G-7100BT-7VThe 12 Beast series were first introduced March 2000 with 7 G-100BT models. A very beautiful series, which were sold worldwide. This ana-digi models had a tie dye double cloth/Velcro strap and a cool dial with chinese characters instead of ciphers on the dial. In January 2003 Casio released 12 GW-300BTJ models for the Japanese market. These G-2900BT models were released in March 2003. In January 2004 Javys returned with another 12 Beasts series, but now based upon the G-7100-1JF model.
This G-2900BT does at first look not look that special. It actually looks like a basic G-2900 model. The reason why this watch is special will reveal in the dark. It has a special backlight. There are 12 different G-2900BT variations. On for each animal of the Chinese Zodiac. When these came out, it was just out, so I could choose from all 12 Beasts. I choose the Horse (馬 ), as I am born in 1966. In the Chinese zodiac that was the year of the Horse.
The Chinese Zodiac, is like the Western Zodiac divided in 12 parts, but instead of cycle periods of a month, the Chinese Zodiac has cycle periods of a year. A full cycle of the Chinese Zodiac takes 12 years. The sign of a year is also linked to one of the five element. These elements change every two year. This means a full cycle of the chinese Zodiac takes 60 years. In 1966 I was born in the year of the Fire Horse. The Horse is the 7th sign. This new year, 2014, which actually starts according the Chinese Zodiac on January 31st., will be the Wooden Horse.
The G-2900BT is a slight variation of the G-2900-1A. Instead of red lettering of the G-Shock name, all lettering is white. The G of the light button isn’t red but black. It gives the watch a pretty clean look. The design is typical for the first half of the ‘00s. The watch is moderate in (G-Shock-) size and has a kind of streamlined forms. In the first half of the 00’s Casio released several G-Shocks that were or looked smaller than was usual in the ‘90s, like the G-2300, G-2600 and G-3000. Quite the opposite of what’s happening now with all the new X-Large models.
This 12 Beasts model is a must have for everyone who likes the Chinese Horoscope. It was cool that you could choose your own sign at the time this model came out. Frankly I do not remember what the price of this watch was. I think I paid around €100.- for it. I cannot remember if it was very expensive, so it probably wasn’t. They sold out pretty fast around that time, so I think they were not made in huge numbers. I also can’t remember seeing one for sale, and actually never saw those G-7100BT models for sale too. Probably they were only sold in the G-Factory in Hong Kong and were never intend to be sold on-line. All I can remember the guy selling it to me had direct access via Javys. Although the look of the G-2900 is not very spectacular and I never will wear this watch, it’s a pretty loved piece in my collection. This concludes my last G-Shock article of 2013. I hope you all have a good “Year of the Wooden Horse”. Happy New Year!!!