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    Gulfman- Octopus Encounter

    Octo-tough! DW-9700 Helly Hansen Nippon Challenge. Protected against sea and creature, neither corrosion nor octopus can penetrate the titanium and plastic that is the mighty Gulfman and wrestle this G from my wrist! "the real Peterman", a Man of G.

    Enjoyed a nice snorkle in the company of green sea turtles and this octopus-- the 5 foot white tip reef shark hiding in its cave. They are indeed amazing creatures, and I am humbled to be in their presence.
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    Great shot! I love octopi. I sometimes find them at the tidepools and it is fun letting them grab at my fingers and try to pull me into their lairs... I've never held one, though. They are very interesting, intelligent animals. Have you ever been bit by one? I've read they bite hard and then spit venom onto the wound, so I've been careful not to get close to the beak.

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    Re: Gulfman- Octopus Encounter

    What a cool pic!!! Thanks for sharing!
    Hook 'Em!!

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    Re: Gulfman- Octopus Encounter

    I'm jealous of octopi because they can wear 8 G's at once.
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    Re: Gulfman- Octopus Encounter

    so tell us why this pic is not your new avatar!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by jmathis View Post
    Octo-tough! DW-9700 Helly Hansen Nippon Challenge. Protected against sea and creature, neither corrosion nor octopus can penetrate the titanium and plastic that is the mighty Gulfman and wrestle this G from my wrist! "the real Peterman", a Man of G.

    Enjoyed a nice snorkle in the company of green sea turtles and this octopus-- the 5 foot white tip reef shark hiding in its cave. They are indeed amazing creatures, and I am humbled to be in their presence.

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    I will likely never hold one again. I didn't get bit. I have also heard that the bite can be hard. Don't know about the venom. I think this was a "baby". I would like to think it was smart enough to know that "I meant it no harm", but it was probably just scared and exhausted. Play it safe, observe and keep distance. Dangerous enough-- don't add more to the equation. Worst I've been in was a tangle with a Portuguese Man of War. Thankfully that was a small one, too. The tentacles got my forehead and into my hair. I booked it fast back to shore! Really didn't get a bad reaction-- not sure why, since I've read that the Man of War sting is usually very bad.

    I really enjoy using the Gulfman and Riseman (GW-9200) here on Maui. With both the sea and a 10,000 foot mountain they each get a workout. Very useful and rugged watches. I used to employ the tide/moon/sun featured G-Lide GL-150 here, but the battery was in need of change regularly. Once I handled the solar-powered DW-9700 Gulfman, then the GL-150 found the drawer, and the 9700 graced the wrist for action at sea.

    The DW-9700 and GL-150 are remarkably similar in the feature set. But, there are some curious differences:

    Power
    DW-9700 Gulfman: solar
    GL-150: standard battery

    Alarms
    DW-9700 Gulfman: qty 5, setable to month/day, no snooze with 5-element "eye" showing each alarm status "on/off", alarm is loudest of all my Gs, wish the "eye" showed alarm ON/OFF status in all modes, but it only shows alarm status in the alarm mode, else the "eye" counts seconds in current-time mode, spins around fast clockwise in stopwatch mode, spins around fast anti-clockwise in countdown timer mode, and displays nothing in moon and sun modes.
    GL-150: qty 3, setable to month/day, yes snooze, only "alm/snz" indicator for any/all of the 3 alarms, display "flashes" when current time is less than 1 hour away from alarm set-time (this is very cool feature)-- stop flashes once you press a button.

    Countdown Timer
    DW-9700 Gulfman: 24 hours with repeat
    GL-150: 60 minutes with repeat and setable pre-alarm-ending alert beeps before final zero-time alarm

    Moon/tide/Sun
    DW-9700 Gulfman: time to calculate data can be a couple of minutes (slower than GL-150)
    GL-150: time to calculate data can be less than 1 minute (faster than DW-9700)

    Moon/tide Display
    DW-9700 Gulfman: moon phase and tide graph shown on-disply at all times and all modes, does not show magnitude of tide change as varies with moon phase (i.e., largest changes from low/high tide at new and full moon phases and smallest differences between low/high tide at half-moon phase)
    GL-150: only displays plot of tide and moon phase when mode is chosen-- puts time in small window at top of display; else time is displayed instead very large digits in center of display. The plot of the tides shows three different tide magnitude levels based on the phase of the moon (full, quarter, half, new) Note, GL-150 uses dual layer/two color LCD panels which is very cool.

