the second piece in the gold defender series is the g-2300gm-9jf. this was was dubbed “suzaku of the south”
suzaku is the japanese name of the vermilion bird (朱雀 – zhu que). the korean name is jujak.
first a little on the g-2300 model…
the watch uses the 2184 module which is actually pretty feature-packed.
for a start, it has the popular tough solar technology which means the need for battery change is eliminated if you give the watch a nice regular tan.
in world time mode, the watch allows selection of one of 27 cities spread over 29 time zones. a databank also provides storage of up to 30 entries of names and telephone numbers; while five different alarms can be set. these features will probably look dated in the age of the iphone… but wait… i don’t think my iphone has the auto lightswitch feature – tilt the wrist in the correct angle and you activate the backlight with one hand.
i believe the basic g-2300 model is still widely available at an affordable price but i could be wrong. few people seem to wear this model in singapore now that the modern mudman and gulfman have made quite a splash in the market here.
extracted from wikipedia:
“The Vermilion bird is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations. According to Wu Xing, the Taoist five-elemental system, it represents the fire-element, the direction south, and the season summer correspondingly. Thus it is sometimes called the Vermilion bird of the South (南方朱雀, Nán Fāng Zhū Què)…
The Vermilion bird is an elegant and noble bird in both appearance and behavior, it is very selective in what it eats and where it perches, with its feathers in many different hues of reddish orange.
The Vermilion bird is often associated with the mythical Phoenix due to their associations with fire.”
like the feathers of the suzaku, the bezels of the gold defender frogman and g-2300 take on different hues of gold and sparkle depending on the viewing angle; somewhat like the purplish gw-201-6jf snake killer frogman, the g-2000fl-6jr, and the dw-6900fl-6jr. the g-2300gm-9jf’s straps do not receive the royal gold treatment though, but is kept black and decorated with a small picture of the suzaku.