Your Opinions on the GW9000A-1 Atomic Solar 5 Band Mudman

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    Your Opinions on the GW9000A-1 Atomic Solar 5 Band Mudman

    I've been looking around for another G-Shock watch. The GW9000A-1 Atomic Solar 5 Band Mudman has caught my eye. I really like the style and the very large numbers on the LCD display. I'm trying to decide whether or not I should get it.
    Do many of you guys in here own this particular model? Do you like it? What do you like about it? From doing some research on this model, I've found out that Casio has been manufacturing it for over 7 years since 2006. Does anybody know where the current GW9000A-1 is made at? Is it currently made in Thailand or in China? Back a few years ago it used to be made in Thailand, but I'm not sure whether or not it's still made there after all the flooding that occurred there. Also, does anybody know whether Casio is discontinuing this model anytime soon? Do you think that Casio will continue to make this model for the next 2+ years because it's been around for over 7 years?
    If I decide to get this watch, I will be heavily using it in harsh environments around the world in military operations. Do you think that this particular model will be durable enough to withstand heavy usage during long periods of time in the hot desert, in the jungle and in the ocean? I would like to hear your detailed input about this watch.
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    Re: Your Opinions on the GW9000A-1 Atomic Solar 5 Band Mudman

    Quote Originally Posted by paul338 View Post
    Does anybody know where the current GW9000A-1 is made at? Is it currently made in Thailand or in China?
    This question you should ask the seller directly, he can give you the right answer if he has the watch physically.

    Quote Originally Posted by paul338 View Post
    If I decide to get this watch, I will be heavily using it in harsh environments around the world in military operations.
    You should carry spare straps with you.

    Quote Originally Posted by paul338 View Post
    Do you think that this particular model will be durable enough to withstand heavy usage during long periods of time in the hot desert, in the jungle and in the ocean? I would like to hear your detailed input about this watch.
    No problem, as long as you don't pass the 200m mark underwater ;)
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    Re: Your Opinions on the GW9000A-1 Atomic Solar 5 Band Mudman

    I think it is a very good looking mudman.
    I guess this model is quite popular among military. It even features in the movie Battle Los Angeles.

    It is comfortable to wear due to curve design of the band. The buttons may be a little hard to push due to the covered buttons but it should not be a problem for a strong guy like you. I think it is still in production. Be aware that while it has long stopwatch, the countdown timer is just 60 min. Newer mudman can do 24hr CDT (the Battle LA movie has it wrong for 3 hr timer).

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    Re: Your Opinions on the GW9000A-1 Atomic Solar 5 Band Mudman

    Looks VERY good, has a pretty good module but the buttons suck (too hard to press). If you're going to use it in the field, before buying you should first try it wearing gloves.
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    Re: Your Opinions on the GW9000A-1 Atomic Solar 5 Band Mudman

    Quote Originally Posted by lvt View Post
    This question you should ask the seller directly, he can give you the right answer if he has the watch physically.



    You should carry spare straps with you.



    No problem, as long as you don't pass the 200m mark underwater ;)

    If I decide to buy the watch, I will probably be buying it from the Amazon Jungle, so there's no way for me to ask the seller directly in which country that it's currently made in. I see this same exact model selling on EBay "used' and those ones say "Made in Thailand" on the back of the watch's bezel. I think that the ones sold on Ebay are pre-2009 models that were manufactured before the flooding occurred in Thailand. I've also tried looking at pictures of the brand new ones that are selling on EBay, but all the sellers do NOT post pictures of the back of the watch. I've seen ONLY pictures of the back of the GW9010-1 Mudman on Ebay selling as "brand New' and on that one it says "made in China" on the back of the watch. So, I'm not sure whether the GW9000A-1 is also made in China like it's GW9010-1 brother?

    And I definitely do plan on buying a few spare watch bands, bezels, watch band pins and bezel screws to have on hand if the original ones break, crack or get old or rusty. Over the years, I've purchased extra parts that I used on my 12 year old DW6600 and I plan on doing the same thing if I decide to get the GW9000A-1 Mudman.

    The Mudman will be worn and used in "hot spots" areas around the world like in the deserts of North Africa, and the Middle East, and Afghanistan and in the jungles of Africa, South East Asia and throughout the Mediterranean and Arabian Sea, Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean and South China Sea. I will basically be wearing the watch 24/7.

