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G Shock GW-225E 25th Anniversary - Freshened Up


Igerswis
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I bought this online from a trusted seller through the Shopee app (similar to our eBay and Gumtree in the UK) for a really good price the other weel. It was listed as used but the watch and box looked new apart from the discoloured jelly that had gone yellow over a decade.

I looked online and bought a new rubber bezel and straps from seller on eBay located in Manchester and within a week they had arrived in Thailand.

So I took the opportunity to take a few photos to show just how bad the discolouration is (some call it patina but personally I’m not a fan):

Here’s the watch untouched:

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Here’s a comparison with the ICERC Frogman and the transparent jelly in comparison to the 25th anniversary frosted jelly. Surprising what a decade brings in improvements to technology and materials:

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Replacement parts (yellow tint due to desk):

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Dismantled the parts. Springbar under each strap and four screws for the bezel. There was no dirt around the case which surprised me. This could have passed for an unworn watch:

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Old vs new jelly:

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An opportunity to take a look at the 2422 module on its own (note some clouding around the edges):

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Case fitted and test screen activated:

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End results:

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I’m glad I ordered the replacement jelly as it freshens up a ten year old watch. Tempted to dye the discoloured jelly but still deciding on a colour that will complement the gold case. Any suggestions?

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27 minutes ago, Igerswis said:

 

I’m glad I ordered the replacement jelly as it freshens up a ten year old watch. Tempted to dye the discoloured jelly but still deciding on a colour that will complement the gold case. Any suggestions?

It may not be Uber successful. The yellowing is actually cause by a brittling process whereby UV radiation photo-reacts with the actual structure of the material. The original Colours for any product made from this sort of material are set through the volume when its formed. Dying is tricky because you can't replicate the pigmenting process from the original and so it can end up as a "coating" exercise that may not last.

I am not an expert in such matters, far from it.... however it is a consideration.

Regards your new looking watch.... BRAVO sir .... :thumbsup:

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8 hours ago, Igerswis said:

I bought this online from a trusted seller through the Shopee app (similar to our eBay and Gumtree in the UK) for a really good price the other weel. It was listed as used but the watch and box looked new apart from the discoloured jelly that had gone yellow over a decade.

I looked online and bought a new rubber bezel and straps from seller on eBay located in Manchester and within a week they had arrived in Thailand.

So I took the opportunity to take a few photos to show just how bad the discolouration is (some call it patina but personally I’m not a fan):

Here’s the watch untouched:

076FBCE8-FF7C-4DBC-A095-7DB8ADC13546_zps

7929CD39-5F06-4790-835E-FC00D8E9C8B0_zps

FB5DCC1E-6EE0-4E47-A1B1-5113F3EDEF92_zps

Here’s a comparison with the ICERC Frogman and the transparent jelly in comparison to the 25th anniversary frosted jelly. Surprising what a decade brings in improvements to technology and materials:

5CD68CCB-8245-4C28-B13F-B26456D58346_zps

8321A4E2-165D-4BD0-8B77-DFB67B234702_zps

16DE67AD-6F95-4BA5-8DE1-1E6CD0A76B52_zps


Replacement parts (yellow tint due to desk):

BE2BCFB0-C648-4818-9905-FB1FEE0707AA_zps

Dismantled the parts. Springbar under each strap and four screws for the bezel. There was no dirt around the case which surprised me. This could have passed for an unworn watch:

744EA938-C7E1-4F77-A7BE-3387EF2F4F71_zps

Old vs new jelly:

C47C098F-FC4A-4CA5-8888-9E715693AE89_zps

272410DE-1356-431C-B7C4-41609B2433BA_zps

9E742159-62C3-4562-B936-7AA55FF43A8E_zps

BCC620F5-626E-478C-92C8-CEFC975FF124_zps

An opportunity to take a look at the 2422 module on its own (note some clouding around the edges):

5DA4EA8A-FC3C-41AD-89E5-E180B817D9FD_zps

2F0B016C-CA79-4861-B7B0-544AB0555DF7_zps

Case fitted and test screen activated:

6E6293D2-4F41-44B7-9A7D-D883B7BAD26E_zps

End results:

978D17C8-58FB-4B10-8FB3-0A1C5A07CF35_zps

A4423415-88A6-44AB-B07F-426E151E1275_zps

I’m glad I ordered the replacement jelly as it freshens up a ten year old watch. Tempted to dye the discoloured jelly but still deciding on a colour that will complement the gold case. Any suggestions?

