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    Musings on the DW-5600C and Newer Screwback Reissues

    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.
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    Re: Musings on the DW-5600C and Newer Screwback Reissues

    Reading that makes me want to pick up one of the older 5600C's, as I've never had one.

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    Re: Musings on the DW-5600C and Newer Screwback Reissues

    Good stuff Buzzbait. Looks like you've really been giving the 5600C some wrist time. I think you got all the major points of difference. It's really hard to quantify the feel on the wrist. It's nice that there's a lot of choices in the newer models, but you really can't knock the classic DW-5600C.

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    Re: Musings on the DW-5600C and Newer Screwback Reissues

    The part of 901 and 691 is same module just different size battery and an 1545 won't fit an old g-shock as 901 or 691 and only will fit an 240 or 691 or 901 module on 5600c and dw-5000 thru dw-5800 are same size but on 5600e only 1545 will fit and dw-5000 reissued is an 20th anniv. with 1545 just like 10th anniv. was 901 or 691 as tenth anniv. dw-5000 and on your part of 5600c is better that it is cause it lasted longer on battery than 1545 and some people like 901 or 691 and some like the old modules as 240 like myself that's why I got the dw-5000, dw-5200(2) and dw-5400(2) cause like the half hour beep and when I was going up and at times I would see an older model at times with half hour beep like school or work in florida choice or winn dixie or at mall in software etc. and then I had the dw-5600c and it bug me for years till 20 years later and finally got it as dw-1000 in 2002 but then two more years then I finally got the dw-5200 as an g-shock.
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    Re: Musings on the DW-5600C and Newer Screwback Reissues

    Quote Originally Posted by ron281969 View Post
    The part of 901 and 691 is same module just different size battery and an 1545 won't fit an old g-shock as 901 or 691 and only will fit an 240 or 691 or 901 module on 5600c and dw-5000 thru dw-5800 are same size but on 5600e only 1545 will fit and dw-5000 reissued is an 20th anniv. with 1545 just like 10th anniv. was 901 or 691 as tenth anniv. dw-5000 and on your part of 5600c is better that it is cause it lasted longer on battery than 1545 and some people like 901 or 691 and some like the old modules as 240 like myself.
    i agree with Ron, my DW-5400 with the 240 module has to be my favorite "classic" G module by far! i really like the half hour signal, and so far its the only module i own that has it.
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    Re: Musings on the DW-5600C and Newer Screwback Reissues

    Obviously a lot of consideration has gone into this; I hardly feel worthy of commenting!

    By coincidence I've got my 5600C on today; felt I needed to remind myself what a G-Shock should be.

    Personally I don't miss the EL. I remember trying to read under my bedcovers by the light from a Casio! (no wonder I have such bad eyesight now!). I have used the dual time once or twice though, and it's a real boon. The big difference for me between the 901 and the 1545 is the clarity of the display; the older module is just so much better. Sharp, good contrast, and imo the background is a nicer colour (more silvery, the 1545 has a very slight green tinge to it; maybe due to the EL?). Definitely one of the most comfortable watches I own too, and feels incredibly solid.

    If I had to make a choice between the -E and the -C, there wouldn't be any contest at all.

    And your good G/good watch point makes perfect sense; I'd much rather have a good watch, it just so happens that more often than not when faced with a choice of watches it's the G-Shock I consider to be the good watch.

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    Great comments by everybody

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    Re: Musings on the DW-5600C and Newer Screwback Reissues

    Great points Buzzbait, my DW-5600C's I never tire of wearing ..
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    Re: Musings on the DW-5600C and Newer Screwback Reissues

    The DW-5600C really is a very special watch. There are many intangibles working for it. The feel and look of the watch is quite unique, and very different from modern day G-Shocks.

    I have a feeling that my DW-5600C is going to get a HUGE amount of wrist time.


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    Re: Musings on the DW-5600C and Newer Screwback Reissues

    Oh Great! Now there's another G that I desperately need...

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