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.

extracted from wikipedia:

“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.”


~ by sgshock on June 7, 2009.

2 Responses to “gold defender iv : dw-069gm-9jf – black warrior of the north”

  1. Hi Dave,

    Now I realize you have this series complete. Awesome. When these series was released, I didn’t know how to buy from Japan. I liked this series very much. If I had the know-how and money, I would have bought the whole set. I managed to buy the DW-056gm. Probably just via eBay, I think from Hong Kong.

    Later I got the GW-200GM via Boris (seiko-5-ers) in Hong Kong and even a second one (a G-Factory version) from Leon Eckell.

    The background of the “Gold Defender” series is very interesting.

    Thank you for posting all models here,


  2. hi Sjors,

    yes japan is a goldmine for g-shocks. very bad for the wallet though.

    my entire gold defender series was purchased through yahoo auctions japan at different times.

    my second gold defender frogman also has the printing on the band. this piece has lost its shine a little though but a lovely watch no less.

    glad you like my posts so far.



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