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    Pen Square G-Shock module comparison

    I’m going to waffle a bit, so if you want to skip how I got into these things then jump down to the paragraph that starts with some red words…

    I started the hunt for a G-shock square from an odd position. As I was standing in my garage looking at my Seiko SKX007J and then at the concrete dust that had just been poured all over my arm from drilling into the ceiling slab, I realised that I needed something tougher than the Seiko diver. The first concern was that the fine dust from the concrete had worked its way into everything.

    Anyone who has done a similar act with a hammer drill will knowingly nod that this .... gets everywhere, from your eyes down to your boots. My problem was that I have a connection to my Seiko; it is my work watch, it goes up power poles daily, it is my constant reliable companion. When I’m being blown sideways up a power pole in a storm trying to restore power I know it’s working eagerly on my wrist, reminding me to just keep going.

    The one thing it doesn’t do well (apart from being “smart”) is dust. As stated, that super fine concrete dust gets into everything, including under rotating bezels.

    So, I needed something tougher, probably better at vibration resistance (I hear auto’s aren’t fond of short violent shaking) and sealed to stop fine dust and general dirt getting in. I have an older G-shock that I never wear anymore because it’s impossible to read at a glance, my all black GA-110. It was bought specifically for my job (distribution electrician), but I was sucked in to the form over function of an ana-digi watch with neg display and grey hands…

    So, a quick search for dust or mud proof led me to the Rangeman. What a cracking watch! I love the GW-9400DCJ version, but I couldn’t justify buying an ABC watch that I need to take off for a proper temperature reading. I had to readjust my wants to match up with my needs a bit more. So, with the desire for an ABC watch out the window, it meant the Mudman and Mudmaster series weren’t suitable for what I needed.

    After all of that, my actual requirements were:
    - Tough
    - Dust and mud proof
    - Easy to read at a glance
    - Easy to clean (relatively)
    - Solar (I live in Australia, there’s tonnes of sunlight here)

    While investigating options I came across the King, the GX/GXW-56 models. After reading some of the specifications I decided that it was to be my hero and fill the hole I had for a work watch. Fast forward a month and I have actually have two of those now, a GX-56BB and a GXW-56-1BJF. I love them to bits, and have been wearing them daily day and night since they arrived. They have so far fulfilled my needs in a tough watch. They’re also damn comfortable!

    If you have made it this far you are probably asking why I have such a misleading title due to my recent GX-56 purchases. So, despite my love for the King I inadvertently discovered the original mudman (DW-5500C-1) and really liked the newer versions of it (5500/5510). The rectangular shape and reports of it being super comfortable with its wide band got me sucked in. There are reports of the buttons being hard to press, but could they really be harder than the GXW-56? Surely not.

    Problem was that the original Mudman then lead me into the world of the classic G-Shock squares. I am a traditional analogue lover and digital watches haven’t really featured in my life up until this year, hence the ignorance of digitals and living with their abilities.

    This is where it became complicated, with various models and variations over many years. There were models that were produced but now unavailable, models with the same family name but with differing inner modules, modules that look very similar but with differing specifications and abilities.

    The more I have delved into the G-Shock world, the more I’m learning and becoming aware of what Casio has packed into the venerable G-Shock square family. I have searched and looked at differing threads, such as the great one by Xevious (START HERE – Choosing your G-Shock). There's just so many little differences in the square variations that I couldn't keep track, so the easiest way for my mind to process all the information I could get was to write it down as a module/model.
    I ended up with the list below as my own reference to try to compare the main points of each module, it doesn't include other things that I have come across in my searching such as the battery models apparently have clearer/brighter screens than solar models.
    Also, as I was searching I kept hearing about the GD-350 and peoples love for it. The vibe and the (reportedly) good negative display got my attention, so I threw it into my list as a comparison.

    I won't lie, this took me hours. I am nuts (I think), but once I get an idea and can see a path then I usually have to follow it through. Combing through websites for info on modules and models, then getting the manuals from casio, then reading them all and disecting the information into what I thought worked, then realising I'd cocked up and had to re-do it or add another option or model really made my brain explode (others may find that easy!). However, it's helped me to form a clearer picture of what's available and I figured it might help others too.

