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GW-5000 with composite bracelet, stock G-5600CC-3, stock DW-56RTB-7, GW-M5610 with band from GW-5000




Hi folks, I’ve been searching and reading threads, seems there is a lot of interest and plenty of new members are getting hit by the bug. I wanted to make a thread where people could ask questions, get ideas, and be inspired to fall deeper down the square shaped rabbit hole, so here it is. If this is redundant, than please point me to the correct thread that focusses on 5600 mods.

Hopefully, this thread can lead to some more unique 5600s in the world. For me personally, I’m taking it slow. A simple band and bezel swap is all that’s on the horizon at the moment. Down the road I’d like to see if I can toss a module into a steelcase, which leads me to my first set of questions.

Pacparts seems to be able to order DW-5030 parts. If I were to make one of these from the ground up (allowing for a few minor customized features), are these the parts I’d need?

complete 3229 module (maybe from a donor like the DW-5600E or DW-5600P)
Case Center (I need to know if this includes the glass)
Back Cover
Back Rubber Seal
Bezel
Band
X2 Springbars
X4 Screw, Bezel

here are the parts I’m uncertain about:

Casing Frame
Packing/Glass
Spacer
Tape/Adhesive

I am wondering if the dial is typically painted onto the glass, and if the 'case center' comes with the glass fastened on. Can the dial or glass be swapped with another? If so, even from a resin case 5600, or would it need glass from a steelcase?

Feel free to also share your own unique project watches! :-! Would be really nice to have one thread to see all of the custom mods work people have done over the years. Thanks everyone.
 

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Very nice :) One of my fave watches is my humble little custom DW5600E, like you mine is a very mild mod, nothing huge :)

Here it is:

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Stealth bezel, jaysandkays NATO adaptors and a black DaLuca strap.

This could be a very interesting thread indeed :) Looking forward to ideas. Personally my perfect 5600 would be a screwback with a super simple module with no complex functions other than it being atomic. Not even solar, I like the cleaner non-solar faces.
 

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Thanks! I know a lot of the guys into modding have had their time here and possibly moved on, but for us new guys asking about a simple part swap, or how-to on customizing the dial, or adding a colored film or reversing the LCD polarity...

I’m looking forward to seeing what people do to make their squares a little more personalize (though nothing is wrong with stock either, of course).

It only took a week and a half for “waiting ETA from manufacturer” pacparts has all my items in stock!!!

 

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Here's my thread documenting my DW-5030 custom build: http://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/dw5030-case-dw5600e-internals-1357281.html?highlight=

To answer your initial questions: the case center does include the glass/crystal preinstalled along with the buttons. The graphics are already printed onto it. It is swappable with crystals from resin cased 5600Es or other anniversary modern screwbacks, though I'm not sure why you'd want to do that. The case center and case back are separate parts; order both (one of my initial fails).

The parts list you posted is what you'll need to build the watch. You won't need the parts in your 'uncertain' list. I recommend the 5600P4 or 5600P9 module as it has the same LCD as the DW-5030.
 

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jrp319, thank you, much appreciated! I did read your DW-5030 thread (twice actually), and got the notion to build a 3229-screwback from the ground up. Seems like it will cost somewhere in the ballpark of $150, which is decent all things considered. As for the dial graphics on the glass, I prefer the symmetry of the DW-5600E rather than the DW-5000 offset look, plus I was just thinking about the possibilities.

Another thought, are screwback case sizes different depending on if they are meant to fit 3229 modules versus 3159 (solar/atomic6)? I wonder because of the unique situation of the GW-5000 which is a 3159 module in a steel case center BUT fitted with a 3229 sized bezel, WEIRD!

canuwarit, wonderful pic! I like how that DWE looks with the stealth bezel and nato. I’ve never worn a nato, but it’s on the list of things to try.

I’m a little torn on swapping the green resin on my G5600-CC. I like it but... it’s sparkling green (the sparkling is only noticeable in direct light). As for my white DW-56RTB, it’s cozy but I fear dirtying it up or just discoloring it from sweat stains. I think it would make a great watch to go running with since the stopwatch and interval timers have more options that any other square.
 

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Another thought, are screwback case sizes different depending on if they are meant to fit 3229 modules versus 3159 (solar/atomic6)? I wonder because of the unique situation of the GW-5000 which is a 3159 module in a steel case center BUT fitted with a 3229 sized bezel, WEIRD!
I'm thinking the cases are the same size internally and externally, but as I don't have a GW-5000 on hand for comparison, I'm not 100% sure of that. Hopefully someone here can chime in with more concrete information.
 

