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    Restoring a watch (5600) for a friend in need...

    Getting a pal a watch for life (hopefully).
    There is a small back story to this. Feel free to ignore it and just look at the pics.

    I have been off work since Christmas as I have had my knee reconstructed. I have (until now) been unable to drive, walk properly and so on. Basically I have relied on others a lot for support. One friend in particular has been extremely selfless with his time despite his personal circumstances being dire…

    His fit and healthy father was taken ill just before Christmas. Long story short it is cancer and he is extremely ....ing ill. My knee is small-fry compared to this but my pal has still found time to take me to physio, to dressing changes, shops and relatives. Saying “Thank you” seems awfully hollow and the other day I spotted my opportunity.

    Despite coping well with the change in his father’s health, my pal got unbelievably drunk the other day which is uncharacteristic. In fact, he was so drunk he broke a Casio digital watch; anyone who knows how durable these things are knows that he was mega-drunk. Perhaps it was an evening of escapism for him.

    Anyway, for a while I have collected G-Shock watches. As a by-product of this modest collection, I have amassed a little drawer of spares (bezels, straps etc.). I lent my pal a 5525 and he asked if my yellow GW-M5600 came in black. I said yes and left it at that.

    I went on eBay and found a GW-M5600BC module, knowing I already had a strap and bezel and won it, regardless of cost. They are not that common and are as black as atomic/solar powered/square G-Shocks get.

    I can’t imagine how difficult everything is for him at the moment and I certainly can’t fix it. He is outwardly pretty perky but occasionally says how he feels. One very small favour I can do to repay his kindness is get him a watch that should last for ages. Mine has withstood concrete, solvents, knock, bangs, ice, a cup of boiling water, mud, sand and abuse and is still alive.

    Below are the photos of cleaning and refreshing the watch with new bezel, strap, screws and spring bars. He is coming over later for a cuppa and I can’t wait to give him the watch; I hope he likes it…

    Ready to start.


    Close-up of module as it was when it arrived (good condition).


    The very reasonably priced trinkets from Casio UK


    Washing with hot water, hand soap and a nail brush. Dried with kitchen towel.


    The back, cleaned and almost scratch free. The essence of this watch is that I want him to get it marked and roughed up as that is what Casio intended.


    Fresh strap an bezel ready to go on.


    After a bit of a fiddle getting the spring bars in.


    The final 4 screws.


    And the finished article.


    Tell me what you think...
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    Re: Restoring a watch (5600) for a friend in need...

    Sounds like a top friend, always nice to do something for someone else!

    Hope your leg gets better soon!


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    Re: Restoring a watch (5600) for a friend in need...

    It is a nice gesture to give him this great watch. Hope his father will win the fight against the cancer.

    Oh, and hope you will get well soon, too.
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    Re: Restoring a watch (5600) for a friend in need...

    Quote Originally Posted by cst View Post
    Sounds like a top friend, always nice to do something for someone else!

    Hope your leg gets better soon!


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    He is indeed a top pal. My leg will be fixed in no time... I don't know what will happen with Jim's dad but I too hope he gets well.

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    Re: Restoring a watch (5600) for a friend in need...

    Quote Originally Posted by l_cypher View Post
    It is a nice gesture to give him this great watch. Hope his father will win the fight against the cancer.

    Oh, and hope you will get well soon, too.
    I just hope he likes it.

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    Re: Restoring a watch (5600) for a friend in need...

    I am sure he will

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    Re: Restoring a watch (5600) for a friend in need...

    That's a really nice looking 5600, a GW-M5600 module swapped into a BC case I think - which would make it even rarer and more exclusive in my opinion, and rather fitting given your backstory. I'm sure your friend will appreciate his watch for many years to come :)

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    Re: Restoring a watch (5600) for a friend in need...

    Seems that way. Was surprised how much attention it (and even ordinary GW-M5600's) seem to attract on ebay now.

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    Re: Restoring a watch (5600) for a friend in need...

    Let us know his reaction!

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    Re: Restoring a watch (5600) for a friend in need...

    Great story and very nice work. Get well soon and wish your friend strength in this time of turbulence.
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