I consider this watch to be my favorite, not only G-shock, but watch. More so than any rolex I have had, any mechanical, or other quartz. No doubt it may not be necessarily better when it comes to features. But I seriously do think it is that awesome. I know it doesn't have the best features, the best buttons, titanium, the screwback tends to stick when wet, the alarm sucks, etc. For my personal uses and my personality, it is the best watch there is. Previously, my favorite watch was a DW-5600e so you can get an idea of what I like from that. I got my first one in February, I think. I use it every couple days during the week and almost exclusively during the weekend. From February until August I used it at least 5 days a week, all day. Anyways, I made a video review of it, in which people can see the stainless steel case, so here it is.
I will also be posting a ton of pics later today and will update this post periodically. I will be posting all my GW-5000 stuff here so it is all in one place so I will eventually post pics of my different modifications, I will be determining the differences between 2009 and 2012 releases, I think there are 3 but need a caliper to prove so I ordered one.
2009 release of GW-5000 vs 2012 release
I felt that the 2009 release was a tiny tiny bit wider, but I measured it with a caliper and the difference is negligible most likely due to my caliper measuring abilities not being exact. But, the solar cells are different, the blueish one is the 2012 cells and the purpleish are the 2009. The 2012 version definitely looks much better IMHO.
CASE:The case is stainless steel, no resin, no plastic. Here are some more pictures on top of the ones above.
case vs resin 5600; also note the size of the digits and the difference in visibility. To note is that this module is now in the gw-m5610 watch.
Size of case with bezel and w/o
Some of my Mods (only to resin haha. I also really want to put a GW-m5630 module in one, and I think I will try it if I can find one at retail. Also have one on a bracelet.
on maratac zulu nylon strap with bullbars
on dw-5600cf resin
on dw-560eb resin
Casio spies reading this post: My top suggestions for the future: titanium casing (call it GW-T5000, but put DLC coating on it or something); longer and easier buttons to press, allow me to program the light duration like on the 9300. There are other things, but those are my top ones.