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Dear G-Shock experts:

I am looking at purchasing a G-Shock GW-A1000-1A or similar.

I know that many Japanese brands make different variations of similar products for various parts of the world. For example, I have a JDM-only Citizen that is in a different league of materials, build quality and fit and finish, compared to Citizens available here. It was also considerably pricier.

As far as the GW-A1000 is concerned, what would be the difference between the GW-A1000-1A, which can be bought domestically for around $320, and the GW-A1000-1AJF that is available at $450+ from JDM sellers? Are there any differences at all?

What about the GW-5000? Are there different version, and what are the pros and cons of each?

Thanks for your input!
 

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I can't speak for those models in particular, but with a LOT of G-Shocks, the only differences are the regional availability of certain models and the fact that Rakuten sellers are only in competition against each other -- not against the rest of the world and Walmart!
 

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Correct answers above. The only difference is the hang tag and manual in Japanese. I believe GW-5000 is a Japan only model, but perhaps someone else can confirm. Enjoy, GWA1000 is a nice watch with the smart access crown
 

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Thanks, all!
 

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All GW-5000 are JDM only.

Don't own an A1000 so I can't comment on any possible differences, I am not aware of any.

I know you didn't ask about the Rangeman GW-9400J, but the JDM costs more only because it comes with a Carbon Fiber Band, whereas the International GW-9400 has a regular resin band and cost less. Otherwise the watches are identical except for the engraved model number on the back "J".

 

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Dear G-Shock experts:

What about the GW-5000? Are there different version, and what are the pros and cons of each?

Thanks for your input!
There are three versions. GW-5000, GW-5000B, and GW-T5030.

GW-5000 is the basic model, very good watch and best buy from all three for the money. The only drawbacks are: that the buttons are tiny bit harder to push, it's stainless steel, the buttons and buckle are not dlc, and the screws are not black.

GW-5000B is a limited production with a negative display, dlc buttons, dlc strap buckle, and black screws which makes it look super cool. The biggest drawback is that the screen is hard to read in low lighting. It's more expensive since it has been discontinued. Unless your a big negative display fan, I wouldn't use this for an everyday watch.

GW-T5030. The screen is much easier to read than the 5000B, but not as easy as the GW-5000. The buttons are better, most of the hardware is made out of titanium. It's the only square with a titanium case, it's very limited (200 pieces). I think this is the coolest g-shock. The main drawback is you probably need more $1200 USD to get it.
 
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