G-Shock Gravitymaster Aviation Watches 2017 Guide

G-Shock Aviation Series Watches

The G-Shock Gravitymaster Aviation Series is one of the most exciting and popular G-Shock specialty lines. Like the Master of G series it features the latest technology and is intended for professional use. The various aviation models all look very similar and it can be difficult to remember what the differences are so here is a concise guide to all the 2017 G-Shock aviation watches and their distinguishing features. The aviation models are also known as the Gravitymaster series or the Sky Cockpit series in Japan.

Major Features of G-Shock Aviation Gravitymaster Watches

ModelGA-1000GA-1100GW-3000GW-4000GW-A1000GW-A1100GPW-1000GPW-2000
Analog/Digital DisplayXX
Analog DisplayXXXXXX
Tough Solar
Multi-Band 6
XXXXXX
ThermometerXXX
CompassXXX
LightLEDLEDNoNoNoNoLEDLED
Triple G ResistXXXXX
Sapphire CrystalXXX
Alpha GelX
GPS Hybrid
Wave Ceptor
XX
3-Way Sync (Bluetooth)X
GPS TrackingX
Dimensions (mm)50.8 x 52.1 x 16.750.8 x 52.1 x 16.7 52.5 x 49.8 x 15.552.9 x 50.4 x 15.654.1 x 52.4 x 16.448.4 x 53.8 x 17.366.0 x 56.0 x 18.866.0 x 57.2 x 18.2
List Price$250$250$260$450$500$650$950$800
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All the aviation Gravitymaster models are large-size watches with analog displays and feature shock resistance and 200 meter water resistance. All the Tough Solar/Multi-Band 6 models feature full analog multi-dial displays with Neo-Brite luminous hands, and Triple G Resistance to shock from dropping force, centrifugal gravity (g-force), and heavy vibration. Note that models with the Neo-Brite luminous hands do not have a viewing light with the exception of the GPW-1000, though the luminous hands will glow in the dark.

G-Shock GA-1000 Aviation Watch

Main Features: Twin Sensor (digital compass with bearing memory, thermometer), dedicated compass button
Other Features: UV-LED (auto) neon-illuminator light, world time, 4 daily alarms/1 snooze alarm, hourly time signal, 1/100 second stopwatch, countdown timer, full auto-calender, 12/24 hour formats, button tone on/off, 2-year battery
List Price: $250

Notes: When using the compass on the GA series the seconds hand will point north while the direction name and direction angle value will be shown on the two digital displays.

G-Shock GA1000-1A Aviation Watch

GA-1000 on Amazon GA-1000 on eBay

G-Shock GA-1100 Aviation Watch

Main Features: Twin Sensor, dedicated compass button, dual time displays
Other Features: LED Backlight (Super Illuminator) with Afterglow, auto light switch, world time, 4 daily alarms/1 snooze alarm, hourly time signal, 1/100 second stopwatch, countdown timer, full auto-calender, 12/24 hour formats, button tone on/off, 2-year battery
List Price: $250

Notes: The GA-1100 is notable for having a second analog time display, allowing you to view two time zones simultaneously.

G-Shock GA1100-1A3 Aviation

GA-1100 on Amazon GA-1100 on eBay

G-Shock GW-3000 Aviation Watch

Main Features: Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6
Other Features: Neo-Brite luminous hands and markers, world time, 1/100 second chronograph, full auto-calender, 12/24 hour formats, low battery warning
List Price: $260

Notes: The solar-powered GW-3000 does not have Triple G Resist but is able to withstand centrifugal force up to 12G.

G-Shock GW-3000 Aviation Watch

GW-3000 on Amazon GW-3000 on eBay

G-Shock GW-4000 Aviation Watch

Main Features: Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, Triple G Resist, Alpha Gel
Other Features: Neo-Brite luminous hands and markers, world time, 1/100 second chronograph, full auto-calender, 12/24 hour formats, low battery warning
List Price: $450

Notes: The GW-4000 has Alpha Gel surrounding the watch module, giving it extreme shock resistance. This would make it a good choice for military pilots or those who demand extra durability. It also has a simple and straightforward design and is not as busy-looking as some of the other aviation models.

