When it comes to everyday gear here at RMK there's one piece that is with me 24/7 and that is my watch. Now, I have my fair share of nice watches that I have collected over the years, although with the activities I do here at RMK and the career path I am on I needed something that not only looked the part but could keep up with me.
Enter the G-Shock Master of G MUDMASDTER watch.
A quick warning - This is not your average watch. With that being said it is my favorite watch I have had the chance to abuse. After doing some research about that type I watch I could wear all day every day with whatever adventure I decided to go on I stumbled across the Mudmaster.
The MudMaster comes in at $320 which is not on the cheap side of the watch world, but in my eyes the price is a steal and completely justified by the features and build quality of the watch. I was sent over the Black and Gold color set of the watch. It also comes in an OD Green and a Coyote color option. The MudMaster by G-Shock is marketed towards adventuring in the outdoors or excelling at an outside the norm career like wildland firefighting. The Mudmaster is one of three Master of G series of watches. The MudMaster being the "Land" geared watch while the GulfMaster excels at Sea excursions and the GravityMaster helps pilots fly high.
I am going to list the key features of the MudMaster below so I can get into the big features of the watch and my favorite.
- Band Length: 145mm - 215mm
- Shock Resistant
- Mud Resistant
- Buttons use cylinder type guard structure with gaskets for shafts and cylinders to prevent mud and dust from getting into the watch
- 200M Water Resistant
- Digital Compass
- Measures and displays direction as one of 16 points
- Measuring range: 0 to 359 degrees
- Measuring unit: 1 degree
- 20 seconds continuous measurement
- Hand indication of North
- Bidirectional calibration
- Magnetic declination correction
- Bearing Memory
- Display range: -10 to 60 C (14 to 140 F)
- Display unit: 0.1 C (0.2 F)
- LED backlight (Auto LED Super Illuminator Backlight, selectable illumination duration, Afterglow)
- Neo-brite Luminous Hands and Markers
- World Time
- 31 time zones (48 cities + UTC), daylight saving on/off
- 5 Daily Alarms (4 one-time and 1 snooze alarm)
- Hourly Time Signal
- 1/100 Second Stopwatch
- Measuring capacity: 23:59'59.99"
- Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
- Countdown Timer
- Measuring unit: 1 second
- Countdown range: 60 minutes
- Countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 60 minutes (1-minute increments)
- Full Auto Calendar (Pre-programmed until the year 2099)
- 12/24 Hour Formats
- Button operation tone on/off
- Low Battery Alert
- Accuracy: 15 seconds per month
- Battery: SR927W x 2
- Approx. Battery Life: 2 years
- Module 5476
Now that we got that out of the way I can get into the fun parts of the watch and the reasons why I love it.
First off the MudMaster as stated before is literally built for the career I am pursuing - Firefighting. I needed a built tough, bombproof watch to keep up with while at the Academy this year and the MM GG-1000 is that watch. I went into the Academy with my old fossil watch which was a great watch, however, it had a glass screen and a leather band which did just not fit in. The rugged design of the MM is undeniable and does an excellent job and taking the bumps and scratches. The watch for how rugged and durable it is, only comes in at 94g or 3.3oz.
The band of the MM is a full resin band which is comfortable and flexible while being durable as hell. I have had more comfortable watch bands like the full rubber band on the Garmin Fenix 3 however when it comes to durability nothing will beat the Resin band on the MM. The latch that encloses the Resin band is stainless steel to give a strong rust proof closure.
The watch features a glow-in-the-dark watch face that allows the user to get the time without pressing the backlight button. If you don't need to be stealthy and want to get the time quick you can hit the top right button on the watch face and illuminate the watch face. I love having the option to quickly glance at my watch without having to hit a button with the glow-in-the-dark hands and 5-minute interval marks.
No on to the features that make the MM what it is. We have talked about the bullet-proof durability of the MM, other than that my favorite feature is the included compass available for use. With a swift click of the "COMP" button on the right side of the watch, the MM turns into a super accurate wrist mounted compass.
Upon clicking the COMP button the watch uses the second hand to direct N while the top screen gives the degree of the direction you are facing. Having this feature on a watch I will be using while not only roughing through the Academy but hiking and mountaineering is invaluable. After my fire Academy is over I am not sure where my career will be headed entirely, however, it could included wildland fighting here in Colorado and this feature would be a must have. To move back into the normal face of the watch you only have to hit the "Mode button and you are right back to telling time. Not only can the compass give you the direction and bearing you are headed but can also give you readings on the direction you came in case you get turned around or weather conditions worsen.
The other like feature of the MM is the internal thermometer. When pressing down on the lower left "Search" button you can easily find the outside temperature in either C or F. Having quick access to the temp is a must have on a outdoor watch like the MM. It is easily accessed and second nature when you get used to the layout of the watch. The thermoater can go to 14F-140F.
Another great feature of the MM is the large watch face with the matching buttons. When trying to access the above features at a moments notice the large buttons help immensely. I was working the watch through my bunker gloves and I was still able to hit the button I was aiming for every time. All of the buttons on the MM are sealed to make sure no dirt, mud, or water enter it.
The MudMaster utilizes its Twin Sensor capabilities to be able to give both the temperature and the compass bearing.
Not only is the MM shock and mud resistant the watch is also waterproof up to a depth of 200m making it an all-around monster adventuring watch. The durability of this watch is a common theme in this review because it truly is amazing what you can put it through. Not only have I worn this watch every drill day at the academy while crawling through the "Maze", live fires, and workouts, I have taken it shooting, climbing and hiking. So far I have yet to see any blemish on either the face or band of the MM. We talked about the Resin band and its durability earlier and mentioned the Mineral glass face in the features. I can say that both of these added components of the MM work as advertised.
Some other non-survival features of the MudMaster included a stopwatch accurate to 1/100 of second as well as a 10-minute countdown timer. I loved having this feature to be able to see my improvement of time while crawling through the maze at the academy.
The MM also comes standard with a 5 daily alarm setting and 1 snooze alarm. I normally use my phone for this feature, although, when waking up on the 5am days it really helps to have an alarm I cannot accidently turn off.
The only downside I could pick out on the MudMaster GG-1000 was that it runs off a 2-year battery instead of a solar powered battery like its older brother, the MudMaster GWG. However, the GG comes in at a killer price of $320 while the GWG has a price tag of $750.
Overall the MUDMASTER GG-1000 series watch is an absolute monster of an outdoors watch that combines extreme durability with function. It was a joy being able to test and push this watch to see how it performed not only in everyday use but in the face of fire and the outdoors.
- Rugged Build
- Outdoor Features
- 5 Daily Alarms
- 10-Minute Countdown Timer
- Large Easy To Use Button
- Mineral Glass Face
- 200M Water Resistant
- Shock + Mud Resistant
- Lightweight For Size At Only 3.3oz
- Glow-In-The-Dark Hands and Intervals
- Bright Backlight
- Trackback Feature Compass
- Both 12/24 Hour
- Non Solar Powered With a 2-Year Battery Life