Casio's stock photo of the GWF-1000RD-4JFBefore I went to Japan, DragonJade already informed me about things to do and see. One of the things was go to his local supermarket and look at the current Men In Burning Red series. Indeed, when we arrived in Kobuchi on December 20th 2010, the shortest way to his apartment was through a supermarket. The complete series of Burning Red watches was on display, with a shocking price of 78750 yen (including tax) for the Frogman.
The entrance of Yodobashi Camera in MachidaDJ did not quite recommend to buy here. At a nearby Yodobashi Camera electronics store all models of these series were indeed 10% cheaper. That evening DJ was looking over Yahoo Auctions (Japan) and said they could be found much cheaper. I do not remember the precise prices, but I believe the Men In Burning Red Frogman could be bought from 52000 yen, which is of course way cheaper than in the electronics shops.
photo by Bernard VercouterenI spend the night calculating in my head if I could afford this watch. It was probably the only chance to get this model. Back in The Netherlands you got all those extra costs with shipping and waiting. In the morning (December 21) I asked DJ if he could order one for me. The same evening the watch was paid and on the way to DJ’s apartment.
GW-200 below and GWF-1000RD-4JF on top.
The Men In Burning Red (Frogman and Riseman) and Burning Red (GW-7900RD and GW-6900RD) models. Photo taken by Riley of My G-Shock at the NYC Shock The World event 2010.Let us take a look what is under the hood of the 3184 module and see what has been improved since the GW-200.
Zoom!Pessimists probably are immediately going to say that a Depth Gauche should be included on a dive watch, but I like it the way it is now. I have a Seiko Monster, which is considered a Dive Watch too. You can only log your dive with a rotatable ring around the dial and it shows time and no Depth Gauche here too. A Detph Gauch would probably make the Frogman totally unaffordable and also it would require an extra sensor, that looks like the sensor on the Riseman. That would definitively break the looks of the Frogman.