“Do you live in Europe and desperately want a “KING of G-SHOCK” but want to avoid paying taxes and import from US or Japan?
“Here is your chance to buy a BNIB GXW-56-1BJF from inside Europe.
I just imported one and paid the whole bunch. Unboxing it and tried it for 5 seconds immediately realizing that it was too big for my small wrist. Unfortunately I will never wear it because it looks ridiculous on my wrist which is why I will sell it straight away with some loss. “Wow, that add was written for me! That seller must have read my mind. Importing G-Shocks from Japan is often very expensive. The cost of the G-Shock is not the real problem. You have to add shipping (sometimes also shipping from a seller to a hub in Japan), which is not quite cheap. When it arrives in The Netherlands every package with a content worth over €20.- from outside the EU gets taxed 21% VAT and €17.- fees is added the bill. Also your patience is put to a test. An average Express Mail Service package is hold up for 4 working days. And note that the shipping cost are also added to the VAT. So, the usual 3 day EMS service from Japan, as I was used to 10 -15 years ago does no longer exists. So if you find a €200 G-Shock, you probably pay around €25 for shipping. The customs calculate €47,25 VAT and add €17 fees. About 10 - 14 days later the postman is standing at your door with a bill of €64,25 to be payed cash at the door (without any early notice). So if you happen to have money in your wallet (a rarity in this digital era), you finally have your €200 watch for €289,25.
“Basic Black” DW-5600BB. Unique in this series is the absence of colored lettering on the dial and bezel and text minimized to that is essentials only. I was quite surprised and was actually planning to buy the Atomic version in Japan. But then, I realized, it was again a black model with a negative display. If it was black, I wanted a positive display for everyday wear, which initiated my hunt for the GXW-56-1BJF, as described above.
“生産終了” (Production Ended) before the date of release. To my surprise this red notification was absent on the GXW-1AJF and GXW-1BJF model (see examples above). I’ve never checked this before in the past, but it seems these models were back in production again. This was actually confirmed by the lot number ending with 079F. My watch was made on the 79th day of a year ending with a 6, in plain English March 19 2016 thus.