Went to the local flea market (Sungei Road Thieves Market here in Singapore) and was just browsing around when I found this beauty under a heap of old, discarded dirty watches. It was sunny, and what caught my attention was the caseback glittering in the sun. At first I thought it was a DW-5700 but on closer inspection, it was actually a rare DW-5600C, module 691, fitted with a 5700 bezel.
OMG, me heart nearly popped when the old stall keeper asked for SG$35 (USD$24) bucks. I payed and didn't even bother to bargain. The watch was dirty and grimmy but everything worked, still I went to a watch shop and had the battery changed and the watch checked. The guy in the watch shop said it was in great condition, except for scratches on the caseback and minor scuff marks on the face. Anyway, I brought it home and cleaned it up, and luckily, I had an extra set of band and bezel for an original 5600C which I bought off the bay some time ago.
Enough of my blabbering, here are some pictures of his fantastic vintage and it's journey of re-birth.
1. The 5600 fitted with a 5700 band and bezel. Strange, huh??? The bezel was already rotting and had a deep crack as you can see.
2. Cool. One of the earlier 5600s with the 691 module that took the larger battery. Caseback is a beautiful smooth finish except for over 20 years of scratches.
3. After removing the bezel and straps, I got the yucky, icky module full of gunk and dirt and probably 22 year old bacteria.
4. After a real good cleaning and scrubbing and fitting the original bezel and strap, the baby is now ready to face the world as he was 22 years ago, yippee
More pictures to drool over.
And finally, a hairy wrist shot!!!
This is the best week of my life so far, finding a gem among a heap of rubbish. I've never owned a 5600c before, and this baby is SOLID with a capital S. Imagine, so many years, and still as good as new. Now, my goal is to get a bezel for my DW-5700 that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, ha ha ha.
Thanks for looking all and sorry for the many pics