Gold squares, here is an unusual one.
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    Gold squares, here is an unusual one.

    I have not worn gold watches for decades but with these new gold GWM-B5000’s G Shocks being issued recently and some of the old gold basic Casio’s becoming quite cool to wear, I thought I would keep an eye out for something interesting. No way I was paying the £500 to £1200 these newer gold squares are going for though, I wasn’t that keen on wearing a gold watch!

    Well I saw this for sale in Japan, quite fancied it and managed to get it.




















































































    It is the i-Range IRW-101GJ-9JF and it is a Japan only model, it is about fifteen years old. I like the i-Range watches they are quite elegant for a digital, very thin and usually all SS or Titanium and I already have a few. Japan made.

























    This model is also the limited edition ‘Black Mic’ model with a housefly motif. Black Mic is something to do with Hip Hop and is a total mystery to me, very little on line about this and I don’t know if anyone has any more information about it.







    The watch itself was new, unsized and unworn. Pretty amazing to find one like this after so many years. It is solar and atomic (though only in Japan as it was never issued outside). It has a stopwatch, countdown timer, five alarms, including snooze, hourly signal, it also has world time. You can mute the watch when switching between modes.








































    You can have various displays in timekeeping modes.

























    Nice clear LED.










    I sized the watch and what a faff that was, it has a system I have never seen before with each link having some sort of locking mechanism and it is really tricky to unlock them, finally did it though.

    The watch is well polished with different finishes, high gloss, brushed and satin, quite attractive I think.

    It wears well, square watches always wear bigger than their dimensions would suggest, it is 33 mm by 51 mm and is only 7 mm thick and weighs 74 g.


































































































    So any thoughts on the watch and on wearing a quite blingy gold watch like this, they certainly seem to have come back into fashion quite a bit and I think it stands up well against the recent gold squares casio have done, like the GMW-B5000GD-9








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    Re: Gold squares, here is an unusual one.

    It's pretty cool Mitch, not the sort of thing I'd normally say was nice, but somehow it appeals to me.
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    Re: Gold squares, here is an unusual one.

    It has some appeal,maybe just not in gold.

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    Re: Gold squares, here is an unusual one.

    I actually really like it - it's got a great, 80s vibe to it, with some fun design flourishes. I'd wear it for sure.

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    Re: Gold squares, here is an unusual one.

    Nice watch, never seen it before
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    Re: Gold squares, here is an unusual one.

    It looks really good on you Mitch so congratulations.

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    Re: Gold squares, here is an unusual one.

    Here is the watch against my other i-range watches. These others range from full SS, SS with a Ti bracelet to full Titanium and sapphire. All the silver watches are slim and light with really good fit and finish.























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    Re: Gold squares, here is an unusual one.

    i know a couple things about hip hop and sneakers but all i can tell you is they did a collab with new balance like 10 years ago. so they mustve been an "it" group back then to score some big collabs but mightve fizzled when hip hop started to die lol

    edit: yep 2006 to be precise https://hypebeast.com/2006/2/new-balance-574-black-mic
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    Re: Gold squares, here is an unusual one.

    I appears that Casio did another collaboration featuring 'Black Mic' this one a DW-5600.

    Here is one for sale, though it does look overpriced to me.


    https://www.ebay.com/itm/CASIO-G-SHO...75.c100623.m-1




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    Re: Gold squares, here is an unusual one.

    Very nice, looks great on your wrist.

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