Have you ever read a thread where people talk about feature sets of the modern G-Shocks and some people chime in saying how much better they used to be? There are a few of those threads on here, and I used to think it was all sour grapes, fear of change, etc, etc. I mean how can an older G Shock have a better module than the brand new "WhateverMan"? Then I got my GL130.
I give, the display is all 8bit. You can count every one of 'em . I bought it because it was clean and neat and I was buying older watches to try out. The module itself impressed me quite a bit.
Module 2269 probably isn't the only one with this feature set, but I don't know enough about the older watches to group them together. Even the Bezel was used on other watches such as the DW2500. So what sets this one apart? Well, if you think of the more modern GShocks, you pick a time zone. It is pre-programmed and you pick if DST is on or off. If you get a G-Lide with tidal info, you can enter your coordinates (varies depending on model, maybe lat/long/and Int, maybe one or two pieces of info). But what if you could fully customize it to location? What if your watch could also calculate other cool info from the data?
Here's an example. Say you are going to your bud Johnny's Pad, gonna surf all day and then bbq and drink coconut milk at sunset. But he doesn't live close by so you could use a little help with some of the planning of the idea. First step is to google his address:
Then click on it to get the map, and more importantly the coordinates:
Then it's time to start entering info into the watch. Obviously, you need the coordinates and you do need the time zone
Then you name it (you are saving it!) here I am in the middle of "Johnnys Pad"
Give it a few minutes to calulate everything out (no joke) and then voila! On the Age of Moon Screen (how cool is that?) the bottom flashes between Moon UP
and Moon Down
Next screen (hitting the Mode button) is Sunrise and Sunset
How cool is that? I know what you're thinking here: "so, I have to do that each time I want to see a different time zone? Do I have to program my home back in"? Nope. You can have 10 different locations stored! This watch came set up for 10 different famous surf locations for obvious reasons, each named accordingly (such as "Sunset", "Gold Coast", etc.) Anyway, this watch impressed me in a way some of my others haven't. I'm guessing why they went away from this is because most people never changed the settings, and then Casio went to pre-programmed "WT" screen anyway. Similar to the old flashing "12:00" so common on VCR's back in the day.
Some final trim pieces. See the shiny piece on the band?
See how they are beveled? They aren't painted, but metal!