G-Shock Mudmaster : GWG-100-1AER :
The Casio G-Shock Mudmaster Range is probably one of the most popular series of the G-Shock range at the moment.
There are three distinct variants of this ‘Master of G’ Series ;
- Mudmaster GWG-1000
- Mudmaster GG-1000
- Mudmaster GWG-100
The Mudmaster GWG-1000 :
The Mudmaster GG-1000 :
The Mudmaster GWG-100 :
So what’s the difference? And what one is for you?
The Differences :
The main differences come down to functions. The GWG-1000 is the flagship model, with a triple sensor (compass, thermometer and barometer), tough solar, Multi Band 6 atomic time keeping and sapphire glass. This is the premium model and comes in at £750.
The GG-1000 has mineral glass, tough solar and a twin sensor (missing the barometer), also importantantly it is missing the Multi Band 6 atomic timekeeping and comes in around the £250 mark.
The GWG-100 has mineral glass, Multi Band 6 atomic time keeping, tough solar and no sensors and is modelled on the GWG-1000. It comes in around the £200 mark.
My Decision :
For me it came down to form over function. Of course I wanted the GWG-1000 – just look at it! It is a beast, but that price tag! I have a few G-Shocks with twin and triple sensors and I have used those sensors – honestly – never.
I then read many reviews and watched some YouTube videos and two other major differences came to light.
Firstly, the light. Basically the backlight on the GG-1000 is lacking, the backlight on the GWG-100 is outstanding. It works of UV and every part of the display is illuminated perfectly at night. The entire display is crystal clear and so very easy to read.
Secondly, the atomic time keeping. It is so accurate, and handy. Never ever worrying about accuracy again as this thing is accurate to about 1/100th second every 1000 years – that’s how accurate the atomic clock is anyway. So it is more than accurate enough for anything any human being will ever need!
So unlike the sensors which I never use, the backlight and time keeping I frequently use. When you couple the perfect night light, accuracy and the look of the GWG range and take into consideration the price point, the £200 GWG-100 was the one for me.
Everything about the packaging is stardard G-Shock, the tin, the massive instruction manual, the warranty cards – it’s all as you expect.
Size Comparisons :
The watch itself is huge. For me that’s a winner, but if you aren’t into big watches, this isn’t the one for you. Let’s try to put it into perspective G-Shock wise, if you take a classic G-Shock GW-5600 or similar and you personally consider that to be a big watch then you best move on. This watch is more to the sizing of a GX-56 King of G.
Here are a few size comparisons across the G-Shock range that hopefully put into perspective the size of this model.
On to the most important feature – the face…
Obviously it is analogue. It is very easy to read with those large numerals and clear hands. As I have mentioned already it is as easy to read in the pitch black as it is during the day. The hands rarely get in the way and digital displays continue the clear and concise features of the face.
Take the ease of reading the face and couple that with the Multi Band 6 atomic time keeping and you have one very accurate and easy to read watch face.
Moving on and the construction is quality. You can feel that this watch is tough and these Mudmasters really are tough. The barrels for the function buttons are actually machined into the body of the watch. Numerous gaskets keep dirt, debris and water out of the mechanics and give the button pushes a very smooth motion and a premium feel.
Finally there is the strap. It is really tough, with an almost textured vinyl feel. It is thick and screwed onto the body of the watch. That doesn’t sound too comfortable right?
Wrong! It actually is. Somehow. The strap contours itself around your wrist so right from the moment you put it on it wants to wrap around.
It is tough and stiff, but due to its natural curve it doesn’t affect how it wears, and remember it needs to be tough and stiff. This is designed to operate in the toughest conditions. This strap will take abuse, it will not scuff or mark easily and the dirt, grime and mud will just wash off it and when washed it will dry again with a simple wipe.
So there we have it. Having had this watch for around a month and wearily it daily during that time I have yet to have a complaint. It has everything I want, big, accurate and tough. I originally had reasoned with myself that this model was a stepping stone.
I had figured the following, let’s get the GWG-100 and save for a GWG-1000. I wasn’t ever really taken by the look of the GG-1000 so it was never really in my mind as a potential purchase.
Now I am more like I really like this GWG-100, I have no reasonable use of the sensors at the moment. So I don’t need to save another £750 for the GWG-1000.
So am I effectively £550 up having only spent £200 on the GWG-100? What should I but next!
I have an idea…