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    First G: g9000MX-8

    Background:
    When I decided that I was going to be joining the military, I started searching for a watch in the price range of $100. After around 5 seconds of searching I saw a g shock. It was love at first sight. I knew right then and there that my g would be accompanying me deep into enemy territory.

    I was looking at different models and found the mudman series to be exactly what I was looking for; a watch which would be able to withstand the sadistic decibel levels of my drill sergeant.

    I spent a few days looking for a g9000mc-3, but could only find one for $150 on ebay (out of my student price range).

    Then, I had an inner turmoil: do I buy the g9000ms-1 or the g9000MX-8 (I need a dark model)? I finally pulled the trigger on the MX-8 because I was a little nervous about the negative display on the ms-1.

    After some quick searching, I found the MX-8 for around $65 shipped (which left me with $35 to spend on coke slurpees!).

    Initial Reactions and Review:
    I opened the box and drowned myself in drool (the g was ok, it's water resistant). It looked even nicer than any picture I had seen online. In my hands was the nicest looking watch I have seen in a long time. And it wasn't one of those hanky panky, fancy shmancy rolexs.



    I yanked it out of the foam and placed it on my wrist. I felt like I was in heaven. I've had a few watches before the g, but none of them felt like my g. The band was super comfy and the watch sat nicely on my wrist.





    Next, I proceeded to attempt to set the watch. I bought the watch in the U.S.A., but I will be flying to Israel (where I am joining the military) on Sunday, so I wanted to set the home time to gmt +2. After setting it, I couldn't figure out why the NYC time was off by an hour. It took me a few minutes to remember that DST and UTC aren't best friends. After fixing my error, I proceeded to check out the EL (huge fan, works really well) auto-EL (not a fan) and the other features of the watch.

    Problems:
    I keep hurting myself whenever I walk into a brick wall because when I wear my new g shock I am under the impression that I'm invincible just like the watch.

    I've developed a gambling habit while attempting to raise money to buy every g ever made.

    Seriously, I have no complaints with the watch.


    Questions:

    The silver buckle on the strap is going to be a problem for me (I get a cover for the face of the watch, but not for the back) when I go on deep recon missions. Does WUS recommend getting adapters and a new zulu type strap, or somehow stealthing the buckle?

    For my next g, I am looking to get a Jam'in g. Which model is your favorite (please post pictures if you have)?


    Shalom, vbwannab

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    Re: First G: g9000MX-8

    Nice G!

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    Re: First G: g9000MX-8

    Quote Originally Posted by mongo View Post
    Nice G!
    Thanks.

    Does anyone have any idea how I would go about stealthing the buckle piece?

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    Re: First G: g9000MX-8

    Nice pick up! Here's mine:



    As for the buckle, if it really matters, I suppose you could try swapping it out for a generic black buckle.

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    Re: First G: g9000MX-8

    Quote Originally Posted by Kronos View Post

    As for the buckle, if it really matters, I suppose you could try swapping it out for a generic black buckle.
    I would hate for the enemy to spot my unit by a glow off of my buckle.

    Do you think the average watchsmith would carry a replaceable buckle, or would I need to order it online?

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    Re: First G: g9000MX-8

    The G-9000MS-1 has a black buckle, but it is polished and shiny so it is not much help when it comes to reflections.

    I suppose most black buckles will be the same, unless you buy a brushed/matte PVD-coated one (which may cost half the price of the watch ).

    You can always (spray-)paint the buckle using matte black paint (maybe after some sanding and using an automotive paint). It will wear off in time, but it is probably the most effective cheap solution. After all, a cheap black buckle will also be just painted.

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