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    Partially restored DW-5600C

    I bought and partially restored a DW-5600C back in September. I really should have posted something about my experience then, but better late than never!

    I had been looking for several months for a 5600C for the reasons most people cite: its a classic, solid stainless steel construction, screw back, easy to read display, flight qualified by NASA, … I decided to find a later (901 module) version so it would be slightly newer and take the readily available CR2016 battery. Given the issues with resin decomposing, I also decided to find a raw module (i.e., with no bezel or strap) rather than find one that had original resin that might fall apart soon after purchase. I planned to start with fresh Brazilian resin. Lastly, I wanted one that had all four bezel screws removable and not broken off in the case.

    After a few weeks of looking on xxxBay, I finally found exactly what I wanted. I ordered it plus the Brazilian resin and strap. From the xxxBay photos, I knew the crystal had a few scratches, but when I got it I decided the scratches weren't all that bad so I didn't do any restoration to the crystal, hence I consider the watch partially restored but still in very good condition. I did however take the module out of the case, clean up the complete case, clean and lubricate the pusher o-rings, and put a new battery and caseback gasket on it and new springbars.

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    I'm very pleased with the result. It's a great watch -- very functional and good looking. I bought it for wearing not collecting! The alarm is loud enough for my needs and the illuminating light more than sufficient for the situations I use it in (reading the time in pitch blackness). The only thing I wasn't initially satisfied with was the accuracy. It was running about 22 seconds / month slow but I was able to easily adjust that. I'll have a subsequent posting on how I adjusted it's accuracy.

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    Re: Partially restored DW-5600C

    Oops, I erroneously mentioned it was running 22 sec / month slow. I should have said fast !

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    Re: Partially restored DW-5600C

    Looking good. My DW-5600C is still one of my favorite watches to wear. Even after all these years, it still has one of the clearest displays of all G-Shocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzbait View Post
    Looking good. My DW-5600C is still one of my favorite watches to wear. Even after all these years, it still has one of the clearest displays of all G-Shocks.
    Buzzbait, agreed re: the display clarity. Nice big numbers and the side lit display has much better contrast than a modern Illuminator or Indiglo style display. The display was one of the big reasons I sought out such an "old" digital watch.

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    Nice work, it looks great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kung-fusion View Post
    Nice work, it looks great!
    Kung-fusion, thanks. I had the benefit of reading many of your postings to help me decide what model to get and how to restore it. Your postings were very useful !

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    Nice, never get tired of good 'ol threads and seeing another 'C'
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    Re: Partially restored DW-5600C

    This thread is good for me. I am in the process of looking for a square g and of course a screw back if of big interest. There are a couple on ebay now, but before pulling the trigger i have a few questions (i am a g noob): where can i find the resin bezel and strap? Why brasilian? Can bezel screws be sourced somewhere? A lot have scratched crystals, can they be restored, replaced?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bricem13 View Post
    This thread is good for me. I am in the process of looking for a square g and of course a screw back if of big interest. There are a couple on ebay now, but before pulling the trigger i have a few questions (i am a g noob): where can i find the resin bezel and strap? Why brasilian? Can bezel screws be sourced somewhere? A lot have scratched crystals, can they be restored, replaced?

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    bricem13, Casio no longer makes the resin bezel and straps for this model. There are still some NOS (New Old Stock) bezels/straps available occasionally on eBay but in particular the NOS bezels are very expensive. I think for most people restoring this type of watch, the best solution is the Brazilian replicas of the bezel and strap -- search for "dw5600 bezel" on eBay and you find them sold by seller "watches.br". The bezel screws I think are hard to find, but the more important issue is to find a watch where the screws have not snapped off inside the case. This often happens because the screws can seize over long periods of time. Restoring scratched crystals is possible but a lot of work -- I'm sure a better expert like kung-fusion can speak to the effort required. I think the crystals can be replaced, but like the bezels they are rare to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bricem13 View Post
    This thread is good for me. I am in the process of looking for a square g and of course a screw back if of big interest. There are a couple on ebay now, but before pulling the trigger i have a few questions (i am a g noob): where can i find the resin bezel and strap? Why brasilian? Can bezel screws be sourced somewhere? A lot have scratched crystals, can they be restored, replaced?

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    Is there a particular reason you want a vintage screwback as opposed to a more modern screwback like a gw-5000 or dw-5030c? The modern screwbacks have parts available and are far less problematic than the vintage watches

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