I got this GW-200TC Triple Crown Frogman recently on ebay, winning it in a bidding war. The price I got it for was pretty decent considering what these sometimes sell for in mint condition. The main reason it went for so little was because there was a big chip in the crystal, and the battery was dead. The seller said the watch was new, had never been worn. I don't know why there would be a chip in the crystal on a new watch, unless someone dropped it on the corner of a rock or something. When I received it, the condition was amazing. It still has the sticker on the caseback (although I peeked under a corner to make sure the sticker was in fact original and not hiding scratches). The overall condition made me think that this watch was in fact never worn, or maybe only worn for a week or so.
Here was the seller's photo:
That chip would be tough to deal with. Probably too deep to polish out, but luckily I happened to have a spare Frogman case center with the black border and the glass already installed (this is how the case centers come). So I took the frog apart and put it back together with the new case center.
Crystal problem solved!
What about the battery? After a week in the sun, the battery has not only spring back to life, but has been holding a charge quite well. I have a spare ML2016 battery just in case it doesn't hold a charge after a while, but it looks like it is going to be okay.
There were three versions of this watch: GW-200TC-2JR (blue band) GW-200TC-3JR (green/gray band) GW-200TC-4JR (red band). They all came out in 2005, and they are collaborations with the Triple Crown of Surfing contests in Hawaii. It is appropriate to get this now, because the 2013 Triple Crown of Surfing is currently going on! I surf myself, but nowhere near the level of the pros. This Frogman is the closest I will get to the Triple Crown, ha ha
Here are some photos after the case center swap and charge: Looks pretty amazing for an 8 year old G-Shock, I think! BTW, retail on this watch was $270. In just 8 years, look at how much more Casio is charging for their titanium Frogman limited edition watches!