I’ve been wearing the DW-5600C every day since getting it, and must say that I’m tremendously pleased with this watch. But with any newly acquired G-Shock, my mind quickly starts trying to draw comparisons to other models. It wasn’t long before I inevitably started comparing the DW-5600C to my DW-5000 and DW-5700 screwback reissues.
It is very clear what Casio has been trying to accomplish with the screwback reissues. Take an old warhorse, and upgrade it to the newer Casio standards, while maintaining as much heritage as possible, and keeping the price down. It seems that Casio has been very successful in this strategy.
The DW-5000 screwback reissue started with an entirely different steel case. The new case was required in order to fit the 1545 module. While they were at it, Casio wisely decided to beef up the lugs a bit, which were a tad skinny on the old DW-5600C. Big props go to Casio for making the DW-5000 reissue compatible with the strap, module, and bezel of the DW-5600E, ensuring that spare parts will be easy to find for many years to come. The twelve o’clock and six o’clock bezel bumpers make for slightly better crystal protection than possessed by the old DW-5600C. The new design of the case and bezel also adds a greater amount of protection to the buttons.
The obvious large gain in functionality with the screwback reissues is the 1545 module. No more tiny light bulb here. You get full electro-luminescent backlighting of the LCD, a godsend to digital watches. The 1545 module also adds the ability to see the current time in stopwatch mode, over the 901 module in my DW-5600C, as well as the change in beep tone when entering timekeeping mode. And if I’m not mistaken, the 1545 module also adds Flash Alert. While not an enormously useful function, Flash Alert is at least more useful than the older REM feature found in the 901 module.
This is not to say that the reissues are an overall improvement over the old DW-5600C. I personally prefer the appearance of the DW-5600C. It feels chunkier to me, like a G-Shock should be. The 901 module’s display is much clearer than any 1545 module I’ve ever seen. The background is brighter, and the digits are much darker. The display also has more depth to it.
If that weren’t enough, the DW-5600 is definitely the more comfortable watch to wear. The strap is extremely comfortable. Very flexible, no ribbing to dig into your wrist, and less imprinting on your skin when your wrist swells. The caseback, for some odd reason, sticks to my wrist less than a reissue. You really do forget that your wearing the DW-5600C. The buttons of the DW-5600C are easier to press, since they stick out slightly from the bezel.
If there’s one saving grace to the tiny light bulb, it is that the bulb drains less precious battery power than an EL light. Another plus of the 901 module is the addition of the Dual Time feature, something oddly left out of the 1545 module.
So while the reissues at first appear to be very similar to the old DW-5600C, there are enough worthy differences to make each model stand out on its own. I personally would assess the screwback reissue as being the better G-Shock, while the DW-5600C is in fact the better watch…… if that makes any sense.