Casio has announced that it will be adding a new watch to its G-SHOCK MUDMASTER range, this one will be built from forged carbon. Due to hit the shops in an as-yet unspecified date in
the October, the MUDMASTER GWG-2000 aims to be even tougher than its range-mates.
The shock-resistant MUDMASTER watches regularly pop up in our best
outdoor watch roundup. Built for use on land, they're specialised for use in especially sandy, dusty or rubble-strewn environments. The GWG-2000 is the first to use this
special type of carbon fiber-reinforced resin, which Casio says has a greater tensile strength than stainless steel, while being lighter. In fact it's so strong yet light so as
to typically be found in famously strong yet lightweight (relatively speaking) contraptions such as aircraft and racing cars.
On the GWG-2000, this forged carbon has been used for the lug that connects the bezel to the band on both sides, to provide structural protection to the watch face. It looks pretty
smart too: the fine carbon particles form a unique black-and-grey pattern on the surface.
Elsewhere, Casio has swapped out the buttons for the newly developed 'Mud Resist' buttons, which are fashioned from stainless steel button pipes combined with an internal silicone
buffer that both absorbs shock and forms a seal to keep particles safely out. The insides have also been rearranged to slim it down by 1.9mm compared to older models.