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Sometimes this watch hobby devolves into finding new and more expensive ways to be dissatisfied. That pretty well sums up my quest for the ultimate square. Which I have nearly achieved. Nearly.
Having played with titanium squares both factory and homebuilt, I sought the ultimate in toughness and light weight, with particular aesthetics. The starting point was a stainless steel GMW-B5000 which I never wore because; A: too shiny and B: far too heavy at 150 grams. But if everything possible was replaced with titanium...
The goal was 100 gr. Fortunately, the titanium caseback screwed right into the steel case. Unfortunately, it cost $160. And only saved seven grams at 9.42 gr. (9.38 gr. without the protective sticker btw.) Likewise, the SS bezel is only a tad over seven grams weightier than the ti. The real heft is in the SS bracelet - 75 gr!
I knew the ti would be a real saving, but I wanted more - well, less, actually. Inspiration came from my TVA with its laser-drilled holes. I fired up my trusty industrial laser, um, my slightly rusty benchtop drill press. All that drilling and dimpling saved slightly less than 2 gr. Still oddly satisfying.
The clasp doesn't match because the raw ti kit comes with a grossly overweight SS clasp - 4.66 gr. over. Fetid dingoes kidneys! A different company does do a real ti clasp. Sadly, they don't cater to the GMW-B5000, nor do they offer a raw finish. Happily, the clasps are perfectly interchangeable. If anyone knows a chemical way to strip off that black finish, I'll be grateful.
Bottom line - 101.94 grams. Less than 10 gr. more than my camo ti square, albeit 20 gr. over my lightest resin conversion. A comforting presence on the wrist rather than an uncomfortable burden. Goal so nearly achieved. Though if I could just find a ti case...
What metal bezel fits to that model??
Get the dw-5600 option. The 5610 will not fit on gw-5000.Love this thread, guys. Any good jelly options out there for a gw5000? 🤔 its a jungle out there...
All the vendors probably selling only these two variants.By chance I have already ordered before once from that top link only to realise that this is a one piece design with a strange top look - I hated it.
That's why I would like something close to the original
The vendors keep popping up, but which bezels and bands are the best in terms of quality (and looks)?