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G-Shock GW-9400 Rangeman Military Inspired Watches for Urban Survival

A couple of month  ago, I found that Casio G-Shock releasing a new new addition to their Master of G collection, the GW-9400 Rangeman series with green color and I instantly wanted it. I’m not exactly a hardcore G-Shock collector but since I found out this baddass great watch, G-Shocks watches have always been my favorite watch.

I’m still own a couple of G-Shock series that are over 10 years old and still running perfectly. The Rangeman GW-9400 series watch couldn’t be more perfect and definitely my favorite watch beside the Frogman series – which arguably replaced the Frogman series as the most popular all-digital G-Shock to own.

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GW-9400 Rangeman Series. Stealth Black and Army Green

Anyway, basically GW-9400 Rangeman was an improve “technology”” from a Mudman or GW-9200 Riseman and I guess this is one of the latest and greatest G-Shock watch ever. The Rangeman engages much the same case design, however comes with most of the features typically associated with the ProTrek series.

This is preferably important new watch as the Riseman has become a very well liked G-Shock model for the last 18 years since the release of the first twin sensor model; G-Shock GW-9200. With its Tough Solar power, Multi-Band 6 atomic timekeeping, Triple Sensor (with digital compass, thermometer, altimeter, and barometer), and 40-record memory, it is the best choice for an outdoor activity watch and is an excellent survival watch.

The Rangeman GW-9400 Triple Sensor, provides altimeter, barometer, and compass data within a host of additional features. The sensor is now much smaller but I doubt this is the reason for the added triple sensor as the Rangeman is relatively a large watch anyhow.


Stealth Black GW-9400BJ-1 with negative display. Image courtesy from watchuseek forum.


The Rangeman GW-9400 Series powered up with Triple Sensor – just like Casio Protrek PRW-300

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Rangeman versus Riseman

I think Casio G-Shock have merely decided that their Pro-Trek and G-Shock ranges now have enough fans and follower and therefore sales of each range shouldn’t conflict too much. I also think we’re at the beginning of the smart-watch race, and therefore Casio will need stand-out products.

Casio says the G-Shock GW-9400 Rangeman is actually encouraged by the needs of professional military and adventurers along with its obvious (easy to push) buttons, 200m water resistance and a lot of features.

Together with the digital compass, altimeter (with display resolution to 1 meter), and barometer, the G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400 also boasts with a thermometer, sunrise/sunset data, 48 city world time, 1000 hour chronograph, 24 hour countdown timer, time stamp function and auto LED illumination. It appears to be cool to boot.

So overall, I’m completely amazed with this watch. and for a G-Shock, the materials that have been implemented are excellent. Very soft, sleek, gentle resin meets Stainless Steel buttons and the case-back is a amazing, the colour combinations looks awesome and I really like the idea of a Rangeman with the features of a ProTrek.

Although, the G-Shock army green GW-9400-3 with reverse (negative) display is indeed hard to read, for me personally it’s not a really a problem, but it would awesome if G-Shock made an army green with positive display. The new Green Camo G-Shock GW-9400CMJ-3 with positive display can be a great alternative.

I’m not going to go into too many details as the watch has so many functions, it would bore you. If you do want to see a full review, there is a lot of video on YouTube… just search for “Rangeman GW-9400 military“.

PRICE.  The GW-9400 Rangeman Military Series available at price range between $300 USD – $500 USD (depend on the model) in either GW9400-1″Stealth Black” or GW9400-3″Army Green”. see here for live price.

*Update New Models :

Casio G-Shock GW-9400 Rangeman: All Models.

casio_g-shock_rangeman_GW-9400Currently the GW-9400 Rangeman series available with four seven several different models available, including; Stealth Black GW-9400-1, Army Green GW-9400-3, Black negative display of GW-9400BJ-1, “Rescue Red Rangeman” GW-9400RD-4, GW-9400KJ-8JR “Love The Sea And The Earth“, Blue Navy Rangeman GW-9400NVJ-2 and Army Green with Camo design  G-Shock GW-9400CMJ-3GW-9400SRJ-4JF Men In Sunrise Purple..

