An exhaustive search for Japan only MTG-9xx series G-Shocks results in a dizzying array of models. Here are just some of them.
The watch in the center (above image) matches the US model. The only differences being:
1) The Japanese model “J” receives time signals in both Japan & the US, while the US model “A” only receives time signals in the US.
2) “Water 20BAR Resist” (Japan) versus “Water 200M Resist” (US)
3) The wrestling theme backlight image on the Japanese model. Better not turn on that backlight where other guys can see you.
4) The Japanese model could have a hardened ion plating on metal parts.
But how did they announce the wrong model in the first place? I decide to search for online announcements & invariably find “MTG-910D” along with an image of the Japanese model in the first image of this article. The majority of announcements come from German websites; perhaps the original incorrect information comes from a private news wire agency. The earliest announcement in English comes from a well-known watch enthusiast forum. Now, our WIS brothers on more exclusive forums may know every variation ever made of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak but for G-Shocks I need to turn to other experts.
The WIS over at WUS G-Shock forum do not disappoint. There I find the URL of a screenshot from MI3 showing the watch! I apologize for not giving credit where credit is due but I simply had too many windows open at the time & NEEDED to enhance the screenshot right away. I added the magnified section on the left to better identifying the watch.
Maybe the watch was properly identified from the movie trailer but a proper stock image could not be found (Casio USA offers very poor images) & a similar Japanese model was substituted. Most probably there’s a desire the sell that particular model in Japan so a little white lie was perpetrated. There’s also a very slight chance the watch could be a 3-Ring discontinued US model but that doesn’t make sense for a film plug.
MTG-910DA-1V (left) & MTG-920DA-1V (right – should be “Water 200M Resist” instead of “Water 20BAR Resist”)
Don’t intend to see the film at a movie theatre nor do I intend to buy the watch. I enjoyed this search & hope you enjoyed reading about it.
Thanks for viewing,
Adam in NYC