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    Review: Gulfmaster GWN-1000



    After seeing an officemate wear a rangeman, I wanted one for myself and did some research and stumbled upon watchuseek. This forum convinced me to get a Gulfmaster instead. The biggest deciding factor is that I am an analog/ana-digi type of guy. Something about digital watches makes me think I am looking at a calculator.

    I have had the Gulfmaster for about two weeks and I must say, I love it. I really REALLY love it. I would leave my wife and sleep with it if I could.

    Looks
    The watch looks like a porthole on a boat which goes real well with the “gulf” theme. Need I say more?
    The lugs and straps are comfortable and a good fit (full disclosure: I am a 6’2”, 200 lbs with large wrists).
    In my opinion, the looks of the GWN-1000C-1A is the best looking Gulfmaster followed closely by the GWN-1000B-1B. This coming from a guy that loves blue. I just don’t like the cluttered look.
    It does wear a little high which could cause unintended bumps. You would think the stainless steel ring would be prone to nicks and scratches. It’s still too early to tell if it is true.
    It is heavy and you will feel it.

    Function

    Barometer
    This is where the Gulfmaster shines. Living in a country visited by 20+ typhoon a year and having been visited by the strongest super typhoon in recorded history, the barometer and baro-alarm function is what I need most. I have tested it and if the baro graph falls by 4 points, the rains will come…consistently. The graph also shows less data as compared with the rangeman, which has a larger screen for the graph. The bezel is functional showing you variations from a set pressure using the second hand.

    Altimeter
    It’s crap. I know it’s only to be used for relative elevation and not actual elevation, but pressure fluctuations in my location seems erratic. Without moving, the altimeter reading would change from 29m to 50m. I assume this would also be true for other triple sensors that base altitude on pressure differentials. The bezel is functional showing you variations from a set altitude using the second hand.

    Compass
    It’s accurate. I would use it as a primary compass, although I really don’t know how susceptible it is to other external sources of magnetism. No bearing memory unlike the GA-1000...bummer. 60 seconds continuous measurement vs the 20 seconds on a GA-1000. (compared with an actual compass, rangeman and GA-1000)

    Thermometer
    As accurate as other G-shocks. I wish they’d do something about the design so that you can use it while wearing it. (compared with a rangeman and GA-1000, yeah…no actual thermometer)

    Moon/Tide function
    Living in an archipelago, this function is really useful but I wish they would have at least included a sunrise/sunset function. I also had to calibrate it, but that was easy. I prefer the tide dial over a tide display on a digital watch. Moon age is shown in days with no visual display on what the moon would look like.

    Tough Solar/Tough Movement/Atomic

    I like the idea of not opening up the watch for 10 or more years…so yeah…that’s awesome.
    Haven’t really tested the battery, bought it on M but it’s now on H. Hopefully, it stays there.
    I live in the Philippines, but we do get a signal from China so the Gulfmaster’s time is always accurate. We also get a lot of knock-off Gs. lol
    Tough movement on an analog watch, not as delicate as some would lead you to believe.

    Stopwatch/CDT
    Yeah, its crap. We all know that. Why you do dis Casio?! 24 hours? 60 min? Are you kidding me?

    Summary

    Pros
    Nice looking watch, especially the
    GWN-1000C-1A
    First triple sensor G-shock with Smart Access Electronic Crown w/Quick-lock
    Accurate barometer with bearing memory, thermometer, compass
    Barometer alarm
    Tough solar/Tough movement
    Functional bezel
    An ana-digi rangeman. It holds its own versus the rangeman (which is also a great watch)
    Strap and lug design seems tougher than other G-shocks.
    Digital display light

    Cons
    Unique strap that would be hard to mod
    No sunrise/sunset function
    Unreliable altimeter (with bearing memory)
    24 hr stopwatch
    60 min timer
    Smaller graph compared to rangeman

    In conclusion, It's a G-shock. I say GET IT! Get it now.
    Last edited by Shofixti; June 10th, 2015 at 11:15. Reason: added a few information
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    Re: Review: Gulfmaster GWN-1000

    The monotone on this model looks great!
    Does anyone know how the moon age works -- particularly how the would approximately look at a certain day… say 9 days or 22 days?
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    Re: Review: Gulfmaster GWN-1000

    Moon age:
    14 day old = full moon
    0 and 28 day old = new moon
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    Re: Review: Gulfmaster GWN-1000

    Easy enough, and makes sense. Thanks ^^^


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    Re: Review: Gulfmaster GWN-1000

    Nice review!
    How your bezel is holding BTW?
    Currently wearing "Moby" my Gulfmaster Quad Sensor GWN-Q1000-7AER

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    Re: Review: Gulfmaster GWN-1000

    Surprisingly, it's still scratch free. I wear it often and it has recieved quite a few bumps. Very resilient.

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    Re: Review: Gulfmaster GWN-1000

    Purchased online in Singapore (very low price compared with europan stores), beautiful watch. I find that the passer of the srap is too large and it moves...
    Is the strap availabe as spare parts, if damaged?


    Last edited by fcasoli; August 1st, 2015 at 18:08.
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    Re: Review: Gulfmaster GWN-1000

    Yes the keeper needs to be fixed. You can add a silicon ring or, like me, install the keeper of another G. Mine came from my old Rayman... a 17 year old one...
    The band is already available as spare part.
    I don't know if the Non atomic Gulfmasters share the same strap attachments...
    (So clever and so comfortable)

    BTW did Timex came up with the same idea before Casio on their Expédition Shock /compass watch?
    Last edited by Nemo; August 4th, 2015 at 00:00.
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    Re: Review: Gulfmaster GWN-1000

    The best solution is to use small rubber rings to stop the metal ring...

    Where can I find the band?

    Thanks




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    Last edited by fcasoli; August 4th, 2015 at 20:12.
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    Re: Review: Gulfmaster GWN-1000

    For the ring any store or a plumber.

    For the band?
    Tiktox in the UK or Casio parts in the US.
    Last edited by Nemo; August 9th, 2015 at 18:54.
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