So - it took more than a year till I finally got one . I thought I might as well add a little review to the already existing thread. I didn't see much about the AWG-M100 on the forum yet and I think it deserves a little more attention as it's a really nice model for the ana-digi fans among us (I'm one of them ).
Here it is then - the stealthy AWG-M100B (I already showed it in the daily WRUWs):
I got mine slightly used from a German watch forum - bought it from a good friend there.
This watch is very hard to photograph because of the stealth look - you see every little dust-particle and the negative displays are hard to capture.
I already gave a little overview on the functions in the 1st post of this thread - but here's a link to the manual:
I'll just quickly list the features again:
- main time-keeping screen shows "mute" and "hands" and "RCVD" on the right LCD, "DST" and "LT" for the auto-LED on the left display, "ALM", "SIG" and charge indicator on the lower LCD
- worldtime (full city name does scroll through the display once - then changes to 3-letters airport-code) - the left LCD shows the time of the worldtime city - time-swap feature
- stopwatch (60min) - lower display shows 1/100th sec - left one shows minutes and seconds
- 100min timer setable in 1-sec increments
- 5 alarms - no snooze
- amber LED at 6 o'clock position
- lumed hands (just forget about the lume )
- illumination duration setable between 1 and 3 seconds
- hand-moving feature - can be engaged by pressing "mode" for a few seconds - on the setting screens the hands move automatically - which is only semi-useful however - e.g. if you set an alarm you're sometimes already done before the hands stop moving out of the way - they always move to the next position in which no hand covers an LCD - which depending on the time can be slower or faster of course, but because the LCDs are smaller than on the GW-2500 e.g. - the feature is useful as the hands can completely cover the LCD while on the GW-2500 a little look from an angle is often enough to still see everything you need to see
- button beeps can be turned off
- the watch is only 40mm without buttons which makes it quite comfy
Now some features I like that were not mentioned in the short description on the Casio homepage - they are in the manual but some I simply overlooked and was quite surprised so see them.
- there is a pre-alarm countdown on the main-screen, as soon as the remaining time to the alarm is 60min the right LCD starts counting down - actually quite useful and not a lot of G-Shocks had that feature (of my collection the G-2900 and the duplex models (G-3XXX) have it)
- once the alarm sounds there is a nice little animation in the right window - too bad I don't have any pics of that
- as usual on a G-Shock - sound and movement or sound and light don't mix - so when you press the start-button to start the timer or stopwatch and the hands are still moving - they stop for as long as the button beep sounds - interesting IMO
What I really like about that model is the stealth factor which is quite high - still the readability of the analog time is excellent because of the bright white hands - I only wish they were either fully lumed with a stronger lume or just completely skeletonized. There are also some "blingy" accents however - the frames of the hour markers are polished as is the G-Shock logo and the frames around the LCDs - adds a little elegance to the stealth-look - I like it a lot.
The solar panels are covered by translucent plastic with the honeycomb pattern also known from the GW-9010 Mudman and a few other solar models.
btw - like on many other G-Shocks the display is designed in such a way that it is best viewed either directly from the top or at a slight angle when wearing it on the left wrist - not a good watch for lefties as the digits can almost disappear when looked at from the other side at an angle. So - for all who dislike negative displays - this watch is probably a NoNo.
A little comparison pic with the GW-2500B (one of my favourite Casio ana-digi G-Shocks):
The GW-2500 looks bigger but that is mainly because of the big metal bezel and different shape - when I put them on top of each other the diameter looks exactly the same - however the GW-2500 is a little higher.
The AWG-M100 is the nicer 24/7 watch because of the smaller height. Concerning the features it depends on what you want - the GW-2500 has a longer stopwatch but shorter timer (albeit with repeat) - it doesn't beep on mode changes as it has the little function subdial. I prefer the beep as it gives an acoustical feedback while on the GW-2500 you always have to look at the LCD to make sure the timer is running. The GW-2500 has a snooze alarm which the AWG-M100 sadly lacks but you can just set a few alarms in a row if you absolutely "need" the snooze-effect
The steel buttons are nice on both - the ones on the GW-2500 are a little bigger though. The overall shape of the AWG-M100 is very similar to the G-77XX and they seem to share the same strap (not taking into account the 77XX-models with special straps).
So my final verdict after wearing it for a few days:
- a nice alternative to the more expensive Aviators IMO
- the hand-moving feature is probably more useful in normal everyday use than the tough movement
- stealth factor is really high on the AWG-M100B-1
- very comfy even after wearing it a few days without taking it off
- for the ana-digi fans that think the Aviators and GA-models are too big
- I'd go so far as to say this might even be worn in an office environment because of the design - and I got a compliment on a Swiss watch forum from a hardcore collector of mechanical watches who said "hey, those G-Shocks look quite interesting with hands on them "