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    Question Floating Module Models

    Which current models have the floating module as seen on the early models like the DW5000 and DW5600c?

    I''ve heard the new 5030c does but the GW5000 does not. Is this correct? What about the DW5600E? Is it a 50/50 split or are floating modules now a rarity?

    While technology has moved on in several fields, many features of the original Gs seem evergreen. For instance, the floating module will always offer shock protection by it's very nature. As regards resin vs steel case, the plastic case is lighter so, off the wrist, will likely withstand falls better. However, on the wrist the steel versions could theoretically last much longer.

    Thanks for any input from the G afficionados around here.
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    Re: Floating Module Models

    DW6900 has but g6900 does not.

    G-100-1bv does as well.

    These are the only ones that I know of.

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    Re: Floating Module Models

    The Floating Module is the basic principle of the G-Shock construction. Ibe Kikuo-san always explains this at Shock The World parties. You will notice if you open the back of your G-Shock there is a rubber piece above the module. This is also part of the floating module. The module is surrounded by rubber shock absorbers.

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    Re: Floating Module Models

    Quote Originally Posted by Sjors View Post
    The Floating Module is the basic principle of the G-Shock construction. Ibe Kikuo-san always explains this at Shock The World parties. You will notice if you open the back of your G-Shock there is a rubber piece above the module. This is also part of the floating module. The module is surrounded by rubber shock absorbers.

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    Thanks for the explanation, I was planning to ask why it was called "The Floating Module". It's good I saw your post. Now, I have an idea why the module of my 5200 and 5600c sometimes rotate (a little bit) which makes the digits not parallel to the window lines. Most often, the LCD is pushed by the alarm spring (right side), which makes it not in level with the crystal. Does anybody have a solution with these problems?

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    Re: Floating Module Models

    So, all G-shocks, from the most basic to most advanced models, have "floating modules"?
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    Re: Floating Module Models

    Here is photo of Mudman, the newer G-shocks are slighty more fixated, less room for movement, but basically the same principle as 5600c and original screwbacks. Module and around it a thick rubber o-ring:

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    Re: Floating Module Models

    Quote Originally Posted by Crater View Post
    Here is photo of Mudman, the newer G-shocks are slighty more fixated, less room for movement, but basically the same principle as 5600c and original screwbacks. Module and around it a thick rubber o-ring:

    Thanks Crater. Sometimes a pic says more than 1000 words...
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    Re: Floating Module Models

    Quote Originally Posted by Crater View Post
    Module and around it a thick rubber o-ring:
    The thick rubber O-ring has nothing to do with shock absorption. It provide a seal between the case and case back.

    There is actually very little to no shock absorbtion inside G-Shocks. There is a hard ring in most, that holds the module in place. In some models the module is slightly loose and is held more firmly by the piece of rubber, that sits between the case back and the module.

    It may be called a floating module but to the untrained eye it could also be called a loose module or a poor fit.

    IMO nearly all of the shock absorbtion comes from the outside of the watch, i.e. the bezel shape and construction and also the way that the strap holds the watch body. A soft rubber module holder instead of the hard plastic one would be a big improvement.
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    Re: Floating Module Models

    Quote Originally Posted by spidercrab View Post
    The thick rubber O-ring has nothing to do with shock absorption. It provide a seal between the case and case back.

    There is actually very little to no shock absorbtion inside G-Shocks. There is a hard ring in most, that holds the module in place. In some models the module is slightly loose and is held more firmly by the piece of rubber, that sits between the case back and the module.

    It may be called a floating module but to the untrained eye it could also be called a loose module or a poor fit.

    IMO nearly all of the shock absorbtion comes from the outside of the watch, i.e. the bezel shape and construction and also the way that the strap holds the watch body. A soft rubber module holder instead of the hard plastic one would be a big improvement.
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    I love this. It's the anatomy of the G-shock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spidercrab View Post

    The thick rubber O-ring has nothing to do with shock absorption. It provide a seal between the case and case back.

    There is actually very little to no shock absorbtion inside G-Shocks. There is a hard ring in most, that holds the module in place. In some models the module is slightly loose and is held more firmly by the piece of rubber, that sits between the case back and the module.

    It may be called a floating module but to the untrained eye it could also be called a loose module or a poor fit.

    IMO nearly all of the shock absorbtion comes from the outside of the watch, i.e. the bezel shape and construction and also the way that the strap holds the watch body. A soft rubber module holder instead of the hard plastic one would be a big improvement.
    <img src="https://forums.watchuseek.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1416500"/>
    The rubber cushion inside the watch probably helps a little too. On some models it is alpha gel and on other models there is no cushion but rather a hard plastic retaining piece.

    That g-2000 is very similar in construction to a 200 series frogman

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