Many of you will realize that we, the creators at Fratello, are secretly dynamic on a few online media channels. For example, we love to participate in conversations and offer our presumed information in Facebook gatherings. Other than our gushing interest in horology when all is said in done, we have our own particular fields of interest. Thus it comes that you’ll regularly discover us staying at particular gatherings which mirror our own inclination or specialism.

It will be nothing unexpected that you’ll discover me in Facebook bunches like ‘Omega Mania’ and ‘#speedytuesday’. In any case, there’s another, likely lesser known, field I’m intrigued by. Furthermore, that is Casio G-Shock Squares. In this weeks You Asked Us portion I’ll distribute an inquiry which was posted in the ‘G-Shock Square’ Facebook gathering and which got numerous reactions.

G-5600-E GW-M5600-1

Which G-Shock Square Should I Buy, G-5600E-1 or GW-M5610-1?

In reality, the specific inquiry from Anton was the following:

Hi squares,

I’m going to purchase a G-Shock this week and can’t decide which one I should go for. Searching for any assistance/tips on the matter. Should I go for G5600E-1 or GWM5610-1?

A, for me a very reasonable inquiry, in spite of the fact that for most of all of you dark cased G-Shock Squares may appear to be identical. As regularly with watches, it’s all in the details.

A notable minimal red line

The minimal red line around the dial of the GW-M5610-1 will be a detail presumably saw first. In combination with some other imprinting in the dial, that’s the most noteworthy visual distinction between these two watches. Furthermore, promptly it’s a fascinating one also. As presumably known, the root of the Casio G-Shock goes back 36 years. Planned and created by Kikuo Ibe, Casio in 1983 acquainted the main watch concurring with their Tripple-10 idea. Waterproof to 10 bar, drop-evidence to 10 meters and 10 years battery life. The Casio G-Shock DW-5000C was conceived. Brain you, 1983 was the year the primary cell phone was presented also, and in the interim, Casio sold over 100.000.000 G-Shocks worldwide.

The 1983 G-Shock DW-5000-C1

The 1983 G-Shock DW-5000C, as demonstrated here above, had that surprising red line around its dial too. In the event that one’s searching for an optically most unique present day posterity from the main Square G-Shock, I can envision the GW-M5610-1 comes to mind. By and by, I could do very well without the red line however. The more subtleties standing out, the sooner I will in general get exhausted with it.


In terms of capacities, the two watches are exceptionally equivalent. With the exception of demonstrating the time (in 12 or 24-hour organization) and date, both game a 1/100s chronograph, a commencement clock, 5 every day cautions, and the likelihood to show the time in 48 unique urban communities in addition to UTC. Both, the G-5600-E and GW-M5610-1, have a full programmed backdrop illumination work. The backdrop illumination comes on with the turn of your wrist towards your face. This capacity is consequently actuated under faint light or dull conditions and deactivates when the encompassing light is sufficient.

Showing the meaning of Casio’s G-Shock watches. Space traveler Thomas Reiter utilizing his (non-Square incidentally) G-Shock in the ISS Spacestation during mission SSI-014 in December 2006.

Technical differences

Tough Solar

A speedy plunge into the details, or even a brief glance at the dials of the previously mentioned two models, discover that the two watches sport sun oriented force supply. Or on the other hand as G-Shock shows it, Tough Solar. A valuable component, as I would see it, I love when I don’t need to consider evolving batteries. Forestalls a great deal of problem and additional costs as well. G-Shock’s Tough Solar charging framework changes over daylight as well as light from fluorescent lights and different sources into power.

Multi-Band 6

The G-5600-E doesn’t just come up short on the red line in the dial, however it likewise comes up short on the ability of programmed time change. With the GW-M5610-1 this is accomplished by an element Casio names Multi-Band 6. Multi-Band 6 is a radio sign based time change system. Whether in Europe, North America, Japan, or in the external compasses of Canada, Central America, and China, when the watch has been set to the neighborhood time, it’s ready to get an important sign and shows the right time any place you are. In numerous nations, it additionally sets itself consequently to summer and winter time.

