Never really been a wristwatch person, and hadn’t worn a watch for decades. Like most people, since the advent of mobile (cell) phones I just used the watch on the phone. But this isn’t always practical, especially when riding the motorcycle, as the phone is often in the jacket pocket or in the tankbag.
Decided it was time (excuse the pun!) to get a wristwatch again, and remembered that way back in the day before mobile/cell phones had a good old Casio Digital watch, so thought that would be a good starting point. Found the Casio G-Shock range of watches and instantly liked them!
Why? Probably because to me they reminded me so much of the Suzuki V-Strom! 🙂
Even the names/letters are the same (V-STROM/G-SHOCK), they are both Japanese brands, and both are known for their ruggedness, performance, reliability and looks. While both are not as sophisticated as their European rival brands, they both have a (to me) better aesthetic, utilitarian style to them.
Now came the hard part, which watch to get? Never realised just how many G-Shock watches there are! Between styles and colours, digital and analogue, there are thousands of different G-Shock watches to get. So after some research, decided to get the classic ‘Mudman’ G-9000-1VDR. This is part of the Master of G series that are designed for use in harsh environments, and were designed to showcase a new form of technology that Casio would eventually introduce into the G-Shock and ProTrek outdoor ranges. Master of G series watches are invariably amongst the largest G-Shock designs Casio produces, usually suited for those with larger wrists. They almost always named with a “man” suffix, after the initial Frogman model which itself was named for scuba divers. Three models, the Mudman, Gaussman, Raysman and Rangeman all feature a thick rubber outer layer that surrounds the buttons and case completely, ensuring they offer mud-resistance.