The latest Rangeman series is a limited edition Rangeman GW-9400DCJ-1 Desert Camouflage Series

Furthermore, being one of the most operative G-Shock watches, the limited edition models are extremely desired as collector out there and the Rangeman is now one of the limited edition base models of choice.


G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400DCJ-1JF Master In Desert Camouflage.

Below is a quick list of every G-Shock GW-9400 Rangeman model produced starting with the newest and including limited editions and Japan Domestic Market (JDM) releases.

*This page will be updated as new models are released.

September 2016 limited edition Master In Desert Camouflage collection series. Black bezel, light brown lettering, black front screws, orange accents on face, desert camouflage band, positive LCD display.

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G-Shock GW-9400DCJ-1JF Master In Desert Camouflage Rangeman

Released in June 2016 Earthwatch "Love The Sea And The Earth 2016" with blue-footed booby bird color scheme (blue bezel with black and white bands). Japan release.

G-Shock GW-9402KJ-2JR Love The Sea And The Earth Rangeman

Released in December 2015 collaboration with Burton Snowboards. White/ice gray bezel with black buttons, black ion front screws, and orange accents. The band ring also is imprinted with the BURTON brand logo.

G-Shock GW-9400BTJ-8JR Burton Snowboards Rangeman

2013 G-Shock standard international black model. Successor to the G-Shock GW-9200 Riseman.

G-Shock GW-9400-1 Rangeman

2013 G-Shock standard international release. With Khaki/army green/olive drab case featuring black and yellow lettering with reverse display.

G-Shock GW-9400-3 Rangeman

2013 G-Shock standard JDM release. Looks like the GW-9400-1 but has a carbon fiber insert band.

G-Shock GW-9400J-1JF Rangeman

2013 G-Shock JDM release. Looks like the GW-9400-3 but it has a carbon fiber insert band.

G-Shock GW-9400J-3JF Rangeman

2013 G-Shock JDM release. Black case with gray and stealth lettering, reverse display, and carbon fiber insert band. Black front facing screws and black backlight button.

G-Shock GW-9400BJ-1JF Rangeman

2014 G-Shock JDM limited edition. This Yellow case with black lettering and carbon fiber insert band. Black front facing screws and black backlight button

G-Shock GW-9430EJ-9JR 30th Anniversary Lightning Yellow Rangeman

2014 G-Shock JDM limited edition. Earthwatch collaboration. Gray case with red and black lettering. Custom backlight logo and case back engraving.

G-Shock GW-9400KJ-8JR Love The Sea And The Earth Rangeman

2014 G-Shock limited edition. Blue case with white and black lettering with reverse display.

G-Shock GW-9400NV-2 Navy Series Rangeman

2014 G-Shock limited edition. Like the GW-9400NV-2 but with carbon fiber insert band.

G-Shock GW-9400NVJ-2JF Men In Navy Rangeman

2014 G-Shock limited edition. Red case with white lettering and negative display.

G-Shock GW-9400RD-4 Red Series Rangeman

2014 G-Shock JDM limited edition. Like the GW-9400RD-4 but with a carbon fiber insert band.

G-Shock GW-9400RDJ-4JF Men In Rescue Red Rangeman

2015 G-Shock limited edition. Green case with black and orange lettering. Green camouflage band with carbon fiber insert.

G-Shock GW-9400CMJ-3 Men In Camouflage Rangeman

2015 G-Shock JDM limited edition. Earthwatch collaboration. Translucent green and yellow case with green and yellow band.

GW-9401KJ-3JR Love The Sea And The Earth 2015 Rangeman

G-Shock 2015 JDM limited edition collaboration. Orange case with blue lettering and carbon fiber band. Custom logo backlight and case back engraving.

GW-9400FBJ-4JR Kobe City Fire Bureau Rangeman

Master of G series limited edition. Purple case with black buttons, black screws, black buckle and keeper, reverse LCD display, and carbon fiber insert band. GW-9400SRJ-4 international release.

G-Shock GW-9400SRJ-4JF Men In Sunrise Purple Rangeman

If you think you need maximum toughness, the G-shock  GW-9400 Rangeman series is of course the better choice if you compare with the new generation of Frogman Series,  but keep in mind that Protreks are plenty tough, exactly as tough as G-Shock watches.

*This article was originally published in 2013 and has been updated.

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