Hey friends! As you can tell from the title this build is a bit strange, but I figured I'd share it with you guys anyway. I'm sure this one will not be for everyone, and some might find it downright foolish, but I am happy with the results so that's all that really matters. I am not the type to be easily offended, and I enjoy sharing these builds with you guys, just as I enjoy seeing other people's mods even if they are not my cup of tea. Modding to me is all about making the watch suit the owner. The most important thing for the sake of my own sanity is that I finally got this idea out of my head and into reality.
I've wanted an all white G for a while now. I've often admired the GD100WW, but they are fairly rare, and for one reason or another I just never got around to picking one up. Honestly I don't wear white very often, I just wanted a white G to fill a gap in my collection, so to me it seemed fitting to build one as a custom. This would help me to appreciate the watch even if it didn't get a whole lot of wrist time.
Obviously for the watch to be pure white I would have to focus on a non-solar model. The natural choice for me seemed to be the DW5030, due to it's iconic and beautiful steel screwback case, and the fact that it is readily and economically available from pacparts. In my opinion those factors make the 5030 case an ideal platform for custom G's (apologies to the purists).
So I built the watch with a dw5030 case, removed the glass and replaced it with that of a DW5600SG-7, and added white resin with which I had painted the letters white. I forget which models I got the resin from, I just searched until I found a white that would fit. I sourced the band and bezel from different models, but luckily they matched up nicely. The module I used was that of the DW5600P, due to the high praise it has received around here for the clarity of it's LCD.
Here's where the build gets a bit strange. As many of you know, I have been experimenting lately with tinted screens by using gel filters. Well, during these projects I just couldn't shake the idea of somehow making a white display. While poking around and searching for a material that might fit the bill, I came across white tinted white "privacy" screen protector for iPhones.
With a piece of this white screen protector installed in the case in front of the module, you can read the watch perfectly from straight on at any distance, but from all other angles the watch looks COMPLETELY white. I'm extremely pleased with the effect. Readability is sacrificed somewhat, but it is still more readable that a negative display, and its not like this I intend this to be a daily wearer or tool watch. The important thing to me is that I built the watch that I dreamed up.
Here it is:
From straight on
And here's how it looks from all other angles. This is even how it looks when it's displayed in my G tower.
I'm curious to know how it might look if one were to disassemble a module, and place the white film between the LCD and rear reflective screen, but that is something that will take much more experimentation than I am willing or have time to do at the moment. At some point I might try it on an F91W (a mad G shock scientist's best friend) just to see the results. For now, I'm happy with it as it is. Like I said, its not likely to get a lot of wrist time, due to the easily stained resin, and because honestly white is just generally not my thing. In fact I wear black pants nearly every day of my life. But I just had to have a white G. I'll probably wear it on occasion when I'm wearing mostly black with a splash of white. I already have a white pocket folder to match .
Anyhow, as always thanks for letting me share this build, friends. No one in my real life even cares about these things, except for my kids who always think they are cool. I guess that's a good sign that I'm on the right track.
Take care friends. Peace