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Hi people,

I have just gotten the 1995 gold titanium frogman from a Japanese friend who has left for Japan.

Although this model is the most desired frogman in Japan, little of it is known outside the land of the rising sun.

I have made a thorough research on this model to share with fellow WUS members. Please also enjoy the actual photographs to come.

DW-8200B-9A



Released in 1995 and was extremely scarce that prices soon hit 300,000Yen for a brand new in box.

Prices vary alot as many custom models were being made. Some of the custom models were so impressive that many people were not able to spot the difference. However watch experts in Japan have came out of a few ways to spot the real deal.

The way to spot an authentic 8200B-9A model

1. Bands and bezel: The first bands and bezel for the watch has a shine to it and has the numbers f1 printed on the underside instead of the reproduce which has the numbers f2.

2. The Black titanium portion is extremely black and not black-grey. Some custom models show a slight greyish colour.

3. The eye of the watch has a very slight greenish colour as compared to the rest of the portion.



4. Lastly the serial number of the watch ranges from 548xxx - 570xxx. Anything out of this range has a high possibility that it is a fake. (*this is the most important point to take note of)



My comments: I have owned many frogmans to date and have to say that this frogman is the nicest of them all and truely lives up to its name. The black bezel and bands has a very shiny lustre to it that blends extremely well with the gold portion. Seeing is believing. :-!

I have spent time researching on this model and hope that i have given everyone an insight to the KING OF FROGMANS.

Have a good weekend.

cheers~
SKy
 

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Hi Sky,

Indeed a nice Frogman. I hope you are not disapointed when I say I like your Real Black more.

BTW, if you might have three of them.. you might think about customizing them :-D (Pic courtesy of Divefrogger).



(sorry for the big picture, I forgot to resize it)

Cheers,

Sjors
 

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Hi people,

I have just gotten the 1995 gold titanium frogman from a Japanese friend who has left for Japan.

DW-8200B-9A



Released in 1995 and was extremely scarce that prices soon hit 300,000Yen for a brand new in box.

The way to spot an authentic 8200B-9A model

1. Bands and bezel: The first bands and bezel for the watch has a shine to it and has the numbers f1 printed on the underside instead of the reproduce which has the numbers f2.

2. The Black titanium portion is extremely black and not black-grey. Some custom models show a slight greyish colour.

3. The eye of the watch has a very slight greenish colour as compared to the rest of the portion.



4. Lastly the serial number of the watch ranges from 548xxx - 570xxx. Anything out of this range has a high possibility that it is a fake. (*this is the most important point to take note of)



Hi Sky,

That's the ultimate Frogman that I would dream of owning, I even described it vividly during our previous deal (gold letterings, gold buckle/buttons, etc) but I didn't know about its existence initially. Keep this Frogman well and wear with care!:-! Great watch dude!:gold
 

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Is it coz it is limited model that command such a high price?

I often mixed up this with DW-8200BU-9AT as they look exactly the same..or maybe I have missed out the finer details..

Btw, nice pictures and info!! :p

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Keep this Frogman well and wear with care!:-! Great watch dude!:gold
Hi Cmity,

I am usually very careful with the more expensive models. Anyway i got this frogman in used condition and my friend has wore it for around 10years!!! Despite this the black bezel still shines and the gold still sparkles. Amazing for a watch that has been exposed to rough conditions.

cheers~
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Is it coz it is limited model that command such a high price?

I often mixed up this with DW-8200BU-9AT as they look exactly the same..or maybe I have missed out the finer details..

Btw, nice pictures and info!! :p

Batista
Hi Batista,

The DW-8200BU-9AT is the reproduced of the DW-8200B-9A. Differece is:

1. The wordings/buttons on the DW-8200BU-9AT is more yellowish than gold.

2. The titanium portion of the reproduced is black grey and not gloss black as seen in the first model.

3. The eye of the BU-9AT model is blue and not green.

4. The seriel number of the 2nd model does not fall between 548xxx-570xxx

Hope this helps.

cheers~
SKy
 
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