Is a Screw Back Better?

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    Is a Screw Back Better?

    Are there any benefits of the screwback case design compared to the standard plate with 4 screws like the DW5600E?

    I understand the classic 5600C had the screwback and now this limited edition from seiya-san also has the screwback.

    http://www.seiyajapan.com/product/G-...n_Grey_LE.html

    Looks like the weight is about 50% more ... 78g compared to about 54g. So this is a disadvantage I guess. Are there any benefits?

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    Re: Is a Screw Back Better?

    Only the dw-5000, ww-5100, dw-5200, ww-5300, dw-5400, dw-5500, dw-5600, dw-5700. dw-5800 are screw type and only now is frogman and anniv. type as 10th and 20th and on some 25th are screw type but rest are 4 screw type and on 4 screw type that only screw can get ruined by ungroove by too tight an screw as it happen to me on ts-100 and then i had to put super glue is hole and put the screw in and hold it few minutes and then let it dry up and then i can closed it up with 4 screws and i rather go with screw type than 4 screw type.
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    Re: Is a Screw Back Better?

    If there is a choice, of course I prefer a screw caseback.

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    Re: Is a Screw Back Better?

    I'd say it's a matter of preference. A screwback 5600 definitely has a different feel on the wrist, than a regular DW-5600E. They are a little more lop-sided in their weight distribution, and I find the rounded edges allows for a natural movement on the wrist.

    Both types are very comfortable for me, but I tend to prefer the heavier, solid feel of a screwback like the DW-5600C. The only way to find out what you like for sure is to wear each style for a little while. They screwbacks tend to be more desirable, so you shouldn't have trouble selling one if it's not for you.

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    Re: Is a Screw Back Better?

    Oh ya Riley; I keep seeing your watch when you post, and I really love the aesthetics of the 400J too - it is one of the few that is really set apart.

    Anyway, I had a screw back something or other (I found it in the sandbox) when I was like six years old. That [its screw on back] is the only aspect of the watch that I remembered - besides that is was very tough. So last year I needed a watch (after not having one for 10+ years), and I remembered that and searched. That is how I was led to gshock.

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    Re: Is a Screw Back Better?

    In my opinion both are OK. I have no special preference. What draws me or not to a G-Shock is the upper part.

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    Re: Is a Screw Back Better?

    I'm used to screwbacks but I'm quite happy with the four screws if Casio can achieve the water resistance that's labeled on the watch.

    I would assume that under water, for instance, the increased pressure would assist the compression of the backplate onto the seal and help maintain the integrity of the watches resistance to water. ...................

    But hey, what the heck do I know, I'm an artist!

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    Re: Is a Screw Back Better?

    I think after reading on this through searchres this week, it is a preference. I prefer a weighty watch, I like to know it's there. I am looking for a screwback 5600. Does anyone know if they made any screwback 5600's with Solar or 10 year battery? If so, which version?
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    Re: Is a Screw Back Better?

    Hmmm ... so I guess I need to buy a screwback from Seiya-san then to find out for myself!? .... Another purchase!!

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    Re: Is a Screw Back Better?

    No personal preference, but I had a conversation with someone who worked for a jeweler who said that screw backs can have their seals misaligned when the batteries are changed and need WR testing to be sure the seal is intact.

    I've wondered whether Casio came up with the back plate design to help avoid this and make the watch seal more reliably after battery changes. It might make the watches more 'fool proof' for many of the people who change batteries who aren't jewelers.

    Anyway, most of Casios more expensive models have plates while some of their cheapest have screw backs, so I don't think it was really about cost saving.

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