I reached into the shoebox I keep under my bed which houses some "lesser" G-Shocks usually purchased between five and ten years ago. I came across a DW8500 ("Codename"?), gray bezel, black buttons, red "G" on the top button, with a light gray/green resin band that is supposed to simulate a canvas or nylon texture.
I strapped it on and wore it around town today. As I looked at it, I realized that its bezel and covered buttons were either identical to my DW 8400 Mudman watches or, at least, were pretty damn close. I love that bezel; it was like finding another Mudman! Module is slightly different, though, instead of a countdown timer, there is a series of screens for ID information. (I can't say I find that a particularly useful feature. I KNOW my name, blood type, etc. And no one who finds me unconscious on the street is going to think to look for vital info on my G-Shock.)
Anyone else have an 8500? What do folks think?