“It keeps time well, has a nice backlight, a flexible design, but the true value you get is its durability.”
Whenever I hear the word “G-Shock” I automatically think of a bulky, heavy, metal watch that can withstand a ridiculous amount of abuse.
But I found that the DW5600-E shares nothing with its predecessor, except for its ability to take abuse (but we’ll get to that later). I was very surprised and pleased when doing this Casio DW5600E-1V review, as this watch has proven itself to be a powerhouse in a deceiving package.
All The Essentials in a Digital Watch
This watch is a purely digital G-Shock model that delivers on everything you would need for everyday activities.
Like most digital watches, the DW5600E offers an accurate reading of the current time, down to the second. It received a significant update in the past couple of years as they got rid of the 1545 module (or movement), to the 3229 module.
The biggest difference between the two modules being that the former one stopped at 2039 while the new one stops in 2099. Aside from that, all the standard complications are present.
With a multi-function alarm, an auto-repeat function, a countdown timer, and a chronograph that reads up to 1/100th of a second. Aside from that, there are no extra special complications, so don’t expect temperature and altitude readings from this watch.
Straight To The Point Design
This watch does not share the iconic, bulky G-Shock design, but that doesn’t mean that it does not have its own charm.
The simplistic and minimalist design gives it a very flexible look. Due to its rectangular design, the 5600E may appear small, but the case measurements say otherwise.
It has a pretty wide case, measuring at 42.8mm wide, 13.4mm thick, and weighs 1.9 ounces. The way everything is laid out on the dial make navigating incredibly easy, even for those who are new to digital watches.
The LCD display is covered by a mineral crystal, which can definitely hold its own, but is also protected properly because of the protruding bezel, which does its job very well.
Navigating around is made very easy by a combination of the layout on the dial and the four buttons on the case, all of which control a function on the watch.
I won’t go into great detail about figuring out the functions as it’s very easy and the user manual does a better job of clearing everything up.
This is by far the highlight of this watch.
While it doesn’t share the iconic G-Shock design, it has great durability, considering it is pretty affordable.
It can survive extreme impacts, such as being dropped for a three-story building and being run over by a car, so it will without a doubt hold its form even if you end up slamming your watch on various surfaces accidentally like me.
Aside from that, it’s water-resistant up to 300 meters which is great in my opinion.
On The Wrist
The watch uses a removable polymer strap, which fits with the overall theme of practicality.
The strap is designed in a way that it looks integrated with the watch, but if you end up wearing out the strap, it’s easily replaceable with a spring bar tool.
When wearing this model, you get exactly what you expect: comfort. The watch is extremely comfortable and is very light because of the use of a strap rather than a bracelet.
However, this is still a relatively chunky sports watch, so it won’t be one that you wear with a 3-piece suit but looks great with everyday casual wear.
When getting this watch, you get all the essentials that you will need.
It keeps time well, has a nice backlight, a flexible design, but the true value you get is its durability. It is virtually unrivaled when it comes to durability in its price range.
I can’t stress this enough: you will not find a watch this durable at this price. So if you’re a person who likes simplicity, durability, and wouldn’t want to spend a lot, without a doubt, this Casio DW5600E is for you!