I just received my 2 GW-5000's in the mail this afternoon from Higuchi! First off, just let me say that they had excellent service and I would use them
The GW-5000 has been reviewed many times and most of you are very familiar with the watch so I'm going to cut to the chase and let you know what I think of it, and if it lives up to the hype etc. I mainly wanted to do this for all those out there that have been on the fence with weather or not they should commit those hard earned G dollars to the GW-5000 or just stick with a cheaper version and save their cash. That was the boat I was in over the last several months.
I have been living with a GWM-5600 and a GW5600-J for the last several months as my daily wears. I really came to appreciate their simple design and straight forward features. They were the only G's in my collection that I felt I could wear to work with a suit as well as casually elsewhere. For some reason, my eyes are often drawn to the various circles and graphs that are typical of many G displays. It's not a deal breaker for me, but I find them distracting and would certainly prefer my displays to be without them. I found the layout of the GW5600/5000 series to be the most pleasing for my eyes. Everything you need, and nothing you don't. Their size is also very reasonable. They are perfect for those with smaller wrists like myself. Very comfortable.
So after deciding that The GWM5600 was by far my favorite Gshock, I wondered if I should take the plunge and purchase the ultimate G in the 5000 series. $400 is a LOT of money to spend on any watch, much less a Gshock. So as any compulsive WIS, or G-Shocker would do, I decided to take the plunge...
It looks like a basic square G to anyone who comes across it, but its a wolf in sheep's clothing. Its fun knowing that under the resin lies a solid chunk of DLC coated steel. The display is as nice as any 5600 series. It's most similar to the GWM-5600 except for the red line, dot instead of the dash on the date, and various wording changes.
The 5600-J is the most similar in colors. Both come with very nice all black designs with very light G-Shock Lettering. By far my favorite color schemes. My 5600-J has been stealthed though. The 5600-J is missing the day though. I do like that the GW-5000 also has the Day display.
So is the GW-5000 worth the $400 price tag that it commands vs the $80-$100 that it's solar atomic brothers have? This is a question that only the individual G-shock fan can answer. Most people, including myself are after the screwback and extra weight. Some are after it's rareness. I personally could care less about the rareness. It's the weight and the screwback that drew me in. Knowing that my favorite G would be...just that much better. The weight and feel of the GW-5000 is very nice indeed, but I definitely wouldn't say it's a night and day difference though either. The weight is just enough and not too much. It has an excellent feel overall. The DLC coating really does nothing for me either. It's very well done and looks great, but I would have just as much appreciated a regular S.S. screwback.
If I were looking at all of this "Objectively", I would most certainly say that the GW-5000 is NOT worth the extra money over the other models. Other than the softer resin band, an the DLC screwback and extra weight, there really is nothing else to pull one in. In the end, it's just a digital, resin watch. So if I were a Gshock fan that doesn't have a ton of extra cash, and the square G's are just "Likes" and not "Loves", I would not waste your money. You will be just as happy with the GWM-5600 or a GW5600-J and still have an extra $300 to spend on other G's.
However, looking at this watch from a "Subjective" standpoint, I highly recommend this watch to any G-Fan that has the extra money to put towards this watch, who really has a passion for and appreciates the simplicity of the square design. It's a definite upgrade and has a classic presence that will stand the test of time. As a friend of mine recently told me, "This is a watch, that once you start wearing it, you will soon realize that you don't need any other watches". It's just that good. This watch will be my travel watch, an everyday wear watch, and an everything in-between watch Well, except for a beater, it definitely won't be that!