    Note: I understand that decisions on buying a watch isn't just about specifications. However, once the design, how it sits, how it wears, what colour, and those decisions are made, this little comparison helped me decide.



    Classic square G-Shock comparison:
    For more info on any module, grab the number and go to the Casio watch manual archive HERE

    For comparison
    GD-350 (module 3403)

    Squares
    DW-5600MS (module 1545)
    DW-5600E-1VQ/DW-5600BB (module 3229/3421)
    DW-D5600 (module 3433)
    GB-5600AA (module 3409)
    GB-5600B (module 3419)
    G-5600E-1 (module 3160)
    GW-M5600 (module 3063)
    GW-M5610 (module 3159)
    GW-S5600/B (module 3159)
    GW-5000 (module 3159)
    GWX-5600/B(module 3215/3222)
    GRX-5600 (module 3223)
    GLX-5600/B (module 3151)
    GLS-5600 (module 3178)
    GX-56 (module 3221)
    GXW-56 (module 3220)

    Rectangles
    DW-5500C-1 (…?)
    DW-D5500 (module 3433)
    G-5500-1JF (module 3062)
    G-5500AL-1JR (module 3160)
    GLS-5500 (module 3178)
    GLX-5500 (module 3151)
    GW-5500-1jf (module 3063)
    GW-5510-1BJF (module 3159)

    GD-350 (for comparison)
    - Module: 3403
    - Calendar: auto to 2099
    - Power source: Battery (5 years CR2032)
    - Tide & Moon display: No
    - Notification: Vibe or tone, vibe or beep hourly tone (+ optional flash alert)
    - Button beep silencing: Yes
    - Tap function: No
    - Current time: Shown in Timekeeping, Alarm, ST and the CT screens
    - Time setting: Manual
    - Alarms: 4 one-time alarms + 1 snooze alarm (all are 1-time or daily)
    - World time: Yes, 100 cities/35 time zones + DST
    - Stop watch & Countdown timer: ST 1000hr, CT 24hr
    - Backlighting: Auto LED, duration 1.5, 3 or 5secs
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No, but if in the alarm screen, it will return in a few minutes
    - Power saving: No
    - Other: Low battery alert, high-brightness LED

    __________________________________________________ _________________


    Squares

    DW-5600MS-1
    - Module: 1545
    - Calendar: Auto until 2039
    - Power source: Battery
    - Tide & Moon display: No
    - Notification: Tone alarm & hourly signal (+ optional alert flash)
    - Button beep silencing: No
    - Tap function: No
    - Current time: Shown in all screens
    - Time setting: Manual
    - Alarms: One alarm (can be set to a date, daily, one-monthly or monthly)
    - World time: No
    - Stop watch & countdown timer: ST 24hr, CT 24hr
    - Backlighting: EL, 2sec
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No, but if in any screen with flashing setting it will return in a few minutes
    - Power saving: No
    - Other: No

    DW-5600E-1VQ/DW-5600BB
    - Module: 3229/3421
    - Calendar: Auto until 2099
    - Power source: Battery (2 years on CR2016)
    - Tide & Moon display: No
    - Notification: Tone alarm & hourly signal (+ optional alert flash)
    - Button beep silencing: No
    - Tap function: No
    - Current time: Shown in all screens except Alarm
    - Time setting: Manual
    - Alarms: One alarm (can be set to a date, daily, one-monthly or monthly)
    - World time: No
    - Stop watch & countdown timer: ST 24hr, CT 24hr
    - Backlighting: EL, 2sec?
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No
    - Power saving: No
    - Other: No

    GB-5600AA
    - Module: 3409
    - Calendar: Auto until 2099
    - Power source: Battery (2 years with 12h/day Bluetooth. CR2032)
    - Tide & Moon display: No
    - Notification: Vibe or tone alarm & hourly signal
    - Button beep silencing: Yes, button tone silencing
    - Tap function: Yes
    - Current time: Only shown in Timekeeping screen
    - Time setting: Manual and via BT to phone
    - Alarms: 4 one-time alarms + 1 snooze alarm (all are 1-time or daily)
    - World time: Yes, 100 cities/35 time zones + DST
    - Stop watch & countdown timer: ST 24hr, CT 24hr
    - Backlighting: Auto, duration 1.5 or 3sec, high brightness LED
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No, but if in the alarm screen, it will return in a few minutes
    - Power saving: Yes
    - Other: Low battery alert, high-brightness LED light, Bluetooth functionality (Time sync, phone finder, alert for incoming calls, mail, messages, etc)

