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    DW5600C vs DW5600E

    I'd love to get a vintage 5600 but the pricing is so much higher. I know the 5600C is going to be of better quality since they were Japan made, and have a screw back to them, but they're 3-4 times the price of the 5600E.

    To the point, is the price difference worth it? I know worth is a relative term, but I'm wondering if the quality of the 5600E is that much worse than the C.

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    Re: DW5600C vs DW5600E

    Well the 5600C is generally bought as a collector's watch, while the 5600E is more working watch. That's not to say the 5600C can't handle it, I know it can handle anything as good as, if not better than a 5600E. However if you're looking for an everyday watch, go with the E. It's cheaper, can be replaced easier, and you won't be too upset if it breaks. However if you're looking for an awesome classic G with great history and one of the last screwbacks, go with the C. IMO the extra money for the C is worth it if you're looking for a piece of G history.

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    Re: DW5600C vs DW5600E

    The C is the more substantial of the two. You'll notice it on your wrist.

    The C and E modules have some differences, most notably dual time and reminder on C, and el-illumination on the E, plus el on the hourly chime (forgot the name).

    The key to the C is getting a good one from the start, as they are obviously old and usually scratched on the glass and may have brittle resin. The bezel is hard to come by, as it is discontinued, but there is a seller on eBay that has repro bezels. The bands are not as hard to come by, but I guess it'll happen too. I got the bezel (the last one in stock at that time) from a UK supplier, and it's not the correct one (as it's from the "gold" version), but it's fine by me; I also purchased the strap there.

    It's a cool watch to have. I didn't have it in the past; I had a Marlin H110, which was a precursor (along with the DW-1000). Get a good one and enjoy it. Good luck on your find!

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    Re: DW5600C vs DW5600E

    Not only can they be 3-4 times the price of a DW-5600E, but even higher (like 20 times) if it's a particularly rare version (there were several releases of the DW-5600C).

    This watch is really more for the hard core collector. Functionally, it's a bit disappointing compared to a DW-5600E. I find the small bulb for the "side" light to be extremely dim. I have a TW-7000 with such a bulb and it seems to be the best, as it's bright and fairly readable, a rather extreme difference from the 5600C. The screw caseback is nice to have and the all stainless case will feel a bit more substantial, but the steel plated resin case DW-5600E is just as water resistant.
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    Re: DW5600C vs DW5600E

    I would keep a sharp eye out. I just got this one from a seller on Guam for $75. It is a 1990 DW-5600C-9CV with screwdown caseback from Oct. 1990. It is the second gold tone 5600C made. The module is in near mint condition. But it had aftermarket resin. No biggie as I had a Casio replacement strap w/ gold tone buckle ready for it. I also found a gold letter Casio replacement bezel which will be here any day. That bezel cost me more than the watch :). As to whether they are better than the 5600E. I would definitely say they are not worse. Happy Hunting -Ronbo
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    Re: DW5600C vs DW5600E

    How to compare a 5600E to the 5600C?
    "Ah yes, it's a lot like "Star Trek: The Next Generation". In many ways it's superior but will never be as recognized as the original" ( from Wayne's World)

    I reckon you should be able to get a 5600C for under $75 - Ronbo even posted his rare 5600C-9CV, with bezel, today which he got for $75 on ebay.

    I've bought 5600C modules for <$20- which came with a band. (They usually go for $20-50 on ebay). Add $30 for a .br bezel and you can be wearing a 5600C for $50-80

    Compare to the cheapest (new) 5600E $55+. So I would let price discourage you too much.

    It just takes patience to find a good deal,- all the screws, no bubbles on the decal, and not too many scratches. I'd be more worried about scratches on the back plate- even deep scratches can be polished out of the crystal fairly easily.

    I would say it is worth it and go for it, seems that is what your heart is set on.

    And if that doesn't convince you , take a look at this pic:
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    Re: DW5600C vs DW5600E

    IMO for daily wear I'd prefer one of the screwback re-issues as they share the same resin with the DW-5600E. A DW-5000SL should not be all that hard to get.



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    Re: DW5600C vs DW5600E

    Is 5600C worth it? Depends on who you talk to. To me, it def worth $200 or under for a mint. These days collectors are asking twice than that on eBay.
    I like them but I am not a collector. If I didn't get them back then, I wouldn't want to pay over $200 for one. If I do, I gotta own the Hero, wide temps, the spike lee, the gold, the blue marble....OM, what a wonderful list.

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    Re: DW5600C vs DW5600E

    The C is worth it not least for the REM function. You can enable it and follow the teachings of the Russian mystic Gurdjieff, who encouraged his students to 'remember themselves' (to be properly conscious).

    Some people carry around something called a 'Gurdjieff alarm clock', which is an every day object (pocket knife, keyfob, etc) with the words 'wake up now' or 'remember yourself' written on it, so that whenever they fish it out their pocket it reminds them to be conscious and fully awake.

    On a DW-5600C, you can enable the REM function and be reminded of your intention to be conscious whenever you glance at your watch to tell the time.

    While an alternative might be adding some writing to the bezel of your 5600E, many would consider this to be spoiling the aesthetics of the watch.

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    Re: DW5600C vs DW5600E

    Well I just picked up a used 5600c off the classifieds here for $70!
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