Well you know how it is, you are just browsing around when you see something that you think is a heck of a bargain. I saw this for sale and thought I would put a cheeky bid in. I wasn't desperate to get it but I can't resist a good deal.
Well I won the auction for a ludicrous price for what are six NOS watches.
Here is what arrived.
As you can see they are box sets of FIFA World Cup 98 G Shocks. These models were only ever issued in these sets and were not available as separate watches..
They were not cheap to buy on issue, running at 70,000 yen for the 'G's and 50000 yen for the Baby Gs plus tax.
However, this is the thing with buying things as a collectors item and then putting them away assuming you will not be losing any money and potentially making some. Quite often it does not work out that way.
This is especially true of these sets because of the packaging etc, it is pretty clear that most people who bought would treat them as collectors pieces and leave them unworn. Therefore, even though they were a quite limited edition, there are quite a number about in NOS condition which tends to depress the price. That is certainly true of the 'G' box set. The Baby G set seems quite rare and I don't recall ever seeing it before.
So instead of making money, I picked up both sets for less than 15% of their original price, which is a fantastic price for me but not for the seller. They normally make much more than this actually but you get what I mean. Someone has the 'G' box set for sale on WUS currently for $1000. Something tells me he will have a long wait!
They are nice watches and I do have a soft spot for FIFA World Cup watches and already have quite a number and these make a very nice addition to the collection.
I have now replaced the batteries in the 'G's. I will post about the 'G's first and will follow up with the Babys later.
The star of the 'G'show is the G-WCUP98-B, which is actually a G-9600. These watches are fantastic quality G Shocks and really fly under the radar. They have very well finished Titanium screwback cases with a decent module as well.
Look at case and how highly polished it is even under the bezel. The top of the case is a lovely polished rich blue colour which contrasts very nicely with the pale blue resin. What would Casio be charging if they produced a G shock with a similar quality Ti case today?
The module is quite nice. The 'eye' shows which mode you are in. It has memo mode for up to thirty records. It has five multi-function alarms which can be set by date etc etc, also hourly signal. It has a 24hr stopwatch as well as a 24hr countdown timer, which can be set to the second and which can also auto repeat. It has an auto EL light and that unusual function, Auto Display, which scrolls through all available functions. It has the auto return function, which I know a lot of members prefer.
The strap is quite nice with a mix of ordinary an jelly resin and with the 'G; motif printed in a couple of places. The adapters mean you could use a variety of straps, removing them would allow you to fit a further wide variety of 'G' straps if you had a mind to.
One thing that these watches prove is that jelly resin does not yellow if kept away from the sun. The jelly on these watches is completely unblemished.
Here are a few wrist shots of the lovely blue.
I think the blue WCUP98 is absolutely stunning and is worth the price I paid for the whole package. It shows that fresh jelly can really look the business especially when combined with this blue plated highly polished Ti case.
Am I pleased? I certainly am.