Posted these a couple hours ago but now the post is missing or deleted (?). I have an inkling of possibly why; but I didn't even get notified...so, anyways...I'll make this into a short review.
Here are some pics of my brand new Black Negative Rangeman that I received from Seiya. There are lots of pics already posted of the Black Positive and the Green Negative, so I just wanted to add a few of the other model.
For an introductory model of the Rangeman, this is a pretty nice stealth watch. Love the rugged face with the screws on each corner, the 6 large accessible and grippy buttons, and the screws that connect to the straps. The layout of the screen is excellent, the time is nice and large, and the "eye" with the red accent stands out just enough to still keep the watch stealthy. I kind of wish the buttons were tinted black instead of plain silver; but the contrast with the rest of the watch is actually not bad in person.
It has all the functions I would want in an "everything" watch. The ABC sensors are easily accessible with the large button at 3 o'clock. The mode select button at the lower left has all the stopwatch, timer, alarm, world time functions I ever need, too. It's all there.
This is the second G I've ever bought but not my first negative LCD watch, which was a Nike sports watch many years ago. Unfortunately, this tech doesn't seemed to have improved over the years and the LCD is pretty awful to read in even modest light. Pressing the lower middle button illuminates the screen in a nice dark blue and makes everything easily readable. However, my biggest gripe out of the box is that the illumination doesn't last enough (roughly 2 seconds?) and if i want more than a quick glance at my watch in the dark I have to press the button multiple times.
The texture of the resin also does not feel "durable" to me. It resembles shiny, maybe "satin" black plastic that I think would actually show scratches quite easily and takes away from that "durability" and "ruggedness" it is supposed to evoke. Please do not misunderstand me, though...I'm confident that this G will handle anything you throw at it. I'm just saying that first impressions while holding it and wearing it made me think of the above.
Unfortunately, the texture of the resin also takes away from the strap which actually feels cheap and almost too thin. Granted, this JDM version is at a premium because of the carbon fiber insert so I know this strap won't fail anytime soon...but it definitely feels like there's an imbalance between the strap and the size and weight of the watch body itself. Not sure if I would feel as confident about the strap on the non-JDM/non-CF version.
Now, i don't actually intend to keep this watch...but would I buy another one in the future? Yes. Again, it's an everything watch that I would definitely wear anywhere I go. However, I would probably go with the positive LCD and definitely not one with the hard, shiny plastic texture of this model. I would definitely get another CF version for the strap, too.