gold defender iv : dw-069gm-9jf – black warrior of the north
rounding up the gold defender series is the dw-069gm-9jf, dubbed the black tortoise of the north – sometimes known as the black warrior of the north (北方玄武, Běi Fāng Xuán Wǔ). the word tortoise can sometimes be deemed derogatory to chinese… nobody likes to be labelled one. this explains why warrior is probably preferred.
the basic dw-6900 design has been a mainstay in g-shock’s product line. the three-eye devil is a favourite candidate for special editions and collaborations, so it was no surprise it was regularly included in early special series.
like dw-056gm, the dw-069gm is encased in a very basic black bezel and straps. the gold theme is maintained through the use of yellow letterings on the bezel and light button. an extra touch applied to the watch is a gold and reflective border encircling the perimeter of the display.
the colourway of this watch also reminds me of the early stussy and bape dw-6900 watches.
“The Black Tortoise is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations. The word for tortoise was taboo; and the entire entity is not just the tortoise itself, but both the tortoise and the snake. It is known as Genbu in Japan and Hyeonmu in Korea. It represents the north and the winter season.
In ancient China, the tortoise and the snake were thought to be spiritual creatures symbolising longevity. During the Han Dynasty, people often wore jade pendants that were in the shape of tortoises. Because of ancient Chinese influence on Japan, honorific titles and badges in Japan often referred to the tortoise or images of tortoises.”