We all know there's no such thing as a perfect G. Be it because of looks or (specially) because of the module, Casio can't (doesn't want?) to make the perfect G-Shock . However, sometimes they get very close to a perfect G-Shock. Well, being honest, usually they get pretty close . And for me a very good example of an almost-perfect G is the G-9100-2DR Gulfman.
I've been wanting to get a Gulfman for a looooong time, but always some other model got in the way, and I kept postponing it. Two things attracted me initially to this model: being a Master of G model, and specially, the Ti case back. When I started to "get serious" about mountain biking in the mid 90's a Ti frame was at the time something almost magic, but specially here in Brazil the price of a Ti ("magic metal") bike was totally out of my reach. Years passed, technologies evolved and I still don't have a Ti bike, but I'll always be a sucker for the magic metal on watches . I particularly think it's the perfect metal for a metal watch: rust resistant, light, tough, hippo-allergenic and not-shiny (I never was a fan of bling in any form).
The Ti makes it very light, with only 54 g. That makes the Gulfman my lightest watch, bar none. It's also on the "regular size", with 46.2 mm in diameter and 16.3 mm high. Being so light and with regular dimensions means that you basically forget that you have a watch on your wrist. The strap isn't THE most comfortable strap I have, but it's very nice to wear.
So why is it only "almost perfect"? Why, because of the module, of course. The 3088 has almost all that I want, but commits two sins: you can't reverse the moon phase between the South/North hemisphere (with the 3261 module of the Muddy 9300 you can), and worse of all, the SW and CT do not display current time . And according to the G-Shock Code:6. Countdown timer & stopwatch
You shall only buy a model that displays current time in CT and SW mode. If the watch doesn't have the feature but is cool, go ahead and buy it, though then you shall moan about the lack of the feature on online forums.
The lack of current time on SW mode means it's not an ideal model for mountain biking, but being so light almost makes up for that. And in interesting and pretty ironic fact about that inaugural ride last two Fridays ago (the same day I received the Gulfman in the mail). I got home fine after the ride but at night my right eye started to bother me. The next morning it was totally red and stinging, and on close examination I could see a small black dot at the 6 o'clock of my cornea - yeah, something got into my eye. So I went to the ER and the ophthalmologist saw I had some sort of metal particle in my cornea. Worse of all, it already had oxidized (literally my cornea was rusting, I kid you not), so he had to remove the particle AND drill (yes, drill) all the rust out. The result: I had to stay quiet at home until last Wednesday with an eye bandage, with the risk of an infection that could lead to cornea ulcer. That's pretty serious; depending on the degree it can ruin your cornea and then you need a transplant (!!!). But yesterday I went back to the eye doctor and all is well with my eye, I can even get back on the saddle again and no more stingy eye drops .
So there you have it: another almost perfect G-Shock. Is it worth it? Heck yeah, a great all-arounder, though it's not in conformity with the modern big-is-better trend. But for those like me, who don't "need" gignormous watches, this is a pretty neat one to get .