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    My G9000 Mudman arrived, pics and first impressions inside.

    Hi guys, I wasn't expecting it for another couple of days at least but lo and behold! It came today. So I'm accustomed to wearing 5600 and 6600 and 6900 series G's and have a great amount of respect for them. A few weeks ago I became interested in a Mudman. Not really sure why. I think a lot of it has to do with aesthetics, I love the double buckle and all the doubled up holes in the strap. I love the covered buttons but beyond aesthetics I love the idea that this watch is impossibly tough (like most G's) and available for about $65 if you shop around.

    Here's a bit of background if you're interested. If not feel free to skip to the pics! I'd never considered a Mudman previously for several reasons. 1) I thought that they were going to be too big. 2) I felt on some level that I couldn't really justify having a watch with the moniker 'Master of G'. 3) I thought they were a LOT more expensive than they are. Granted this is the cheapest model you can buy but still, for the money it is an awful lot of watch in a very nice package.

    First impressions are that it is not as big as I thought it would be. You get people on both sides of the fence on this issue but for me that's a good thing. I don't want a watch that hangs off my wrist attracting all kinds of hazards at work or during active recreation. I also just don't like the aesthetic of obnoxiously big watches, which is totally a personal thing and I'm not judging anyone else's draw to big, bulky timepieces, I realize that they are very much 'in' at the moment. I'm very utilitarian in my view of certain things. To me a watch is a tool. It should function exactly as I need it to and only be as big as it needs to be to serve it's purpose well. In this respect I think Casio have done a great job with this model, it's very well balanced size-wise and one of my favorite things about it is that it doesn't stand very high off of the wrist like my 6600/ 6900's. Fit and finish is just staggering. I'm blown away at how high quality the watch feels to handle. The display is remarkably crisp and the backlight is a nice kind of spearmint green as opposed to the blue on my other G's. The buttons, the infamous buttons. Yes, they're definitely harder to push than on my other G's but not by a whole lot and not nearly as much as I was expecting. In fact, I rather enjoy the buttons, stiffness and all, it gives the watch a sense of toughness. The fact that they are red also does not bother me as much as I thought it would, however I will still be dying them black (probably this evening). Comfort wise the watch is fantastic. The resin band is very comfortable, the watch as a whole is very light, the clasp feels very secure. The strap keeper is, as has been mentioned by others, a little too loose but it's too early to tell if I'll have an issue with the end of the strap staying in place. I'll probably post an update with some more observations/ thoughts in the near further.

    So that's about it, sorry to bore you all with my ramblings, hopefully what I've written is useful to someone.. now on to the pics!











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    I just bought a G9000-1V on the bay this afternoon.

    I thought about getting the black one, and the one with purple accents was a close second, but liked the overall color scheme of the plain Jane model. I don't own a G with a negative display and from what I understand they're kind of hard to see, and this looked a lot easier for me to read. It's the 3rd G I've purchased in the last week too, so the relatively cheap price was a factor as well.

    I hear you can boil the resin to soften it up so it isn't as stiff and the buttons are easier to push.
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    The buttons are ok IMO. Good lookin' Gs.

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    Re: My G9000 Mudman arrived, pics and first impressions inside.

    Quote Originally Posted by yankeexpress View Post
    The buttons are ok IMO. Good lookin' Gs.

    Yeah, they are good looking for sure. I'm ok with the buttons too, I keep thinking that it's probably more of a feature than a flaw in that it does something to eliminate accidental button pressing. Just my opinion.

    Quote Originally Posted by OCDood View Post
    I just bought a G9000-1V on the bay this afternoon.

    I thought about getting the black one, and the one with purple accents was a close second, but liked the overall color scheme of the plain Jane model. I don't own a G with a negative display and from what I understand they're kind of hard to see, and this looked a lot easier for me to read. It's the 3rd G I've purchased in the last week too, so the relatively cheap price was a factor as well.

    I hear you can boil the resin to soften it up so it isn't as stiff and the buttons are easier to push.
    Congrats! I'm sure you'll love it. I'm far more impressed than I thought I'd be. I've heard of the boiling thing too. I am probably going to dye the buttons black which will require the watch to be immersed in a simmering dye/water mixture for 20-30 mins. I'll report back with any changes I notice.
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    Re: My G9000 Mudman arrived, pics and first impressions inside.

    Well. Just finished the dye job. Used a whole packet of Rit dye to about 3 pints of water and let it simmer for close to 50 mins. After 30 mins the buttons looked black as the night but when I rinsed the bezel I could still see red so I decided to let it go a little longer. After simmering in a 50/50 vinegar/ water solution to try to fix the dye it seems that some of the dye has bled out of the buttons leaving them a kind of very dark brown with a reddish tint. In low light they look black. I'll probably try again tomorrow. Might use a different dye. I followed the clearest instructions I found online as closely as possible. I'll get some pictures up tomorrow.

    So as far as the buttons and strap feel - The strap feels a little more flexible/ supple, this could be temporary, we'll have to wait and see. It was already a very comfortable strap so no complaints there. Oddly the strap keeper seems to have tightened itself up a little. This could also be a dye/ hot/ cold kind of temporary chemical effect too so we'll have to wait and see if it stays that way. Buttons - Maybe a very small amount of difference. If I could buy a G9000 with black buttons off the shelf I wouldn't bother boiling the bezel and strap, too little difference for me to justify. The watch now smells like dye (kind of a paint smell) and vinegar. Not the nice new plastic smell it had earlier today, hopefully that wears off.

    I'll try dyeing the bezel again but will probably leave the strap out of it. If I can't get proper black buttons from the dye I'll most likely end up just buying a GW9000 bezel for it. in fact maybe I'll buy a GW9000 anyway.. I think I have a sort of weird love affair going on with muddies at the moment.

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    Re: My G9000 Mudman arrived, pics and first impressions inside.

    LOVE it! Color matches your tattoo well!
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    Congrats mattsd! I think the 9000 ' s are just tremendous watches and amazing toughness per $!! Enjoy and wear in good health! :beer:

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    Re: My G9000 Mudman arrived, pics and first impressions inside.

    Quote Originally Posted by wuyeah View Post
    LOVE it! Color matches your tattoo well!
    Thanks wuyeah! Hey you're right! I didn't notice until I read your post but there's orange, green and red on the watch that match some of the color in my tattoo.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisek View Post
    Congrats mattsd! I think the 9000 ' s are just tremendous watches and amazing toughness per $!! Enjoy and wear in good health! :beer:

    sent with aloha
    I agree! Tremendous amount of watch for the money! There's some pics of the dye job I just redid coming shortly..
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    Re: My G9000 Mudman arrived, pics and first impressions inside.

    Ok, redid the dye job just now and ended up with a much better result. You be the judge. I personally much prefer the black stealthed logos and buttons. Honestly I think the buttons are about as stiff as they ever were, which I don't find to be an issue at all.









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    Re: My G9000 Mudman arrived, pics and first impressions inside.

    Quote Originally Posted by mattsd View Post
    Ok, redid the dye job just now and ended up with a much better result. You be the judge. I personally much prefer the black stealthed logos and buttons. Honestly I think the buttons are about as stiff as they ever were, which I don't find to be an issue at all.









    Dude, that looks incredible! I never knew you could dye a watch before this. I have been wanting a mudman that is blacked out but with positive display. This is absolutely perfect! Will the dye wear off eventually or is this permanent? Also, if you ever have the time and feel like explaining how you did this step by step I would REALLY appreciate it. That is the nicest looking Mudman I've ever seen. Congrats on a job super well done!

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