The G-Shock GR-B200 Gravitymaster forgoes the solar power of the previous GR-B100 but adds a Carbon Core Guard structure, Quad Sensor with step tracker, and carbon fiber bezel. Announced for August 2020 in Japan, the debut models include the black GR-B200-1AJF, black and blue GR-B200-1A2JF, and black and red GR-B200-1A9JF (which appears to be more orange in candid shots), with a list price of 42,000 JPY each. (Update: Casio America also announced the GRB200-1A, GRB200-1A2, and GRB200-1A9 for September 2020, with a list price of US$350 each. The GR-B200-1A, GR-B200-1A2, and GR-B200-1A9 are also September 2020 releases in Asia.)
The GR-B200 has a distinctive new look that is inspired by a helicopter control stick. All models have a carbon fiber bezel with a clear resin outer layer for protection. The new features are reminiscent of the GG-B100 Mudmaster and include a Quad Sensor with a pressure sensor (altimeter and barometer), compass, thermometer, and accelerometer for step counting. The GR-B200 also has sunrise/sunset time.
Combined with a Bluetooth-connected smartphone, the GR-B200 offers a Mission Log function that records altitude points from the watch and GPS points from the phone. The Calorie Consumption Display calculates data from the step counter and takes altitude measurement into account. The Location Indicator records a current location on the app, and the watch acts as a backtracking device by pointing to the location with the second hand and showing the distance on the LCD display. The watch automatically adjusts the time through the Bluetooth connection and has a phone finder function. The menu mode on the LCD display is customizable.
Other features include shock resistance, 200-meter water resistance, mineral glass with a spherical curved surface, 38-city world time (38 time zones, with auto DST, UTC, home time swap), 1/100-second stopwatch (1-second increments for one hour or more, 24 hour total, with split), 24-hour countdown timer, 5 alarms, and auto Super Illuminator dual LED lights with afterglow (1.5 or 3 seconds). The battery specifications were not listed, but we would expect it to be the same (approximately 2 years) as the GG-B100.
G-Shock GR-B200-1A: Black bezel and case, white markers, black resin band.
G-Shock GR-B200-1A2: Black bezel and case, gray markers, blue resin band.
G-Shock GR-B200-1A9: Black bezel and case, red markers, orange resin band.
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No solar no buy.
I do not like the strategy of Casio to reserve solar power to the most expensive models only. Especially as the most expensive models nowadays are way more expensive than the watches from a few years ago.
Honestly, i don´t like what Casio is doing these days. Sure, the watches look great, but it seems they´re making these models with no solar power to save it for the 700 and 800 watches when in the past, even a $100 G-Shock had solar power, like you said. I don´´t like these bezels with fine resin with carbon fibre. They´ are weak, the fine resin scratches easily and the carbon beneath it is thin (GG B100). The bezel seem to offer no protection like older G-Shocks. I don´t like the separated bumpers on the bezels like the GPR B1000 or the GG B100. This Gravitymaster is even worst,
Totally agree NO tough solar NO SALE…
Casio keeps adding more power hungry features and a 2 year battery life if you don’t use all the features to their fullest. Carbon fiber is nice but Solar power will ALWAYS BE BETTER…
Solar is a pain in the rear. Even an automatic is easier to get going than a solar after a period of inactivity. It takes 10 minutes to replace the cell and you have power for the next two years guaranteed!. Also these pieces use off the shelf button cells you can buy anywhere not specialist ones you have to send away for. Also solar cells do not last for ever. Just had to replace the one in my Rangeman. Part number CTL-1616 if anyone is interested and not really easy to get hold of where I live.
Replacing your batteries every two years or more often less if you use the features of your watch constantly, like your meant to. is a pain in the rear. Finding a reputable place to change your batteries and maintain the water resistance is also a pain. I’ve had a couple G-shocks with battery replacements die because the jeweler/technician did not affix the seals properly. With tough solar your watch can last near or over a decade. those 10 minutes to replace the battery, can be spent placing your solar watch near a window, weekly then your watch can last you FAR longer than 2 years.
Also you can still use all the functions of your watch with out fear of running out of batteries especially with these new quad sensor models. I’ve had my Rangeman GW-9400 for six plus years, and use the features like they were intend to with no power issues.
Perhaps solar is a better option for you if you live somewhere remote.
like an automatic it still requires some work on your part to insure it functions.
This is why we wish these quad sensor models had tough solar, there is a very good reason for our views.