I like hanging out on WUS forum. This is the first resource to know about the next to be released G's. And this is where I learn that there will be GA-100MC series release in July: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/gsh...ml#post6503371 and Casio Releases G-SHOCK Watches with Color Variation, Based on GA-100 Model
The use of color stripe cloth for the band plus the play of the color on sub dial and bezel got me interested. I am a fan of using ZULU straps on my G-Shock, so I know immediately I must have one from this series. The GA-100MC series come in 4 color variants. At that time I thought that I'll get the blue/red one only.
Model Color GA-100MC-1A Black & Grey GA-100MC-1A4 Black & Orange GA-100MC-2A Blue & Red GA-100MC-3A Green & Black
Last week, I noticed that these models started to show up on Rakuten market website. Seems like these models are for international release. It won't come to US soon. Most of the sellers have them on 30% sale, so the price is around $108. I decided to take an order. Then it hit me.. what color? I'll get the blue one for sure. But the olive green is a new GA-100 color with attractive green/yellow band. The black/orange one is also yummy with the orange letters on the bezel. Which one.. which one.. So I decided to get all three colors. I ignored the black one because I think it looks just like a resin band.
The shipping is quick as usual for Rakuten order. I got the package on Friday. I'd like to share some pictures and thought. Let's read along.
They come in JDM box with lovely white pillows, Japanese manuals, and tourist warranty cards.
First is the green and blue pair. On the green one, the numbers in the digital display are same yellow color as the color of the sub dial frame. It has yellow hour hand while the blue has the white hand. The blue one has the white numbers.
Next, the green and black pair. Both has the same color for the hands (yellow for the hour hand, white for the minute hand). The display numbers of the black one are in white color. The sub dial frame color and letters of the black one are more to orange than the green one. Plus the orange letters on the black bezel instead of white on the olive green one.
And here is the feature, the straps are thick cloth in stripe pattern. The colors are not bright. They are more subdue, which are just right for the milliliter theme. The straps have leather pieces to hold the spring bars to be attached to the case (typical Casio style for the cloth bands). Thus the straps are not easily swapped as with ZULU adapters. They use two layers of the cloths which I measured to be about 2 mm thick in total. It is very high quality craftsmanship. The holes are burnt through neatly. The stitch is very well done. The band width is about 26-27 mm. Not sure where the straps were made but the buckles show Thailand. The caseback indicates that the watches were made in Thailand. Can I claim these are military grade straps?
The writing is getting long. I'll continue on the next reply with some more pics of the light and lume shots.