    GB-5600B
    - Module: 3419
    - Calendar: Auto until 2099
    - Power source: Battery (2 years with 12h/day Bluetooth. CR2032)
    - Tide & Moon display: No
    - Notification: Vibe or tone alarm & hourly signal
    - Button beep silencing: Yes
    - Tap function: Yes
    - Current time: Only shown in Timekeeping screen
    - Time setting: Manual and via BT to phone
    - Alarms: 4 one-time alarms + 1 snooze alarm (all are 1-time or daily)
    - World time: Yes, 100 cities/35 time zones + DST
    - Stop watch & countdown timer: ST 1000hr, CT 100hr
    - Backlighting: Auto, duration 1.5 or 3sec, high brightness LED
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No, but if in the alarm screen, it will return in a few minutes
    - Power saving: Yes
    - Other: Low battery alert, high-brightness LED light, Bluetooth functionality (Time sync, phone finder, alert for incoming calls, mail, messages, incoming SNS, calendar, etc)

    G-5600E-1
    - Module: 3160
    - Calendar: Auto until 2099
    - Power source: Solar (11 month duration in dark on full charge)
    - Tide & Moon display: No
    - Notification: Tone alarm & hourly signal
    - Button beep silencing: Yes
    - Tap function: No
    - Current time: Only shown in Timekeeping screen
    - Time setting: Manual
    - Alarms: 4 one-time alarms + 1 snooze alarm (all are 1-time)
    - World time: Yes, 48 cities/29 time zones + DST
    - Stop watch & countdown timer: ST 24hr, CT 24hr
    - Backlighting: Auto EL, duration 1.5
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No
    - Power saving: Yes
    - Other: No

    GW-M5600
    - Module: 3063
    - Calendar: Auto until 2099
    - Power source: Solar (8 month duration in dark on full charge)
    - Tide & Moon display: No
    - Notification: Tone alarm & hourly signal
    - Button beep silencing: Yes
    - Tap function: No
    - Current time: Shown in Timekeeping, Alarm and CT screens
    - Time setting: Manual and Multiband 5
    - Alarms: 4 one-time alarms + 1 snooze alarm (all are 1-time)
    - World time: Yes, 48 cities/29 time zones + DST
    - Stop watch & countdown timer: ST 1000hr, CT 60mins
    - Backlighting: Auto EL, duration 1.5sec
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No, but if in the alarm screen, it will return in a few minutes
    - Power saving: Yes
    - Other: No

    GW-M5610/GW-S5600/GW-S5600B/GW-5000
    - Module: 3159
    - Calendar: Auto until 2099
    - Power source: Solar (10 month duration in dark on full charge)
    - Tide & Moon display: No
    - Notification: Tone alarm & hourly signal
    - Button beep silencing: Yes
    - Tap function: No
    - Current time: Only shown in Timekeeping screen
    - Time setting: Manual and Multiband 6
    - Alarms: 4 one-time alarms + 1 snooze alarm (all are 1-time)
    - World time: Yes, 48 cities/29 time zones + DST
    - Stop watch & Countdown timer: ST 24hr, CT 24hr
    - Backlighting: Auto EL, duration 1.5sec
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No, but if in the alarm screen, it will return in a few minutes
    - Power saving: Yes
    - Other: No

    GWX-5600/GWX-5600B
    - Module: 3215/3222
    - Calendar: Auto until 2099
    - Power source: Solar (10 month duration in dark on full charge)
    - Tide & Moon display: Yes
    - Notification: Tone alarm & hourly signal
    - Button beep silencing: Yes
    - Tap function: No
    - Current time: Shown in Timekeeping, Alarm, ST and CT screens
    - Time setting: Manual and Multiband 6
    - Alarms: 4 one-time alarms + 1 snooze alarm (all are 1-time)
    - World time: Yes, 48 cities/31 time zones + DST
    - Stop watch & Countdown timer: ST 60mins, CT 100mins
    - Backlighting: Auto EL, duration 1.5 or 3secs
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No, but if in the Tide/Moon data screen, it will return in a few minutes
    - Power saving: Yes
    - Other: No

