52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2015
This is such a nice G-shock. It is very well made and looks awesome. The shade of green is so nice and subtle. Like a WW2 green if that makes sense! The features are very easy to use and easy to navigate. The stainless buttons add so much to the rugged appearance of this watch. My friend referred to it as a "tank on my wrist", right colors and everything. This is also one of the most comfortable watches I have worn. There are several settings for wrist size and its very lightweight. This watch will be at home at church on Sunday, hunting, or just a night out. Easy 5 stars on this watch. Its similar in size to my well worn GX-56, (pictured). There are some complaints about the display, I'm a negative display guy so the display looks great to me. Just know you are buying a NEGATIVE DISPLAY, its going to look different. I will admit the first negative display watch I got I had to get used to, it was a transition. I wouldn't have anything else now. My advice would be give the negative display a few days before you decide you don't like it. If I had to make one minor complaint about the watch, and believe me, its minor, I wish the display was back lit instead of the light being on the side and illuminating the face from the side, whatever though. That's of no consequence. Casio hit it out of the park with style and function on this model.
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2014
I have owned G-Shock watches exclusively for the past 14+ years. I've always been pleased with their durability, reliability, and their applicable functionality. Having said that, the G-Shock Rangeman is no exception. In fact, this watch out-performs other G-Shocks as well as any rivals. Not only does it possess all the characteristics that I have already mentioned- but it looks TOUGH too! My wife even likes it and THAT, my friends, is saying something. I'm in the military but this watch is perfect for any outdoor enthusiast. If you like being outdoors, and being actively engaged outdoors, this watch is for you. If your significant other is into hunting, camping, fishing, backpacking, etc.- this watch is for them! Casio has really gone above and beyond this time. The ONLY downside to this watch is its size. I realize that there are exceptions but for the most part, this is NOT made for women. The watch is rather large, and wouldn't look right on a tiny wrist.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2014
I bought the GW-9400-1CR (black model) a few weeks back for $300 and I was not planning on buying this one. But then I saw the price drop to $226 and I just could not resist. The color scheme is awesome; reminds me of military planes withe the nice camo-like green and the yellow markings. Speaking of the green color; it is a much better shade than the other green G-Shocks. It's closer to an avocado color versus dark forest green. One note about the display - it is not as easy to read as the picture and in low light conditions you may need to use the light. Also, the temp gauge won't be accurate unless the watch has been off your wrist for a good 10 min. But the barometer and compass are awesome features. Definitely a solid buy for a watch that will last for years, perhaps decades and will get you lots of compliments.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2015
Best timepiece I've ever owned. This watch makes function and durability look sexier than ever. A real man's watch. The negative screen IS NOT hard to read if your eyesight is anywhere near decent. IMO, way better looking than the black rangeman with the positive screen, which I also own (the black is for dads lol). For the price, you simply cannot go wrong. I was looking for the perfect watch for durability, functionality and appeal. Found it, can't express to you how much I love this watch. Initially thought the watch would look childish and cheap from youtube videos and pictures but in person it's clear just how amazing this timepiece really is. Side by side comparison, the green beats the black (in terms of looks) any day.
Side note. The steel piece on the buckle that holds the band in place scratches easily, but eh, who really cares?
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2014
so why 4 stars instead of 3 or less... well, it's still a very impressive piece of super tough technology for your wrist which simultaneously is nearly maintenance/care free [once the solar battery stops charging it must be replaced in 10-20 years].... I would still keep this watch if offered to have it swapped for a different 'higher end' casio model... now, if it were for a different version of this model?... that's a different story, please read on....
my biggest issue with the od green version is the negative display...yes I did watch video reviews of it and read many reviews by those who complained about it yet I figured that casio wouldn't make a display so difficult to see in their 'higher end', relatively expensive watch... I thought those folks who complained about their difficulties in viewing the display must've had serious vision problems or something..... so I bought that tacti-cool version regardless....
well... it truly is very difficult to see this display under many less than optimal ambient light conditions.... as it is, it's great for the sidewalk commando 'tacti-cool' crowd due to subdued color/light of the negative [reverse - light on dark] display.... however, if casio truly wanted to make a full-on tactical piece suitable for actual .mil folks, in addition to the od green case, they should've matted out that supper shiny circular mini dial [placed top left on the watch face] and made the steel screws [and the sides of function buttons] non-reflective as well... ditto - the bright yellow script describing buttons' functions [why not make the script black] and the shiny strap retaining buckle on its watchband....
