I recently received this simple but rather lovely Giez GS-500.
It is not often seen on the Forum or eBay and I suspect it was never issued in the West.
It was issued in 1998 when Casio first introduced the Giez line to its G Shock line up. It is unusual in being one of the few three hand, no date even, G Shocks ever issued.
Its simplicity makes wearing it a big change from my many multi-function 'G's and that can be a refreshing change.
This is another example of the quality of some Casio's G Shocks from an earlier era.
As you can see the watch is titanium, which I like in a watch, with resin protection and a comfortable resin band. It has a screwback, which I know a lot of people on here prefer, with a nice signed crown. The bezel is highly polished titanium whilst the caseback is the normal matte Ti finish
The crown is a screwdown one and I would actually prefer a pull out one which would be easier to operate and would reduce the chance of failure. Indeed this screwdown crown exposes a design flaw in the watch. The crown protectors are so close together that it is impossible to adjust the time on the wrist. Heck it is difficult with it off the wrist!. Now I have unusually thin fingers for an adult male but I cannot get a grip tight enough to get the screwdown crown moving initially, I have to use my nail in one of the crown notches to get it started and then I can move it as normal. I have no doubt that is why on the MRG 121, issued subsequently, the crown protecters were moved farther apart, so much so that they have a rather unusual appearence.
The crystal is a slighly domed mineral and is well protected by the resin outer shell.
The module number is 1789 and hacks for time setting. The watch is small by comparison with some of the giant 'G's in current issue but is not small per se for a watch being 45mm wide and a chunky 16mm deep. It wears quite nicely on the wrist and has a more classical restrained look than most 'G's which again can make for a refreshing change when you are in the mood.
The watch has only minimal lume but why do you need lume when you have this wonderful EL effect?
I have come to realise what good value some of the earlier G shocks, such as the MRGs, AW-500s, Giez etc, are. These are real quality watches which often had a fairly high retail price at issue (this Giez was about $300 when new) but can now be picked up relatively cheaply and with their quality of manufacture and 'G's well known toughness should have many long years of life.