I narrowed my search. Help me to the finish line! GW7900B-1 GR-8900A-1
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    I narrowed my search. Help me to the finish line! GW7900B-1 GR-8900A-1

    I am looking to spend about $100-200 on a every day wear G-Shock. I've used various searches and seem to have found 2 watches which fit my requirements: the GW7900B-1 or GR-8900A-1.

    Must Have:
    Solar
    Mostly Black
    Round
    Easy to read digital display
    Big

    I am 6'4 with a sturdy frame so small watches look toylike on my wrist. I want something that fits me, and these two seem big and useful. They also seem to be older models. Has Casio released any newer watches that fit these specs?

    The GW7900B-1 has multi band 6 (atomic time) and it features these "wings" under the band which claim to make it easier to wear. This will be an every day wear for me so feedback on if this actually makes for a more comfortable watch is useful.

    The newer GR-8900A-1 lacks atomic (not a huge deal) but seems to have an "easier to read at night" face due to its back lighting technique and negative display. It is even a bit more stealth looking due to the lack of lugs.

    Also, for the life of me, I can't figure out why finding size comparisons seems so hard. Casio doesn't manage to give size measurements and so I don't even have a good idea on how the two compare in size. Does anyone have both who could provide a comparison?

    There also seems to be a similar watch to these two, the GW-9400-1CR. It seems to have some extra stuff that doesn't matter to me and a more grey face with red accents which is turning me off as its much less stealth. Seems to be a bit better build quality tho.

    Anyone think I am on the right track here or have a totally different suggestion? I have a little collection of dress style watches, and some divers. Nothing super high end, but not cheap-o fashion brand stuff (seiko, citizen, etc), and I want something that is just simple. The G-Shock series seems like it has a higher level of respect within the watch community and I can only assume that is due to their quality and durability.

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    Re: I narrowed my search. Help me to the finish line! GW7900B-1 GR-8900A-1

    I have a 7900 “G Rescue”. I’ve had it for many years now, prob around 6-7 years and while I love it, after seeing the STN display Casio uses now, I know I wanna upgrade. I also on a 9400 with the negative display (JDM version) and it too is a great watch. I prefer the backlight on that because it’s a white LED instead of the green EL. I don’t think you could go wrong with either; you should also consider the GW2310FB-1CR...from what I’ve seen that’s another contender and it’s all blacked out if your like that sorta thing.


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    Re: I narrowed my search. Help me to the finish line! GW7900B-1 GR-8900A-1

    GW-8900 is solar and atomic and BIG. My wrist is 7.5 inch and the 8900 is right out at the max for me.







    There are other colorways as well

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    Re: I narrowed my search. Help me to the finish line! GW7900B-1 GR-8900A-1

    Quote Originally Posted by yankeexpress View Post
    GW-8900 is solar and atomic and BIG. My wrist is 7.5 inch and the 8900 is right out at the max for me.
    Does the GW-8900 wear bigger than a GW-9400?

    How does it wear compared to a GX-56/GXW-56?

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    Re: I narrowed my search. Help me to the finish line! GW7900B-1 GR-8900A-1

    Quote Originally Posted by GaryK30 View Post
    Does the GW-8900 wear bigger than a GW-9400?

    How does it wear compared to a GX-56/GXW-56?
    id say the 8900 wears similar to the 9400 due to the similar shaped footprint, the ranger however feels diff. cos its heavier, molds -slightly- better to my wrist too.

    wieght and fit of the 8900 is similar to the 56, but of course the 56 feels bigger cos its boxier re: edges dont taper towards the center.
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    Re: I narrowed my search. Help me to the finish line! GW7900B-1 GR-8900A-1

    The 8900 doesn't feel like it's trying to eat your wrist like the 56 does.

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    So I found a GW-8900A-1JF at Nordstrom. It's the atomic solar model I thought was JDM only. This is precisely the watch I wanted. Basically a blackout rangeman without ABC.

    My only concern now is bullbars yay or nay. Kinda wanting to just buy a bar from JaysAndKays to try it out.

    What a great feeling watch.

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    I have both and I think they each are great choices. Sounds like you picked up the 8900, but it’s never to late to get the 7900 too! 😂 I’ve never done billboard on an 8900 though, curious to see that....

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    Re: I narrowed my search. Help me to the finish line! GW7900B-1 GR-8900A-1

    Quote Originally Posted by crashprime View Post

    ... bullbars yay or nay. Kinda wanting to just buy a bar from JaysAndKays ...
    JaysAndKays are great guys, and their product is excellent. Recommended. My 5600 is not complete without them.

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    Re: I narrowed my search. Help me to the finish line! GW7900B-1 GR-8900A-1

    I like the 7900 better

    but I think they are almost the same module

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