Somehow I didn't expect a whole lot of love from the community for the G-2310-1V, given the widespread preference for subdued (read: stealth) colorways on their G-Shocks. I however make no secret of my admiration for the 2310, as it continues to be visually striking in my eyes despite the presence of newer models; it was one of the first new Gs that caught my eye from way back. True, the shiny bezel tends to draw attention to itself, but at least it's the kind of polish that conveys undeniable strength as in stainless steel, unlike the gloss of insufferably cheap thrills as in diamond bling.
As it turns out, there’s a Casio AD near my new workplace, and even though I’m not exactly in the market for a new G right now, I was delighted to find the G-2310R-1D on their display window. I say delighted because it is physically identical to the 2310 right down to the colorway, although I did wonder about the “R” designation and whether or not the 2310R already had an auto calendar that goes all the way to 2099 (module 2184 on the G-2310 is only settable to 2039).
Aesthetically one difference between the two models is the seemingly taller digits on the 2310R compared to the 2310. Then there’s the placement of certain button labels. Also, the power indicator on the 2310R has extra markings from the 2310. But probably the most obvious difference would be the omission of the Data Memory mark on the 2310R, proclaiming World Time in its place; an indication that it might indeed be using a variation of the 2310’s module.
I looked up both models online, and sure enough, the 2310R now uses module 3192 for a longer calendar range. But that’s not all; the new module also lasts longer on a full charge, removes the Databank function, increases the World Time to 31 cities, disables the button tones and does away with the Manual Sleep mode in favor of the Power Save feature which is now standard in newer Tough Solar models. I admit that I was somewhat disappointed at the last detail, since I’ve always wanted to experience the Manual Sleep feature for its novelty and the feeling of control it bestows on the wearer to turn off the display at will, whatever the location and prevailing condition. As a minor point, the use of F(ULL) and E(MPTY) marks on the 2310’s charge indicator evokes an impression of some futuristic fuel gauge, unlike the rather bland HIGH-MID-LOW indicators on the 2310R.
I’ll be turning a year older in five days, and for the first time in my life as a Shocker, two identical watches present a dilemma of sorts. Do I want to go for the re-issued model that's compromised (in my view) but conveniently within my reach, or should I stubbornly continue pining for the now hard-to-find original, flawed as it may be by today's standards? If it proves too much for me, I might settle for a pair of Merrells just in time for typhoon season.