My music box... Not real reggae, but nice inspiring music for taking photos and shooting videos.
Casio seems also charmed by Reggae culture. Since 1994 Casio brought us Reggae and Rastafarian models. There have been Rock, Hiphop and Club (House) G-Shock models, but I think Reggae models are still in the majority. Recently it seems Casio shows more interest in Hip hop, like the WU-Tang Clan model and the upcoming Eminem model. Frankly I hope Casio will orientate more in other music styles. I would encourage a Deadmau5 model, including the iconic mouse mask, a Skrillex model, or my favorite band Daft Punk.
Next you’ll find the Alarm Mode. It’s a simple Daily Alarm, which is probably also the most common used type, and there is also the Hourly Time Signal. They can both can be separately toggled on and off.
The Dual Time mode is quite unique for G-Shocks. It is only linked to the seconds. Where in the usual World Time functions the time zones differ whole or half hours from your home position, here you can program the time in by the minute and also the month and even year (I just saw I forgot to set it here right).
Further more you find the usual 24 hour Countdown Timer and the 24 hour Stopwatch mode. These modes function as usual. There is also a hidden mode on board. If you push and hold the MODE button (bottom left), the watch goes into “Display Mode”. This mode is actually only for store owners. The watch will scroll automatically through the different functions.While most of the DW-003 models with this type of display (with 1661 module) have a Flash alarm, these Reggae Version models (with 1662 module) have an Auto Illuminator on board. When activated the backlight automatically turns on when the watch is tilt toward you, while you hold your arm parallel to the ground (the usual movement you make when you watch the time on your watch). This function turns off automatically after a few hours, to prevent too much drain from your battery.
There is no record of this watch in GPS, but the two other color variations (yellow and red) were released in July 1997. I expect this one was released the same time. This particular style DW-003 was pretty popular at the end on the ‘90s and was sold even in the first years of the ‘00s. Remarkable that the DW-003 models with the 1662 module were all released in July 1997 in Japan. It might not be a big surprise that this model must have been a special model in the summer of 1997 or maybe spring 1998. I can’t remember seeing it in a European or US G-Shock catalog. It remains a little mystery here. Just a little. This model is so beautiful, I do not rally care to know where it was released. Most important, it looks great.
I have never seen this model after I bought these two. Not that I actively searched for it. I also have a pretty more used DW-003R-9T, which is also a “Reggae Version”, but on you can find on the GPS. This model has a yellow case and a brown/black strap and a negative display.