Hopefully this is of some interest to someone, if not, feel free to troll me relentlessy...
I just bought my first new G-Shock in 10 years, and now i'm hooked again. Slim wrists limit me to squares, but luckily I like sharp angles and functional industrial design. However, having bought a GW-m5610, I was a little disappointed and returned it and went with the cheaper and "less functional" DW-5600e, which has a few things the GW-m5610 doesn't, the most notable of which:
- Current time displayed in CDT/STW modes.
- Auto repeat CDT adjustable to the second
- Louder beeps and alerts
It seems casio are leaving these features behind in a lot of newer tough solar models, which is very puzzling as to me they are almost essential and very little compromise would have to be made to include them. I can live without the DW-5600e's flashing alerts and day/date settable alarms (something the GW-m5610 also doesn't have) but I can't imagine many people want to be reminded what they set their CDT to or would need to measure down to the 100th of a second when their stopwatch goes over 1hr duration, so why not put the current time up there instead? The lack of an auto repeat CDT is even more baffling.
Perhaps casio is spreading features around so we need to buy multiple watches? Well it hasn't worked on me, here's hoping the extension to 2099 on the 3229 module means the DW-5600 series is here to stay. All the GW-m5610 whizz-bang-ery is sort of nice, but I have come to appreciate the absolute simplicity of it's older brother, everything I need and nothing I don't.
I like it so much I bought 3 from the 5600 family, and now keenly watching another on ebay. 35th Anniversary 3229 screwback? I'm waiting Casio... (maybe it has worked on me after all)