Here is a watch I picked up a few months ago. I got it from Japan and it came with a G-9100 Gulfman. I picked them up for £130 including all costs to get them to my door.
Here are the sellers pictures.
The Frogman is the DW-8200Z-1T ‘Man in Black’. The watch has had a brand new bezel fitted from the ‘Real Black’ Frogman. I am happy with this as I think the stealth look suits the watch.
When it came I was disappointed to see that the crystal was near wrecked with numerous scratches and scuffs, a number of them deep enough to catch a fingernail. The scratches were actually obscuring the lcd. It is no surprise that it has a new bezel, if the crystal had picked up so much damage what must the bezel have looked like!
So it was out with the dremel and diamond paste. After much polishing I have removed the worst of it but it is not yet completely clear and I might have another go, though it is now not that bad at all.
Here is the Gulfman it came with.
So what is the mystery here? Well the serial number confirms that it is the DW-8200Z-1T.
However, look at the colour of “FROGMAN” on the dial insert it is a sort of bluish grey and it should be red on a Z-1T. Further no 8200 Frog was ever issued with this colour of ‘Frogman’ on the insert.
There is no way anyone has retouched this, the printing is just too perfect.
So has anyone any idea how this has come about? I can only think that the original red colour has changed to this over time under the influence of UV light. It is remarkably even and consistent for this sort of effect though. I can’t think of anything else offhand though. The dial insert can’t have been changed it has the perfect glossy black ’eye’ and there is no other insert that looks like this anyway.