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 2019 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.
Update: Also see the recent GR-B100 Gravitymaster Series. This is a Tough Solar model with Bluetooth mobile link, STN LCD display, and Super Illuminator LED light.
Major Features of G-Shock Aviation Gravitymaster Watches
|Full Analog Display||X||X||X||X|
|Triple G Resist||X||X||X||X|
|Bluetooth Mobile Link||X||X|
|Dimensions (mm)||50.8 x 52.1 x 16.7||50.8 x 52.1 x 16.7||62.5 x 53.8 x 17.3||54.1 x 52.4 x 16.4||48.4 x 53.8 x 17.3||66.0 x 56.0 x 18.8||66.0 x 57.2 x 18.2|
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: Auto Neon Illuminator UV-LED 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 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 GR-B100 Aviation Watch
Main Features: Tough Solar, Bluetooth Mobile Link
Other Features: Neo-Brite luminous hands and markers, world time, 1/1000 stopwatch (for 1st 60 minutes, 1/10 second after 60 minutes, max 23:59’59″9), countdown timer (24 hours), 5 alarms, battery level indicator, full auto double Super Illuminator LED light
List Price: $300
Notes: The G-Shock GR-B100 is the second (after the GPW-2000) and most affordable Gravitymaster watch with the Bluetooth mobile link function. The Bluetooth connection provides a flight log point recording function, automatic time adjustment, easy watch setting, and phone finder function through the G-Shock Connected smartphone app.
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 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 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.
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.