Okay, so I am a little late on this one, but I finally got the GW-T5030. No unboxing pics or anything like that, because we already have those thanks to other members. I was a little stressed about this shipment because when I checked online this morning the tracking info said that it was out for delivery. Then at 11:00, I checked again and it said online that delivery was attempted and a notice left because no authorized recipient was available. This was simply not true... I was home... So I tried calling the post office but no one picked up. I got in my car to drive to the post office to arrange for a pickup (I wasn't going to take any chances on this one going missing). I drove half a block and spotted the mail van, so I parked and approached the carrier. I asked her and she admitted that she didn't actually attempt delivery! She said she just put that in the system so she wouldn't get in trouble for not having it delivered by noon. She said she was going to go and deliver it by 3 or 4 pm, and told me some story about her back being hurt and having to take time off... I asked if I could just get it now, and she said okay because she knew me. She let me sign for the package and take it from the van.
So, long story short, I got it and took it out of the box. I was not sure at first if I was going to wear this one or let it sit new for a while... But after holding it for about a minute, I couldn't help but peel off all the stickers and try it on. I decided that not only would I wear it, it would be my new daily wear G-shock.
But not until I inspected it further...
I took it apart and examined it. At first I thought, "I paid too much for this to be taking it apart and playing around with mods." But then I remembered a girl from high school who got an expensive pair of boots and drew pictures on them. I remember saying to her, "Don't you feel like you paid too much for those to be drawing on them" and she said, "I paid too much for these NOT to be drawing on them."
I can confirm what is and what is not titanium, based on weight and magnet tests:
Bezel screws: titanium
Spring rods: steel
Buckle spring rod: steel
Button springs: steel
E-clips for buttons: steel
I straightned out the caseback to my liking and decided that I would NOT wear it with the titanium keeper (don't want to scratch it). I will wear it with the original buckle, but on DW-5600E resin, not the original band (which is very soft). I like a firmer band.
Buttons are definitely much easier to press than GW-5000 :)
I screwed on a GW-5000 caseback just to see what it would look and feel like. It was much heavier with the GW-5000 caseback. Very noticeable. I considered keeping the GW-5000 caseback on it, and preserving the Ti caseback, but I decided against it because the coefficient of thermal expansion for Ti and Steel is different, and exposing the watch to heat could cause permanent damage to the screwback threads if one part expands faster than another. I think this is also the reason Casio used Ti screws rather than steel screws.