I have all the while been intrigued by the classic design of the 5500 series. Would love to get the iconic black case with red buttons G-5500-1JF but its not available in Singapore We only have the Jamming Colors camo series and Rastafarian locally.
The G-5500MC-5JF is probably the only one that I'll probably purchase as a substitute. Sjor's great pictures of it pretty much affirmed my decision, together with the much lower revised price of the Jamming Color series (seems like its unpopular here) I would feel guilty not to give this one a new home!
Some fellow forumers recommended the 5500 for the smaller wrists. This big flat G-5500 sits on my small wrist better than my 6600 on original straps, with much less gaps at the lugs.
Buttons are way harder to press than my 6600 or 2300, definitely not good when you want to time precisely using the stopwatch as you have to squish through that rubber mass before reaching the 'buttons' The ability to silence the watch is a good feature as I don't really like the beeps when I want to use the functions discreetly.
I would rate the module as below average. 59'99 min stopwatch and 60min timer are way too short for me.
World Time function in this module is a failure compared to the 2300. Everything is preset and doesn't seem to be adjustable whereas in the 2300 existing timezones are adjustable to the seconds and there are even blank slots for you to set additional timezones. The 5500 also lacks a delicated GMT/UTC timezone until i realise London and Lisbon is at +0.00 which is essentially the same as GMT/UTC. No home time display on all modes although it doesn't matter to me at all.
Having owned a 2300 with such a splendid module I naturally had set the bar high and thus making me so anal about rating this 5500 Despite these few critical shortfalls, its still too good looking to be despised!
now a picture speaks a thousand words...........
*note this is the right hand orientation, thus the display looks a little less crisp than usual