I am really pleased with my latest pickup, an addition to my Real Black collection.
I am sure most of our longer term members know about the Real Black series which were issued 2000 -2001.
They appeared in a number of series including the most popular 5600s and 6900s. and most famously, the Frogman They are fairly rare and some are extremely rare and hardly ever seen.
The one I have just found is one of the very rarely seen models. the G-100BK-1EMJF.
The watch is in mint basically unworn condition which is another very pleasing thing.
The watch is a fairly basic ani/digi with the typical Real Black subdued red LCD display, which is very hard to read in low light and hard to photograph but looks good in sunlight. The colour of the writing and graphics match the colour of the display which is aesthetically pleasing
The dial has a very nice 3D look with its prominent batons on quite a deep face. The bezel is completely blacked out as on all Real Blacks.
It has timekeeping and calendar mode. Unusually the calendar mode is the default mode and is the one the watch returns to from other modes.
As I said the watch has a fairly basic module with a 24 hour stopwatch, alarm, hourly signal and dual time.
In its heyday there were numerous variants of the G-100 and its look was popular. They can still be found fairly easily. A popular variant was the 12 Beasts series. The Real Black must have been produced in very low numbers though as you very rarely see them if ever.
Funny enough the G-100 is still produced, only in one model though. I suppose there must still be a demand for it and I can understand it with its classic look and simplicity. It is also a fair size for an old model being 49mm wide.
I am not that keen on the electro/magnetic graph on the face, can't see the point just to emphasise its anti-magnetic quality others must like it though.
The watch has a Japanese movement but this one is cased in Malaysia.
The lume is decent, given the age of the watch but, in common with most Casio's, it doesn't last as long as the lume on say Citizen's etc.
So not the most amazing G in terms of function but a bit of a classic good looker and it joins the rest of my Real Black collection.