Here is a recent arrival.
It s the GW-3000B, I wouldn’t have bothered picking it up as I already have the GW-3000BD.
but I had seen it for sale in Japan and it was really cheap even though it appeared to be in excellent condition. Even then I might not have bothered if I hadn’t seen this on the caseback.
This was issued in 2012 for the 120th anniversary of the Lion D’or. What the heck is the Lion D’or though?
Well apparently it is a chivalric organisation the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau.
“The Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau (French: Ordre du Lion d'Or de la Maison de Nassau, Dutch: Huisorde van de Gouden Leeuw van Nassau) is a chivalric order shared by the two branches of the House of Nassau (the Ottonian and Walramian lines).
In the context of the elder Walramian line, this order is the highest Luxembourgian national order and is bestowed by the Grand Duke of Luxembourg. It may be awarded to sovereigns, princes of sovereign houses and heads of state for meritorious service to Luxembourg and the Grand Duke.
In the context of the younger Ottonian line, this order is a house order (dynastic order) of the Dutch Royal House of Orange-Nassau and is awarded as a personal gift by the King of the Netherlands. In this case, the honour is conferred on a person who has rendered special service to the Royal House.”
I think this must be it, I cannot think there is any other organisation called Lion D’or dating from 1892. There is absolutely nothing on line about this numbered GW-3000B, I have seen a photo of another one but no explanation.
Who was the watch issued for?
I cannot imagine very many of the recipients of the honour would be interested in having a G Shock like this, but there it is, a commemorative watch that commemorates something hardly anyone has heard of and whose members would be unlikely to be interested in such a thing!
It is a mystery but perhaps someone out there knows something about it and why it was issued and to whom?