OK, so we've now heard through various sources before the public announcement that the Riseman is being retired. I was kind of expecting this, as the Rangeman completely eclipses its functionality. The MSRP of the GW-9200 Riseman was $220 USD, while the GW-9400 Rangeman is just $80 more. OK, of course nobody buys a Riseman for $220 as it is heavily discounted from that at even the most obvious retail sources (like Amazon). But still, after the fanfare for the Rangeman dies off I'm sure you'll start to find it at around $250 come this next summer.
Although CASIO is serious about the Master of G line, they also don't want to make it too expensive for the price of admission. They are still making the G-9000 Mudman for less than $100 USD, while the GW-9330 is fetching a whopping $350 USD. Why wouldn't the Riseman be kept on with a slightly lower price point, say $190 USD? Maybe they don't want to lose any prospective sales on the Rangeman. This is the big test to see if people that would have bought a Riseman would be willing to pony up a little more money for a Rangeman.
But what of the Gulfman? It is absent from the Casio USA website. The G-9100 and GW-9100 are in the product archive now, and funny enough the GW-9110 is nowhere to be found (I guess it wasn't an official USA release?). And interestingly enough, only the G-9110 appears on the Casio International website.
Anyway, I'm now curious to see what happens next. Perhaps we'll hear of the Gulfman being retired as well? Finish off the functionality in the GW-9300 and give it a tide graph to compliment the moon phase, as well as an optional titanium back plate and that'll be it?