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alright, i will play

all of mine are mod'ed one way or another, lots of details that would takes days to note down - but i don't have time these days nor have much interests to share

only true square lovers and who's done lots of researches would know and appreciate each one in this picture



I am pretty much satisfied and wear them all as tools these days, 2 remains in my wishlist: DW5000ML and the blue display G5600 (I think it's G-5600CC)
for me GW-5000 wearers are just witnesses / LOLz
 

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Oh man, awesome stuff guys!

G-fob, that is a tremendous array! I love the green, red, and blue LCDs on the far left, the orange 5700style is also great (gives me a good idea too since I have a 5610 orange bezel on the way). Been considering mixing white and black bands and bezels for the panda/orca/SKUNK style! I wonder if they make a black nato strap with a white stripe along the center... DW-5000ML is also my grail watch which I’ll hopefully someday be able to catch. Thanks for the post!
 

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Moded squares, nice idea for thread, we haven't had that yet. Nice group of squares Chempop, the square shaped rabbit hole is indeed very deep, hard to get out once your are in :)

I have one modded square, posted it on WUS many times, but here it is again:

With original carbon resin



Then replaced the jelly bezel with matte black with gold colored letters



And now with both matte black bezel and strap

 

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Some squares mod :)

DW-5000-1jf with the lcd from the 5030:

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Fox Fire with the lcd from the 5600bb

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DW-5600L :black resins+bullbars

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DW-5600CK:Rit dye resins

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DW-5025B Rising Black

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G-5600CC black resins

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G-5600-EB Rit dye blue

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GW-M5610 Yellow bezel+yellow band from the DW-6900H-9

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DW-5600R black band+bezel gold letters

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DW-5600BL black resins+bullbars

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GLX-5600 with resins from the G-5600CC

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Great posts all around guys! I'm a bit late to the thread, as I haven't been able to make it to the forum as much as I'd like to lately.

I have two squares, both custom screwbacks




First is the GW5000, with the lettering stealthed, black buttons from the GW5000B, and module plus combi bracelet from the GWM5610BC








Then there's my DW5030 build. On this one I removed all of the lettering/print from the glass and polished the case behind the glass. The mirrored module and clear resin are from a DW5025 (painted the lettering silver)





 

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Ah, what the heck. I'll get in on it too.

First up, my custom built from parts DW-5030-1:
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DW-5000-1JF modded to resemble a modern version of the DW-1983:
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DW-5025D modded to resemble a modern version of the DW-5000C-1B:
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DW-5000-1JF w/ DW-5030 LCD:
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My "Poor Man's GSET", two DW-5600Es modded with 5030-1 and 5030D crystals, and a "Poor Man's G-Man", an Enderman action figure wearing a bezel and crystal:
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Well I had a bit of fun with the bands and bezels that arrived today (now that I have the tools to do so). I had thought of doing different colors for each square:



...but in the end I went with the black bezels... I’ll get some better pics at a later date.



Some thoughts:
* The GW-5600J band is awesome, feels super strong and has a nice texture to it.
* The DW-5600P-9 indeed has a magnificent LCD, rivals the DW-56RTB in terms of readability and viewing angles, the digits are of course a bit smaller though.
* I do not think the GW-5000 bezel fits the DW5600P perfectly, maybe it fits the same as a stock bezel, but the buttons hug the lower lip of the bezel, I might switch back to stock bezel and compare, or order a black DW-5600E bezel.
* The G-5600CC-3 (green LCD) has by far the brightest backlight, I wonder if it’s specific to G-5600 series, or a crazy color feature.

Having amassed these rather quickly, It’ll be interesting to see which ones become my favorite go-to daily wearers. I plan on doing 1-2 week rotations so I can get used to each of their unique quirks and special features.
 

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Okay folks, after a little frustration for the last couple weeks following yahoo japan auctions, realizing that the DW-5000ml is way out of my price range, I decided to look around my art studio looking for ways to destroy.. errm.. improve my current watches.

Reading through some of the tinted LCD mod threads, I decided to give it a whirl. So I ripped apart my DW-5600P, doing my best not to contaminate the insides, I did alright I think. Then I cut some colored acetate plastic and wedged it between the LCD and glass, this part was tricky since I did all the sizing by eye. Putting it all back together was a breeze, but then I discovered that the backlight no longer illuminates the display :( I guess acetate is not the best material huh? Figure what the heck and through back on the bullbars and bracelet, might as well go all the way right!

I love it:



with another one of my favorite possessions:



The money shot:

 
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