I was hiking in New Zealand after Christmas with my new PRG300 as mentioned in this post (https://forums.watchuseek.com/f296/ca...s-2764394.html), and on a particularly hot 31C day carrying a 20kg pack, I ran out of water with about 4kms left of a 32km day. But I spotted something familiar sticking through the dirt and the moss next to a highway bridge I was about to cross.
I found a G9000 caked in mud, some green gunk and lots of dust and dirt. The screen wasn't cracked, but the display wasn't working. Not sure how long it was there, but I put it in my pack and kept walking the rest of the way.
I gave it a quick wash when I got to camp by a river, and meant to have a better look at it after I ate something but was too tired and put it back in my pack.
The front light button was stuck down - the green gunk looks organic and appears to have made its way into the cracks. The side buttons are all quite stiff and no sure if they are making contact. The screen was still good - no scratches, but the resin case seems to have taken wear from being left out in the elements. I am guessing that the battery is kaput.
The strap is intact, but the buckle is missing - the spring bar is still in there. I didn't spot the buckle near the watch and this was probably how the original owner lost it.
Anyway, I forgot it was at the bottom of my pack until I got home and cleaned out my pack.
Now, I'll give it a proper clean and see if I can work out how to open it up, put in a fresh battery, and see if it can be revived.