I've been noticing for quite a while now that most atomic receiving G-shocks are only being released in Japan, and then non-atomic versions of them become export models. I know that's not really news, but if you look at the current catalogs on both Casiousa.com and gshock.com, the only recent models with atomic receiving capabilities are the Sky Cockpits. Pretty much all the other atomic G's are over a year old or even older. It would seem Casio is aiming at a lower price point for the brand and is moving away from this market, in the US at least. Pricier G's are drying up with the Frogman no longer being listed and the Giez and MTG models fading away. Same goes for Baby-G, if you check that site none of the models have atomic sync at all. Meanwhile, for the Protreks, a more upmarket brand, new models are continually being introduced with the feature as well as the surging Edifice line. It's looking more and more if you want a G with atomic sync you'll have to import from Japan since new atomic G's are being produced all the time showcasing cool technology like Tough Movt but only for sale in Japan, which is a real (expensive) shame.
Maybe G's with atomic sync aren't a big selling point for the general American public but I certainly would miss the feature if this were to be the future for G's in the US. I'm not married to the tech, and don't mind setting my non-atomics manually, but it is a great convenience that would be missed.
Thoughts? Do you see this as a trend for Casio too?