the polished bezel of that tiny superimposed mini dial is especially bright and shiny if any sun/light falls upon it...it's like a friggin' micro signal mirror, rendering the watch completely unsuitable for any real .mil operators downrange...it could easily cost one his life if stealth is desired [and it almost always is for these dudes]....
also, there are other subdued/military type of casio watches which still use the traditional 'positive' [black characters on light background] but with a somewhat subdued, greenish or tan/brownish background which makes it perfectly 'stealthy' and blends very well with woodland/desert type of environment - for real operations - yet much easier to see....why not use it in the 'rangeman'?...
I have also read at least 2 instances of the watchband literally breaking right at the connection/mount point with the watch under certain activities such as doing push-ups with the watch fastened loosely... that shouldn't occur on a watch advertised as and intended to be uber-tough... whether this is a serious inherent design/material flaw or just a couple of unlucky dudes who bought the 2 rare units with resin material mix not up to testing standards, remains to be seen... however, a simple redesign of the watchband system would solve this problem... I , myself, truly dislike the thick, rigid rubberized [resin] type of watchbands anyway and prefer very strong yet thin/flexible 'zulu' type of bands......
if casio makes another variation on this very od green rangeman watch, with 'greenish/subdued' positive style main display, non-reflective/matte [or black, or even case colored] buttons AND subdued, non-reflective mini dial, i'll buy another one in a heartbeat...just for the truly 'tacti-cool' factor itself hehe....
well, I'd also very much welcome a completely redesigned super tough watchband set up [so a different set up altogether but no traditional fragile removable 'lugs' but strong solid mount points to weave a strap through], especially one which allows the user to swap a more traditional rugged nylon etc. watch strap [such as the 'zulu' type] for the resin factory one... coincidentally, avoid trying to tighten the watchband hands-free with your teeth/mouth... it tastes absolutely horrid, like some toxic stuff, blechhhh... I sometimes have to put on/take off my watches using this 'method' and I do not do this - after the first few attempts - with this watch any longer.... based on the gross, chemical-like, bitter taste it exudes, it can't be a healthy thing for one to contact this watchband material with one's mouth....
to summarize, as it stands at present, I wish I've chosen the black case/positive display model instead.... the 'negative' display makes everything shown upon it seem... I can't think of the right term.... 'claustrophobic'?.... just difficult to quickly glance and discern....I find myself quite often turning/rotating my wrist just to catch the proper angle with relation to light/shadow, to see the friggin' time.... pretty silly trade-off just to have a 'cool' look in a watch imo.... and definitely something that makes the watch UN-tactical.... under any real life operations, speed of assessing any info//data is crucial to one's very life/survival of course.... you can't be spending any extra fractions of a second and/or moving/waving your arm around just to check time - or any other data - while actively involved in any mission....
if you also dig the military green case/band of this piece and really feel as if you must have it, you should definitely check the watch out in store, hands-on, first... at various angles and ambient shady/bright areas... you might very well find that display to be just too difficult to see and thus not worth the cool factor.....
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2014
Please note, my rating is for the olive drab green w/negative display only. And I'll get the reason for the 3 Stars out of the way right now. As others have mentioned, the negative display is not happening. With all but strong point-sources of light (like the sun), it's unreadable. You have to use the backlight, otherwise. I would say that 99% of the photos of the negative display model only represent what you'll see 5% of the time. Find the photos of it, when people are talking about how hard it is to see; that's what you'll see the other 95%of the time...
As for the rest of the watch: amazing. The triple sensors are fast, easy on the battery and fairly accurate (along with typical digital precision). It barely rains in Los Angeles. But I was able to see the storm coming in, a few days ago, by looking at the barometer! Set declination on the compass and you can get your bearing anywhere. Take the watch off of your wrist and let it sit for 15 minutes and you will have a spot-on temp reading. The altimeter is always within 3' of where I set it.
It has typical G-Shock survivability; that is to say that it'll handle anything short of sitting in a microwave for 20 minutes on High (in case internet humor isn't conveying itself properly, DON'T PUT YOUR WATCH IN THE MICROWAVE). Casio warrantees the watch for 1 year. Amazon backs it up for an additional year.
