Ok here is a small review of my BAPE 5600. I believe the actual model number is DW-5600VT. However, the model number listed on the sale slip as BAPE model MGD-00109-NAVY.
Anyway a bit about Bape, or it's full name A Bathing Ape. BAPE is a Japanese clothing company founded by Tomoaki "Nigo" Nagao in 1993. The company specializes in street wear. Tomoaki named it after the 1968 film Planet of the Apes. According to him, the name "A Bathing Ape" is short for a Japanese saying "bathing in lukewarm water".
From what I understand, BAPE and Casio issued the first G-Shock, a DW-6900 in 1998 and has since issued 13 watches under this collaboration. Of the 13, 5 are DW-5600 and the rest DW-6900. Making the matter more confusing, of the 7 DW-6900 issued, 2 are NFS (what ever that means) and one DW-5600 of the 5 is NFS issued. The NFS issued watches began from the 5th model issued under this collaboration.
1st: DW-6900 Black Bezel, White Dial
2nd: DW-5000/ DW-5600 (?)
3rd: DW-6900 White Overall
4th: DW-6900 Red overall
5th: DW-6900 Pink overall
DW-6900 NFS same as above
6th: DW-5600 White bezel, Black Dial, White Strap
DW-5600 NFS Ok it's the other way around (negative of above)
7th: DW-6900 Yellow overall
DW-6900 NFS as above
and you get the picture....
All BAPE watches are Limited Edition Issued.
Model No: DW-5600VT
Module No: 1545
* Shock Resistant
* 200 Meter Water Resistant
* EL Backlight with Afterglow
* Multi-function Alarm
* 1/100 second stopwatch
* Measuring capacity: 00'00"00-59'59"99 (for the first 60 minutes)
* 1:00'00-23:59'59 (after 60 minutes)
* Measuring Unit: 1/100 second (for the first 60 minutes)
* 1 second (after 60 minutes)
* Measuring mode: elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
* Countdown Timer
* Measuring unit: 1 second
* Countdown range: 24 hours
* Countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 24 hours (1-second increments and 1-hour increments)
* Auto-repeat function
* Hourly Time Signal
* Auto Calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2039)
* 12/24 Hour Formats
* Accuracy: ± 15 seconds per month
* Battery CR2016
* Approx. battery life: 2 years
This BAPE model comes in a Navy Blue Box with the BAPE logo in Silver in the center of the box. Inside the box is another box, also Navy Blue, with the same logo. The difference being the material as the inner box is tougher. Opening the box, and we see the watch. The packaging comes with the usual warranty card and manual (in Japanese). There is also the BAPE tag with the surprise tag and ape statement, much like Chinese Fortune cookies. :)
And now the watch itself. This BAPE model is based on the popular DW-5600 series from Casio. The watch is Navy Blue in colour.
The dial on the watch is very busy, made up of patterns and has 3 colours, 3 shades of blue, white and black. The BAPE logo is at the bottom right corner. The use of this design although beautiful and interesting, added with the choice of white lettering makes it difficult to make out the 'Mode', 'Adjust' and other normal wordings found on a typical DW-5600 dial. Even the BAPE lettering is hard to make out. Watch design reminds me of the SOAR design on DW-5600SA-2JF which was also as busy.
The EL is the Bape logo.
The watch itself is not very heavy and is comfortable to wear. The strap is different from the standard DW-5600E strap. It looks much like the G-lide Jelly series strap. The strap has the silk printing of BAPEs' motto (?) 'Ape shall not kill ape' in silver. This contrast nicely with the Navy Blue strap. The is an 'R', the Registered Trademark logo perhaps? at the tip of the strap. The strap is slightly wider the the DW-5600 standard strap and the internal design is typical Casio. There are ridges at the side to prevent slipping. Internal markings: 413 H14 16 >PUR< and 413 H13 16 >PUR<.
The buckle is Made in Japan, as is the watch. There is a slight tab at the tang rest. The Casio and Japan inscription on the buckle is by far the best I have seen in my collection. Very crisp and clear.
The case back is the standard Stainless Steel plate with the 4 screws. Again it has the vertical brushing and is matte. One would expect with the price, a screwback would be in order. Anyway, the usual Casio markings are there, module no, model no, made in information, etc. However instead of the typical G-Shock logo in the center, this has the BAPE logo and the BAPE markings and wordings.
The Limited Edition production run information has been removed for security reasons. BAPE are produced between 1,000 to 3,000 pieces.
Overall, it is a nice watch, let down by a dial that is just too busy.
Thank you for reading.