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    The first all metal Gshock

    The MR-G series started out in 1996 and lasted through 1999 and were sold only in Japan. Marketed as "toughness dressed in elegance", for the "older, professional" crowd supposedly. A few years later they resumed the MR-G line with different models. The first model was the MR-G 100 in stainless steel. Here's a MR-G 100TZ-5 which came out in 1997.

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    Functions are basic. Stopwatch, timer, alarm, signal, light. This model is titanium and has a special engraved clasp as all the "TZ" models do. I personally prefer the titanium models as they are more comfortable being lighter than the SS models. The bracelet is a tad tight, but I managed to find an extra bracelet link which is on the way from Japan. I'll be buffing the clasp out tonight. One might assume titanium MR-G's are expensive, and they were 3-400 bucks back in the day, but 20 years later you can find them for under 100. Snagged this one for less than 90.

    I was a strict square man until I came across the early MR'G's, now I've become quite enamored with them. Here's my little collection so far, all are titanium "TZ" models except for the anadigi 131 which only came in one variety:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fergfour View Post
    The MR-G series started out in 1996 and lasted through 1999 and were sold only in Japan. Marketed as "toughness dressed in elegance", for the "older, professional" crowd supposedly. A few years later they resumed the MR-G line with different models. The first model was the MR-G 100 in stainless steel. Here's a MR-G 100TZ-5 which came out in 1997.

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    Functions are basic. Stopwatch, timer, alarm, signal, light. This model is titanium and has a special engraved clasp as all the "TZ" models do. I personally prefer the titanium models as they are more comfortable being lighter than the SS models. The bracelet is a tad tight, but I managed to find an extra bracelet link which is on the way from Japan. I'll be buffing the clasp out tonight. One might assume titanium MR-G's are expensive, and they were 3-400 bucks back in the day, but 20 years later you can find them for under 100. Snagged this one for less than 90.

    I was a strict square man until I came across the early MR'G's, now I've become quite enamored with them. Here's my little collection so far, all are titanium "TZ" models except for the anadigi 131T which only came in one variety:

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    You may call me MR ferGfour now ;)
    What's the second from the left?


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    Nice collection. That MRG131 is a rare bird
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    What's the second from the left?

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    The models in the pic left to right are the 210TZ, 110TZ, 100TZ, 131.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stockae92 View Post
    Nice collection. That MRG131 is a rare bird
    Thanks. The 131 is indeed a rare one. The other early MRG's often had several versions of each model, be it SS, TI, different 'color' schemes, clasps, caseback engravings, etc. Not so the 131, there was only one model. Casio seemed to focus more on the double digital display MRG's back in those days with around ten 130 and 1200 models.
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    Excellent collection of early MRG's! I recall drooling over them in the late 90's every time I passed by a store selling Casios, when I was living in Taiwan. I ended up with a 130T. It took a big chunk out of my savings as I was making peanuts as an engineer in a LCD monitor company. I wish I would've also picked up a 210TZ or 110TZ but I wasn't into squares at the time and besides my budget couldn't afford it.

    Since we're on the topic of early MRG's, does anyone know how to remove the bracelet from the case? I'd love to take my 130T apart for cleaning.
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    Thanks kevio! It's hard finding old MR-G's that are in good shape, functioning, with original caseback protector, and with bracelets that aren't too small. They're older models, they weren't for export, and in the day guys were paying like 400 bucks for them and probably have some sentimental value now. But when you can find one that checks all the boxes and costs less than what you'd pay for a new 5600, it's very satisfying.
    I was wondering about the bracelet too. I don't know if it's a pin or what. Not going to mess with it though right now!
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    Op, If ever you decide to wear your 110 in a secluded dark alley, please inform me in advance so i can prepare for it jk

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    Amazing collection. Thanks for sharing.
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