DW-5000 Spike Lee vs. GW-M5600

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    DW-5000 Spike Lee vs. GW-M5600

    These days it's easy to find a DW-5000 on the bay. Are there cons for this watch? Has it the same built quality as a GW-5000? Does it also have the same strap, or has it the harder strap from a GW-M5600?
    I know the DW-5000 has a screw back and the GW-M5600 has atomic solar.
    Which one would you choose and why?
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    Re: DW-5000 Spike Lee vs. GW-M5600

    Both!
    The only con some have had with the Spike Lee is the logo backlight, I quite like it but I can see why some people hate it.
    I had both SL and GW5000 at one point, and the one I still own is the SL because even though the GW5000 have nicer caseback, softer straps, more stealth face, I didn't feel like it was worth $100-$200 more.
    The straps on the GWM5600A was very hard, not necessarily uncomfortable.
    The bottoms on the SL was also much easier to press which was a big plus for me.

    So buy SL for the classic look with screwback, buy the GWM for the atomic and solar.
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    Re: DW-5000 Spike Lee vs. GW-M5600

    First answer - get both (or maybe even a few more):


    But I'll give you some more thoughts about the matter:
    If I'd have to choose I'd take the DW-5000SL. The bezel is the same as on the standard DW-5600E - so spare parts will probably be available for a long time (as long as the DW-5600E is in production I guess). The buttons are easier to operate because the shafts are longer. The timer is 24 hrs (GWM: 60 min). Current time is shown in timer and stopwatch mode (on the GWM in alarm and timer mode). I like 'em both but if I'd be forced to choose - DW-5000SL. There is no "con" - some people don't like the backlight logo but I love it:


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    Re: DW-5000 Spike Lee vs. GW-M5600

    I bought the SL because I wanted the original look and the screwback. The strap is very nice. I'm neutral on Spike and the logo. It is by far my favourite G to date. The SS case makes all the difference.
    Wear what you like.

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    Re: DW-5000 Spike Lee vs. GW-M5600

    OK. Thx.
    I believe I will end up buying both, but not at the same time. A Spike Lee and a GW-M5600 with negative display would be nice, but I don't look the strap of GW-M5600BC (resin and metal).
    So the SL really is a good watch. Nice.
    And the strap is not the one from the GW-M5600, nor from the GW-5000?

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    Re: DW-5000 Spike Lee vs. GW-M5600

    Quote Originally Posted by Sedi View Post
    The bezel (DW-5000SL) is the same as on the standard DW-5600E - so spare parts will probably be available for a long time (as long as the DW-5600E is in production I guess).

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    I don't think this is accurate; I believe the bezels are similar but not an exact match due to the screwback vs 4-screw caseback.
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    Re: DW-5000 Spike Lee vs. GW-M5600

    Quote Originally Posted by jiro32 View Post
    I don't think this is accurate; I believe the bezels are similar but not an exact match due to the screwback vs 4-screw caseback.
    The bezels are full compatible.
    I tried the exchange.

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    Re: DW-5000 Spike Lee vs. GW-M5600

    Quote Originally Posted by KarelVdD View Post
    So the SL really is a good watch. Nice.
    And the strap is not the one from the GW-M5600, nor from the GW-5000?
    The straps of the 3 mentioned watches share the same shape and are interchangable.
    I dont own a GW-5000 and cant judge if there is a different material used.
    But the straps of the GW-M 5600 and DW-5000SL are on my watches identical.
    My guess regarding the GW-M 5600 and DW-5000SL strap:
    Its the same part (but stiffness may differ depending on production batch).

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    Re: DW-5000 Spike Lee vs. GW-M5600

    I'd recommend the DW-5000SL also, if you don't mind the LCD back light. The watch is so solidly built, you can really feel its quality and heft. It has the smoothest push buttons of all and any G-Shocks I've owned. The GW-M5600 is clearly more technically advanced but it feels slightly smaller on the wrist than its screwback cousin.

    Good luck finding one! I've just done an eBay search and they are only three listed at SILLY money, £80, £180 and £220. I think I paid £60.
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    Re: DW-5000 Spike Lee vs. GW-M5600

    for me gwm5600 the thin 5600 with "all features" !

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