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2nd G-Shock, very happy so far
on October 22, 2011
While my first G-Shock, a GIEZ Series GS1001D-1A, is a beautiful, classy and tough watch, it did not feature what it was being sold as having; Atomic/Radio-Controlled Timekeeping and "Tough Solar" powered battery. Those are features of the much more expensive GIEZ series which purchasing I, being a married, working stiff-class father, cannot begin to justify to my wife!
This MUDMAN has a very solid build but doesn't have the solid weight of the GIEZ. Unlike my GIEZ GS1001D-1A, this watch DOES feature Atomic/Radio-Controlled Timekeeping and "Tough Solar"-powered battery. This is definitely my new, everyday watch! It's buttons are nearly impossible to press accidentally-they're so rigid every button press must be deliberate, even for the two, more bulbous ones on the right. With the GIEZ I'd have to make sure to put the watch on after getting dressed because I'd accidentally have buttons depressed while tucking in my shirt and have the current mode/function changed on me.
Aesthetically, its nice to look at, too. I was going to purchase the GW7900B-1 but found out those screws featured on the four corners of the face serve no purpose and are prone to pop out, which would upset me too much.
The time syncing is amazing. My computer is time synchronized with the government's local NIST Time Service Server (they've a listing of servers whose IPs can be copy-pasted into Date and Time Control Panels/System Preferences). This watch defaults to self-attempting time syncs at 0000, 0100, 0200, 0300, 0400 and 0500HRS when NYC--where I live--is set to the Home location, it might check at different intervals based on where you live or set as the Home location. Syncing can also be done manually with the push of a button. Once successful the circle near the top of the display will darken based on which world radio time server it synchronized with. I was kind of surprised I caught the signal just leaving it on a shoe rack in my kitchen on the first floor in this residential neighborhood in NYC, but I picked it up, walked it over to my computer and watched as the seconds passed on both watch and computer in perfect sync! The United States' signal from Fort Collins also contains Daylight Savings Time data so even THAT doesn't have to be set by me. Awesome.
I've had my MUDMAN only a few days and am very happy with it... I might sell my GIEZ until I can afford a GIEZ with Atomic/Radio-Controlled Timekeeping/"Waveceptor" and "Tough Solar"-powered technology in the future.
A NOTE ON G-SHOCK PURCHASING: If the watch does not have the words "Atomic", "Atomic Timekeeping", "Waveceptor", "Solar" or "Tough Solar" then IT DOES NOT feature Radio-Controlled Timekeeping and/or Solar-Powered batteries. I found out the hard way that my GIEZ GS1001D-1A lacked these features and became disappointed. I have to set the time, Daylight Savings and expect to have the battery last not much longer than 2 years, based on usage. Tough, beautiful watch, though!