Casio G-Shock GLS-5600CL-5 — My ideal beater
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    Casio G-Shock GLS-5600CL-5 — My ideal beater

    For long time I was looking for a G-Shock watch that could match the following criteria:

    • must be in traditional square design;
    • and should have somewhat advanced module (snooze alarm, configurable backlight, etc.);
    • but preferably that is non-solar-powered and non-radio-controlled.


    GLS-5600CL meets these requirements perfectly, it even goes far beyond them.

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    In contrast with the regular G-Shock squares, GLS-5600CL boasts low temperature resistance (up to –20°C/–4°F).

    It is indeed a nice feature to have during lengthy training sessions in winter.

    Also, instead of commonly used CR2016 batteries the watch employs CR2025—meaning 1 more year of battery life.

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    I am personally not a big fan of rubber bands, and first thing I would do is to buy strap adapters. However, to my fortune, GLS-5600CL already comes with adapters and a cloth band.
    The cloth band is well-made, comfortable, and has matte stainless steel hardware.

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    The watch features a negative display, it is neither pro nor con IMO. Being negative, the display does sacrifice some readability for looking pretty. I think it fits overall design.
    Note, though, that the blue green backlight eliminates any possible readability issues.

    Specifications

    • Module 3178
      • Electro-luminescent backlight—auto Light switch, selectable illumination duration (3 or 5 seconds), afterglow
      • Flash alert
      • Button operation tone on/off
      • 1/100-second dual stopwatches—1000 hours capacity, 3 measuring modes (elapsed time, split time, two finishes), auto start (only stopwatch 1)
      • 5 multi-function alarms (1 snooze alarm)
      • Countdown timer—from 1 minute to 24 hours with 1 second measuring unit, auto-repeat, progress beeper
      • Hourly time signal
      • Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
      • 12/24-hour format
      • World time—29 time zones (48 cities), daylight saving on/off
      • Accuracy to ±15 seconds per month

    • Approx. 3 years battery life
    • Low temperature resistance (–20°C/–4°F)
    • Shock resistant
    • 200-meter water resistance
    • Mineral glass
    • Cloth band


    Without any doubts this watch is my ideal beater.
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    Re: Casio G-Shock GLS-5600CL-5 — My ideal beater

    Nice watch/strap combo overall.

    But I'm wondering about the strap adaptor's reliability when the watch is used in challenging conditions.
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    Re: Casio G-Shock GLS-5600CL-5 — My ideal beater

    Thanks @lvt;.

    I personally have not had a chance to exercise the watch in really challenging conditions.
    However, I believe Casio would not be comfortable releasing a watch under G-Shock name that cannot stand such conditions.
    In fact, G-Lide series (GLS-5600CL belongs to it) is advertised to be used in extreme sports.

    The strap is one piece—this brings extra reassurance in my opinion—the watch will not fall off if any adaptor failure happen at all.
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    Re: Casio G-Shock GLS-5600CL-5 — My ideal beater

    Just curious why you were looking for something that was non solar and non atomic?

    P.s. I like that watch.

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    How easy is it to read? I’ve always like G Shocks but all that I’ve tried on are a pain to read.

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    Re: Casio G-Shock GLS-5600CL-5 — My ideal beater

    Quote Originally Posted by tonygermano2 View Post
    Just curious why you were looking for something that was non solar and non atomic?
    Actually, I like solar and atomic watches (and already own one of such).
    But for a beater watch I've just decided to save on these technologies.
    It also meant that I've had more options to choose from.

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    Re: Casio G-Shock GLS-5600CL-5 — My ideal beater

    Quote Originally Posted by KrabbyKakes View Post
    How easy is it to read? I’ve always like G Shocks but all that I’ve tried on are a pain to read.
    It is indeed very subjective, but I did not have any problems reading it so far.

    Nevertheless, in my opinion, analog watches read more comfortably than digital, and for everyday use I prefer them to digital ones.
    With digital watches I find positive displays provide better readability than negative.
    Ultimately, I would recommend checking a negative display watch with your own eyes before deciding on buying remotely.

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    Re: Casio G-Shock GLS-5600CL-5 — My ideal beater

    G-Shock watches are rock solid. The one thing that I do not like about the watch that I have, however, is that while the indices have lume, the hands do not. Doesn't seem to make much sense.

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    Re: Casio G-Shock GLS-5600CL-5 — My ideal beater

    Quote Originally Posted by WatchEnthusiast View Post
    G-Shock watches are rock solid. The one thing that I do not like about the watch that I have, however, is that while the indices have lume, the hands do not. Doesn't seem to make much sense.
    Interesting, did not know such exist (not surprised though). It does feel somewhat impractical.
    I wonder what model do you have?

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    Re: Casio G-Shock GLS-5600CL-5 — My ideal beater



    I just got the black bezel/white faced version of this watch and it is great.


    I actually wound up buying a GW5600 atomic/solar G-Shock for my beater a few years back. I got it brand new for $60 plus tax. It is the perfect beater because it never needs any thing except occasional light.





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