A selection of '90s MR-G models
Left: MRG-121, Right MRG-120TThe use of a leather strap in the MR-G line is somewhat unusual, but leather straps were pretty common in the end of the 90s. The leather strap bracelet was probably cheaper to produce, as the a full titanium bracelet version of this model’s had a retail price ¥5000 higher than this model. I think the leather bracelet is a little more comfortable than the titanium, because you can adjust the size very precise on this model. The old MR-G models with the metal bracelet’s however, have with their generally more heavier weight, a very nice and comfortable fit.
The titanium metal case has a darker gray tone than Stainless steel and has a brushed metal finish. Remarkable are the black screws at the front of the case. The dial is very shiny metallic. very nice is the red minute hand, which stands out nice. The 1937 module looks very similar to the 1987 module, found on the later MRG-121 models. They perfectly show analog time. Where most analog minute hands on G-Shocks progress every 20 seconds ⅓ of a minute, you don’t see the second hand move here. It’s just only the seconds hand moving every seconds. The only difference between the 1937 and 1987 module is the EL backlight. Where the later MRG-121 has EL Backlight with afterglow, the EL Backlight on this MRG-120 only lights up when the light button is physically pressed. As soon as you release the button, the light goes out. I see a challenge for taking an EL Backlight shot here. With Afterglow Casio means that if you press the light button, the light stays on for a certain time (usually between 1.5 and 3 seconds).