INDESTRUCTIBLE All Around super watch that's actually CHEAP - Casio DW5600hr-1DR


And there it hit me, I was instantly hooked to the unusual design of the watch.

Looking back, during my primary school years, the year was in 1998 I noticed that a lot of my classmates are sporting a similar kind of watch. To me the branding was similar to some sci-fi tech that I was constantly encountering in our science magazines. The term G-Shock became so ubiquitous that nearly all manners of the watch-loving world were taken by surprise. I still remembered how G-Shock watches came to be, it was from a certain engineer who broke a piece of a very valuable watch he received from his father or so the story goes, on which he promised to make a watch so tough as to avoid accidentally breaking it again.

My first watch was a little mickey mouse watch that I received from my aunt, nothing fancy, just your average generic kind of watch. I was so curious about how that watch works that I ended up opening it forcefully and carefully breaking it piece by piece. I remember vividly how my mom yelled at me for breaking my watch.

Seeing how I mentioned the word G-Shock early on, I guess you already have an inkling over what I am gonna be babbling on about. Yes! it's a G-Shock, and one that's so significant for a guy who forgets that he wears an expensive piece of mechanical art on his wrist.

My first G-Shock watch was a GA-1100-1A3 which was given to me by my girlfriend who later became my wife five years ago. The watch became my daily driver, I took it everywhere I travel even during free diving in Palawan. The watch never let me down and has a world-time feature that I love which is very useful for me as an ex-pat nurse who frequently travels overseas for work, and oh did I mention that I love the analog utilitarian vibe on this watch.

Having been accustomed to G-Shocks by now, I find it hard to wear such a bulky watch during work, which the infection control department didn't make it easier at our hospital and made it pretty impossible for such a bulky watch to be worn during shifts, thus I decided to look for a cheap almost thin and utilitarian kind of watch. Naturally, I gravitated towards G-shocks. Being that ubiquitous partner and battle-ready piece of hardware. as I was looking on the internet, I find that square G-shocks has that certain appeal that attracts me over them. One, in particular, got my attention.

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Casio G-Shock DW 5600HR-1

The square watch design got me hooked instantly, it is reminiscent of the original Casio G-shock of the day. The watch by any means is very light, not too big or bulky on my wrist. I have a small wrist by the way.

The watch has its basic functions like telling time, of course, a stopwatch, countdown timer, and alarm functions, too bad it doesn't have any world time function of sorts. The best thing about this watch is its negative display and electro-luminescent backlight, even during the day the display is clearly visible. This watch has only the basic functions, nothing fancy like its older siblings that has a slew of features namely its proprietary multi-band 6 which receives signals from 6 sites around the world which syncs the watch to the atomic clock and its tough solar technology.

Overall the watch simply performs way above my expectations, the only downside is its band or watch strap which when worn too long can be a bit uncomfortable, it is on the hard side of the material, not as soft as some other resin bands of other notable Casio watches. The date and time display is perfect and easily readable during low light situations or in dealing with emergencies on the unit. I would definitely recommend one for a nurse and travel fanatic like me.

Disclaimer: This is by no means a proper review of the watch, if you want some detailed info, you can check Casio's official site.

  • Case size (L× W× H)

    48.9 × 42.8 × 13.4 mm
  • Weight

    53 g
  • Case and bezel material

    Case / bezel material: Resin
  • Band

    Resin Band
  • Construction

    Shock Resistant
  • Water resistance

    200-meter water resistance
  • Power supply and battery life

    Approx. battery life: 2 years on CR2016

  • Glass

    Mineral Glass

  • Stopwatch

    1/100-second stopwatch Measuring capacity: 00'00''00~59'59''99 (for the first 60 minutes) 1:00'00~23:59'59 (after 60 minutes) Measuring unit: 1/100 second (for the first 60 minutes) 1 second (after 60 minutes) Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
  • Timer

    Countdown timer Measuring unit: 1 second Countdown range: 24 hours Countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 24 hours (1-second increments, 1-minute increments and 1-hour increments) Other: Auto-repeat
  • Alarm/hourly time signal

    Hourly time signal
    Multi-function alarm
  • Flash alert feature

    Flash alert Flashes with buzzer that sounds for alarms, hourly time signals
  • Light

    Electro-luminescent backlight Afterglow
  • Light color

    EL:Blue Green
  • Calendar

    Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
  • Accuracy

    Accuracy: ±15 seconds per month
  • Other features

    12/24-hour format
    Regular timekeeping: Hour, minute, second, pm, month, date, day