Photo's I took, probably at Kobuchi Station of a vending machine selling Pocari Sweat in December 2010.
Vending machine in Kyoto with bottles Pocari Sweat. Photo taken by my friend, photographer and G-Shock Collector Yamazaru-san (山猿).Pocari Sweat is distributed well in East and Southeast Asia and in the Middle East. I haven’t seen the drinks yet, but it is in Europe it seems sometimes also available in Asian food shops. Unfortunately, the Pocari props in my photo's come from Japan and China. Specially the €6.- phone charger is quite handy actually.
To promote the Dreams Come True Wonderland 2011 Pocari Sweat organized a sweepstake to win this special G-Shock model. Not less than 15000 entries registered, only 1000 G-Shocks were given away. This means participants of the sweepstake had in the end a 1 on 15 chance to win this watch. As Dreams Come True is a very popular band and Pocari Sweat is a popular sports drink (comparable with Gatorade in the US). This might indicates that not many of these float around in the second hand market.
I do not think this model is a very wanted model. I specifically bought this model because my brief Pocari Sweat moment in Hachiōji. Many times I have quoted my: "What the heck is a Pocari, and why would I drink it’s sweat", every time I saw the brand pop up somewhere. Although it is not a real wanted model, it's not easy to find one. The only one I could find had quite a high price. While I would normally say the price for such a watch would probably around $150 -$180, but the only one I stumbled upon had a hefty price of $300. The seller, who is someone I think to know well, told me he did not make a profit on reselling this watch by this price, but simply sells it for the same price he bought it. Despite the absurd high price for a DW-6900, this model has a special place in my collection. When I see this G-Shock or it's box, I automatically go back in time to the moment I stepped out Hachiōji station and saw this lint of sports girls.