It appears that the black titanium G-Shock MRGG1000B-1A will finally be getting a proper U.S. release in 2015. G-Shock U.S. has the watch featured on its homepage and has a promotional MR-G page up. The MRGG1000B-1A was actually available in limited quantities in December 2014 at the G-Shock Soho Store and in January 2015 from Arizona Fine Time (which did an excellent write-up on it) but it never received an official announcement from Casio and did not appear on the G-Shock website until now. It was previously featured on the G-Shock Japan and Casio International websites and has been available as an import.
The new MR-G page emphasizes the MRGG1000’s top of the line status as the supreme G-Shock. It describes how the titanium used for the body and band is heated in an oxygen and nitrogen mixture to create a hard layer on the surface that is scratch-resistant and harder than pure titanium. The MR-G also has a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating for better scratch resistance than the usual mineral glass. Also noted is the watch’s light weight and comfortable titanium build, its uniquely refined, polished finish and its ability to sync the time with Multi-Band 6 or GPS signals anywhere in the world.
The MRGG1000 has three subdials for 24 hour time, world time hour and minute, day, and also a date display. Other features of the MRGG1000 include Tough Solar battery charging, GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor, Core Guard Structure for improved shock resistance and a thinner case, dual dial world time with 40 time zones, and Smart Access electronic crown for easy simultaneous operation of functions and smooth switching between functions. Other specs include 200M water resistance, neobrite luminous hands and markers, LED light with afterglow, auto hand home position correction, airplane mode, 1/20 second stopwatch, countdown timer, daily alarm, and power saving function. Dimensions are 54.7 X 49.8 X 16.9 mm and weight is 153 grams. The MRGG1000B-1A is manufactured in Japan at the Premium Production Line at Yamagata Casio which was recently profiled in WatchTime Magazine.