Not too long ago I was about to purchase a new mudman (g9300-1) but was tapped on the back by dragon of doubt regarding the similarity with my Riseman. (Documented here)
The possible alternative was to get a GY or GB model.
I have had first hand experience with negative displays and even though the GY looked quite good, I wasn't willing to sacrifice usability for looks.
Next, a GB version. Could have only bought it online as to my knowledge it wasn't available in Sydney stores that I checked. Wasn't really willing to take a risk on the gold/black negative display by purchasing blind.
One fine day the stars all lined up and I walked past a store with G9300GB on display. Shiny gold and black under the high voltage lamps of the store. I immediately tried it and requested the shop assistant to dim the lights so that I could check the visibility in not so ideal lighting conditions. She preferred to escort me to a darker location in the store instead.
In not so ideal lighting conditions, lo and behold! all the glitter was gone. I now had a plain black looking watch with a dull light gold ring and very hard to see digits. I had my riseman in hand for reference and even though the sales assistant insisted on showing me how cool the light is and so on... I had made up my mind.
In my subjective opinion g9300GB does not look anywhere as good as it looks in product photos unless there's direct light shining on it. It's very bland. Don't get me wrong, it will make for a very good stealth watch. The gold rings aren't too distracting. Props to kung-fusion for the following photo (his thread is here ):
I think this rendition of g9300GB is fairly close to what my experience of seeing the watch in person was. In person the gold ring was even less bright.
Needless to add, I soon purchased the G9300-1. Well, similar to my riseman or not; it definitely has better wrist presence than riseman. Here's a quick grab on my wrist: