The G’Mix series were first released in November 1997 with a G-Cool GT-003TH and a DW-003HH model in several color variants. The relation with music and clubbing was pretty clear. These models had both a BPM counter on board. A pretty nifty gadget for DJs, though the accuracy of +/- 5 BPM is not really pretty good. The DW-003 with BPM counter was released overseas as the first Tough Label model. Actually my second G-Shock I ever bought was such a DW-003.
Even on my warranty card, the name "Sjors" is enough :-)
Sorry, I somehow felt I had the need to spam some photo's of my beloved Technics SL1210mkII with a vintage Stanton AL-500 II needle.
the extensive 5413 module manual on line. As the PDF file has a three column lay-out, I have printed it, for easier reading.
The most striking part on the case is the so called Rotary Switch. It looks like a crown, but it is a rotating scroll button. It doesn’t have to be pulled out to operate. The on-line manual even warns not to pull the switch out with a big force as it can become defective. The rotary switch easily rotates, without clicks.
When Bluetooth is not activated, it is possible to kill all radio transmissions by the watch by entering the "Air Plane Mode". This is achieved by press and holding the MODE button for 5 seconds. Toggle it off takes the same procedure.
G’MIX has three main functions. The first feature is the music player. It can play music from your device, just like your music app does. You got to get yourself a bit familiar in how to look for certain songs or artist, but after some finger exercises you probably manage to play around. You can play music with tapping on your phone, but it’s more interesting to play with your watch. You can start and stop the current song with the bottom left (MODE) button. You can scroll through different functions with the „FUNCTION SELECTOR”, which is the bottom right button. You can choose which functions you want to control in the Rotary Switch Menu in G’MIX. If all are toggled on, you can by pushing this FUNCTION SELECTOR, scroll through Volume, EQ/Sound Field, Playlist, Artist, Album, Song and Sounder. When a function is selected, you can change or scroll through it with the Rotary Switch. Most handy is probably the Volume and Song function. Frankly, I find browsing through artists and albums pretty unhandy, but that’s because I have about half of my 64 GB iPhone’s memory stashed with music.
As I was photographing the papers that came with this watch, I noted the card with the Mobile Link Functions. It says the GBA-400 has a Phone Finder function. I must admit, I have tried to read the manual of the 5413 manual thoroughly, but I must have missed this function somewhere. I actually discovered this function by accident. I made my Bluetooth functions video’s at night after my other family members had already gone to bed. After I recorded the video’s and unloaded them to my laptop, it was time to go to bed. I tried to find if there was an Auto Illuminator function, but press and holding the light button did not work. So I tried the lower right button (FUNCTION SELECTOR). To my surprise music was coming from where I had laid my iPhone. Voila, I discovered the Phone Finder. If Bluetooth is turned on, you don’t need to be synced with G-SHOCK +. After the watch is recognized, the phone starts playing your selected song that you want to hear if you are looking for it. After re-reading the manual of course I found info about the Phone Finder.
Ace Jewelers in Amsterdam, which is one of my favorite sources for finding G-Shocks in my country. Recently they won the well deserved Thuiswinkel Award (Home Shopping Award) for best on-line Jeweler of 2014. I pretty much like the color scheme of this red version, which is a real eye catcher. Besides this model there is also a black (Japan only), a black gold and a blue model available.
(This article was written in October 2014. Meanwhile there are three new models released in Japan, a green, an orange and a white model)