This G-Shock dive watch can log your dive information and transfer it to a smartphone via an app — it’s also the first Frogman with analog hands.
Dating back to 1993, the Frogman retains its signature asymmetric design, now with more features and a new carbon-fiber-reinforced resin case. The carbon monocoque structure of this model incorporates the case and back cover into a single unit.
At a size of 56.7 mm × 53.3 mm × 19.7 mm this is a large watch, however, thanks to the lightweight case design and resin strap (fluoroelastomer) weigh only 119 grams.
According to Casio, “The carbon-fiber-reinforced resin has a low water absorption coefficient and resists hydrolysis, which results in a higher level of water resistance and greater strength.”
The Frogman has 200 meters of water-resistance and is extremely resistant to shocks, and it does appear to meet the full ISO 6425 standard requirements to be called a “diver’s” despite lacking a rotating bezel. It makes up for a dive time count-up bezel by offering dive time measurement in the analog format.
Not only does it display dive time but also tide information — which are beneficial measurements for divers, surfers, and those who are in or around water a lot.
Additionally, there are centrally mounted analog hands for hours and minutes, connected to a 24-hour display (located at 10), a dual time display in the lower right quadrant of the dial along with its own AM/PM indicator. The date is displayed at 4:30. On top of all the above-mentioned functionality, there’s also a daily alarm, 1/100th second stopwatch, and a timer.
Some settings can be configured on your phone, for instance, you can select one of approximately 3,000 locations around the globe and view tide information there. You can also view Dive Log records and Tide Point Settings on your phone. With the dive log, the user can mark dive locations, time, date, number of dives, plus include photos. With Tide Point, the user can select from a preset list of some of the world’s most famous dive points or set their own.
“In diving mode, the hour and minute hands overlap and move in unison to form a single hand, making the time spent underwater easy to see and intuitive. To quickly switch the hands from the current time to the elapsed dive time, Casio developed a new module with three dual-coil motors. When in Tide Mode, the watch will display tide data for a specified location and date while also displaying the current local time.
The GWFA1000 collection has enhanced readability with large luminescent hour and minute hands, and indices, making it easier for divers to check their dive time at a quick glance. Plus, an LED can be activated, on-demand at the press of a button. Keeping the battery charged is built-in Tough Solar, so as long as there dial receives sun it will stay charged,” according to G-Shock.
The dial is protected by a premium sapphire crystal including a non-reflective treatment. The caseback commemorates the conventional FROGMAN design with an engraving of a frog holding an analog watch hand. The three newly refined GWFA1000 models arrive in red, black, and navy bands with a silver watch face displaying dive time and tide measurement in analog format.
The new Frogran models GWFA1000-1A, GWFA1000-1A4, and GWFA1000-1A2 will retail for $800 and will arrive starting June 2020.
Learn more at G-Shock.