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I really enjoy this forum; seeing all the varied approaches to collecting and ways to pursue an interest in watches. I rarely post but I decided it was time to share a modded G-shock I have put together.

The Casio bug bit hard during Covid and loads of watches passed quickly in and out of my collection. I kept coming back to the DW-6900 and bought lots of variants. It all got a bit out of hand and when my father was visiting one day, I showed him the faceplate from inside the 6900 and idly asked if he could make one out of gold (he's a jeweller)... To my surprise he said he'd love to give it a go.

The photos that follow show the results. He didn't want to cast the piece by moulding and melting the plastic original, I think partly because he felt you don't get the same quality and partly because he's a traditional soul who likes a challenge! So it's fabricated from solid sheet, with a ridge soldered in to keep the plate the required distance from the crystal. He's got the 3 eyes spot on, drilled out and polished with a bevel.

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So, here it is. Probably my most treasured possession (along with some paintings made by my Mum) and the most accurate definition of a 'keeper' piece for my collection. The faceplate is housed in a centre case from a DW-6900LU-8 (because I wanted a subtle colour and text on the crystal) and then I've swapped in gold tone buttons, screws and a 30th anniversary backplate that I was lucky to find from a Malaysian shop before they stopped selling parts. A plain bezel and a strap from the GW-5000 finish it off.

The gold makes a subtle difference to the weight. It's about 8 grams heavier than the standard, which is something I really enjoy as it feels somehow more solid / indestructible.

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I really enjoy this forum; seeing all the varied approaches to collecting and ways to pursue an interest in watches. I'm mostly a lurker and rarely post but I decided it was time to actually post something of my own and share a modded G-shock I have put together.

The Casio bug bit hard during Covid and loads of watches passed quickly in and out of my collection. I kept coming back to the DW-6900 and bought loads of variants. It all got a bit out of hand and when my father was visiting one day and I showed him the faceplate from inside the 6900 and idly asked if he could make one out of gold (he's a jeweller)... To my surprise he said he'd love to give it a go.

The photos that follow show the results. He didn't want to cast the piece by moulding and melting the plastic original, partly because I think he felt you don't get the same quality and partly because he's a traditional soul who likes a challenge! So it's fabricated from solid sheet, with a ridge soldered in to keep the plate the required distance from the crystal. He's got the 3 eyes spot on, drilled out and polished with a bevel.

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So, here it is. Probably my most treasured possession (along with some paintings made by my Mum) and the most accurate definition of a 'keeper' piece for my collection. The faceplate is housed in a centre case from a DW-6900LU-8 (because I wanted a subtle colour and text on the crystal) and then I've swapped in gold tone buttons, screws and a 30th anniversary backplate that I was lucky to find from a Malaysian shop before they stopped selling parts. A plain bezel and a strap from the GW-5000 finish it off.

The gold makes a subtle difference to the weight. It's about 8 grams heavier than the standard, which is something I really enjoy as it feels somehow more solid / indestructible.

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That's a really nice gesture by your dad, and it looks fantastic to the eye.

I mod G-Shocks every now and again, but I don't think I could afford a precious metals version

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That's a really nice gesture by your dad, and it looks fantastic to the eye.

I mod G-Shocks every now and again, but I don't think I could afford a precious metals version

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Thank you.

The gold itself isn't crazy expensive, especially in the context of watches...

But obviously there's a lot of labour that has gone in to it from my Dad and the sentimental value to me is huge.

It's a kind of daft thing to do to a £50 second hand digital watch, but I'll treasure it forever and it gives me a lot of joy.
 

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why didn't your dad complete this piece of art with a gold backplate?
and engrave on it your family's last name or special date or something?
 
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This looks Amazing! love that the gold is textured and not just a mirror polish.. simple, minimal and clean.. waaaaay better looking than the blingy all gold and diamond bezels I saw on some celebs.. great work!
 
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