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    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:
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    Re: G9300 Vs G9300GB; Score 1 - 0

    Not surprising the result. I came to the same conclusion years ago with the GW-800 series. Enjoy your muddie


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    Re: G9300 Vs G9300GB; Score 1 - 0

    I got the 9300GY a few days ago. Every day, I'm liking it more and more. Granted in some lighting conditions it's dark but it doesn't bother me. I just tilt the wrist a bit more. I like the negative display much more so I'm willing to compromise a little. Most of the time it reads just fine.

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    Re: G9300 Vs G9300GB; Score 1 - 0

    I agree with the OP. I have the black/gold atomic 9300 and the regular display atomic 9300. Will be ditching the GB soon. I often had to look twice at the negative display in any kind of light to simply see what time it is. Forget about the moonphase function, the detail is almost impossible to view with the negative display. It's a real disappointment to have to use the backlight in low light level situations instead of a quick read that the positive gives. The positive display is so much easier to read, and while the 9300 1JF does not look as cool as the 9300GB 1JF on the wrist, I'd rather be able to tell the time easily. Isn't function over form one of the defining characteristics of G-Shock watches?

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    Re: G9300 Vs G9300GB; Score 1 - 0

    A negative display will always be harder to read, likewise, it will always be cooler
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    Re: G9300 Vs G9300GB; Score 1 - 0

    Agreed with everyone, lol. That´s why I have the standard version for normal use, and just bought the GB to cool ocasions (I wrote special ocasions on another thread and some members disagree with Gs on special ocasions, who knows why.....). Someday, who knows, I mod the GB as Kung-fusion did.

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    Re: G9300 Vs G9300GB; Score 1 - 0

    I think this thread is not about that a positive display is (usually) better to read than a negative one (we all know that), but that the gold/yellowish negative digits are MUCH harder to read than the grey/silverish negative digits. In theory yellow on black background gives a better contrast, than grey on black backgound but the practice shows us otherwise - at least in the world of LCD watches. As I wrote above I had the same experience with the GW-800 series years back. Bought a GW-800BD for coolness factor and maximum stealth:



    Altough it does not appear as bad as it was in that picture due to the flash, this watch was almost impossible to read under any light condition other than direct sunlight. It was so bad that even outdoors I had to use often the el-backlight when standing in a shade. After a couple days I decided that I couldn't live with it and got a GW-810BXD instead:



    That made literally a day and night difference. This display is much easier on the eyes and still to date the watch is in my possession although I don't wear it much anymore.


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    Re: G9300 Vs G9300GB; Score 1 - 0

    I agree!! I had to sell the GY after trying to see the display in the house. The G9300-1 is great!!

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