Many of you will realize that we, the creators at Fratello, are privately active on several web-based media channels. For instance, we love to take part in conversations and share our suspected knowledge in Facebook gatherings. Besides our effusive interest in horology in general, we have our personal specific fields of interest. Thus it comes that you’ll often discover us dwelling at specialized gatherings which reflect our personal preference or specialism.
It will be no surprise that you’ll discover me in Facebook bunches like ‘Omega Mania’ and ‘#speedytuesday’. However, there’s another, most likely lesser known, field I’m interested in. What’s more, that is Casio G-Shock Squares. In this weeks You Asked Us installment I’ll distribute a question which was posted in the ‘G-Shock Square’ Facebook gathering and which got numerous reactions.
Which G-Shock Square Should I Buy, G-5600E-1 or GW-M5610-1?
In truth, the exact question from Anton was the following:
I’m going to purchase a G-Shock this week and can’t make up my brain which one I should go for. Searching for any help/tips on the matter. Should I go for G5600E-1 or GWM5610-1?
A, for me a quite understandable question, in spite of the fact that for most of all of you dark cased G-Shock Squares may appear to be identical. As often with watches, it’s all in the details.
A noteworthy little red line
The little red line around the dial of the GW-M5610-1 will be a detail most likely noticed first. In combination with some other imprinting in the dial, that’s the most remarkable visual difference between these two watches. What’s more, immediately it’s an interesting one also. As most likely known, the starting point of the Casio G-Shock dates back 36 years. Designed and developed by Kikuo Ibe, Casio in 1983 introduced the principal watch as indicated by their Tripple-10 concept. Waterproof to 10 bar, drop-evidence to 10 meters and 10 years battery life. The Casio G-Shock DW-5000C was conceived. Psyche you, 1983 was the year the principal mobile phone was introduced too, and meanwhile, Casio sold over 100.000.000 G-Shocks worldwide.
The 1983 G-Shock DW-5000C, as demonstrated here above, had that remarkable red line around its dial too. In the event that one’s searching for an optically most unique modern posterity from the principal Square G-Shock, I can imagine the GW-M5610-1 comes to mind. Personally, I could do very well without the red line however. The more details standing out, the sooner I tend to get bored with it.
In terms of capacities, the two watches are very equal. Except demonstrating the time (in 12 or 24-hour configuration) and date, both game a 1/100s chronograph, a commencement timer, 5 day by day cautions, and the likelihood to show the time in 48 different cities in addition to UTC. Both, the G-5600-E and GW-M5610-1, have a full programmed backdrop illumination work. The backdrop illumination comes on with the turn of your wrist towards your face. This capacity is naturally activated under faint light or dim conditions and deactivates when the encompassing light is sufficient.
A brisk dive into the specifications, or even a brief glance at the dials of the aforementioned two models, learn that the two watches sport sunlight based power supply. Or then again as G-Shock indicates it, Tough Solar. A very useful feature, as I would see it, I love when I don’t have to consider evolving batteries. Prevents a ton of hassle and additional costs as well. G-Shock’s Tough Solar charging system converts daylight as well as light from fluorescent lights and other sources into power.
The G-5600-E does not just do not have the red line in the dial, yet it likewise comes up short on the ability of programmed time adjustment. With the GW-M5610-1 this is achieved by a feature Casio names Multi-Band 6. Multi-Band 6 is a radio sign based time adjustment system. Whether in Europe, North America, Japan, or in the outer reaches of Canada, Central America, and China, once the watch has been set to the neighborhood time, it’s able to receive a relevant sign and shows the correct time wherever you are. In numerous countries, it likewise sets itself naturally to summer and winter time.
Again, as I would like to think, a very useful feature. Most non-radio-adjusted G-Shock’s tend to run quite a few seconds off every month, which makes it that you need to change the time physically. Continuously a challenge to see on the off chance that you could remember how that was exactly done. Yet, and I mentioned that already, the radio sign isn’t available everywhere on earth. So on the off chance that you reside in Central-Asia, Australia, Soth-America, the best piece of Russia, or for instance the Northern piece of Scandinavia, this feature would not be decisive for you.
A preliminary choice
From Anton’s Facebook profile I learned that he lives in Keflavik, Iceland. Iceland, unfortunately, is right outside the reach of the 60 KHz Anthorn radio-signal in North-West England which serves the Multi-Band 6 system in that area. What’s more, subsequently the GW-M5610-1’s radio sign based time adjustment system is of little use to Anton.
Remains the rather personal question on the off chance that one likes the more present red line on the dial of the GW-M5610-1 or the modest white line on the G-5600-E. Something I can’t decide for Anton, and it would be a close call for me personally also. Because of the accessibility of a Multi-Band 6 usable sign in my piece of the world, I may have overcome my slight preference for the more modest white line and would choose the technically more advanced GW-M5610-1. Honestly here, I added the two models to my collection, just to be sure.
There may be another reason why one would choose one over the other, and that’s the price. The G-5600-E can easily be found for around $ 85.= while the GW-M5610-1 will set you back at any rate $ 100.=. For a $ 15.= difference, I can barely imagine that this would be a deal breaker on the off chance that one should extravagant one model above the other.
And in the case that price does matter, I might want to propose another chance. As one of the fundamental G-Shock Squares, there’s the DW-5600E-1 too. Outwardly quite equal to the G-5600-E (white line on the dial), however, deficient with regards to the Tough Solar power usefulness. This means one needs to change batteries, however that’s exclusively after 10 years of operating which very well probably won’t scare you off. The lower price comes at other expenses too however. The DW-5600E-1 does not have the 48 cities world time usefulness. It has just a single multifunction alert, and the calendar just races to the year 2039 instead of 2099. What’s more, there’s no programmed backdrop illumination work either. However, it tends to be yours for $ 45.=.
And then, of course, there’s consistently a higher price. During the years, without examining the toughness nor Tripple-10 concept, Casio changed the development of their G-Shocks considerably. While in 1983 the DW-5000C had a strong stainless steel inner case, current regular G-Shock inner housings are made of plastic. This being the case with the G-5600-E and GW-M5610-1 of this article also. Likely nothing amiss with that, and it certainly made them lighter in weight and cheaper to produce.
Case back of a G-Shock with plastic inner packaging Case back of a G-Shock with stainless steel inner packaging
Whether or not a G-Shock has a plastic case development can be easily told by the structure and structure of the case back. In the event that the case back is made of a stamped metal plate and fixed by four little Phillips screws, the inner-packaging will be plastic. In the event that then again the case back is round and screwed into the packaging without anyone else, the watch has a stainless steel inner casing.
Casio actually produces G-Shocks with a strong stainless steel inner housings. Often in special or limited commemorative models, however, in a regular collection model also. The GW-5000-1 . As far as I might be concerned, this is the ultimate currently available G-Shock. Development wise faithful to the first G-Shock from 1983, and technically foreseen with all bells and whistles like Tough Solar and Multi-Band 6. I love the more considerable feeling of this strong stainless steel inner packaging model, too, its rubber tie seems of a higher quality and it wears more comfortable than others. What’s more, as a cherry on my cake, the GW-5000-1 doesn’t have a red line on its dial 😉 My advice to Anton would be to save up a little extra and go for the GW-5000-1.
While most G-Shocks with plastic inner housings are produced in Thailand or China, stainless steel inner packaging models are produced in Japan. Except for the more expensive development of these watches, this may be essential for the reason for the GW-5000-1’s nearly $ 300.= price-tag.
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