I fell in love with this watch the moment I decided to get the first Gshock for me. But, it didnt end there. The watch was hard to find, probably because now its been discontinued, made it even tough to find one. Casio are really misleading people by still keeping this on the official site! The option was the G1250D1A, but had to sideline it because it really did not look exclusive. The BD however, stood out emphatically!
Finally, after a lot of deal hunting, saw a good deal on Amazon and grabbed it. The prices in India were way too exorbitant to lay my hands on this beauty. Was super excited when it got delivered and finally, it reached Mumbai. Was never so happy. Opened it peacefully and there she was wrapped in plastic, straps sealed with all tags intact.
What I loved about this series, was the dual time bit, with date, day and twin world time displays. The amber colored dials look terrific and really amazing to watch. The dial itself is big, chunky in looks and at the same time, light! The steel straps add another finesse to an already awesome watch. Clearly, the best Gravity Defier Casio made.
After adjusting the time and going through the manual twice, noticed a problem. The hour & minute hands didnt seem to move at all when I calibrated the digital time. The rest of the features worked fine but not for these! I smelt a rat. And of course theres no dial to adjust the hands, opened the manual again to find the H-SET function which resets all dials small and big to the 12 o'clock position. First step, the smaller dials cleared the test and hit the mark neatly. Second, the digital display moved to 0:00 but the hands did not move. Tried it many times, but failed! Clearly some problem. The manual reads the hands can malfunction if subject to strong magnetic exposure or impact.
Second issue I started facing was on exiting the HSET feature, the digital display gets hung up and all functions are literally inaccessible for at least 2-3 mins! Surely, this seems to be a defective piece or some internal issue.
Immediately mailed the seller and he agreed to replace it for free but the watch is now with me in India and got it from the USA! Since its under warranty, I can get it checked at the authorised Casio Service Centre for free, which I will do this week. But, am disappointed on how a GShock could go defective, especially a high end one! Definitely not a good start owning one :(
Any inputs from you folks? Will be highly appreciated :)