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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 space
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:
- 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 0.02%
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.
Important note: The watch survived the fall without any damage.