so my collection suffered some heavy loss - the Zilla is gone. The reason was just not enough wrist time. Not really a good idea wearing a 2 centimeter high and hard as hell titanium watch, when you're playing with your 2.5 year old. So since I'm not a 'box-collector' the Zilla had to go. Now I'm actually kind of glad I sold it 'cause sometimes the only reason I kept it, was the fact that it was my avatar in every watch forum I visit regularly (4).
But well today I changed the Avatar. A big 'thumbs up' for shopemco - my GW-2500B arrived today - really superfast shipping using FedEx. I just didn't take into consideration that this saturday was the 3rd of october - the 'Day of the German Union' (when east and west were united again) - a holiday. So I waited and waited for the FedEx-man to arrive and bring my watch - in vain. But well finally it's on my wrist - and I really was very excited about this purchase - I already studied the manual of course and the GW-2500B seemed to fit the bill almost perfectly. I always liked the idea of an ana-digi watch because I like the intuitive time-reading an analogue watch gives you, but I also love all the bells and whistles of the classic digital atomic-solar G-Shock. The GW-2000 I once had didn't really work out for me - just too slow in response when making adjustments and it also lacked the 4+snooze alarms - I really missed those. So the GW-2500 has it all - well except for the 60min timer - come on Casio! Who needs to know the start time of the timer when you could have used that precious display space for the hours? But since it can be set to repeat 8 times, which basically makes it an 8 hour timer with 'progress beeper' I thought I can live with that.
And I'm not disappointed - the watch looks great - much better than the pictures and the LED-illumination is better than I thought - you can even read the display. Finally I got the intuitive 'at-a-glance'-readability of an analogue combined with all the bells and whistles at a fair price (shopemco wasn't the cheapest, but I read good things about them so I rather paid a little bit more - knowing that I'll get excellent service).
And since this thread is worthless without pics - here they come (like always q'n'd but I will certainly take some better ones in the days to come):
Timer (with the pretty useless start time displayed in the upper display):
So what can I say after a half day of wearing it?
It's very comfy (which I already knew because it's the same case and strap as the GW-2000).
The display is a bit small so I'm glad I chose the positive version.
It's responding quickly when making adjustments (the biggest advantage over the GW-2000).
Finally a different sound for the countdown and for the alarms .
Nice big stainless steel buttons.
Cool looking black bezel.
Current time visible in all modes (also a very big plus in my book).
All in all I think right now this is probably the best ana-digi G-Shock out there (well maybe except for the MTG-1500 with the same features and tough m'vt but that's a different class altogether - also pricewise). And that's why I made it my new avatar.