CASIO G-Shock MUDMASTER comparison: GWG-1000 vs. GG-1000

September 24, 2017

The MUDMASTER is a sub-series of Casio G-Shock watches that falls under the umbrella of the Master of G Collection (other current sub-series in this collection are called Gulfmaster, and Gravitymaster, as well as the older Mudman, Frogman, Gulfman, Rangeman, and Riseman). Within MUDMASTER there are again two sub-series, the more expensive and premium GWG-1000 watches that come with a triple sensor, and the cheaper and less fancy GG-1000 watches that come with a dual sensor.

Who is MUDMASTER for?

MUDMASTER is a watch, that is meant for women and men, that are having jobs, or active lives out in the nature. If you're working in gutters, coal mines, or do extreme hiking, this will be the right watch for you. The good thing is, that Casio offers two MUDMASTERS for two different budgets. The nearly twice as expensive GWG-1000 series comes with sapphire glass, and additional features, but is it worth to pay double for that? Let's explore this further in the verdict at the end, and first check a comparison table of the two types of MUDMASTER.

GWG-1000 vs. GG-1000

This is a comparison chart of the key hardware and software features of the two MUDMASTER sub-series.

# Feature GWG-1000 GG-1000
01 Crystal Sapphire Mineral
02 Tough Solar Yes No
03 Multi-Band 6 Yes No
04 Compass Yes Yes
05 Thermometer Yes Yes
06 Barometer Yes No
07 Altimeter Yes No
08 World Time Yes Yes
09 Stopwatch Yes Yes
10 Countdown timer Yes Yes
11 Daily alarms 5 5
12 Hourly time signal        Yes Yes
13 Smart crown Yes No
14 Front button Yes No
15 Backlight Dual LED Single LED
16 Lume Strong Soft
17 Dial size 60mm x 56mm       56mm x 55mm
18 Thickness 18mm 17mm
19 Weight 119g 92g
20 MSRP 750 USD 320 USD

The winner is clearly the GWG-1000, with a more durable crystal (sapphire vs. mineral), additional sensors (barometer, altimeter), additional Casio technologies like Tough Solar and Multiband 6, as well as design enhancements such as a smart crown and a better LED illumination. The GG-1000 however is smaller, lighter and cheaper, and still retains a lot of the MUDMASTER spirit, such as a similar rugged design, and most of the features. At a half price, it might be a great value for some people. Let's list out all the models in both series before I share my own opinion, and final verdict.

List of MUDMASTER models

This is a list of all the current MUDMASTER models (including special editions).

GWG-1000 models:

1. GWG-1000-1A (black band, light yellow lettering, black front button), $585.00
2. GWG-1000-1A3 (army green band, white/gray lettering, silver button), $580.00
3. GWG-1000-1A9 (black with yellow band)
4. GWG-1000GB-1A (gold ring dial, buttons, buckle, and band keeper), $800.00
5. GWG-1000RD-4A (red bands and a blue dial ring), $570.00
6. GWG-1000DC-1A5 (desert camouflage pattern band), $706.00
7. GWG-1000MH-1A "MAHARISHI" (orange dial, hand, index), $850.00

GG-1000 models:

1. GG-1000-1A (black band), $220.00
2. GG-1000-1A3 (army green band), $215.00
3. GG-1000-1A5 (desert tan khaki band), $223.00
4. GG-1000GB-1A (gold ring dial, buttons, buckle, and band keeper), $205.00
5. GG-1000RG-1A (rose gold ring), $320.00
6. GG-1035A-1A (35th Anniversary Big Bang Black collection), $370.00

Images of MUDMASTER models

The basic black version for every occasion.

The military look for outdoor buffs.

The "bling blong" gold accented for posers.

My verdict of MUDMASTER

My favorite watch among all MUDMASTERS is the GWG-1000-1A, but the price point is a little bit painful. It's on my wish list, but I will wait and see, if I can get a good deal at around 450-500 USD. I'm personally always opting for the best, and the most durable option. Sapphire glass, and Tough Solar are two of my favorite features of this watch, and that edges out any GG-1000 for me. But the latter is definitely a great value, especially if you can get one at around 200 USD. It's all about what's your budget, and what's most important to you.

Check also my list of all square G-Shock watches.

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