watch.” Compared to a high-end Swiss timepiece they are a bargain – especially given the Premium Production Line (PPL) “lab” where they are assembled in Japan (which we discussed in detail in our visit to the G-Shock headquarters in Japan here). With that said, many of these better models approach the $1,000 price tag or exceed it.

The most high-end G-Shock models exist in the MR-G collection, which sits right above the slightly more accessible MT-G collection. Each of these have all-metal structures, with MR-G models typically being in titanium. Right underneath MR-G and MT-G collection watches is the “Master of G” G-Shock collection which includes such model families as the Frogman, Mudmaster, Gravitymaster, and the Gulfmaster. To make things more complex is that each of these sub-collections under Master of G have a range of variously priced models. The better ones have some really outstanding features, better materials, and are made in Japan (versus in Thailand where many other Casio products are assembled).

Casio G-Shock Master Of G Gulfmaster GWNQ1000-1A Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Casio G-Shock Master Of G Gulfmaster GWNQ1000-1A Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Casio G-Shock Master Of G Gulfmaster GWNQ1000-1A is currently at the top of the Gulfmaster ladder and is both the first Gulfmaster watch to sport a sapphire crystal as well as a “quad sensor” array. It also happens to be ideal for people who love G-Shock watches but also like analog dials. The large white hands and hour markers offer excellent contrast and make for superior legibility. Of course, the hands and hour markers have applied luminant, but the dial also features dual LED lights (one for the screen and one to illuminate the dial) for excellent darkness visibility.

Casio G-Shock Master Of G Gulfmaster GWNQ1000-1A Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

What are the quad sensors all about? Starting a few years ago, Casio began to migrate its “triple sensor” technology from Pro Trek models to G-Shock models. In a funny way, this move sort of made the Pro Trek collection a bit redundant, even though I feel they still have a lot of value. These sensors included a compass, barometer/altimeter (they use the same sensor but different math), and a thermometer. The Casio G-Shock Master Of G Gulfmaster GWNQ1000-1A adds a depth meter to the mix, which explains the “quad sensor” designation.

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Casio G-Shock Master Of G Gulfmaster GWNQ1000-1A Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Casio G-Shock Master Of G Gulfmaster GWNQ1000-1A Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Thematically, it is hard to perfectly explain what exact purpose the Gulfmaster is meant to fulfill. As you can see (and will be further explained), it combines functions from a series of models. One way to look at it is as a slightly more versatile dive watch, just without as many features as the latest G-Shock Frogman GWF-D1000, for instance, and with an ana-digi versus all-digital dial. Look at Casio’s promotional images and you’ll see that they had various active professionals in mind who do things like work on oil rigs, military or law enforcement boats, or other professionals who work mostly on top of water, and sometimes in the water as well.

Casio G-Shock Master Of G Gulfmaster GWNQ1000-1A Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Casio G-Shock Master Of G Gulfmaster GWNQ1000-1A Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

As a dive watch, the Casio G-Shock Master of G Gulfmaster GWNQ1000 is water resistant to 200 meters. The strap is easily long enough to go over most dive suits, but if you want a really long strap then the Frogman is the way to go. Look on the underside of the watch and you’ll see three vertical slits which is where water is meant to enter to access the depth meter sensor. The watch can measure depth down to 50 meters, and does so in 0.1-meter increments. It also has some logging features (from the last 40 dives) which include dive times, date, and of course the maximum depth.

Casio G-Shock Master Of G Gulfmaster GWNQ1000-1A Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Casio G-Shock Master Of G Gulfmaster GWNQ1000-1A Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

In addition to the depth meter, the watch has other useful features for people diving or being around water. These include the barometric pressure gauge for measuring weather, which has a cool automatic alarm that beeps if the pressure is rising or falling rapidly; a moon phase (age) indicator; and a neat-looking tide graph. In the past, some people have asked me how to set the tide graph, and its pretty simple and handy, actually. When setting the time, you select your city (which is a bit more varied than the standard 24 time zones), and from there you select the relative latitude of where you are.

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  • Julian Chan

    Wow the first Gshock I’ve actually liked in a long long while. Will probably sell my GWG-1000 to obtain this! Nice!

    • Julian Chan

      Nice review btw

    • Shinytoys

      you can’t sell your 1000…you must keep it AND buy the featured piece 🙂 G Shocks for life ?

