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