G-Shock GW4000D-1A Aviation Watch

GW-4000 on Amazon GW-4000 on eBay

G-Shock GW-A1000 Aviation Watch

Main Features: Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, Triple G Resist, Thermometer, Smart Access
Other Features: Neo-Brite luminous hands and markers, Tough Movement, beeper alarm, 1/20 second chronograph, countdown timer, full auto-calender, day/date display, 12/24 hour formats, low battery warning
List Price: $500

Notes: The GW-A1000 has the Smart Access electronic crown which allows intuitive access to the watch’s functions. Sub-dials show the day, date, and 24 hour time. The GW-A1000’s face has a subdued look with its numberless display and seems more stylized than the other aviation models.

G-Shock GWA1000-1A Aviation Watch

GW-A1000 on Amazon GW-A1000 on eBay

G-Shock GW-A1100 Aviation Watch

Main Features: Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, Triple G Resist, Compass, Smart Access, Sapphire Crystal
Other Features: Neo-brite Luminous Hands and Markers, Tough Movement, world time, beeper alarm, 1/20 second chronograph, countdown timer, full auto-calendar day/date display, 12/24 hour formats
List Price: $650

Notes: The GW-A1100 has a sapphire crystal which is only available on a few high-end G-Shock models. We like the looks of the GW-A1000 but prefer the compass sensor of the GW-A1100 over the thermometer. The “Fly-Back” button seen in the photo allows the chronograph to be instantly reset and restarted. The GW-A1100 would be a good all-around choice for any pilot.

G-Shock GWA1100-1A3 Aviation Watch

GW-A1100 on Amazon GW-A110 on eBay

G-Shock GPW-1000 Aviation Watch

Main Features: Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, Smart Access, GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor
Other Features: Carbon fiber insert band, Neo-Brite luminous hands and markers, Tough Movement, LED Super Illuminator Light, world time, beeper alarm, 1/20 second chronograph, countdown timer, full auto-calendar, day/date display, 12/24 hour formats, low battery alert
List Price: $950

Notes: The GPW-1000 was the first G-Shock watch with GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor technology. This allows the watch to synchronize the time with GPS satellite signals if outside the range of Multi-Band 6 radio signals. It also allows the watch to adjust the time zone and DST automatically. As one of only two G-Shock models with this feature it is one of the most innovative aviation watches available. The GPW-1000 is a good choice for a pilot who is constantly crossing time zones. Its features also make it useful beyond aviation and into the realm of extreme travel and adventuring. It is also available in a lighter titanium version.

GPW1000-1A Gravitymaster Aviation Watch

GPW-1000 on Amazon GPW-1000 on eBay

G-Shock GPW-2000 Aviation Watch

Main Features: Tough Solar, 3-Way Time Sync (Multi-Band 6, GPS, 3-Way Sync with Bluetooth mobile link), GPS tracking
Other Features: Carbon fiber insert band, Neo-Brite luminous hands and markers, Tough Movement, LED Super Illuminator Light, world time, beeper alarm, stopwatch, countdown timer, full auto-calendar, day/date display, low battery alert
List Price: $800

Notes: The GPW-2000 has the same features as the GPW-1000 plus more and comes in at a lower price point. New features include Bluetooth connectivity to a smartphone, which gives the phone another method to automatically sync the time. The Bluetooth link can also be used to adjust the watch settings and alarm, and for GPS tracking with the flight log function on the G-Shock Connected app. The watch also displays latitude and longitude position information from GPS signals on its display. The GPW-2000 has the same high-end components as the GPW-1000 such as an anti-reflective sapphire crystal and a carbon fiber insert band. It also has a screw-free band design to prevent the band coming loose when exposed to heavy vibration.

G-Shock GPW-2000-1A Gravitymaster

GPW-2000 on Amazon GPW-2000 on eBay


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