While all G-Shocks are by their very nature extremely capable when it comes to water based activities, their Frogman line exists as a dedicated series of tough watches that are purpose built for diving. In addition to meeting ISO guidelines for dive watch certification, watches in the Frogman lineup include helpful features like a dedicated dive time tracker and tide indicators. With the latest Frogman, the GWFA1000, G-Shock’s diver has gone analog for the first time ever, retaining much of the technical prowess of prior digital offerings. Let’s take a closer look.
- Case Material: Resin (carbon fiber reinforced)
- Dial: Black
- Dimensions: 56.7 x 53.3 x 19.7mm
- Crystal: Sapphire
- Water Resistance: 200 meters
- Crown: n/a
- Movement: Module 3184
- Strap/bracelet: Rubber
- Price: $ 800
- Reference Number: GWFA1000-1A, GWFA1000-1A4, and GWFA1000-1A2
- Expected Release: June
The new Frogman starts with a monocoque case made from carbon reinforced resin, which G-Shock says results in a lower water absorption coefficient, thus allowing for more reliable water resistance and case strength at great depth. The integration of the caseback with the rest of the case further adds to the rigidity of the design and overall waterproofness.
The diving features of the GWFA1000 are fairly ingenious – G-Shock has done well to keep the key Frogman features in an entirely analog display without sacrificing readability. When “Dive Mode” is enabled, the hour and minute hands overlap and move together, counting off the minutes in an intuitive and easy to read manner. The user can easily switch from seeing the elapsed dive time to a current readout of the actual time at the push of a button, and then back again (the large case and pushers on the Frogman should make this easy enough to do underwater).
Like other newer G-Shocks, the GWFA1000 has been designed to be used with the G-Shock Connected app, and that too has been tuned to enable some useful features for divers. Notably, the app and watch feature a dive log that allows for location marking and the collecting of useful data pertaining to individual dives, as well as a tide point setting feature that enables the user to gather tide information based on a list of pre-set locations. And, of course, the new Frogman has a full set of features that are common non-dive focused G-Shocks as well, including tough solar technology and Multi Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping.
The GWFA1000 will be available in June on blue, red, or black rubber straps with a retail price of $ 800. G-Shock