Tuesday, November 25, 2008

G-Shock G-5500R-1DR Rastafarian

This 5500 is part of the latest Rastafarian series, just like my DW-6900R-7. I think the 5500 is the least unique of the three as from the front it looks virtually identical to the Dawn Black 5500 (the Dawn Black even has gold-tone screws which this one does not.) The few nice touches on this one do make it worth having, especially if you really like the other two watches in this Rastafarian series, which I do. The tri-color nylon keepers are shared by all three models, as is the Lion of Judah in the backlight (although it's not as bright as on the non-solar versions.) This one also has gold printing on the bezel and band unlike the mix of white and gold on the Dawn Black. Overall, it's a subtle but nice special edition of the increasingly popular 5500. 

Sunday, November 23, 2008

2006 FIFA World Cup x G-Shock DW-6900 Brazil

In 2006 Germany hosted the FIFA World Cup. Because the size of this even, there are a lot of big international sponsors. One of them was Casio. In 2005 Casio made these big G-Shock count down clocks, which were found in every participating city.Specially for this event Casio also developed Referee Timers like the DW-56RT.Actually I don't watch football much, although I have seen several games that the Orange played. Unfortunately we were wiped in the quarter finals. Funny enough I discovered that Bram's football is also a World Cup 2006 model, in the team colors of Germany.
In 2006 special FIFA G-Shock's were released. The GW-1400WCE-9AVER and GW-1201WC-9AV were two Waveceptor models (EU reception only), G-300BWC-1AV a Cockpit model and also a white and a black DW-56RTWC's were released.
The most known series are the "World Cup 2006 Soccer team uniform colors series". This was a triplet of Gs in the team colors of the last three winning countries Brazil, France and Germany. Of the three, the French model, G-300WC-2AJR, is not easy to find. I think it was only released in Japan. The DW-5600WC-1ER and DW-6900WCJ-9ER were sold outside Japan in large quantities.
Recently a load these watches were sold as NOS in Germany for unbelievable prices. I bought my first Brazilian model from Seiya-San for a good price of around $100.- in May 2006. I bought the same model with a German model for only €30.- together about a month ago.
I will highlight today my favorite of this series. It's the Brazilian team model. I like bright colors and I even think the colors of the Brazilian team are world wide very popular. As you can see this watch is basically bright yellow with green accents. Specially the green ring around the display is very eye catching.
A illustration of the World Cup is shown on the long strap, while the strap retainer shows the logo of the FIFA.
On the back of the watch there is a special engravement. It shows the official "World Cup Germany 2006" logo. It has the 1289 module. The functions are very basic, but sufficient. The watch has an alarm function (with the possibility to program it to one or certain dates), an hourly chime, a Countdown Timer an a Stopwatch. A great plus of this module is that the time is shown in both the CDT as the STW mode.

In the EL backlight a lion figure shows up. This is the official mascot of the World Cup 2006. He's called Goleo VI, the lovable lion.
He's accompanied by his sidekick, Pille the talking football. Goleo VI was created by The Jim Henson Company, known for the puppet of the Muppet Show and Sesame Street.
And how did the FIFA World Cup 2006 end. Italy met formerer Champion Du Monde (1998) France in the final. The final is best remembered by an incident in the end of the the extra time while millions viewers worldwide saw how Zinedine Zidane rammed down Marco Materazzi with his head.
Zidane was sent out of the field and the extra time ended in a 1-1 score. The game ended with penalties, which the Italian team did much better then France. The final score Italy - France is 5 - 3, leaving Italy as the new (and present) World Champion.

Friday, November 21, 2008

2006 FIFA World Cup x G-Shock DW-5600 Germany

I guess Casio overestimated demand, because you can pick these up pretty cheaply right now if you don't mind paying shipping from Germany. This one is part of the "team uniform colors" series and represents Germany's team. The border around the LCD is the three bars of the German flag and below it is an image of theFIFA World Cup Trophy. The caseback and strap keeper also feature FIFA and World Cup logos. As you can see in the photos, the backlight has an image of a "lion man" kicking a soccer ball. That is actually "GOLEO VI the Official Mascot of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™" and his sidekick (no pun intended) Pille, a talking soccer ball. Overall I'd say it has a large amount of customization to set it apart from a standard model. The watch has a black band and white bezel to mimic the black and white uniforms of the German team, and whether you love it or hate it, it is a unique look. It could be made a bit more "conventional" by swapping the strap for a white one, but I think the two-tone look is kind of growing on me. I actually bought ten of these watches (and ten of the FIFA 6900s in the Brazilian team colors which you'll see soon) from an eBay seller in Germany. Most have been sold fairly cheaply to friends andWUS G-Shock forumers, but I kept an extra pair in storage for myself, and I still have a few pairs available. I guess it's a shame that the soccer (okay, okay - football) fans in Germany didn't find these watches desirable, but their loss was certainly our gain.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Transformers x G-Shock DW-6900 Megatron Model

Casio G-Shock DW-6900 Megatron model, module 1289
Strap logo:

Casio G-Shock 2008 Fall/Winter



Tuesday, November 4, 2008

G-Shock Crazy Colors DW-5600CS-1

Outer box
Inner round tin

This model has the standard DW-5600E series 1545 module. It's just the color of the display and digits that's different.