  • Good looking by G-Shock standards. The overly short hands bother me. While 50 meters of depth reporting is enough for most recreational divers I have friends who routinely dive deeper than that (non-professionally but still serious decompression dives). At least the watch is good to 200 meters even if the depth meter is only good for the first 50 of them.

    • Julian Chan

      I agree totally. The only thing I’d actually improve is the length of the minute and second hand. Very nice unusual gshock.

    • Shinytoys

      I spotted the limit of the depth gauge myself and thought that was odd.

    • Pierre Savard

      I’d be curious to know what fraction of recreational divers go beyond 50m. You write most which I’m sure is correct but I bet “almost all” is closer (i.e. < 2% go deeper). And then, if you are going deeper and want a "backup" to your dive computer, I would humbly suggest one use another dive computer and not be a casio watch.

      • You’re right that few recreational divers go that deep. Just seems odd that a 200 meter water resistant watch could not display at least 100 meters on the depth gauge.

  • Brown Paper Bag ?????????

    Nice review. And this is probably one of the best looking G’s by Casio.
    I agree about the bezel but thats a feature that characterizes the Gulfmaster series [the first series had the same bezel too].

  • word-merchant

    I’m too old and crusty for one of these now but I’d have loved such a watch a couple of decades ago.

    One of the more interesting Casios I’ve seen.

    • Juan-Antonio Garcia

      Is never too late 🙂

  • SuperStrapper

    It is cool, but I’m not sure if it’s “G-Shock cool”. Despite having a few I’m my collection I usually tend to shun the ana-digi Gs, preferring the all-digital readouts.

    I have no problem admitting my jealousy over yours being personalised Ariel. That is tres cool.

  • This is a pretty sexy G Shock.

  • Shawn Lavigne

    these pricey casios turn me off because they get resin rot just like the cheaper ones. no thanks.

    • Bozzor

      It’s an issue for older Casios but less so for the new ones i.e. around 2014 onwards. Resin rot occurs when there is prolonged exposure to UV radiation, very hot and and cold temperatures alternately over a long time, human sweat and a number of chemicals. It can be delayed by rinsing the watch in temperate water.

  • laup nomis

    A most extraordinary thing. It looks like a sort colourful technical toy. I’ve always liked Casio digital watches and have worn, until loss or dismemberment, many F91w’s.

  • It’s a bit too “Nerf-gun” styled for me. As laup nomis stated, it’s toylike in appearance. The hands appear poorly made (fussy edges where the plating goes thin).

  • Raymond Wilkie

    This is without question the ugliest watch i have ever seen. Who buts this shit ?

    • outdoorzguy

      There is no accounting for taste, as they say, or for the lack of it – in your case.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I beg to differ.

    • SuperStrapper

      If this is the ugliest watch you’ve ever seen, then you obviously don’t see many watches. Go look up a Cartier Santos. 10x more hideous than this, only a complete drooling, bumbling, insipid pants-shitter would ever consider such a monstrosity.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I happen to like the santos 100 which am sure your aware of. Not quite in the league of this monstrosity of a watch. it’s a is a mess.

        • SuperStrapper

          Should pair nicely with your grammar then.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Don’t pull me up on a little spelling error for gawd sake.

          • SuperStrapper

            You can add reading comprehension to your list of 2017 improvement opportunities.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            I’ll keep that in mind.

          • Shinytoys

            Ray, you are one scrappy Scotsman who actually makes Kilts acceptable on a manly man such as yourself 🙂

          • Raymond Wilkie

            I have never worn a pleated skirt in my whole life ( but i do like haggis )

    • chaos215bar2

      Came for Raymond’s insightful commentary. Was not disappointed.

    • G-Shocks aren’t meant to be beautiful. We “outdoors” men like them that way.

  • cg

    For dive function I do Promaster this G is ood looking but is a slight runner up technically

  • Juan-Antonio Garcia

    Cool watch, fun with a lot of functions. I like these new profesional series from G-Shock. Although they are getting expensive, they have been improving immensely in build and quality materials, the resin and metal parts in these watches are different than the low $200s.
    Set it and forget it. These puppies will outlast the roaches in the next zombie apocalipse.

