Rolex | Tudor | Oceanus | G-Shock
Prior to the pandemic, I had one watch… an Apple Watch 5 but I gave that to my mom so she could measure her heart-rate as she has afib. During the pandemic, I decided it was time to get my “holy grail” watch so I picked up a Rolex Daytona (116520) which I love, but you can’t wear that everyday so I also got a Tudor Black Bay as my everyday watch. A friend then sent me a link to a GA-2100-1A1 about 10 months ago telling me these were hard to get a MSRP, so I purchased one. Then, as many of us can attest, it took me way down the G-Shock rabbit hole. I also learned about Casio Oceanus and now have 4 of these watches as well… so as of now, I have 1 Rolex, 1 Tudor, 4 Oceanus and 10 G-Shocks (well, 14 if you count ones I ruined)… all purchased this year. Yikes.
The first GA-2100-1A (all black) also led to a GA-2110ET-8A (all grey)... but both of those were ruined by me as I tried to swap the positive LED display from the grey one into the black one. This was a mod that was too much for my skills and I learned the hard way.
Anyhow, this photo is of my current G-Shock collection and I’m very happy with it. I’ll share a little about each one because they all have some sort of “mod”. We will go from the top left and work our way down to the bottom right.
This watch came with a negative display but I changed out the module to one from a GW-M5610-1 with a fellow user on this sub-reddit who wanted a negative display. This watch was purchased primarily for the “OEM combi-bracelet v1” that I wanted for my GBX-100. Since the nice bracelet was used elsewhere, I ordered the AliExpress “old black” distressed metal bezel and bracelet for this watch.
This watch is hydro-modded (you can see the small bubble I purposely left in the top right) and it really helps with the deep contrast of the negative display. The watch came on the “OEM combi-bracelet v2” and I added an AliExpress black metal bezel.
This started out as a silver metal bezel B5000 with resin straps. I mainly purchased this model because I wanted the negative STN display and a “screw-on caseback square”. The silver bezel was a bit much for me, so it is now cased in an aftermarket AliExpress black metal bezel and bracelet. While the case-back is nice, I was most impressed by the STN display. You cann tell in the pic how great it is, only losing to the MIP display on the GBX-100.
This tried and true square is also hydro-modded (no bubble) which does help with the “legibility” of the display. It is otherwise stock but there is an aftermarket AliExpress “combi-bracelet” on the way for it.
I purchased this watch mainly for the MIP display and tide/moon functions. It’s a beautiful watch and I hope Casio will release an update in a couple years with Tough Solar and MultiBand 6. This watch has the “OEM combi-bracelet v1” from the GW-M5610BC-1JF which look awesome on it. The texture of the v1 matches the LIGHT button quite well.
As mentioned above, after ruining two other GA-2100 watches, I decided to just order the skeleton model as I felt it has the most legible dial of them all… other than the negative display. This watch has the AliExpress v2 CasiOak metal bezel and an “OEM combi-bracelet v2”.
This watch surprised me by how much I liked it when I ordered it. It’s a beautiful watch but I ruined the module when I tried to hydro-mod it (the hands stopped moving). I felt bad because I did like the watch a lot, so I found a really beat up GST-W330AC on eBay just to get a replacement module. That’s why the coloring on the dial and face is a bit different. I love the Tough Leather straps too that came with the W330L.
This is my “zombie-apocalypse” watch with all the sensors to help me survive. No mods other than a sapphire crystal swap.
The “Pepsi Bezel” was purchased to be my “Buffalo Bills” game day watch, and I even have a white bezel and straps from a GN-1000C-8A on order to go full “red/white/blue” as my team colors. But to be honest, the watch looked so good when I got it, I may keep it as is.
GA-110CAPTAIN-2PR Marvel Captain America (fake)
I bought this watch for $48 used on eBay thinking it was a deal but long story short, it turned out to be a fake. But a very good fake… it shows the diagnostic screen when you push the buttons and the packaging box and tin were amazing. But alas, a fake. I ordered white straps to replace the “Captain America” branded ones and this will be my other “Buffalo Bills” game day watch.
NOTE: Every watch except the CasiOak, GulfMaster and GA-110 are MultiBand6 or Bluetooth… you can tell how much worse the fake one is at keeping time compared to the others.
Anyhow… phew, I definitely went a little crazy in my G-Shock purchases but I have all of the ones I want to own now. I started looking at the MT-G and MR-G series watches but after discovering Casio Oceanus, I decided the high-end metal Gs just aren’t my style. I don’t think I’m missing anything else I want but if you have any suggestions, I’m open to hearing them. Thanks for reading!