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    9400 rangeman readability in sunlight

    Im getting a rangeman and debating which model. The green is by far my favorite aestheticslly, and i am a sucker for negative displays but how is the readability in harsh sunlight? I like positive display the least but i do a lot of mountain climbing and similar high sunlight activities and need this to be legible first and foremost. Anyone get either the green, or black with negative display and have trouble reading it outdoors in the daylight? Am i making a mistake pulling the trigger on the green one?
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    Re: 9400 rangeman readability in sunlight

    While I like the look of the stock green, I went to the expense of buying extras as cheaply as possible to swap the modules to make this:




    if you are even asking the question, get the positive.



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    Re: 9400 rangeman readability in sunlight

    If you catch the light right, it is gorgeous....but there are plenty of times when it is nearly blank looking black.





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    Re: 9400 rangeman readability in sunlight

    I still never understand the sentiment regarding legibility of negative displays. I own two G-shocks with negative displays and it's not as bad as you think. Direct sunlight you'll have no problem. Extreme low light maybe more or a problem, especially depending on your geographic location. However, the watch comes with a back light so the latter really shouldn't be an issue.

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    Re: 9400 rangeman readability in sunlight

    Awesome! Was that an easy mod? Does the 'movement' just unscrew from the casimg so that is like a ten minute mod done with nothing but a screwdriver?



    Quote Originally Posted by yankeexpress View Post
    While I like the look of the stock green, I went to the expense of buying extras as cheaply as possible to swap the modules to make this:




    if you are even asking the question, get the positive.




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    Re: 9400 rangeman readability in sunlight

    Series of bright sunlight shots







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    Re: 9400 rangeman readability in sunlight

    Quote Originally Posted by Couloirman View Post
    Awesome! Was that an easy mod? Does the 'movement' just unscrew from the casimg so that is like a ten minute mod done with nothing but a screwdriver?
    Correct! Simple with a good tiny Phillips head screw driver and a long thumb nail to pry the bezels off.

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    Re: 9400 rangeman readability in sunlight

    More bright sunlight shots from back when I received the first green from Japan.











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    Re: 9400 rangeman readability in sunlight

    Quote Originally Posted by JarenCarter View Post
    I still never understand the sentiment regarding legibility of negative displays. I own two G-shocks with negative displays and it's not as bad as you think. Direct sunlight you'll have no problem. Extreme low light maybe more or a problem, especially depending on your geographic location. However, the watch comes with a back light so the latter really shouldn't be an issue.
    As I see it, the problem mostly IS with the "low light" situations where a positive display would still be legible without the backlight -- when people don't want to HAVE TO use two hands to see what time it is!

    I have one DW-5600 with a negative LCD that I modified myself with the help of thise handy tutorial -- it's usually quite easy to read outdoors in the daytime. My problem with it is that indoors it sometimes DOES require the backlight to read it, while in the same lighting I can easily read a "positive display" with just a glance -- and with just one hand.

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