Great post, nice work.

7 hours ago, Davey P said:

Worst thread... ever! :laughing2dw:

Because, Fat Face?

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8 minutes ago, Jet Jetski said:

Because, Fat Face?

Sorry mate, when I looked at your post the first time, there was nothing on the page, hence my tongue in cheek comment.  I think you must have been in the middle of editing the post.  Hopefully you're not offended anyway.

On a more constructive note, I've seen these jelly cases and straps dyed in various colours before, and they do look a lot better than the discoloured originals. I think they just used normal fabric dye from Dylon.  I tried it on a normal resin case G-Shock once, and that didn't work out so well... :whistle:

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2 minutes ago, Davey P said:

Sorry mate, when I looked at your post the first time, there was nothing on the page, hence my tongue in cheek comment.  I think you must have been in the middle of editing the post.  Hopefully you're not offended anyway.

On a more constructive note, I've seen these jelly cases and straps dyed in various colours before, and they do look a lot better than the discoloured originals. I think they just used normal fabric dye from Dylon.  I tried it on a normal resin case G-Shock once, and that didn't work out so well... :whistle:

lol it's not my post.  And of course I meant 'Because Fat Face!' :laughing2dw:

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Sorry if it was blank, I used Photobucket but uploaded the unedited photos by accident.

People have suggested a shade of green or blue. I’m tempted to go a shade of blue with Dylon but I need to look into how this is done without messing it up!

On another note, people on trainer forums use special gels that can reverse some of this yellowing on their transparent rubber soles. Might look into this when these replacement bands start turning yellow.

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1 hour ago, Igerswis said:

 


The newer clear rubber models are supposed to be much more resilient against uv light and the elements.

These are from the Love the Sea and the Earth collection:

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Thanks, I only wear a Casio to workout and am not a G Shock fanatic, however, these are incredible and you may have changed my mind on G Shock (at least this edition).

I really appreciate you replying with these watches, I really, really love these!

I will be looking into them, hopefully they are not some rare elusive watch, that will be my luck:laughing2dw:

Wow, can't find much except I saw one price for over a $1000:jawdrop1:

But see one that looks very similar for about $300 on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/G-SHOCK-GW-6903K-7JR-Anniversary-Domestic-Products/dp/B07RSR4LBC/ref=pd_sbs_241_1/134-1481256-5316115?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07RSR4LBC&pd_rd_r=f337a9e1-e082-46ba-b1e9-7762280d225e&pd_rd_w=dnAyQ&pd_rd_wg=nNAll&pf_rd_p=029ee61c-9f67-49b2-87f7-0369339e00b3&pf_rd_r=22BYK00Z2WK296NBCYN5&psc=1&refRID=22BYK00Z2WK296NBCYN5

Is that about the right pricing and are these going to be very hard to find?

I can't explain why but these have me very interested LMAO

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Thanks, I only wear a Casio to workout and am not a G Shock fanatic, however, these are incredible and you may have changed my mind on G Shock (at least this edition).
I really appreciate you replying with these watches, I really, really love these!
I will be looking into them, hopefully they are not some rare elusive watch, that will be my luck:laughing2dw:
Wow, can't find much except I saw one price for over a $1000:jawdrop1:
But see one that looks very similar for about $300 on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/G-SHOCK-GW-6903K-7JR-Anniversary-Domestic-Products/dp/B07RSR4LBC/ref=pd_sbs_241_1/134-1481256-5316115?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07RSR4LBC&pd_rd_r=f337a9e1-e082-46ba-b1e9-7762280d225e&pd_rd_w=dnAyQ&pd_rd_wg=nNAll&pf_rd_p=029ee61c-9f67-49b2-87f7-0369339e00b3&pf_rd_r=22BYK00Z2WK296NBCYN5&psc=1&refRID=22BYK00Z2WK296NBCYN5
Is that about the right pricing and are these going to be very hard to find?
I can't explain why but these have me very interested LMAO


The one you linked to is the same as mine. I paid around £250 for it but here in Thailand they are priced more reasonably with more scope to negotiate.

Take a look on eBay also and you can always message the seller to see if they will reduce the price at all.
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