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Royal Navy x G-Shock Frogman GWF-A1000RN-8A Watch Review

G-Shock have long been known as the watch of choice for outdoorsmen, adventurers and military personnel around the world, but last year in 2020, the Casio-owned brand extended their role in the industry even further with the announcement they were partnering up with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence and becoming an official watch supplier to the British Armed Forces. Following on from this news, G-Shock have launched their latest limited edition, a G-Shock Frogman watch under reference GWF-A1000RN-8A which has been designed in conjunction with the British Royal Navy.

 

The first model launched as part of their partnership with the Ministry of Defence was engineered for the British Army with the limited edition G-Shock Mudmaster under reference GGB100BA-1A, a robust camouflage-coloured 55.4mm outdoors instrument. Now, the Royal Navy takes centre stage as part of the brand’s – rather fitting – G-Shock Frogman collection. Known for being one of the first models to debut in the G-Shock Master of G line, the Frogman is designed in close consultation with dive rescue teams to ensure they are fully engineered for the water. This is exactly what personnel of the Royal Navy require, a reliable and tactical timepiece they can use to navigate at sea and on land. It’s safe to say, the new G-Shock Frogman Royal Navy Limited Edition and its long list of specs steps up to the plate.

 

 

For starters, the G-Shock Frogman GWF-A1000RN-8A watch is engineered with the brand’s iconic Carbon Core Structure which integrates the 54mm monocoque case with its back cover. The case, which is crafted from a carbon fibre reinforced resin for high strength and low absorbance, is then equipped with six screws around the metal bezel and button shafts with triple-gasket fittings for delivering an impressive ISO rated water resistant of 200 metres. The piece straps onto the wrist by a rubber strap made from fluoroelastomer, a material which has an incredibly soft feel but also promises exceptional resistance to staining and hydrolysis.

 

 

The masculine grey and black monochrome colourway of the new G-Shock Frogman watch is said to be inspired by the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest aircraft carrier to ever serve the Royal Navy. Further gestures towards the naval warfare force are made on the case back where a bespoke naval decoration of the G-Shock frog character can be found and on the pin buckle clasp adorned with the British Royal Nav emblem.

 

A first for the Frogman, the G-Shock Royal Navy Frogman Collaboration watch features an analog display characterised by over-sized dimensional indexes in grey and large arrow-shaped hour and minute hands treated in luminescent coating. The dial is also home to an incredible array of functions including classic surface interval time through hours, minutes and seconds and a dive time that automatically overlaps the hour and minute hands making it easier to count elapsed minutes at a glance. When the dive mode is off, the hands will automatically revert back to local time. The G-Shock Frogman watch also displays tide data through the inset dial at the 3 o’clock position for a specified location and date.

 

 

Each of these remarkable functions are completely solar powered and work alongside its smart Bluetooth connectivity to keep each individual complication accurate. What’s more is that the G-Shock Frogman GWF-A1000RN-8A watch can be entirely personalised and configured to its own wearer’s specifications through the G-Shock Connected app. From here, you can get a detailed insight into your dive logs, your diving locations and smartphone shot photos. You can also access tide point settings to some of the world’s major dive spots, automatic time adjustment, world time for over 300 cities and a phone finder feature.

 

As a limited edition model, the G-Shock Frogman Royal Navy watch comes delivered in special packaging and retails at £799. If you’d like to learn more about this timepiece and other new G-Shock releases, get in touch with the Jura Watches team on 01335 453453 or send us a message at help@jurawatches.co.uk.

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