Multi-Band 6 covered areas

Again, as I would like to think, a valuable element. Most non-radio-changed G-Shock’s will in general run many seconds off each month, which makes it that you need to change the time physically. Continuously a test to check whether you could recollect how that was by and large done. In any case, and I referenced that all around, the radio sign isn’t accessible wherever on earth. So on the off chance that you live in Central-Asia, Australia, Soth-America, the most amazing aspect of Russia, or for example the Northern piece of Scandinavia, this element would not be definitive for you.

A starter choice

From Anton’s Facebook profile I discovered that he lives in Keflavik, Iceland. Iceland, tragically, is right external the range of the 60 KHz Anthorn radio-signal in North-West England which serves the Multi-Band 6 framework around there. Also, in this manner the GW-M5610-1’s radio sign based time change framework is of little use to Anton.

Remains the somewhat close to home inquiry on the off chance that one prefers the more present red line on the dial of the GW-M5610-1 or the humble white line on the G-5600-E. Something I can’t choose for Anton, and it would be a near fiasco for me actually too. As a result of the accessibility of a Multi-Band 6 usable sign in my piece of the world, I may have overcome my slight inclination for the more humble white line and would pick the actually further developed GW-M5610-1. Honestly here, I added the two models to my assortment, just to be sure.

Prices, prices…

There may be another motivation behind why one would pick one over the other, and that’s the cost. The G-5600-E can without much of a stretch be found for around $ 85.= while the GW-M5610-1 will slow down you at any rate $ 100.=. For a $ 15.= contrast, I can scarcely envision that this would be a major issue in the event that one should extravagant one model over the other.



And in the case that cost matters, I might want to propose another chance. As one of the fundamental G-Shock Squares, there’s the DW-5600E-1 too. Outwardly very equivalent to the G-5600-E (white line on the dial), in any case, without the Tough Solar force usefulness. This implies one needs to change batteries, however that’s simply following 10 years of working which probably won’t frighten you away. The lower value comes at different expenses too however. The DW-5600E-1 doesn’t have the 48 urban areas world time usefulness. It has just a single multifunction alert, and the schedule just rushes to the year 2039 rather than 2099. Furthermore, there’s no programmed backdrop illumination work by the same token. Notwithstanding, it very well may be yours for $ 45.=.


And at that point, obviously, there’s consistently a greater cost. During the years, without examining the durability nor Tripple-10 idea, Casio changed the development of their G-Shocks generously. While in 1983 the DW-5000C had a strong tempered steel internal case, flow customary G-Shock inward housings are made of plastic. This being the situation with the G-5600-E and GW-M5610-1 of this article too. Likely nothing amiss with that, and it positively made them lighter in weight and less expensive to produce.

Case back of a G-Shock with plastic inward packaging Case back of a G-Shock with hardened steel internal packaging

Whether or not a G-Shock has a plastic case development can be effectively told by the structure and design of the case back. On the off chance that the case back is made of a stepped metal plate and fixed by four little Phillips screws, the internal packaging will be plastic. In the event that then again the case back is round and screwed into the packaging without help from anyone else, the watch has a hardened steel internal casing.


Casio actually creates G-Shocks with a strong treated steel inward housings. Frequently in unique or restricted commemorative models, be that as it may, in a customary assortment model also. The GW-5000-1 . As far as I might be concerned, this is a definitive as of now accessible G-Shock. Development savvy faithful to the first G-Shock from 1983, and in fact anticipated with all extravagant accessories like Tough Solar and Multi-Band 6. I love the more significant sensation of this strong tempered steel internal packaging model, too, its elastic tie appears of a better and it wears more comfortable than others. Also, as a cherry on my cake, the GW-5000-1 doesn’t have a red line on its dial 😉 My recommendation to Anton would be to set aside some extra and go for the GW-5000-1.

While most G-Shocks with plastic inward housings are created in Thailand or China, hardened steel internal packaging models are delivered in Japan. With the exception of the more expensive development of these watches, this may be important for the purpose behind the GW-5000-1’s nearly $ 300.= cost tag.

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