G-lide through the day
Glide through the Moon Light
G-lide, G-lide through the sky
For far in the Distance
There lights a fire for someone
who has waited
Page from "Tough Stuff", catalog, Germany, 1999I was cycling home this week. Finally it was a bit warmer and we had some sunshine. I was thinking about which watch to feature this week and somehow I thought about this watch. Probably a bit early, as this is a nice summer watch. So what should I write about this model. Unconsciously, I found myself singing the above song, a variation of the song by Stephen McCurdy, from the motion picture “Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence”. I saw that movie in 1983 in Paris, where it was shown under the title “Furyo”.
I mostly remember seeing these models at our beach. This watch is made for summer and water sports. We only have a small spot for wave surfing on the north shore of our island, but you can see kite surfing and windsurfing a lot along the other beaches. Specially the German water sport tourists wore G-Shocks in the late ‘90s and a lot of them were these DW-003S models. Although 6 color variations were released, you mainly saw the green, this pale yellow and the red version, so I assume these were also the most popular colors at that time. For quite a long time these G-Shocks were pretty easy to find. I have two of these pale yellow, the red and the green. About 6 years ago an ex-student of me asked to look out for this model, which I found fairly cheap in new condition. The beginning of the ‘00s was a perfect time to search for cheap new or almost new G-Shocks, specially in Germany.
The Countdown Timer is actually a “Surftimer”, with a different set-up and operation from what we are used from Casio. The Countdown Timer can be set in one minute increments by pushing the upper right button. By press and holding that button, you can scroll fast through the minutes. You start and stop with the fifth light button, while the bottom right button acts as a light button. The Countdown Timer has a progression beeper, which inform you the last 5 minutes before the Countdown is finished every minute. Unusual is that this progression beeper cannot be turned on or off. It’s just there.