  • outdoorzguy

    I have this watch, as well as the GWF-D1000 Frogman. Really like them both. But this GWN-Q1000 actually has more features than the Frogman. For starters, the Frogman is not a true “ABC” watch. It has no Altimeter or Barometer. Its sensors are for pressure (used for depth meter), bearing, and temperature. The Gulfmaster has true ABC, plus “D,” as well as things like sunrise/sunset that the Frogman does not have. The Gulfmaster (and Frogman) have the cool timestamp function, which also works in the various sensor modes. As another poster noted, the depth sensor of the Gulfmaster only works to 50m, as opposed to 80m for the Frogman.

    The Q1000 Gulfmaster is likely to be a more useful watch for the average person/outdoorsman than the Frogman due to its true ABC functions. Not sure how many will actually use the depth sensor, but it’s a nice addition. This certainly looks different from many other g-shocks, but I think it is a beautiful watch.

    • emoonshot

      Did Ariel get the size right at 48mm? I don’t think I’ve seen a high-end G under 52mm.

      • outdoorzguy

        Just the case alone, measured at the top, beyond the bezel, is 48mm. But if you measure from 10-4 over the buttons, it is 53mm. And from 9-3 at the widest point (to the outside of the crown) it is a solid 56mm.

        Incidentally, the newest MR-G is about 47mm-ish in size. Of course, price is much higher…

  • Shinytoys

    Of course I love it and yes I want one.

    • Juan-Antonio Garcia

      Is that a 907 I.E? Yes it is!

      • Shinytoys

        indeed it is!!!

        • Juan-Antonio Garcia

          Congrats, fun and classic bike. Was my first Ducati, then a 916, now a Pani 959. They are very rare.

          • Shinytoys

            I’ve had more Ducati than I can account for. MV Augusta’s Triumphs too. This is my third 907ie, it along with the other 14 bikes that are out in the garage. I have a soft spot for the Paso…750, 906, 907…..

          • Juan-Antonio Garcia

            Addicted to Italian adrenaline, eh? Its a labor of love.

          • Shinytoys

            Labor being the key term for the older Bevel Drives…

  • Polly Molly Moo

    I love it.

  • outdoorzguy
  • HectorAsuipe

    Stubby hour hands, gaping Pac-Man blots at 1, 4, 5, and 11. Mostly useless bezel that should be orange.
    Still, I want one. Makes my Rangeman feel inadequate. The personalized strap keeper – bonerific!
    Some day, the watch world will necessarily be reduced to Rolex and G-Shock.

  • Ana Mae Digal

    Truly an amazing watch. It is really useful with its unique and extraordinary features. This is certainly looks different from many other g-shocks, but I think it is a beautiful watch. I also know some watches with the same quality and features. I will be happy to introduce it as it is amazing like this watch

  • Ana Mae Digal

    Truly an amazing watch. It is really useful with its unique and
    extraordinary features. This is certainly looks different from many
    other g-shocks, but I think it is a beautiful watch. I also know some
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  • DeepEye

    The digital versions are way better and user friendlier. It’s not easy to access all the functions and it’s not so easy to use in real life situations. Also, with that size, i could wear it around my ankle.

  • Size be damned, pretty much any entry in the ‘Master’ series is so much freaking fun to wear. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e4a6a5cd8ce20b78300920376c9e901a99db1ec910a4a779ca13210f207afa5a.jpg

  • Buy and Sold

    I can get a triple sensor for $300 and would never use the depth meter, but I prefer this design and the sapphire makes the dial look even better. I think I may get it.

  • David Isted

    I have been using the spf70 sea pathfinder for years. If you want a watch that may look good on your wrist this may be for you. As previously said digital is far better for real use at sea.

  • Philip Robinson

    I took one of these models with me to go work on a remote south pacific island doing heavy construction for three months last fall. When the island’s barometer went out, the one on my wrist became the island’s weather station. The temperature and compass functions came in handy as well. Very rugged and easy to read and wear. There are so many useful functions, the users guide becomes your best friend for a while. The tide gauge is “iffy” at best. Would be better if you could manually enter lat and long for tides, but there is so much else available on this watch, that’s a very small thing. The resin band is rugged enough for heavy marine construction, but more comfortable than metal. My holy grail with this would be to connect it via bluetooth to a smart phone to enter information such as location, etc…similar to the casio edifice line. If I happen to lose or break mine (which I don’t see happening due to the sapphire crystal and tough enclosure) I’m buying another one. I was perfect for the environment I was in.

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