Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Casio DW-5600CS-1 review

This is the DW-5600CS-1. It is part of the Crazy Colours Series issued in 2008. It is basically the same watch as the basic DW-5600 but with bolder, brighter colours. The Crazy Colours series consist of the following model; DW-5600CS-1 and DW-5600CS-9 from the DW-5600 design. There is the DW-6900CS in the series and these are based on the basic DW-6900 design. This watch, the DW-5600CS-1 is fitted with the Module 1545.

Module 1545

Timekeeping Mode: Hour, minutes, seconds, am/ pm, month, date, day of week (time display switchable between 12-hour and 24-hour format)

Calendar System: Auto-calendar from 1995 to 2039

Alarm Mode: Multi-function alarm, hourly time signal

Countdown Alarm Mode (Timer): measuring unit: 1 second, input range: 1 second to 24 hours, auto repeat and repeat function

Stopwatch Mode: measuring unit: 1/100 seconds (first 60 minutes), 1 second (after 60 minutes), measuring capacity: 23 hours 59 minutes 59.99 seconds, measuring modes: elapsed time, split time and two finishes

This is short review of the DW-5600CS-1 as it is basically the same as the DW-5600E reviewed earlier. The review will focus on the differences between the CS series and the basic watch.

The review of the basic DW-5600E can be read here:

First we have to look at the colour of the watch. It is it’s most outstanding feature. The watch bezel and band is finished in gloss black and it is enhanced with orange highlights. The ‘PROTECTION’ and ‘G-SHOCK’ is rendered in orange as is the dial and the background of the LCD. The dial is actually rendered in two shades of orange.

The case back is standard Casio. It is the standard vertically brushed stainless steel plate. The center is adorned with the Casio G-Shock logo and the usual marking around it. The watch is made in Thailand (Thailand Y).

The bands are different from the standard straps. It is devoid of any markings or design. It has a glossy black finish and is very smooth to the touch. The glossy black coating is only applied to the upper surface and the lower (inside) of the strap is matte black. It is strange that the strap keeper is not glossy.

The band is wider as compared to the standard DW-5600E. However it does have a ‘step down’ notch along the strap. It is a very comfortable. The strap is a tad stiff but still comfortable. Markings on the inside are '413 F2' and it is the same on both straps.

Unlike the basic model, the buckle on this watch is made in Japan. I don’t see any noticeable difference between the buckles. It has the same quality as other buckles made by Casio.

The EL back light on this watch is very interesting. Although the screen is orange in colour, the back light is green. Yes, standard back light colour. Sadly I did not take any photographs of the back light.

Overall this is a nice watch. I do like it. I am happy that it has a new home in Indonesia (wedding present). 

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