Got my first Frogman two weeks back after surfing this forum for the past few months. I had wanted to buy a premium G-shock so I guess (and hope) this one fits the bill.
It's got this nice asymmetric design that I really like. People who know G-shocks instantly know it's the Frogman. :)
The DLC coating was the main draw for me to choose this one over the final frog. Plus I prefer the colour scheme on the 1000 frog more than what I thought was "too many colours" on the final frog.
The watch itself is well-made. Probably better than the regular Gs like my daily G-350. I've always preferred analog for telling time so this one was really a purchase of passion. On hindsight, it now looks like an expensive gamble since I have not tried on this watch at all before owning it.
The buttons on the right look like triggers. Again, this won me over the standard buttons on the other frog models.
Overall quality is very impressive.
On to some personal thoughts on this watch after owning it for two weeks...
The GF-1000 feels like a premium G-shock and I am pleased with my purchase. It is nice to admire the solid construction and unique iconic design. I strongly encourage G collectors to have a 1000 Frog somewhere in their stable.
However, I'm afraid the same cannot be said when it comes to wearability and fit. Honestly, this is the most uncomfortable watch I've own. Yes, I know small wrist and big watch don't make sense in the first place. But I have been rocking a 53mm U-Boat for 4years with no complains about its comfort.
It seems like the GF-1000 is indeed meant for wearing over a dive suit only. While the case size does not actually post much problems, it is the design of the lugs that cause big discomfort. If you buckle the watch at the middle of the strap without wearing it and look at it from the side, it looks like a letter D. Now I wonder how many human wrists actually take that shape. As a result of this strange shape when you strap on the watch, it feels either too loose or too tight.
It's still early days to decide if this one stays or goes. All I can say is I am admiring it for its quality and aesthetics. It is good enough to simply hold the GF-1000 in my hand and see how nice it is. Perhaps the arrival of a final frog can help with the decision. :)