I’ve taken delivery of yet another Casio G-Shock, the famous GW-5000-1JF. As a sign of my true watch madness, as this is I think about the 5th individual watch of this type that I’ve had, over the last three and a half years.
This is the king of the square G-Shocks being only generally available in Japan and costing ten times what a bog standard G-Shock would cost. Please see this post for the last time I bought one.
There are a couple of reasons I re-bought the GW-5000. First, I missed having a square G-Shock in the collection, particularly the best one you can buy. I was considering two similar models which have the same module but not the same level of construction but their cosmetic drawbacks prevented me from completing a purchase. The GW-M5610 has an irritating red line around the display and the GW-M5610BC, despite its comfortable, composite bracelet has a negative display which according to reviews can be difficult to read in some lighting conditions.
The red line is a small point but one which completely puts me off the positive display model and the cost of the negative display is £145 from Amazon. While this compares favourably to the new price of the GW-5000 which is £195, one has to add certain additional costs which arise from importing it from Japan. VAT and Parcelforce handling charges would add about another £60, so a rough price would be £250 from Japan. So, although I had the finger over the purchase button a couple of times, I couldn’t quite bring myself to press it.
Luckily for me, yesterday I saw a pre-owned version on TZ-UK to which the seller (thanks Vinny!) had fitted a new strap and bezel for an enticing £175. I jumped on it.
Having had a number of these, including one made after the Japanese Tsunami, I have noticed that the solar charging panel on the display of the newer ones, is subtly different from earlier ones. The older ones, like many G-Shocks have a purple tinge to the solar panel, when tilted into the light. The new ones, are far more muted, almost grey which matches the colour of the other parts of the display. While some may like this uniformity, it makes what is an understated watch too anodyne for my tastes.
So I’m a happy camper. I have yet another GW-5000 in the collection, as good as new and for a good price. This one is definitely not going to be flipped and it has prompted me to re-evaluate what I want in the collection, as a result, sadly some are going to be sold to make way for a new and hopefully vintage piece, for which I’m currently hunting.