The GW-M5630A is a 30th anniversary model and is known as the Rising Red. I wanted something that stands out from the bunch of black squares I have. I know the subtle differences between them, and appreciate those differences, but to the casual observer, they might think I'm wearing the same watch every day. I got mine used (looks barely worn to me) for under 200. The ones listed on EB now are a tad unrealistic imo.
Obviously, it's really red. Like they dipped it in high gloss and it hasn't dried yet. I'm usually a little more conservative but I took a chance and I'm glad I did.
The color scheme goes well with different color shirts, maybe not as many as a black square, but more than I thought. Besides the bold red casing and band, another striking feature is the gold microdot lcd screen. Not common among the squares. It reflects the light nicely and is a distinguishing feature no doubt.
To help dress it up, Casio gave it gold buttons, screws, and the buckle. The band is nice and glossy, like the bezel, and is very comfortable.
I do love the screwback models, and knew that this wasn't one going in, but I was curious and wanted to test the waters so to speak. Compared with a screwback it's lighter, possibly a little thinner I haven't measured, and comfortable to wear. It's true, it doesn't feel as solid, but sometimes it's nice to lighten things up a bit. The backplate is gold and has the Haze logo.
It has the 3159 module, so multiband 6 and solar, power saving, auto light, etc. I tried to get a pic of the purple-ish solar panel here:
Here's one of the light:
Overall, while it doesn't have that solid heft of a screwback, I felt it's other attributes more than make up for that. The fact that it's a 30th, the bold color, the killer lcd screen, the module, the gold trim. It all adds up to fine edition to the collection. I've decided there are several worthy non-screwback squares that are worth the investment (unfortunately for my wallet). I'll do reviews on those in the future. Happy New Year!