G-5600-1JF a modern day classic

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    G-5600-1JF a modern day classic

    Hi how are you guys going?
    For my second G I could not decide between the G-5600-1JF and the G-5600RB-JF. After reading about the problem with the battary, I was kind of but off. But after reading several reviews by owner and forum members I finally decide to go for the G-5600-1JF. I have own this watch awhile now and before me just another owner, can't really said how old this watches, but so far (knock on wood) no problems :-D none what so ever. It re-charges just fine. I would wear my DW-5600 to work and school every-day and the G-5600 on the weekend, so it doesn't get much light at all and so far it has not drop a bar since I brought it. I set only two alarms, the save fuction is on and the auto EL back light is on. I don't really hesitate to use all the fuction as many time as I like to compare to the DW-5600 because it a tough solar. I have only left the watch on the window to sunbath once for about 10 min and so-far the battary is always full. I have really small wrist so this is perfect G for me. I love everything about, the simple design, it not loud the color is perfect black, red, and white. The display is simple, it not cluttered. It history from military, astronaut (NASA approve fright watch one of only four).All I can say is you can't go wrong with a 5600.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick no:8
    I love everything about, the simple design, it not loud the color is perfect black, red, and white. The display is simple, it not cluttered.
    Couldn't agree more. There is an elusive 'rightness' about this model. The visual balance of the display, the redness of the red, the blackness of the black, the texture of the resin - it's a timeless and near-enough perfect piece of design.

    I have asked myself how it could possibly be improved, and have only come up with the tiniest of details. I'm not keen on the serif 'tails' on the font used for the day of the week (this applies to other Gs as well); the 'full' bars on the battery indicator are a little hard (for me) to see; I wouldn't mind if the band were a few millimetres wider (this applies to some other Gs as well). But if these things were not as they are... who knows, the overall design might somehow fall apart!

    From a functional point of view, it could do with the ability to set alarms by date, to see current time in stopwatch mode, and world time would be better than dual time. But then it would be too close to perfection - and Casio doesn't like us to have a perfect G!

    I used to list my watches here until I realised it ruined people's Google searches...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tribe125
    Couldn't agree more. There is an elusive 'rightness' about this model. The visual balance of the display, the redness of the red, the blackness of the black, the texture of the resin - it's a timeless and near-enough perfect piece of design.

    I have asked myself how it could possibly be improved, and have only come up with the tiniest of details. I'm not keen on the serif 'tails' on the font used for the day of the week (this applies to other Gs as well); the 'full' bars on the battery indicator are a little hard (for me) to see; I wouldn't mind if the band were a few millimetres wider (this applies to some other Gs as well). But if these things were not as they are... who knows, the overall design might somehow fall apart!

    From a functional point of view, it could do with the ability to set alarms by date, to see current time in stopwatch mode, and world time would be better than dual time. But then it would be too close to perfection - and Casio doesn't like us to have a perfect G!

    I totally agree with you. That would be the perfect G shock.

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    Re: G-5600-1JF a modern day classic

    Quote Originally Posted by tribe125
    But then it would be too close to perfection - and Casio doesn't like us to have a perfect G!

    that's what i think

    so we will keep coming back

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    Re: G-5600-1JF a modern day classic

    My G-5600 arrived yesterday, used but mint from a very helpful member of this forum. I thought I'd share a few first impressions.
    The watch itself is light, no heavier than a DW-5600E, and the redesigned backplate makes it the most comfortable of all the G's in this series (as much as I appreciate the screwback models, the 5600E was always the most comfortable up until now).
    Interestingly, the bezel and strap appear to be identical to the ones used on the DW-5000 screwback reissue, and the dimensions of the watch are the same as all the others in the series (give or take a tenth of a millimetre here and there, this is the case for the whole non-atomic series since the DW-5000 in 1983).
    As has been stated in other reviews, the dial has - literally - real depth due to the three layers of crystal, solar collectors and actual display. It is by far the most handsome dial, IMHO, of any watch in this series. Bigger digits than the other modules too, a good thing. The finish of the whole watch is impressive, but not quite up to the workmanship of the DW-5000 reissue with its rounded buttons and polished screwback.
    I wanted this watch because I need two alarms daily, and in this respect (with five of them), the G-5600 does not disappoint - but it is a pity that none of the many alarms can be set for a particular date. That would have made sense, more so than in the single-alarm models.
    A pleasant surprise is that the countdown timer is now the first function you hit when scrolling through modes. Handy because I use this function a lot - and you can now set in both directions.
    The second time zone (like in the old 5600C) is one function I rarely have any use for. A world-time function would have been a blast in this watch.
    The backlight is pretty wan compared to the 1545 module and doesn't stay lit very long - obviously a different setup to stay compatible with the Tough Solar powering of the watch. As a bonus, I suppose, you get that neat "full auto EL' gimmick...
    One gripe: While the 1545 module changed directly back to timekeeping mode when you'd used one of the other functions, the 2597 module does not know this simple and intelligent trick - you have to scroll through every single mode, with a loud annoying beep every time, to get back to timekeeping mode. This is an almighty PIA.

    Bottom line: Beautiful watch, most comfortable of the whole line to date. The 2597 module is in many ways not as well thought out as the 1545. Weakish backlight. A good balance of looks, function and everyday qualities; fits a niche for me between the vintage/screwback models and the tough and practical 5600E.
    Modern day classics, they all are.
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    Re: G-5600-1JF a modern day classic

    Quote Originally Posted by bughammer View Post
    Interestingly, the bezel and strap appear to be identical to the ones used on the DW-5000 screwback reissue
    Actually, the DW-5000 reissues use the same bezel as the DW-5600E. The band is the same for the DW-5000 reissues, the DW-5600E and the G-5600.

    I really like the module on the G-5600, but agree that the DW-5600's ability to automatically go back to timekeeping mode with one button press was wonderful. I have no idea why Casio dropped that great feature on all newly designed G-Shock modules.

    The only other real "miss" on the G-5600 module, that you haven't mentioned, is on the countdown timer. For some reason, Casio feels that we no longer wish to set the seconds on our CDT. We now get hours and minutes only.

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    Question Re: G-5600-1JF a modern day classic

    a little off the topic but can anyone help me find G 5600RB J1??? i already have the standard display G 5600 J1, and am torn between trying to reverse the display or buy the other watch any suggestions?:thanks

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