It offers plenty of other modes. The standard stopwatch, countdown timer and (5) alarms are there. There's a sunrise/sunset time indicator (so be sure to set your latitude/longitude during the initial setup).
The watch can make records of various readings which you can recall at anytime. Once you hit the max (20 or 25 readings), it'll lop off the oldest and set the latest.
The 6-band atomic clock receiver is fantastic. I had no problems getting reception every night. The solar panel seems to do its job, though I've heard reports of the battery only lasting 2-3 months without a charge, instead of the advertised rating (8 months, I think). I encourage everyone to do their testing, post results and send back to Casio of necessary.
It's a bulky watch. You feel its heft. You know it's there. But it's not uncomfortable for all-day use. For the price, I wish Casio would included an off-size wrist band. The ideal spot on my wrist is in-between two of the strap holes? grommets? wristy-strappy-holey-things. Just shift all of the holes down a half increment, on a second included strap, so that everyone can get truly dialed in.
With the standard display, it's a 4.95-Star watch. With the negative display, for all that the watch does wonderfully, you can't see any of it. Seriously, it looks cool. But that's it.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2014
As a gun owner and shooting enthusiast, a quartz watch is all I wear to the gun range since the forces from firing recoil can potentially damage my expensive mechanical automatic movements in my other watches. The military inspired color scheme, quartz engine, and the G-Shock styling and reputation for durability all coalesced into the perfect range watch. Add to the fact that the model name is “Rangeman”, and the deal was done!
Aesthetically, Casio took this model one notch higher by adding a polished tang and keeper and stainless steel pushers and screws. These more sophisticated accents make the watch suitable for use in more diverse social environments other than shooting, hiking, fishing, and the like.
As for functionality, the triple sensors make a great selling point for “technogeeks“, but even Casio states that the altimeter, temperature, and barometric pressure are subjective and should not be used as actual instruments in a critical situation. I personally didn’t buy the watch for those features anyways.
The negative display is a love/hate item for most. While the display can be set to illuminate with the turn of your wrist, it doesn’t always do so and thus it can be a pain in the rear under low light. But since this isn’t my everyday wear timepiece I can deal with it.
Overall, I feel that this watch is a great execution and wouldn’t hesitate convincing others to own one.
But if the negative display isn't something you can contend with but you still want the model GW9400 for it's triple sensor configuration, try going with the black version which has the standard black on silver "positive display". You won't be disappointed.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2015
Great watch, I haven't taken it off since it has arrived. I have not been diving with it yet but there is one dive already logged... Max depth 610' just past the max, I'm assuming that is from the test and that makes me happy. The altimeter seems a bit wonky and you have to reset it before use, you can't just randomly check it and expect for a precise reading. The thermometer is also a bit finicky as you have to leave it off your wrist for some time before you get an accurate reading, it does however give accurate temp changes, they are just always to high because of your body temp. Everything else works flawlessly. It is durable as all, I have purposefully tried to smash and smack it and no marks so far. It also looks damn good, But I do love big watch faces. You won't be disappointed and I definitely recommend.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2014
There's a lot to say about this G-Shock. This is a big watch that has a lot of very cool features and the back light glows even in the day time very well. This G-Shock comes with a soft strap that fit's well on the wrist. How this does have a little weight not too big though. If you do get this read the manual. There's a lot of information to read about this watch. This is a mans watch and it does sit high on the wrist. If you are thinking about pulling the trigger on this do it. It's every penny and you will like it. The black LCD is a little hard to read, but the light will help you to see the time. BAD ASS G-Shock.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2014
This watch is very rugged, just as they advertise. It is much larger than one would think, but nothing unbearable for an average sized man. My complaints about this watch: The sensors are very inaccurate. I have set the altimeter with the elevation based on my GPS, and everyday it has to be re-calibrated. All of the sensors have to be calibrated based off another sensor that you need to hope you have handy, such as a barometer to verify the watch has the correct pressure reading. The thermometer isn't any better, it reads the heat radiated from your body, giving readings significantly higher then the actual outside temperature. The black display is hard to read in anything other than ideal conditions. I gave this watch 4 stars because despite the downfalls, it is very solid and the solar charging is a great feature. I think I would have opted for a cheaper model if I would have known that the sensors are not accurate and must be manually calibrated.