    Case Design
    DW-9700 Gulfman: titanium, standard strap screw lugs to attach band to module buttons well protected, good bezel protection, domed crystal
    GL-150: the most robust band-to-case bolted-together design I've ever seen; so many screws hold the strap and case together! seems super tough; end of strap has a very elegant nub to keep the strap keeper from sliding off the end of the strap; deepest bezel depth to glass on any G I've handled-- very impressive

    Buttons
    DW-9700 Gulfman: 4 buttons; lower right button activates light only in time-display mode, else same button is used to advance settings or start/stop timers or cycle through the 5 alarms, recommend turning "auto EL" ON so to tip watch and turn on light automatically in every mode, plastic buttons all around, very easy to push
    GL-150: 5 buttons, dedicated light button, but curiously the button that operates the light changes when you enter the countdown timer and the stopwatch modes-- instead of the front button operating the light, the front button becoes the start/stop and the lower right button becomes the light button (kind of confusing), nice metal button all around, easy to push

    I've really enjoyed both the GL-150 and the DW-9700. They both deliver features and toughness in two very different body armors.
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    | GW-9010-1; Mudman Rally Timer; August 22, 2012 | GS-1150-1; Giez; 2011 | DW-9700NC-8T; Helly Hansen; Sept 20, 2010 | G-8000F-9DR; Sept 18, 2010 | GW-9200; Riseman; June 29, 09 | DW-1000: pre-G; orig 1982; refurb Sept, 06 | GL-150-8v; ~2001 | G-7000D-8v; ~2000 | G-5600J; RECOVER plagued | G-8000F-4DR; Feb 26, 2007 | Giez GS-1001-7ADR; Jan 3, 2008 | three data bank calculators | BG-148; ~2000 |

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjt65 View Post
    so tell us why this pic is not your new avatar!!!
    Funny you should ask. I actually thought -- briefly-- about switching the avatar pic. Laziness, I suspect.... Definitely a better pic.
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    | GW-9010-1; Mudman Rally Timer; August 22, 2012 | GS-1150-1; Giez; 2011 | DW-9700NC-8T; Helly Hansen; Sept 20, 2010 | G-8000F-9DR; Sept 18, 2010 | GW-9200; Riseman; June 29, 09 | DW-1000: pre-G; orig 1982; refurb Sept, 06 | GL-150-8v; ~2001 | G-7000D-8v; ~2000 | G-5600J; RECOVER plagued | G-8000F-4DR; Feb 26, 2007 | Giez GS-1001-7ADR; Jan 3, 2008 | three data bank calculators | BG-148; ~2000 |

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    Re: Gulfman- Octopus Encounter

    The DW-9700 is a great watch, and the Helly Hansen model in particular is beautiful

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBlock72 View Post
    I'm jealous of octopi because they can wear 8 G's at once.
    Ha! I guess even octopi need to know the time and tides in multiple time and surf zones. Helps when calling octo-family abroad.
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    | GW-9010-1; Mudman Rally Timer; August 22, 2012 | GS-1150-1; Giez; 2011 | DW-9700NC-8T; Helly Hansen; Sept 20, 2010 | G-8000F-9DR; Sept 18, 2010 | GW-9200; Riseman; June 29, 09 | DW-1000: pre-G; orig 1982; refurb Sept, 06 | GL-150-8v; ~2001 | G-7000D-8v; ~2000 | G-5600J; RECOVER plagued | G-8000F-4DR; Feb 26, 2007 | Giez GS-1001-7ADR; Jan 3, 2008 | three data bank calculators | BG-148; ~2000 |

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    Re: Gulfman- Octopus Encounter

    Quote Originally Posted by kung-fusion View Post
    The DW-9700 is a great watch, and the Helly Hansen model in particular is beautiful
    Thanks to all replying to the thread!

    Upon a time, there were a many variety of DW-9700. I am fortunate and thankful to have this HH model. I will always keep my eyes open for one of the ICERC DW-9700 models-- like your avatar, kung-fusion. Cool.
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    | GW-9010-1; Mudman Rally Timer; August 22, 2012 | GS-1150-1; Giez; 2011 | DW-9700NC-8T; Helly Hansen; Sept 20, 2010 | G-8000F-9DR; Sept 18, 2010 | GW-9200; Riseman; June 29, 09 | DW-1000: pre-G; orig 1982; refurb Sept, 06 | GL-150-8v; ~2001 | G-7000D-8v; ~2000 | G-5600J; RECOVER plagued | G-8000F-4DR; Feb 26, 2007 | Giez GS-1001-7ADR; Jan 3, 2008 | three data bank calculators | BG-148; ~2000 |

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