My new GW-9300 arrived from Japan today! I want to recommend Time Garden on Rakuten. Shin Kato, the owner of the store, always ships quickly and professionally, does not charge consumption tax to international buyers, and took the time to gift wrap the watch for free. I did not even request this service. This time, he really outdid himself and also threw in a G-shock wrist band and a very nice leather Pro Trek keychain, also gift-wrapped.
The gift-wrapped box, within the main box
The freebies (thanks!)
The underside of the carbon fiber band, with macro detail
Caseback (should be a screwback at this price, Casio)
Nice bright EL
When I opened the box, the watch was smaller than I thought it would be (thankfully). The band is very comfortable. It is a fairly thin band, but no doubt very strong due to the carbon fiber. It is much less stiff than the carbon fiber band of the GW-S5600. When worn, there are no gaps between the band and the wrist, so even though the watch is pretty chunky, it doesn't wear large at all. In fact, the only thing that makes it seem somewhat large is that it is tall, but not too much. I think it is just right.
The band fits my 6.75 inch wrist perfectly. I was worried it might fit "between holes" like with the Frogman and Gulfman, and the watch would be too loose or too tight. As it is, it could not be a more perfect fit for me.
The metal ring around the watch is blacked out, giving a very classy look. The red is a tasteful shade. The display is perfect.
Only thing I don't like is that the buttons are a little hard to push, similar to a 5500... maybe slightly easier than that because they are nice and large, but still a little more difficult than I would wish.
I love the one second tick, and the fact that everything you need to see is displayed at once. Digits are smaller than I thought they would be, so I'm glad I got the positive display.