We’re big fans of G-Shock’s GWG-1000 Mudmaster series, which reinforces the already tough watch with over-engineered elements for keeping out mud and sludge. Problem is, it’s a little expensive, since they threw in a good heaping of features that should prove handy in the field. If you’re looking for a watch with similar toughness, but a little less daunting on the wallet, you might want to check out the G-Shock GG-1000 Mudmaster.
A smaller version of the original Mudmaster, this one gets a redesigned face and lesser functionalities, all while retaining the same over-engineered construction. That includes a vibration-resistant structure, button pipes that alleviate lateral shocks, gasket linings for all shafts and cylinders, an airtight screw-lock structure at the crown, vents at the base to ensure even air pressure, and dual mud-resistant structures for enhanced strength. Simply put, if you like slumming it in places with mud, dust, water, and sand, this will be the watch you want to bring along.
The G-Shock GG-1000 Mudmaster’s case measures 56.2 x 55.3 x 17.1 mm, so while it’s smaller than the original namesake, it’s not entirely compact either. Because there are less features, it also gets a redesigned dial that, for some reason, still looks equally as busy. It comes with twin sensors for providing instant access to direction and temperature readings whenever it’s needed, with a bearing memory function keeping tabs of your direction readings, so you can check your travel path to make sure you haven’t veered from the proper route.
Aside from keeping out mud (as the name makes clear), it’s, pretty much, like other G-Shocks (even dressier ones), so it's also shock resistant and water-resistant up to 200 meters. Other features include LED backlighting, 31 timezones, and two years of battery life.
Available now, the G-Shock GG-1000 Mudmaster is priced at $280.