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    GD400HUF-1 Cracked Concrete

    The GD400HUF-1 sets itself apart as that very rare, if not the only, blacked-out sterile with an easily legible dial. This genre is fraught with watches with form over function, low to near no-contrast dials that render useless their main, timekeeping function, reducing them to mere fashion accessories.

    No such problems here. This is a thoughtful design which deftly melds style and practicality with a levelheaded, equal nods to both form and function.

    That quality alone, made it a must-have for me at first sight of introductory, pre-release photos a month or two ago. But aside from that, the GD400 is the latest G to sport one of the sweetest modules, which I believe, first made its appearance in that epitome of all that is Casio, the venerable AE1000 and has since been repeated in GD100 and G8900 Gs. 24-hr stopwatch; 24-hr countdown timer settable down to the second; quick-toggle 4-city multi-time. What's not to like?

    Before release, my Google search would only net (through HUF blog site) HUF's own US site as the only place online that it could be purchased on release date, May 6. This gave me the idea that it would sell out within hours. So I checked the LA-based site at 6 a.m. of the 6th and in a fit of madness ordered two. Sure enough, just past mid-morning, on my second check of the site, they were all sold out.

    Shipped the same day, it took FedEx 6 days to deliver it this past Tuesday, May 12, one day ahead of schedule. Then it took me until today, Sunday, to get around to opening the package while shooting this unboxing. I'll continue "talking" over the pics as we go through this.

    Big, plain old box. Though I'm new to the brand, I already get the feeling that HUF prefers mellowness and understatement.


    Yep, two black boxes check out...But wait, what's that behind the invoice?


    Ah, a gift from HUF, a nice touch.


    These crew socks have the HUF-signature leaf motif etched out all over


    Stripping HUF. The card was discovered underneath the bottom flap under the boxes.


    Lotsa goodies!


    First glimpse of the beautifully done matte and glossy Cracked Concrete pattern


    Looks a lot more like cracked and repaired asphalt though


    The welcome return of the cylindrical case which seems to be reserved for LEs only these days


    ...With the porthole lid


    While the Cracked Concrete applications on paper and metal are very close and similar, the raised-relief of the box makes for enhanced light-play


    Book upon book


    Front tease


    Left side tease


    Right side tease


    That's one no-nonsense G looking at you askance


    Raised edges of bezel level corners with the bull-bar


    Cracked Concrete jungle


    Peculiar choice of time and date. Set for Tokyo of about 3 months, 20 days and 10 minutes ago.


    Goggle-like button housings


    Bottom detail


    If I'm not mistaken, that's the Sun making a cameo appearance above "SAT" through the filters of clouds, screen and glass doors


    Top detail


    A monochromatic delight


    Band, keeper, buckle.


    Back and buttons


    Caseback


    This one's got the right look in spades


    Daylight lume animation for the parting

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    Great write-up and awesome watches, brother. And I like they way you topped it off with your signature lume animation shot.

    The stealth appearance with the positive display on this one makes it a home run, in my opinion. This is the first time I've noticed that the keeper matches the pattern of the band, that's a nice touch. I've got one on the way, should be here this week...Congrats!

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    As always, a great unboxing Thread from you AW. You have some seriously good photo skills. Congrats on the watch.
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    Thanks that was a great unboxing & a very nice G

    I never noticed the raised bezel edges until you pointed them out at the bullbars too

    Your pictures are so clear I can really see all the details.
    This is a nice G with great clarity

    The only thing I wondered about is why the strap/bezel screw lugs are a bit long instead of flush or recessed like the GDX's
    Not a big deal at all but I just wondered

    Congrats on a nice G & I think I am also watching for this one here

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    Well-done review. As mentioned, your post really brings out the details of this watch. I especially liked the animated lume shot. :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by flying View Post
    Thanks that was a great unboxing & a very nice G

    I never noticed the raised bezel edges until you pointed them out at the bullbars too

    Your pictures are so clear I can really see all the details.
    This is a nice G with great clarity

    The only thing I wondered about is why the strap/bezel screw lugs are a bit long instead of flush or recessed like the GDX's
    Not a big deal at all but I just wondered

    Congrats on a nice G & I think I am also watching for this one here
    ...those flat head screws are an absolute nightmare to loosen/remove. I've just spent 1 hour trying to remove them and eventually gave in - these straps are "staying put". The opposite screws seem to be connected somehow in the middle, because whenever i turn one screw, the screw on the other side turns also. Of course the solution would be to somehow clamp or grip the offending screw while turning the other screw - i did this with some effort - small screws and poor eyes are a fatal combination - however as much as i turned the screw it was not unthreading. Several scratches on the screw head and i've had enough.

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    ...why didn't I practice on my GD-400-2 or my GD-400-4 or my GD-400MB-1 rather than a limited edition watch????.

    Answer: never gave it a thought.

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    Incredible photography ... well done on all counts !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev55 View Post
    ...those flat head screws are an absolute nightmare to loosen/remove. I've just spent 1 hour trying to remove them and eventually gave in - these straps are "staying put". The opposite screws seem to be connected somehow in the middle, because whenever i turn one screw, the screw on the other side turns also. Of course the solution would be to somehow clamp or grip the offending screw while turning the other screw - i did this with some effort - small screws and poor eyes are a fatal combination - however as much as i turned the screw it was not unthreading. Several scratches on the screw head and i've had enough.

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    Wow that is interesting Kev....

    Must be as you said one is a hollow sleeve & the other side threaded into it?

    Maybe PM Geopro?
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/unb...a-1906850.html

    He swapped his band to the olive green...

    Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by flying View Post
    Wow that is interesting Kev....

    Must be as you said one is a hollow sleeve & the other side threaded into it?

    Maybe PM Geopro?
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/unb...a-1906850.html

    He swapped his band to the olive green...

    Good Luck
    yeah, Flying, i'd alaready read the GEOPRO thread and everything seemed easy. I felt sure he would have mentioned a problem had there been one.

    Anyhow, i won't be touching that strap anymore - lesson learned ( i hope).
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