    GRX-5600
    - Module: 3216/3223
    - Calendar: Auto until 2099
    - Power source: Solar (11 month duration in dark on full charge)
    - Tide & Moon display: Yes
    - Notification: Tone alarm & hourly signal
    - Button beep silencing: Yes
    - Tap function: No
    - Current time: Shown in Timekeeping, Alarm, ST and CT screens
    - Time setting: Manual
    - Alarms: 4 one-time alarms + 1 snooze alarm (all are 1-time)
    - World time: Yes, 48 cities/31 time zones + DST
    - Stop watch & Countdown timer: ST 60mins, CT 100mins
    - Backlighting: Auto EL, duration 1.5 or 3secs
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No
    - Power saving: Yes
    - Other: 5sec time-up beeper in CT

    GLX-5600/GLX-5600B
    - Module: 3151
    - Calendar: auto to 2099
    - Power source: Battery
    - Tide & Moon display: Yes, UTC + manual differential, longitude and lunitidal interval
    - Notification: Tone alarm & hourly signal (+ optional flash alert)
    - Button beep silencing: Yes
    - Tap function: No
    - Current time: Only shown in Timekeeping screen
    - Time setting: Manual
    - Alarms: 2 one-time alarms + 1 snooze alarm (all are 1-time, daily, 1-month, monthly, or date)
    - World time: Yes, 48 cities/29 time zones + DST
    - Stop watch & Countdown timer: ST 24hr, CT 24hr
    - Backlighting: Auto EL, duration 1.5 or 3secs
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No, but if in the alarm or the Tide/Moon data screen, it will return in a few minutes
    - Power saving: No
    - Other: No

    GLS-5600
    - Module: 3178
    - Calendar: auto to 2099
    - Power source: Battery (3 years CR2025)
    - Tide & Moon display: No
    - Notification: Tone alarm & hourly signal (+ optional flash alert)
    - Button beep silencing: Yes
    - Tap function: No
    - Current time: Shown in Timekeeping, both ST and the CT screens
    - Time setting: Manual
    - Alarms: 4 one-time alarms + 1 snooze alarm (all are 1-time, daily, 1-month, monthly, or date)
    - World time: Yes, 48 cities/29 time zones + DST
    - Stop watch & Countdown timer: 2 x ST 1000hr, 1 x CT 24hr
    - Backlighting: Auto EL, duration 3 or 5secs
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No, but if in the alarm screen, it will return in a few minutes
    - Power saving: No
    - Other: Low temperature resistance (-20°C, -4°F)

    GX-56
    - Module: 3221
    - Calendar: Auto until 2099
    - Power source: Solar (11 month duration in dark on full charge)
    - Tide & Moon display: No
    - Notification: Tone alarm & hourly signal
    - Button beep silencing: Yes
    - Tap function: No
    - Current time: Only shown in Timekeeping screen
    - Time setting: Manual
    - Alarms: 4 one-time alarms + 1 snooze alarm (all are 1-time or daily)
    - World time: Yes, 48 cities/31 time zones + DST
    - Stop watch & countdown timer: ST 24hr, CT 24hr
    - Backlighting: Auto EL, duration 1.5 or 3sec
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No
    - Power saving: Yes
    - Other: No

    GXW-56
    - Module: 3220
    - Calendar: Auto until 2099
    - Power source: Solar (10 month duration in dark on full charge)
    - Tide & Moon display: No
    - Notification: Tone alarm & hourly signal
    - Button beep silencing: Yes
    - Tap function: No
    - Current time: Only shown in Timekeeping screen
    - Time setting: Manual and via Multiband 6
    - Alarms: 4 one-time alarms + 1 snooze alarm (all are 1-time or daily)
    - World time: Yes, 48 cities/31 time zones + DST
    - Stop watch & countdown timer: ST 24hr, CT 24hr
    - Backlighting: Auto EL, duration 1.5 or 3sec
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No
    - Power saving: Yes
    - Other: No

    __________________________________________________ _____________________


    Rectangles

    DW-5500C-1
    - Not sure what module the original Mudman has!

