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    Not Insync: G-SHOCK GWM5610-1 and GW-5000-1JF

    I live pretty far away from Colorado WWVB, but there is one window sill in my home where my G-Shocks "catch the wave" pretty well.

    But this fall/early winter, syncing has been spotty. One interesting thing, however is that my GWM5610 is having a much more difficult time syncing than my GW5000.

    The 5000 has caught the wave four or five times in the last three months, whereas the 5610 has only once. This is sitting side-by-side on the window sill overnight.

    I used the 5000 as a reference to manually set the 5610 a week ago. Wish I would have let the 5610 continue to drift, but I thought it would sync by now. It would have been fun to see just how far the 5610 drifts off the correct time.

    The reason I'm surprised that 5610 isn't performing as well in this regard as 5000 is the former has a plastic case, with the latter being all steel. I'd heard that the radio wave is harder to catch through an all-steel case.

    Perhaps the Waveceptor 6 5000 has improved chip technology regarding antenna as compared to the older Waveceptor 5 5610?

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    Re: Not Insync: G-SHOCK GWM5610-1 and GW-5000-1JF

    I believe you were referring to the GWM-5600 (Multi-Band 5) rather than GWM-5610 (Multi-Band 6).

    When you put the watch on the window sill, were the watch face flat with the 12 o'clock side pointing towards the window? This generally provides better reception than having them sideways.

    If the watches were placed right next to each other perhaps you can spread them out or just do one at a time and see if that makes a difference.
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    Re: Not Insync: G-SHOCK GWM5610-1 and GW-5000-1JF

    Thank you for your response Watchpile, and correction on my model (GWM-5600).

    I usually lay my G-Shocks on their side 3 o'clock down on the window sill. I'll try to position the watches as you suggest this evening, and see if that does the trick.


    Quote Originally Posted by Watchphile View Post
    I believe you were referring to the GWM-5600 (Multi-Band 5) rather than GWM-5610 (Multi-Band 6).

    When you put the watch on the window sill, were the watch face flat with the 12 o'clock side pointing towards the window? This generally provides better reception than having them sideways.

    If the watches were placed right next to each other perhaps you can spread them out or just do one at a time and see if that makes a difference.

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    When I owned a GW-M5610 I used to have a difficult time syncing in my Toronto suburb home. Now I own a GW-5000-1JF, which has the exact same module, and I find syncing to be noticeable easier. I've had the watch for under two months and I sync manually, all the time. However I find that I no longer need to have the 5000 against the window to get the reception; I could be in bed, a few feet away from a window that looks onto the neighbor's wall and the watch syncs in a flash. That would have been impossible with my previous 5610. So I have to believe that either the case makes a huge difference or there is an improved reception antenna.

    I haven't experimented with enough sample sizes to make a scientific hypothesis on the matter.

    Cheers and enjoy your G Shocks.
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    Re: Not Insync: G-SHOCK GWM5610-1 and GW-5000-1JF

    Based on all of the threads I've ever seen around here -- and there have been quite a few -- "watch model (or watch design) with best atomic reception" seems to be the same random crapshoot as "most accurate non-atomic watch."

    Some people seem to think their steel-cased squares and Frogmen synch better than their plastic cased models, some people think the exact opposite, and some people think that their non-G Casios or Pro Treks synch best.

    Even IF we had a huge sample size, there are just too many other variables to draw any meaningful conclusions, like "geographic location," "terrain," "distance," "style and/or fabrication of dwelling," "location of watch within dwelling," and "on or off the wrist."
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    Re: Not Insync: G-SHOCK GWM5610-1 and GW-5000-1JF

    Thanks @unbosom and @Mike K. I enjoyed reading threads on this topic found through the Google search link included in the post above.
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    Re: Not Insync: G-SHOCK GWM5610-1 and GW-5000-1JF

    This worked for me, thanks again Watchphile!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Watchphile View Post
    I believe you were referring to the GWM-5600 (Multi-Band 5) rather than GWM-5610 (Multi-Band 6).

    When you put the watch on the window sill, were the watch face flat with the 12 o'clock side pointing towards the window? This generally provides better reception than having them sideways.

    If the watches were placed right next to each other perhaps you can spread them out or just do one at a time and see if that makes a difference.
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    Re: Not Insync: G-SHOCK GWM5610-1 and GW-5000-1JF

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    Re: Not Insync: G-SHOCK GWM5610-1 and GW-5000-1JF

    Excellent! Thanks for letting us know.
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    Re: Not Insync: G-SHOCK GWM5610-1 and GW-5000-1JF

    My 2 GW's, RCVD fine.. but I notice that your display don´t show the seconds!?? Is that configurable?
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