Following the bestselling G-Shock 5000-series “Full Metal”, Casio recently unveiled another variant of the iconic DW-5600, but now capped with a steel bezel cover, the GM-5600. It’s essentially a budget version of the “Full Metal”, offering a similar look for less than half the price.
Introduced in 1987, four years after the launch of the first ever G-Shock, the DW-5000, the DW-5600 retained the look and construction of the original, but with an improved electronic module and a dial that did away with the brick pattern found on the original. Since then, the DW-5600 has has been issued in an bewildering array of colours and styles, but the latest iteration marks the first time the model gets a steel cladding on the front.
It is available in three iterations: stainless steel (GM-5600-1), black ion-plated steel with a black dial (GM-5600B-1), and black ion-plated steel with an military green, camo-pattern dial (GM-5600B-3).
As with the standard DW-5600 (and all other G-Shocks), the new watch has a double case construction made up of an inner resin case covered in a steel outer case, preserving the signature shock resistance and 200m depth rating of the G-Shock, while keeping it lighter than the “Full Metal” model. The outer steel case features a bezel with a vertically brushed finish, nearly identical visually to the found on the steel “Full Metal”.
Size-wise, the GM-5600 is a tad bigger than the standard resin DW-5600 at 49.6mm by 43.2mm on the front, but slightly thinner at just 12.9mm high versus 13.4mm.
But, the case construction is also simplified versus the “Full Metal”. The new GM-5600 has a case back secured by four screws, instead of the screw-down back of the “Full Metal”.
And the GM-5600 uses basic, battery-operated 3229 module, and lacks the solar-power function of the “Full Metal”. But the functions are largely the same, so it includes a stopwatch, countdown timer, multi-function alarm, full calendar, and backlight.
The GM-5600 is also made in Thailand, instead of Japan as is the case with the “Full Metal” and other high-end G-Shocks.
Key facts and price
Diameter: 49.6mm by 43.2mm
Material: Resin inner case with a stainless steel bezel cover
Water resistance: 200m
Movement: 3229 module
Functions: Multi-function electronic
Battery life: 2 years
Availability: Already at G-Shock Casio boutiques
Price: GM-5600 – US$180, or 259 Singapore dollars; GM-5600B-1 & GM-5600B-3 – US$200, or 279 Singapore dollars
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