    DW-D5500
    - Module: 3433
    - Calendar: auto to 2099
    - Power source: Battery (10 years CR2025)
    - Tide & Moon display: No
    - Notification: Tone alarm & hourly signal (+ optional flash alert)
    - Button beep silencing: Yes
    - Tap function: No
    - Current time: Only shown in Timekeeping screen
    - Time setting: Manual
    - Alarms: 2 one-time alarms + 1 snooze alarm (all are 1-time, daily, 1-month, monthly, or date)
    - World time: Yes, 48 cities/29 time zones + DST
    - Stop watch & Countdown timer: ST 24hr, CT 24hr
    - Backlighting: Auto EL, duration 1.5 or 3secs
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No, but if in the alarm screen, it will return in a few minutes
    - Power saving: No
    - Other: Progress beeper for CT

    G-5500-1JF
    - Module: 3062
    - Calendar: Auto until 2099
    - Power source: Solar (13 month duration in dark on full charge)
    - Tide & Moon display: No
    - Notification: Tone alarm & hourly signal
    - Button beep silencing: Yes
    - Tap function: No
    - Current time: Only shown in Timekeeping screen
    - Time setting: Manual
    - Alarms: 4 one-time alarms + 1 snooze alarm (all are 1-time)
    - World time: Yes, 48 cities/29 time zones + DST
    - Stop watch & countdown timer: ST 60mins, CT 60mins
    - Backlighting: Auto EL, duration 1.5 or 2.5sec
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No, but if in the alarm screen, it will return in a few minutes
    - Power saving: Yes
    - Other: No

    G-5500AL-1JR
    - Module: 3160
    - Calendar: Auto until 2099
    - Power source: Solar (11 month duration in dark on full charge)
    - Tide & Moon display: No
    - Notification: Tone alarm & hourly signal
    - Button beep silencing: Yes
    - Tap function: No
    - Current time: Only shown in Timekeeping screen
    - Time setting: Manual
    - Alarms: 4 one-time alarms + 1 snooze alarm (all are 1-time)
    - World time: Yes, 48 cities/29 time zones + DST
    - Stop watch & countdown timer: ST 24hr, CT 24hr
    - Backlighting: Auto EL, duration 1.5
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No
    - Power saving: Yes
    - Other: No

    GLS-5500
    - Module: 3178
    - Calendar: auto to 2099
    - Power source: Battery (3 years CR2025)
    - Tide & Moon display: No
    - Notification: Tone alarm & hourly signal (+ optional flash alert)
    - Button beep silencing: Yes
    - Tap function: No
    - Current time: Shown in Timekeeping, both ST and the CT screens
    - Time setting: Manual
    - Alarms: 4 one-time alarms + 1 snooze alarm (all are 1-time, daily, 1-month, monthly, or date)
    - World time: Yes, 48 cities/29 time zones + DST
    - Stop watch & Countdown timer: 2 x ST 1000hr, 1 x CT 24hr
    - Backlighting: Auto EL, duration 3 or 5secs
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No, but if in the alarm screen, it will return in a few minutes
    - Power saving: No
    - Other: Low temperature resistance (-20°C, -4°F)

    GLX-5500
    - Module: 3151
    - Calendar: auto to 2099
    - Power source: Battery
    - Tide & Moon display: Yes, UTC + manual differential, longitude and lunitidal interval
    - Notification: Tone alarm & hourly signal (+ optional flash alert)
    - Button beep silencing: Yes
    - Tap function: No
    - Current time: Only shown in Timekeeping screen
    - Time setting: Manual
    - Alarms: 2 one-time alarms + 1 snooze alarm (all are 1-time, daily, 1-month, monthly, or date)
    - World time: Yes, 48 cities/29 time zones + DST
    - Stop watch & Countdown timer: ST 24hr, CT 24hr
    - Backlighting: Auto EL, duration 1.5 or 3secs
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No, but if in the alarm or the Tide/Moon data screen, it will return in a few minutes
    - Power saving: No
    - Other: No

    GW-5500-1jf
    - Module: 3063
    - Calendar: Auto until 2099
    - Power source: Solar (8 month duration in dark on full charge)
    - Tide & Moon display: No
    - Notification: Tone alarm & hourly signal
    - Button beep silencing: Yes
    - Tap function: No
    - Current time: Shown in Timekeeping, Alarm and CT screens
    - Time setting: Manual and Multiband 5
    - Alarms: 4 one-time alarms + 1 snooze alarm (all are 1-time)
    - World time: Yes, 48 cities/29 time zones + DST
    - Stop watch & countdown timer: ST 1000hr, CT 60mins
    - Backlighting: Auto EL, duration 1.5sec
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No, but if in the alarm screen, it will return in a few minutes
    - Power saving: Yes
    - Other: no