    I like the black colored stealthiness of the bezel, band and face on the GW9000A-1 Mudman. I also like the size of the face on the watch. I currently own and been wearing the DW6600 since the year 2001 and the 6600 has been very good to me, but it's beat up from wearing it in the field for my work for 12+ years and it has old technology in it. I like and prefer the newer atomic features and the world time in the GW9000A-1 Mudman which my DW6600 doesn't have. I also like the very large numbers on the LCD display on the GW9000A. The LCD is very clean and clutter free on the GW9000A-1 just like the clutter free LCD on my old DW6600.

    Maybe not many people in here own the GW9000A-1 Mudman? I'm wondering whether other military contractors and military personnel use this model in extreme climates and extreme conditions like I need to use it in?? It looks like it's a very durable watch that can withstand a lot, unless I'm wrong about it. Do you think that this Mudman model is more durable and that it can withstand more than my old DW6600? I would love to hear your input and opinions.

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    Re: Your Opinions on the GW9000A-1 Atomic Solar 5 Band Mudman

    If large digits, solar and precise timekeeping matters most - this is a great watch for you. If functionality, easy to press buttons and wearing comfort are equally important - go for something else.


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    Re: Your Opinions on the GW9000A-1 Atomic Solar 5 Band Mudman

    Quote Originally Posted by paul338 View Post
    I'm wondering whether other military contractors and military personnel use this model in extreme climates and extreme conditions like I need to use it in?? It looks like it's a very durable watch that can withstand a lot, unless I'm wrong about it. Do you think that this Mudman model is more durable and that it can withstand more than my old DW6600? I would love to hear your input and opinions.
    I honestly doubt that the 9000 would be a lot more tougher then a 6600, but it has a more up-to-date module. You can basically count on it lasting as long as your old watch. Just be sure about the button issue, because there's a BIG difference between the two in that department.

    If you're set on an atomic Muddy, take a look at the 9300 too.
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    Re: Your Opinions on the GW9000A-1 Atomic Solar 5 Band Mudman

    Quote Originally Posted by GShockMe View Post
    I think it is a very good looking mudman.
    I guess this model is quite popular among military. It even features in the movie Battle Los Angeles.

    It is comfortable to wear due to curve design of the band. The buttons may be a little hard to push due to the covered buttons but it should not be a problem for a strong guy like you. I think it is still in production. Be aware that while it has long stopwatch, the countdown timer is just 60 min. Newer mudman can do 24hr CDT (the Battle LA movie has it wrong for 3 hr timer).

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    I don't mind that it only has a 60 minute countdown timer in it. I prefer a 24 hour stopwatch over a 24 hour countdown timer. Plus, if I use the countdown timer on my DW6600, I set it for no more than 60 minutes during field operations.

    I agree with you about the buttons on the Mudman. The big covered buttons is another thing that draws me towards this model. I sometimes wear gloves in the firld and using my DW6600 feels awkward while wearing gloves. I think that the big buttons on the GW9000A-1 will be easier to use when wearing gloves. I also like the very long watch band and the 2 prong buckle on the band. I think that the 2 prong buckle gives extra protection while wearing the watch on the wrist so it doesn't get loose or fall off easily.

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    Re: Your Opinions on the GW9000A-1 Atomic Solar 5 Band Mudman

    Quote Originally Posted by LUW View Post
    I honestly doubt that the 9000 would be a lot more tougher then a 6600, but it has a more up-to-date module. You can basically count on it lasting as long as your old watch. Just be sure about the button issue, because there's a BIG difference between the two in that department.

    If you're set on an atomic Muddy, take a look at the 9300 too.

    I don't mind the buttons being harder to press. I think that I can get used to that. Plus I wear gloves a lot in the field.

    I was also considering the 6 Band GW9300 Mudman, but I don't want to pay $300+ for a Mudman. The GW9000A-1 is $210+ cheaper than the GW9300 and under $90 and it will serve the same purpose that I need it for as the $300+ GW9300.
    Plus, I don't like the style of the new GW9300. I guess that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and I think that the newer GW9300 is too big and that it's really not as nice looking as the older GW9000A-1.
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    Re: Your Opinions on the GW9000A-1 Atomic Solar 5 Band Mudman

    Quote Originally Posted by paul338 View Post
    I think that the big buttons on the GW9000A-1 will be easier to use when wearing gloves.
    On the contrary: the 90xx Muddys have a very rigid button cover, that make the buttons very hard to press. Imagine if you have gloves on. And about the double prong, it won't make the strap safer in any way, it's just cool-looking.
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