So I thought I'll give it a few days on the wrist before I write a little something about this model.
The main reason I bought this one ist the fact that it shows time in timer, stopwatch and alarm mode - something I'm very fond of . It also looks good and is pretty cheap (99US$ on ebay) for such a new model. However the normal display version is quite expensive 'cause it's only sold in Japan - at least as far as I can see.
The features are pretty neat - except for the short stopwatch duration (60min):
- multiband 6
- tough solar
- tide/moon features (8 segment moon-phase)
- alarm (the usual 4+snooze)
- stopwatch 60min
- timer: this one is nice - two consecutive 99min 55sec timers - setable in 5-sec increments with up to 10 times auto-repeat and a nice double-tone sound at the end
- glossy resin bezel and strap
- purple accents on the bezel and display
module number of the negative display version: 3222
positive display: 3215
The module numbers are different because of the moon-phase which is "inverted" so that it always shows the moon "white on black". And as soon as there are changes on the module the number is also different.
So here are some pics:
tide/moon - unfortunately the watch doesn't "remember" the last chosen screen like on the G-7900 - it always starts with tide and if you want moon-age you gotta press adjust. It does have that nice "wave-effect" when changing to the tide/moon display - the LCD-elements do a little "dance" to make it look like waves. The GWF-1000 also has this feature and the GW-7900.
And now the nice details - the "grid" pattern on the strap:
buckle is marked "Casio Japan" btw.
and the back:
and on the wrist:
The timer functions are exactly the same as on the Casio W-S200 - so I thought I'd check the "test screen" to see the real module used in both watches - and guess what - it's the same:
The W-S200 has module 3215.316 and the GWX-5600B-7 has 3215.011. Reminds me of the G-9000 and G-7900 which also have the same "base-module".
Now the biggest criticism - the display. I took the time to take a few comparison shots with some other negative display G-Shocks I have - it was in no way "laboratory conditions" but it gives you an idea of how it compares to others - and unfortunately it wasn't very good in that competition:
compared with the best negative display ever on a G-Shock - the G-7800B:
now with the worst I have - the GT-001 (from 1996):
So compared to others it's not very good - and considering the fact that Casio already made watches like the G-7710-1 or G-7800B which have extraordinarily good negative displays this one is a step back. Maybe Casio should have done it like on the DW-5600/6900 with negative displays and make the digits thicker so that more light gets reflected from the LCD therefore making a better contrast. If I'd be any good at modding displays I think I'd try a conversion to positive - however since it has solar I don't care about using the backlight quite frequently.
And another thing - which I think is also true for the GW-M5600 and GLS-5600 models - when comparing it to a DW-5600E or DW-5000SL the buttons are just slightly shorter which makes it impossible for me to press them with my thumb (like I can do on the DW-5600E or DW-500SL), I have to use my fingernail - IMO a flawed design - maybe 1 mm less that makes all the difference between good useability and bad.
So once again I'm afraid Casio failed in giving us the perfect G. It's close however - the features are great but the display and buttons make it miss it's full potential. I still like it however . And since it was so cheap it still is a bargain despite it's flaws.
Now I'm eagerly awaiting the GLS-5600L I got from ebay for little money and the GW-M5600 I bought from a friendly member on the forum to compare those three very different 5600 models. I'm also seriously tempted to get a DW-5600MS .
That's the G-bug in action - makes you love even the not-so-perfect ones and makes you wanna get more .