    GW-5510-1BJF
    - Module: 3159
    - Calendar: Auto until 2099
    - Power source: Solar (10 month duration in dark on full charge)
    - Tide & Moon display: No
    - Notification: Tone alarm & hourly signal
    - Button beep silencing: Yes
    - Tap function: No
    - Current time: Only shown in Timekeeping screen
    - Time setting: Manual and Multiband 6
    - Alarms: 4 one-time alarms + 1 snooze alarm (all are 1-time)
    - World time: Yes, 48 cities/29 time zones + DST
    - Stop watch & Countdown timer: ST 24hr, CT 24hr
    - Backlighting: Auto EL, duration 1.5sec
    - Quick return to timekeeping screen: No, but if in the alarm screen, it will return in a few minutes
    - Power saving: Yes
    - Other: No
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    Re: brads square G-Shock module comparison

    I know you said a square, but if want dust/mud resist how about a MUDMAN.
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    Re: brads square G-Shock module comparison

    Great details braad, would be a big help to a lot of folks just getting into G's as all the differences can be overwhelming. Maybe the info could go in the "resources" section for future use.
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    Re: square G-Shock module comparison

    Nice work. Very detailed in your research. There's a tabulated form of this which was done by WatchGeekMaster.

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    Re: square G-Shock module comparison

    In working with very fine concrete dust, I don't think any watch with pushers is going to avoid particles getting caught in crevices. Even the G-Shock pushers being water tight, that is managed by double o-rings to keep out water... but that fine dust you mention will get caught in the sockets and possibly cause "crunching" when pressing the pushers.

    If you're really needing a timepiece to tell the time while you're working in that concrete fine dust environment, and it MUST be a G-Shock, I suggest one little technique: PLASTIC.

    Get yourself a snack size ziplock bag. Put some packing tape along the edges, folded over, and then cut two slits on the lower part of the two sides of the bag. Slide your watch inside, allowing the bands to slip in through those slits. Roll the plastic bag over once, and pulling tightly, close up the ends with rubber bands. Put on the watch. You should be able to tell the time through the bag. Then when you're done, take off the bag. If you're doing this concrete work frequently, you might want to just fashion your own "protector"... using duct tape and a small square of hard clear plastic. It could be a "cage" that you'll be able to reuse frequently. I'd get yourself some very wide rubber bands and use those to seal off the ends.

    Another solution, if you don't need to wear the watch on your wrist (just keep it nearby): Just grab the watch, secure the strap in place (as if you were wearing it), slide in a clear plastic zip lock bag, seal it up, then prop it up nearby at an angle you can view while you work.
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    Re: square G-Shock module comparison

    Btw, MainePorsche has a nice suggestion -- the MUDMAN. That one has a bezel with integrated button covers, to help keep out mud and silt. Still, very fine dust can sneak past it. It all depends upon how thick that dust is and how much the air is gusting around. Buy a used G-9000 for not much money and give it a go. See how it holds up.
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    Wow! That's a lot of research.
    One feature that may be of importance to you is the repeat timer and if it can be set to the second, 5 sec, or just minute

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    Quote Originally Posted by MainePorsche View Post
    I know you said a square, but if want dust/mud resist how about a MUDMAN.
    a mudman is a good option, but the GX-56 is also mud resistant (as Casio calls it) with its resin buttons molded part of the bezel. It's actually pretty nicely made with relatively tight tolerances


    Quote Originally Posted by Fergfour View Post
    Great details braad, would be a big help to a lot of folks just getting into G's as all the differences can be overwhelming. Maybe the info could go in the "resources" section for future use.
    That overwhelming sense is what struck me. I needed some type of structure to enable me to make sense of the main square G-Shock offerings I could find/purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by Epal2Apol View Post
    Nice work. Very detailed in your research. There's a tabulated form of this which was done by WatchGeekMaster.
    Damn! That would have saved me! I have no idea how I didn't find that thread made by WatchGeekMaster I'll need to find that thread and link it

    Quote Originally Posted by xevious View Post
    In working with very fine concrete dust, I don't think any watch with pushers is going to avoid particles getting caught in crevices. Even the G-Shock pushers being water tight, that is managed by double o-rings to keep out water... but that fine dust you mention will get caught in the sockets and possibly cause "crunching" when pressing the pushers.

