today finally my G-3011 arrived for which I had to wait some time (in fact it was only 10 days but you know how it is ). And the battery was almost dead too, so here's some pice of how it arrived and the battery change - I can tell you: that model is one big PITA to do a battery change on - almost like a Zen exercise: 'stay calm, stay focused, live for the moment, annihilate the self' .
So here we go:
Battery almost dead - as you can see in the next pic (backlight wasn't working too):
So now the fun starts :
Notice all those tiny screws? Those have to get back in the case somehow (tiger2 had a pretty good thread on a G-3010 too, with pics of all those screws). The strap is also attached with screws to the side of the case - not with springbars.
The battery is fixed in the case in such a way that you need a needle or something thin and pointed to get it open - like on the GT-001.
Notice the 'Japan A' on the battery :
Now trying to piece it back together - here you can see the little screws holding the strap - and the pretty massive steel bezel:
The side protectors:
:oops: forgot something :
So the whole process repeats - but then finally after maybe a half hour: patient is alive and beeping:
Man I love that ugly piece of plastic with the huge cartoonish digits (is there a G that has bigger digits? I doubt it) .
It fits my wrist like it was made for it:
But the strap is very short - so anybody with big wrist interested in that model - try getting the one with the velcro strap .
I already have the G-3010 so I'm used to the functions - the module is the same, just with a different display. The creepy eye is pretty cool also - but completely useless like most eyes on G-Shocks . The whole thing is built like a tank and very comfy. The functions are excellent too - time in every mode except tele-memo (which I never use anyway), 24hr timer but only 60min STW; 4 alarms plus snooze (really loud too) and dual-time feature. So for all the people with skinny wrists like mine and bad eyesight or just a fondness for cartoonish design and duplex LCDs - this is the watch for you . It also symbolizes in a perfect way almost everything that outsiders think about Gs - big, chunky and ugly - did I mention that I just love this model ?