Well I finally got a GMW-B5000.
I liked the watch as soon as it became available, especially the full metal, positive display model. Only trouble was the price, they sold out the first production run almost immediately at £450. Then people were reselling them for like £600. This seemed crazy that anyone would buy at those prices, they may have sold out the first production run but Casio made it plain this was just a regular model and further production runs would be done.
When I get a watch to wear, rather than to collect, I don’t like to pay full RRP, never mind a premium over that, I like some sort of discount as regular models will eventually attract discounts. I have plenty of watches anyway and thought I would just be patient and wait for more to be made and prices to drop. It has taken some time, as Casio are obviously not producing loads with each run but now you are starting to see some discounts on these.
As this was a watch for regular wear, I kept my open for a lightly used one at a good price. I finally got this one. It was advertised as a “Cheap Metal G Shock”, you can say that again!
It is the B5000D but on the resin strap. This bloke had two and swapped the SS band to the negative display model and vice versa. This suited me down to the ground as I just immediately bought a new SS bracelet for it and now have the watch I wanted with a brand new bracelet and a lightly used resin strap for a change up.
I checked out these resin straps and it seems they are hardly available and then only for a huge price, you cannot use an alternative due to the unique attachment. A shop in Germany had them for 83 euros plus shipping, so like £80 to get it! I paid a lot less than that for the SS bracelet.
So now I have excellent condition B5000D, with a new bracelet and an excellent condition resin strap and all for the princely sum of £230!
I am really pleased I held off on these as I can now wear it happy in the knowledge there will be little to no depreciation on the price even though it will be a wearer, heck I reckon I could resell it for more frankly. I would not quite feel the same attachment, I am sure, if I had rushed in and paid say £600 in the first initial rush for these. Some people are still on eBay trying to get a premium for these but frankly they have no chance of selling them for that price
It joins my other DW-5000 with a metal bracelet, the DW-5000BL, which together with the DW-5000D issued a short time later, were the only 5000 model Casio had issued on bracelet, prior to the current model.
Both are Japan ‘H’ made.
Will get round to fitting the bracelet shortly but I will give it a bit of a wear on the strap first. This strap is super soft a la the GW-5000 and is very comfortable on the wrist.