Found a G-9000 Mudman while hiking in New Zealand
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    Found a G-9000 Mudman while hiking in New Zealand

    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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    Re: Found a G-9000 Mudman while hiking in New Zealand

    Momma said life is like a box chocolate, you never know what you gonna get. Finders keepers!

    Just give it some new clothes and a fresh battery, it should be good to go!

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    Re: Found a G-9000 Mudman while hiking in New Zealand

    Tear it down, give it a good cleaning, and a new battery. I bet it will come back to life provided the gaskets are intact. Which I bet they are. After that you will have yourself a nice back up watch to carry in your pack.
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    Re: Found a G-9000 Mudman while hiking in New Zealand

    Lucky find there! Good luck with the restoration!
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    Re: Found a G-9000 Mudman while hiking in New Zealand

    Nice find!
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    Looking at the pictures I would estimate the watch has been battling the elements for over a year, at least, if it gets resuscitated with a new battery then it'll be true to its name, a mudman :wink:

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    Re: Found a G-9000 Mudman while hiking in New Zealand

    i gotta hike more :/ congrats!
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    Re: Found a G-9000 Mudman while hiking in New Zealand

    What a great story! You must update us on how you get on with it.
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    Re: Found a G-9000 Mudman while hiking in New Zealand

    Nice found. It will be interesting to do a tear down and how much the case resisted the elements.
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    Re: Found a G-9000 Mudman while hiking in New Zealand

    Yeah, that's what we do here in NZ all the time...we plant these things around random places for unsuspecting tourists to find and ultimately feel better about themselves and our piece of paradise downunder. LOL!

    Great find, mate.
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