What to buy - GW-6900-1JF, GW-6900BC-1JF, GW-5000-1JF, GW-5000B-JR, or SBPG001

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    What to buy - GW-6900-1JF, GW-6900BC-1JF, GW-5000-1JF, GW-5000B-JR, or SBPG001

    I have a GW-M5600BC and I am thinking about getting another 1 or 2 G-shocks, or maybe even the Seiko SBPG001.

    Okay, so I don't really need another, but I would like to have a nice digital watch for work. I have been wearing my GW-M5600BC to work since I have bought it, but don't think that it really suits smart office clothes. I really like the functions though, so with this in mind I am thinking about the SBPG001, or maybe even the GW-5000-1JF on a composite bracelet, as I think the positive display might look better for work.

    The other thing that I am thinking about is getting a new watch for running / biking / hiking during the daytime / nightime. Bonuses here would be good visibility of the display during low light conditions and an easy to press light button, (I don't really like using the automatic light function). Therefore I'm thinking a 6900 would be better for this and probably the positive display version.

    So, what would you do? I'm edgeing towards the SBPG001 and GW-6900-1JF, but also love the looks of the GW-5000-1JF. I really don't want to end up buying 3 new watches.

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    Re: What to buy - GW-6900-1JF, GW-6900BC-1JF, GW-5000-1JF, GW-5000B-JR, or SBPG001

    I'm partial, but I can't stop looking at this one and waiting for mine to arrive:


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    Re: What to buy - GW-6900-1JF, GW-6900BC-1JF, GW-5000-1JF, GW-5000B-JR, or SBPG001

    Yes, I do like that. I'm just not too sure how easy it will be to read the display in low light conditions. The GW-M5600BC is not that good at night time unless you use the backlight and this is a function that I would prefer not to use unless I really need to.

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    Re: What to buy - GW-6900-1JF, GW-6900BC-1JF, GW-5000-1JF, GW-5000B-JR, or SBPG001

    Quote Originally Posted by opc View Post
    Yes, I do like that. I'm just not too sure how easy it will be to read the display in low light conditions. The GW-M5600BC is not that good at night time unless you use the backlight and this is a function that I would prefer not to use unless I really need to.
    Well, I'm a relative newbie to the G-Shock world, having sort of meandered over here from Seiko/Citizen/Orient, so I can't speak too much about the technical stuff.

    I do have to ask though, what digital watches are easily read at night time without engaging the back light?

    In regards to theGW-6900BC-1JF, I know this particular model has the auto EL feature, so having to depress the button isn't an issue if that's something you would consider a nuisance.

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    Re: What to buy - GW-6900-1JF, GW-6900BC-1JF, GW-5000-1JF, GW-5000B-JR, or SBPG001

    are you in love with the gwm5600bc? because it sounds like it doesn't have the legibility for column a, nor the refinement for column b, and at the same time you don't want a lot of watches. what i'd do is get the seiko and the gw-5000. i think you might find the gwm5600bc not getting a lot of use after that.
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    Re: What to buy - GW-6900-1JF, GW-6900BC-1JF, GW-5000-1JF, GW-5000B-JR, or SBPG001

    Yeah I know that you can't read a digital watch when it is very dark, but I have an old Casio running watch with a positive display that has a really clear display that you can read even in quite low light levels. This is why I leaning towards the positive display 6900. I do like the negative display one though, I just don't think that it will be as legible in the low light conditions that I tend to end up running in. Certainly the GW-M5600BC isn't any good for this.

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    Re: What to buy - GW-6900-1JF, GW-6900BC-1JF, GW-5000-1JF, GW-5000B-JR, or SBPG001

    here's my thought process...

    6900 is a must have but you have the Black 5600 so I would get a different color or even jam'n color.

    also check out Mudman and Gulfman models for a different change of pace and color variations.

    going Seiko is another ballgame.... I'm a Seiko collector and finding the ultimate Seiko can change from day to day...


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    Re: What to buy - GW-6900-1JF, GW-6900BC-1JF, GW-5000-1JF, GW-5000B-JR, or SBPG001

    I really do like the GW-M5600BC, but it is my first G-shock and probably not the best for some of the activities that I do, hence the reason for wanting some more. It's the best watch that I have for wearing at the weekends, playing with the kids, washing the car, etc. And since having it, I am currently preferring it to my chronographs for wearing to work, mainly because of the worldtime, stopwatch and alarms.

    This is why I'm liking the idea of the Seiko. I also think that a 6900 will be best for sports, etc, but I also love the GW-5000 design. I don't really want to blow £500 on 3 digital watches, but it is an addictive hobby, so I can see it getting the better of me.

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    Re: What to buy - GW-6900-1JF, GW-6900BC-1JF, GW-5000-1JF, GW-5000B-JR, or SBPG001

    Quote Originally Posted by UpstandingCitizen View Post
    I'm partial, but I can't stop looking at this one and waiting for mine to arrive:

    It's a gorgeous watch. Where are you getting it from? Is it www.watch-tanaka.com? Do they speak english? By the way how much is that cost? Love to know, thanks.

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    Re: What to buy - GW-6900-1JF, GW-6900BC-1JF, GW-5000-1JF, GW-5000B-JR, or SBPG001

    I've found the GW-6900 with the big light button on the front much better for running now that the evenings are getting darker, quicker.

    The GW-5000 looks to be out of this world, but it's not going to give you much extra features-wise than your GWM5600. 24 CDT and slightly more weight are the main features difference.

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