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    What's Atomic worth?

    Been shopping newer Frogs and have noticed the stark difference between the same Frog in its Atomic and non-Atomic versions. For example the GWF-1000BP runs $944.99 at its lowest price listing on eBay, whereas the identical non-Atomic GF-1000BP is $552.00. Similarly for the GWF-1000-1jf and the GF-1000-1 we're looking at $750 or so for Atomic to $550 or so for non-Atomic.

    I personally can't use Atomic in the southern hemisphere, so I don't really have a reference point, but for those who can sync, is it worth the hundreds of dollars it costs? Does this cripple the collectability if it's missing?

    I have to wonder whether I wouldn't spend more time checking sync status and manually syncing than I would just adjusting the seconds every now and then .

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    Re: What's Atomic worth?

    The GWF-1000 is overpriced, imho.
    As I see it, the atomic feature is not worth the additional $200-300.
    Besides, the non-atomic and atomic 1000 Frogmans are virtually identical sans the atomic reception feature.

    The same thing can be said about the GX-56 King and its atomic counterpart, the overpriced GXW-56 atomic King.

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    Re: What's Atomic worth?

    The atomic Frogman has a significant functional difference: tidegraph. It's an incredibly overpriced model to me as it is though at nearly $1000. Frankly, all the prices you quoted are high (to me). The solar Frogman (GF-1000 for example) should really be around the $350 to maybe $400 mark for me to see value.

    In general, atomic is an extremely nice feature for someone that keeps track of deviation from perfect timekeeping. If you don't keep track of that, it's not going to add much value to the watch for you. The downside is (in general) the programming and space to add atomic to the watch has negatively impacted the overall usefulness of the module used (shorter timers, shorter stopwatches etc).
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    Re: What's Atomic worth?

    Actually in the above instances we're talking exactly the same functionality (tide graph etc.) just no Atomic sync. Both current models of the same series and same release.

    I agree with you, I prefer the older 2422 solar module. Tide and moon is cool and all, but I'll use a repeat timer 10000x as much.

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    Re: What's Atomic worth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Robbi Laurenson View Post
    Been shopping newer Frogs and have noticed the stark difference between the same Frog in its Atomic and non-Atomic versions. For example the GWF-1000BP runs $944.99 at its lowest price listing on eBay, whereas the identical non-Atomic GF-1000BP is $552.00. Similarly for the GWF-1000-1jf and the GF-1000-1 we're looking at $750 or so for Atomic to $550 or so for non-Atomic.
    The original retail of the GWF-1000BP was 75,000Y / 78,750Y with tax and they were discounted up to 50,500Y or $640 when it was released about a year ago. In the US the retail of the non-atomic GF-1000BP retails for around $500 and you could find them discounted for under that.

    Shopping for atomic highly sought after Frogs that have been introduced a year ago will be more expensive now as their availability is low or limited with inflated values. Yep, the BP is over priced and I couldn't imagine anyone parting with that much money for one unless you're a hardcore Frogman collector. If you're willing to wait sometimes a BP will pop up in F27 for $750 or under. You can find the standard atomic GWF-1000-1JF for less than $750 in shops in Japan as it's a regular production with high availability. if you shop you can find them under $600.

    If anyone is planning to pick-up an atomic Frogman other than the regular production GWF-1000-1JF, it'll be mad expensive and it don't foresee future releases being any less.
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    I don't see it worth the difference. the only thing that's a bummer is the color combos on the atomic are pretty sweet!

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    Re: What's Atomic worth?

    And of course the cool Atomic Frog on the caseback :). If the 30th Ti frog has a caseback like the Basel Ruby it may just be worth the asking price ;).

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    Re: What's Atomic worth?

    Here in Singapore, the GF-1000 retails for SGD$820 and the atomic GWF-1000 goes for SGD$1080. But of course, I can't use atomic here therefore the non-atomic model makes more sense and I save a lot more money.
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    Re: What's Atomic worth?

    FWIW, my nonatomic G's stick within a few seconds of my nonatomics. I am indifferent toward radio-control.

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    Where i live (Hawaii) atomic doesn't sync (too far away from any of them). I have the above example (kings) and i can already tell within two weeks that my atomic king sucks more juice than my non-atomic kings. Also in my master of g's my atomic gulfman sucks the battery down faster than my non-atomic mudman or riseman.
    If you live in an area that syncs then i think the difference is negligible since it stops trying after it successfully connects.
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