Here is another recent pickup. The seller description was that he had used it for a year and that everything worked and it had no damage.
I got watch at its opening price because the only picture was blurred and you could make nothing out other than it was a blue dialled model.
When I received it it was dead and was gross, I don’t think it had ever been cleaned and looked like it had things growing on it! Made you wonder whether the seller was being entirely truthful. Still you take the risk when you buy on a poor photo.
It is the Giez GS-1000J-2AJF from 2006. I have always thought this blue dialled model Giez was the most attractive of the GS-1000J models.
Still a good clean up later showed that the watch actually was in very good condition, clear crystal, no scratches and the watch came back to life nicely after a day in the sun.
There is no light, just the normal lume of an analogue watch.
The Giez were a bit more upmarket, pricier G Shock, with their solid SS cases and screwbacks. Casio still actually produce a current model Giez though you do not see it often, the GS-1400, which is very similar to this model but with an upgraded module.
These GS-1000’s have an unusual method of moving between modes, the buttons take you to each mode direct. The setting and adjustments are not intuitive however and Casio soon dropped this idea, reverting to having a single mode button for moving through the various modes. It is solar and atomic (USA and Japan only), has a stopwatch, world time and alarm, with a 24hr dial.
It also has something that is almost unique on G Shocks (though not in a good way), it does not even have an annual calendar! If it does not get a signal you have to sort out the days of the month manually. Only if it gets a signal can you be sure the date is correct. Pretty poor really. Also you could never guess which buttons to press to adjust the time and date manually without the manual.
Not Casio’s best moment when designing a module then!
Good job then that I find the watch attractive. Here are some wrist shots.
So what do you think and are there any more of these ‘old school’ Giez out there?