Casio G-SHOCK Ref. 6900 - PT80

A personal review for a collaboration between John Mayer & Hodinkee

We all remember the first time John Mayer launched a collaboration with Hodinkee in 2020. Basically it was a huge success! I wouldn't expect it any other way because seeing this two names together is just as natural and exciting as it gets. The 7 Grammy Award Winning Singer / Songwriter ( which happens to be my favorite artist as well ) with probably the biggest name in watch content creator, Hodinkee, doing a collaboration together with Casio G-Shock.

First of all, I loved that they picked a collaboration with Casio, with such an incredible back story picturing John's relation to the Casio SK-5 sampler keyboard he once had as a kid. Second of all, to pick a G-shock DW 6900 allows the piece to hit that 90's nostalgic spot on.

It was sold out in minutes! I remembered I was personally so excited about the reveal, but to my personal taste, I didn't quite like the color scheme on the watch. When everyone thinks that "Oh, okay that's that.", they decided that they're back for an encore in the end of 2021! This time, I couldn't get my eyes off.

They come back with the 2nd collaboration, using the same DW 6900 format, but with the color tone of the Casio PT-80 sampler keyboard, which is just gorgeous. The off-white base color, combined with the colors from the original keyboard buttons, the watch is just gleaming with retro vintage vibes.

The watch overall resin material reflects the same off-white as the Casio PT-80 Keyboard. The G-Shock writings on the watch are in blue, the top two of the texts are in red, and the bottom two of the texts are in orange. These are the three colors used for the effects button on the Casio keyboard. Then, when you look in the dial, two of the seconds marker ring uses the color red and green, which is the color of the indexes above the keyboard keys repeating all across the keyboard.

To emphasize that the watch is a limited edition, they also put the engraving on the caseback (which is to be expected ), stating John Mayer x Hodinkee collaboration piece with the same writings as the one you'll find on the outer box. I must say, I am hoping to get some kind of a special leaflets or printings that tells the story of the watch further, but one must satisfy oneself just with the engraving on the caseback and design of the box.

How does it wear on the wrist? Well, no other than wearing a DW 6900 G-shock. It's quite big and chunky as you would expect, and obviously looks a little bit overwhelming on my considerably small wrist. Here are some of the details of the watch specification from the official Hodinkee website.

Model: Ref. 6900-PT80 by John Mayer

  • Reference: DW6900JM21-7CR

  • Functions: 1/100th Stopwatch (24 Hr.), Countdown Timer (24 Hr.), Multi-Function Alarm, Flash Alert, EL Backlight, 12/24-Hour Time Formats

  • Material: Resin (case & strap), Stainless Steel (buckle)

  • Dimensions: 53.2 x 50.0 x 16.3mm / 67g

  • Crystal: Mineral glass

  • Caseback: Stainless steel screw-back (4-screws)

  • Dial: Grey with red and green accents

  • Lume: Electro-luminescent backlight with Afterglow

  • Caliber: Module 3230

  • Power Reserve: Two-year battery (CR2016 cell)

  • Water Resistance: 200 meters

  • Bracelet/Strap: Resin strap

  • Lug Width: 25.8mm

  • Manufactured: Japan

So finally, is it worth the hype? For me personally, yes, especially because I'm a fan of John Mayer as well. I think it's all that really is about to appreciate for this collaboration piece. The relation you had with the collaborators and the brand, the backstory of it, and the looks of the watch itself.

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