Well, if the Rising Red watches were too colorful or youthful or plastic looking, then maybe this new series of conservative blue on black wrist watches, due out in Japan on January 25, 2013 will be more to your taste. In the mix are two Bluetooth (one each 5600 and 6900), two atomic and solar (a MudMan and a RiseMan), a good ol’ GA110 (actually GA113) and a new model, the GA303.
All the models in this series have Eric Hayes designed 30th Anniversary inscribed backs and specially marked buckles, are limited production (to 17,000 pieces) models and as such will be collectible. The commemorative packaging is also Hayes designed. It is expected that they will also be released in the USA, in limited distribution, as were the Rising Red products.
Cosmetically, these watches are consistent with a number of previous blue-on-black models which has become almost a signature style for Casio. As far as features go, there is nothing new to report. Even the new model, the GA303, is an addition to Casio’s growing stable of ani-digi products which only differ in dial layout and case bumps. Looking closely at the GA303, one has to wonder if it may be the winning entry in a high-school graphic design contest. It’s theme is “gears” and it’s dial is gratuitously thick and cluttered with three dimensional coin-edge and gear-patterned overlays and cut-outs. From a distance, though, it is, for those who like their watches to appear complicated, pretty cool looking.
Here’s some pictures of the new products. Click on each to enlarge (use your back button to return)
GA-113B-1AJR – 18,000 yen
GA-303B-1AJR – 20,000 yen
GB-5600AA-A1JR – 22,000 yen
GB-6900AA-A1JR – 22,000 yen
GW-9230BJ-1JR – 32,000 yen
GW-9330B-1JR – 40,000 yen
This blog will be looking for vendors who will be stocking these items and shipping to the USA, so check here for more information. And, feel free to leave comments if you have source information, reviews or pictures to share.
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