Anyone who's been around me in this forum knows by now that my favorite G of all time is the DW-5000. Like me, it was born in 1983, so I feel a particular kinship with it. I love the crystal design of it and the reissues/anniversary models that came after it. There's one particular anniversary model that came out in 1993 that struck a chord with me, being that the model number is my birth year: the DW-1983. However, they're about as rare as rocking horse poo, don't come up for sale that often, and are most often horrendously expensive when they do. In addition, they're plagued by the same resin availability (or lack thereof) that affects the vintage screwbacks these days. Sure, I wanted one, but I would want to wear it too and the DW-1983s are just too rare and valuable as an everyday watch for most. This gave me an idea.
This idea's been buzzing around my head for a little while now, and I finally buckled down and ordered up the parts to make it happen. I bought another DW-5000-1JF from Japan and did a mild restoration on it. Basically, just a cleanup and a quick caseback polish. It was already in great condition, so it didn't need much work. I ordered a set of gold buttons and bezel screws (DW-5030D parts), a DW-5030-1 bezel, a DW-5600EG strap and a GW-5000 strap. The mod parts arrived today and I completed the mod just a little while ago.
I performed a button transplant with my handy-dandy Bergeon circlip holder, followed by a DW-5600EG LCD swap on the module. Three out of four clips went back on easily, but that fourth one (8 o'clock button) fought me like a stubborn mule. I bent one clip completely and had to harvest one from a DW-5600E parts case. The module didn't want to play nicely either, in that it didn't want to seat on the right hand side properly with the buttons. After a bit of fiddling around, disassembling and reassembling twice, I managed to get it in and seated. For the last touch, I swapped a gold buckle onto my GW-5000 strap.
The results, I think, came out much better than I anticipated. The gold display, buttons, screws and buckle offer a nice, classy contrast to the usual colors of the DW-5000. After I completed the work and reassembled the watch, I pulled up a photo of the DW-1983 for comparison. It's a near match to it in my opinion, right down to the "Water Resist 20BAR" inscription. Pictures to follow in the next post.