I received a GMW-b5000 from a fellow WUS just about 4 weeks ago and I wanted to share a couple my non professional and probably rambling thoughts of wearing it daily since acquisition.
Right off the bat, wow! I was surprised by the heft of the watch- it has a good and solid feeling to it but not too heavy. I've since read on the interwebs that it nearly matches the weight of a Rolex Submariner, interesting fact.
I was also very surprised by the construction of the bracelet- it was super easy to remove and replace links, it wraps around the wrist perfectly-just the right amount of gap between links. Also, I was able to get the locking clasp perfectly centered on my bottom wrist.
The bracelet definitely complements the weight the watch head. Since its an all-metal case and case back, the bracelet keeps it in good balance and centered well.
An item of great interest to me is that despite the micro scratches I've put on the watch-it still shines brightly. I mean weirdly bright. This has been the "whitest" steel watch I've worn since a short experience with an Audemars Piguet 15400. I have not been able to find out what type of steel Casio used on this square and of course, I know its Ion plated but I've got to think that Casio has a most definite category of bright steel used on this watch. Even though the links are brushed, the lower part of each link and the top part of each link groove is mirror polished. This could be why it is so shiny-a clean sheen. Anyone else noticed this?
This watch has kept me away from my Frogman and 2 other squares. I love this watch. It's so cool that it is understated but accurate and functional. It looks great when I wear my suits at work and just as good with surf shorts and Nike flyknits.
If you are on the fence about getting one due to price or it being a scratch magnet- I say it well worth the price used or new with a discount of course, and as for scratches I can only see them up close and they don't detract from the watch.