So after months of waiting, seeing tantalizing wrist shots, reviews and discussions, and a mishap with watches-uk over the 9300GY, I couldn't hold back any longer and finally got myself a G9300-1. To be fair, I was torn between the +ve display and the Gold/Black so I got both, with a solemn promise to myself that I would return the one I liked less. And as expected, I just couldn't bring myself to like the gold accents on the GB. I'm going to return it all right, unless someone wants it (check out the sales forum f29), but I digress.
Anyway, this is an awesome piece - light, super comfy and loaded with features. Time is visible in all modes! Also cool is the city name scroller in WT mode. And as others have pointed out, the solar panel is larger, so I anticipate less frequent drops to 'M'.
That said, I have two questions:
1. I'm being asked the USP of this watch and I've been casually mentioning that it's the first G with a compass. Is it really or does that distinction belong to another G?
2. I'm surprised at the low legibility of the digits on the GB. I've got a GB King coming in sometime soon, can someone who has both do a quick check on the contrast/legibility of the 9300GB vs the GX56GB? I expected a better contrast on the GB than the regular negative displays but was caught off-guard by the opposite observation. Just for comparison I put the 9300GB beside a GX56-1A and felt the King to be slightly more readable. Is it just me?
The ritual wrist shot: (cell phone pic, please excuse)