G-SHOCK launch watch into space for a galactic mission to test the world’s toughest timepiece
To mark the release of the next generation of one the brand’s most iconic models, G-SHOCK has sent a watch designed to withstand the most extreme conditions on earth, on a record-breaking galactic mission into the unknown. Blasting off from Yorkshire, the GPW-2000 GRAVITYMASTER lived up to its name as it was propelled into the stratosphere towards zero gravity using the latest NASA-approved metrological flight balloon. The G-SHOCK’s space odyssey included:
Temperatures of minus 58 degrees Celsius
Height of 44.1km above the earth (the highest ascent achieved by this type of space balloon)
25km surge past the ‘Armstrong Limit’, the outer limit of human survival before blood begins to boil
One hour and 22 minutes in spac
Crushing g-forces of 3.63G
Air pressure of 0.00146bar (325,000 times less than the lowest tolerable air pressure ever recorded on Earth
Virtually moisture-free humidity levels of 0.0
In the contest of G-SHOCK versus g-force, the 120g timepiece, built to withstand the most extreme temperatures and conditions known to mankind, also endured: After surviving the space time continuum, the still functioning G-SHOCK – designed to accurately keep time anywhere in the world – hurtled back to Terra Firma to complete a galactic round trip of 82.55 kilometres, taking two hours and forty-six minutes.
As a final test of the watch’s tough credentials, the last leg of its mission was a 65 kilometre per hour free-fall to earth for 123 metres – 14 metres higher than St Paul’s Cathedral in London – over 12 times the standard 10 metre drop every G-SHOCK is tested to withstand.
On board HD cameras captured every moment of the G-SHOCK’s astro-flight, so you can see if it survived its mission here. Plus, an interactive 360 video transmission of the watch’s space flight is on the G-SHOCK Facebook page. Follow the galactic journey on the G-SHOCK Instagram and Twitter base stations.
Commenting on the watch’s journey into space, Tim Gould, Deputy Managing Director of Casio UK, said, “G-SHOCK was born from a desire to create the world’s first unbreakable watch, that could resist gravity, magnetic fields, extreme high and low temperatures and the highest of g-forces. We’re proud this mission into space has once again proved that these watches are the toughest on earth, able to survive and operate in the harshest conditions known to mankind.”
The G-SHOCK GPW-2000 GRAVITYMASTER watch was released in the UK this year, the latest addition to the aviation concept GRAVITYMASTER Series, part of the G-SHOCK line of shock-resistant watches. Featuring the latest Connected Engine 3-way Time Sync System, designed to use either GPS, radio waves or smartphone pairing to accurately tell the time anywhere in the world.