G-Shock Asia announced two more releases this month and they are big ones. The G-Shock MR-G series MRG-G1000B-1A (black) and MRG-G1000D-1A (silver with black bezel) are due for arrival soon and represent the luxury end of the G-Shock brand. There is also a MRG-G1000DG-1A limited edition with gold accents. These models have the distinction of being the most expensive standard issue G-Shock watches available for those who simply must have the most luxurious G-Shock possible.
Design-wise the MR-G is similar to the G-Shock MT-G with the same upscale look. It features solar charging and an all-analog display with four subdials, sapphire crystal with anti-glare coating, and the usual shock and 200 meter water resistance. For those who think the MT-G is too large, the smaller MR-G measures 54.7 X 49.8 X 16.9 mm. The MRG-G1000 has a titanium body and band making it lighter (153 grams) than the stainless steel MT-G (188 grams). The titanium is specially treated creating a hard 20~30μm layer on the outer surface for extra scratch-resistance. The black MRG-G1000B-1A has a diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating on the entire case and band while the silver MRG-G1000D-1A and MRG-G1000DG-1A have it on the bezel only. The MR-G features a new “Clad Guard Structure” using Alpha Gel, putting the crown, buttons, and guard protection into one unit for better shock resistance and a slimmer case size. The MR-G also has the Smart Access electronic crown for easy control of world time, stopwatch, timer, and alarm functions.
The featured technology on the MR-G is the GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor which Casio was the first company to develop in the GPW-1000 Gravitymaster series. This feature combines GPS satellite information with Multi Band 6 radio synchronization to ensure that the time is accurate no matter where in the world you are. The GPS satellite radio wave reception can receive local positioning and time data and determine what time zone you are in. It will also adjust to Daylight Savings Time accordingly for truly hassle-free timekeeping. Two time zones can be displayed simultaneously using one of the subdials.
Other features include a bright LED light, low battery alert, power saving mode, auto calender, and date display.
The MR-G is manufactured at Casio’s Yamagata factory in Japan where only its premium products are made. We expect the list price to be around $3,000.
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Hi There – Well, this is an awesome watch and a great review- but this currently costs around $2700 in Amazon! Well that’s huge amount of money and not many can afford this watch. Can’t all these features like GPS synchronized timekeeping be achieved in a smartwatch like the moto 360 sport? This is around $300.
In other words, can you please tell me if the upcoming Moto 360 sport and gps-enabled smartwatches can automatically sync the time at any given location(without the need for a smartphone) ?
Thanks in advance!
Hi, thanks for visiting. This is a good question because it never seems to be addressed in smartwatch reviews. You would think it would be easy to implement this feature but it is probably not a concern for most people since smartwatches are expected to be connected to a phone or internet (if not always then often). Also with the short battery life one would assume a smartwatch wouldn’t be used in isolated environments where this feature would be most useful. For the Moto 360 Sport which is an Android Wear watch, the GPS receiver is used only for location and tracking and not for timekeeping (according to the Moto 360 Sport manual). It’s interesting to note that there are Android apps for smartphones that can receive GPS time data, but in order to adjust the time automatically the phone needs to be rooted. We don’t expect to see apps like this for Android Wear smartwatches (though you might want to keep an eye out for them) and don’t know if the GPS receivers on Android Wear smartwatches can read GPS time data like those on smartphones (sorry we can’t give you a more concrete answer). The G-Shock MRG-G1000 is the very top of the G-Shock line with other factors contributing to its price. There are other less expensive models with the GPS timekeeping feature like the new MTG-G1000 and the GPW-1000 which is our top pick for GPS timekeeping. https://www.g-central.com/casio-g-shock-gpw-1000-gravitymaster-all-models/
Hi – Thanks a lot for your detailed and informative reply. Yes, MRG-G1000 is definitely a high end timepiece if one needs it. Else it would be wise to invest $3000 maybe in a fixed deposit in a bank that would fetch a high rate of interest!
Well, neither the MRG-G1000 nor the MTG-G1000 or the Oceanus OCW-G1000 is available here in India. However, the GPW-1000 is available and its a very good watch. I don’t know whether the GPS receiver can’t sync the time automatically but one question that I have is that can a Moto 360 Sport (for example) give me atomic timekeeping from the GPS like the atomic hybrid watches?
Also even for smartphones, say I am travelling abroad , when I land in another country my smartphone needs a SIM card (of that country or a global SIM) and needs to connect to the internet to sync with the time in that country, right? Same is the case for a smartwatch – it needs an internet connection (please correct me if I am wrong) . Will a smartwatch work independently when someone travels to a different timezone in another country?
So in that case this watch will be handy as it does this automatically for me without needing internet or Bluetooth for that matter.
Thanks in advance!
From what I’ve seen the Moto 360 Sport cannot do that with GPS. For phones, I think you just need to be connected to the cellular/mobile network to get the time (and not necessarily have internet or data access), but yes, you would need a working SIM card for that. As for adjusting the time on a smartwatch like the Moto 360 independently, I’m not sure if you can do it without being connected to a smartphone. I don’t think you can. At this point the Android Wear smartwatches are meant to be used as a companion/extension to smartphones and not as a replacement for traditional watches. With your concerns, it seems like you would be best off with a GPW-1000. 🙂
The Suunto Ambit3 watches have GPS timekeeping. https://www.toughgadget.com/best-waterproof-smartwatches/
Awesome reply G-central. Anyone who wouod consider wearing a Moto 360 what-the-ever, over this MRG G-1000 deserves a free “smaetwatch”. Just so we know who they are. LoL Will there ne a luxury womens G line anytime soon or have I just missed it?
Thanks, for women there is nothing available on the level of the MR-G series and I don’t there ever will be but there are some Japan-only high-end Baby-G models like the BGA-1300, BGA-1400, MSG-3200, and MSG-3300, which somewhat resemble the vintage MR-G models. They are part of the Baby-G “Tripper” line (amazon).
Not having a watch background, but cnc/milling titanium to those kind of small parts is costly on bit parts(faster wear compared to cnc/milling stainless steel or softer metals), as well as the dlc process. Most companies will charge a minimum of $150-200 for a single piece of metal to be dlc’d. For bigger companies like Casio, i’m sure the volume helps reduce the cost when manufacturing. I’m looking forward to picking up an all DLC version soon.
Wish Casio would give us more on the g1000ht and rt. Reviews are so far and few.
Will I ever need to change the battery for MRGG1000 ?
Eventually yes because it uses a solar rechargeable battery that will go bad at some point, but you may not need to change it for 10+ years.
Thank you. I truly appreciate your response.
May I know if the replacement of battery can be done locally or has to be back in Japan?
There are two authorized Casio service centers in the U.S. that you can send the watch to.
What about in Singapore?
Yes, there is an authorized service center in Singapore.
Thank you. I just bought myself the watch. It’s MRGG1000DC-1ADR. Apparently I was told it’s the last piece in Singapore and that Casio will not produce the same model – not sure if it’s true. Nevertheless, I love the watch!