The Mudmaster line was introduced in 2015 and quickly established itself as one of G-Shock’s top watches. This high-end “Master of G” series gained mainstream popularity in America and Europe and would become one of the most recognizable G-Shock models.
Though some people were disappointed that the recently launched GWG-2000 series did not include any new functions over the module of the GWG-1000, it does retain the same functions (Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, Triple Sensor) and has some significant exterior upgrades. The GWG-2000 has a large metal bezel piece paired with forged carbon bumper guards and lugs. This is the first G-Shock watch to use forged carbon parts, which gives the surfaces a unique pattern, in addition to being lightweight and strong. The GWG-2000 is also a Carbon Core Guard model with a carbon fiber reinforced inner case. The stronger carbon fiber components allow the watch to have a smaller and thinner size than the GWG-1000. Despite these differences, the GWG-2000 is a good example of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” as it doesn’t deviate from the overall style that made the GWG-1000 attractive.
Gi-Shock-Go does an excellent job examining the differences between the GWG-2000-1A1 and the GWG-1000-1A1 in the video below, with many macro shot comparisons. The GWG-2000 is the type of G-Shock watch that shouldn’t be judged on images alone, and videos like this one give a better idea of what it looks like in person. Gi-Shock-Go also published an earlier unboxing and overview video for the GWG-2000.
The combination of a stainless steel bezel and forged carbon gives the GWG-2000 a more premium look over the GWG-1000, and it manages to do this without increasing the suggested retail price (of $800) at all. This new design will also allow future models to use multicolor combinations that are not possible with the GWG-1000. The GWG-2000 is noticeably smaller and thinner than the GWG-1000, but it is still a large watch. Those with very large wrists may prefer the larger size of the GWG-1000, while it appears that the GWG-2000 is better at accommodating a wider range of wrist sizes. The LED lights on the GWG-2000 also appear to be much brighter than the GWG-1000 in the video.
The future status of the GWG-1000 is unknown, but given its popularity and the fact that its features are not obsolete, we would be surprised to see it discontinued anytime soon. Other Mudmaster lines are also still available, including the GWG-100 (Japan and Europe, with Tough Solar and Multi-Band 6), GG-1000 (battery-powered with Twin Sensor), and GG-B100 (battery-powered with Quad Sensor and Bluetooth).
Casio also released a video about the new exterior features of the GWG-2000. This video was unlisted and available at the GWG-2000-1A1 page at casio.intl.com.