    If you're really needing a timepiece to tell the time while you're working in that concrete fine dust environment, and it MUST be a G-Shock, I suggest one little technique: PLASTIC.

    Get yourself a snack size ziplock bag. Put some packing tape along the edges, folded over, and then cut two slits on the lower part of the two sides of the bag. Slide your watch inside, allowing the bands to slip in through those slits. Roll the plastic bag over once, and pulling tightly, close up the ends with rubber bands. Put on the watch. You should be able to tell the time through the bag. Then when you're done, take off the bag. If you're doing this concrete work frequently, you might want to just fashion your own "protector"... using duct tape and a small square of hard clear plastic. It could be a "cage" that you'll be able to reuse frequently. I'd get yourself some very wide rubber bands and use those to seal off the ends.

    Another solution, if you don't need to wear the watch on your wrist (just keep it nearby): Just grab the watch, secure the strap in place (as if you were wearing it), slide in a clear plastic zip lock bag, seal it up, then prop it up nearby at an angle you can view while you work.
    Quote Originally Posted by xevious View Post
    Btw, MainePorsche has a nice suggestion -- the MUDMAN. That one has a bezel with integrated button covers, to help keep out mud and silt. Still, very fine dust can sneak past it. It all depends upon how thick that dust is and how much the air is gusting around. Buy a used G-9000 for not much money and give it a go. See how it holds up.
    Some pretty good ideas there xevious! I haven't got a mudman, but in saying that I am fighting the urge to buy one. I know what I'm like, and if unchecked, I will end up buying one of each
    The other reason is that the GX-56 has its buttons molded into the bezel like the other mud resistant G-Shocks. While (like you said) nothing will be perfect, I'm happy to see how Casios mud resistant design handles what I throw at it

    When I cleaned my GA-110 last week I was surprised at how it had held up. It was my designated work watch, which meant it copped a hiding. For some background to that statement, I'm a distribution electrician, which means I must wear long arc-rated clothing. Then when working "Live" (4-5 hours/day) there's cotton inner gloves that go to mid-forearm, then thick rubber gloves that go to mid-forearm, and thick goat-skinned gloves to the wrist on top. Tonnes of sweat, lots of fibres from the arc rated clothing and fibres from timber and broken ceramic/porcelain. When not Live, we have to wear normal working gloves when digging, trenching or drilling.
    Despite all that, when I pulled the GA-110 apart and removed the module it was easily cleaned with a bit of washing.

    So I will be interested to see how a watch that's actually designed as mud resistant goes!

    Quote Originally Posted by jtaka1 View Post
    Wow! That's a lot of research.
    One feature that may be of importance to you is the repeat timer and if it can be set to the second, 5 sec, or just minute
    thanks jtaka1, that might be of use. I'll have a squiz and see :)
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    Re: square G-Shock module comparison

    Quote Originally Posted by Braad View Post
    a mudman is a good option, but the GX-56 is also mud resistant (as Casio calls it) with its resin buttons molded part of the bezel. It's actually pretty nicely made with relatively tight tolerances
    I'd have to agree. I have a GX-56BB-1 and a G-9000-3V, and there are bigger gaps near the bezel and back cover with the latter. The GX-56 is very well made, but it is huge compared to a G-9000 or any normal sized square. On the other hand, I find it more comfortable to wear than my G-9000-3V or my GLX-5600-1, even with the bigger size and heavier weight.

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    Re: Square G-Shock module comparison

    If I were trying to keep dust out i would stick with my Mudman or the GXW56BB I have, but nothing including Sapphire will resist scratches from concrete dust. But they both have molded rubber button covers, not the pushers, I trust that more than say the O-ring pushers on the Mudmaster. The GD-350 is my favorite watch, but it is not the watch for this type of work. I think the KING's you have now are the best option, and like you, I find the KING to be the most comfortable.

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