So, have you ever purchased a set of G-Shocks, or a single for that matter, thinking it was something, and it turned out to be something else but it made everything cooler? Well, that happened to me recently. Last week I purchased what I thought (and the seller as well, to be fair) was the MIRO set. They were the watches I thought they were, and . . .. . . . wait a second. Do you know what the set looks like?
OK, look a little more familiar? Didn't realize there was a set or maybe you know them inside and out? Thought I did, I was wrong but what else is new? What tipped me off that I might not know what I thought I knew (wow, there's a fantastic sentence!) was a thread about Gulfman watches recently. If you don't already know, the Gulfman series is pretty fascinating. It turns out during this generation (9100's) there were two. the G9100 which is non-solar and non-atomic (the one I got above) and the GW9100 which is solar AND atomic. It turns out these two watches are pretty different. Starting with the GW NOT having tide graph.
Upon digging further I found a G-peopleland piece and WHOA! Hold on! What????
So, the Men In Rescue Orange was a Japan only release. For the rest of world they did non-atomics and called it the Rescue G's. The crazy part is that this generation of both the Gulfman and the Mudman are pretty different in atomic and non-atomic forms. As a matter of fact, the Mudman of this series is also NOT available solar and non-atomic. Our main man Sjors can speak a little more about this as well. As a matter of fact he goes over the Gulfman and the atomic riseman as well.
So, it turns out I've acquired the Rescue G collection. I find this very cool, this might actually be the biggest collection of Master of G's made (when you include the MIRO's) just because the watches are so different other than the Riseman!
Starting with the Riseman, the Orange and black just looks good. Even on the side.
I also happen to like how the colors are a kind of invert of the Men In Smokey Gray Riseman.
And of course, the back
While we're here there is also the Gulfman back
And the Mudman back
Speaking of Mudman, I think it is time to bring in my idea of the extended family. You know how there can be a couple, you think you know how the kid is gonna look, kid comes out a little different but the family resemblance is strong? That's how I feel about the GLX150-4 and the Mudman. I call the GLX the "Son of MIRO", well "Son of Rescue G" doesn't put the same picture in my mind.
See the family ties? Even the "oranged" face? It's cool. But the GLX didn't turn out EXACTLY the same. The view from a little higher up shows more of the color difference.
See what I mean here? OK, there is another relative in the house. King MIRO! Yup, you read that right! No, again it is not an official name. I think this King gets more postive press than all the others combined and with good reason! Here is a family shot:
And, of course, everyone loves the Gulfman
In short, I picked up 5 orange watches this month (dang, is that some sort of G-Shock record?) Thought I had "gotten them all" only to find out there are a couple more super cool ones to get. That is one thing I love about G-Shocks in general. A lot of depth, and a lot to learn. Hope to update this thread in the future.