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This is a quick review of my new GWM-B5000G1-1ER
I got it from München, Germany from this very serious seller Onlineshop für Markenuhren & Schmuck 5% Skonto bei Vorauskasse
(And they have been just perfect, pricewise (it was a bargain) and for communication and parcel proof.
My first experience with them and really they have been just great.)

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So my watch was born the 170th day of the "I" year... Which means: the 19th of june 2019 ! Almost two years ago. The battery is on "half". Not bad. ;-)

The parcel has arrived just in time for Saint Patrick's day. So here's a dark watch for a dark beer.

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I'm not new to G-Shock and I always been a one by one watch user. I think my current collection is made of an Aqualand, a shock Timex, an old Raysan and my main drive: a Fenix 6 Titanium.

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Here is my list of Casio experience through the years, so far:

2021 Casio GMW-B5000G-1ER
2018 Casio GMW-B5000D-1ER
2018 Casio PRW-7000-3ER
2018 Casio GPW-2000-3A
2016 Casio GW5000
2016 Casio GWN-Q1000-7AJF
2015 Casio GPW-1000T
2015 Casio GWN-1000C
2014 Casio PAW-1500T
2014 Casio GW-5000B-1JR
2014 Casio PRW-6000Y-1ER
2014 Casio GW-3000B-2AJF
2013 Casio GW-9400-1JF
2013 Casio GWA1100-1JF
2013 Casio GD-350
2012 Casio GW-2500-1B
2011 Casio PRW-2000-7T
2011 Casio GWM5600-0R
2010 Casio GW-2000-1AER
2008 Casio G-7710-1ER
2004 Casio UW-503 Memory 100 1990
1998 Casio DW-9300 Raysman
1997 Casio DW-6500 Skyforce
1996 Casio DW-6600
1994 Casio CPW-200 COMPASS
1993 Casio CPW-100 COMPASS
1992 Casio DW-6100
1991 Casio ALT6000
1990 Casio VDB100 (black) Touch Screen
1989 Casio JP-100 Pulse check
1986 Casio RW-100 Rotary Switch
1985 Casio DBC-610
1983 Casio DW-1000

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So this 19th June is not my first square.
My first one (not counting the DW-1000 bought in Laguna Beach when I was 16) was the Casio GWM5600-0R bought in New York City for 75 dollars in 2011.
As a Frenchman, in passion with the USA, those Squares have always been related to some American Dream.

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My first square made me sold the my Gravity Master GW2000. (One watch guy, remember ?).
For me, the GWM5600 was some kind of Art Deco hommage going so well with my memory from NYC.

I have upgrade to GW5000's and loved the heft of the DLC screwback case, sold them for various ABC's.

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Then came the GMW-B5000B, the mighty Silver version I have bought in Paris ("Chez Maman") near the G-Shock Store where it was not available. I love the "tank" construction and decided it would be my ultimate G-Shock.
But...
Since 2017, I have been enjoying Garmin's 5X, Instinct and 6 titanium.
The ABC and GPS and body monitoring functions and battery stamina are feeing my need. Also the possibility to get BIG NUMBERS was confortable for my 50ish eyes.
I have sold my Silver Square to invest in my last Fenix but I really missed it.

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I especially missed the solar charging and the Multiband sync. (I was not missing the Blue Tooth link which was tedious. I had it "unlinked" to be certain to have the "received" marked when radio sync...)

I have been also eyeing the Titanium Square, looking for a great bargain but could not find a really good reason to invest that much money for a square G-Shock.
Going often to the G-Shock Store since they have opened, I had the chance to try the Titanium positive display version which is just gorgeous. Next to it was the 5000G version in positive display.
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It was in January 2020 and I was amazed by how the bezel of the 5000G was the exact opposite to the Titanium and I liked it.
Titanium: shining bezel and satin case.
5000G: satin bezel and shining case.

So when a year later (now) I have the opportunity to get a great bargain from that shop in Germany and decided I needed to have a G-Shock back in my life.
But this time it will be like my old Aqualand: a milestone I won't sell and keep ad vitam...
Like my Silver one, just holding that Steel Square makes me smile. It makes me happy.

It has arrived today. I'm stoned by the beautiful positive STN enhanced by the black satin bezel. From far it looks like an old classic black square and I love that low profile.
But yes, on the GWMB5000's the STN is really making a huge difference. It is so crisp !
I have been using 2 GW5000 in the past decade. One of the was the infamous all black version. I was not happy with the 60' countdown timer (right now I'm timing an Irish Stew for Saint Patrick which needs 2 hours monitoring) and the little button and plastic feel bezel.
With the 5000G I love the steel bezel all black, with black buttons and black screws.
This black G is destined to be used with my Garmin's, worn on the left wrist, and it is destined to be worn and wear.

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No gap, the band spouses the wrist perfectly.
The steel band keep is much better than my previous experience with my GW9400. It stays in place.

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There is some gentle "squeecking" between the rubber band and the case.
I'm planning to see scratches and seasoning happening. Looking forward even !
The "Aged" version looked so great, I will certainly use a jeweler pad to even its future scars.

The 5000G feels "smallish" in a good way, being used to bigger monsters. My last G was a Gravity Master back in 2018. But it is much more confortable that my Silver with it bracelet. The sweet spot on my wrist has been found immediately. Really I'm surprised by the confort of that rubber band.

So as the Garmin being my main driver, the 5000 G will be my driving watch. I love to recharge my watch, hand on the wheel while driving. I love so much solar charging watch that I was planning to buy a Solar Instinct but the 5000 G will quench that thirst.
Solar charging is really something Casio should continue to develop. I'm sad to see new releases with 2 years battery and no more multiband. The 5000G still got that. For me the best G's (Like the GPW2000, my last gravity master) are solar and atomic. It's a tech which works great where I live.
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One little regret, I would have love to have a sapphire glass even if I know the bezel is a great protector.
Cycling though the functions, I would prefer to have immediately the Stopwatch (I use it a lot) instead of the world time and then the alarm before reaching my favorite function.
Garmin's give you the opportunity to make your own shortcuts but anyway they are in another league function wise. Also the 5000G is able to time hours without any battery drain, this is also a plus for the old guard.

Anyway, that was just a little love song to Casio's best achievement. Getting rid of that 60 minutes timer is major. ;-) Having the time displayed when using stopwatch and timer is major. Big confortable buttons is major. (My previous closest to perfection G-Shock was IMHO the GW9400...)

So, here it is, almost 40 years (39 years actually) after my first screwback Casio here this great watch back on my wrist for more adventures.

Cheers
Nemo

As written: Me ? OK !!

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I read your whole post. That's quite a journey! Glad to see you are still enjoying Gs after all these years. (y) (y)

And nice to see you back on the forum.
 

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Beautiful write-up, Nemo. When I first joined F17 you were enamored with the Gravitymaster GPW-2000 if I recall. I admire your restraint, going from one G to another, spending some quality time with each. Enjoy that lovely new square.
 

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Beautiful write-up, Nemo. When I first joined F17 you were enamored with the Gravitymaster GPW-2000 if I recall. I admire your restraint, going from one G to another, spending some quality time with each. Enjoy that lovely new square.
Oh I still love the GPW2000 which is, in my book, the best, the most "accomplished" Gravitymaster.
Have had it at a bargain (500 euros) from Paris G-Shock Store and was able to sell it for more to invest in my Fenix 5X Plus... I regret that move. Such a beautiful watch...
I also got that B5000G at a good bargain. Just ordered the Jay @ Kay metal adapters... If I got the hitch to play with 22mm bands. ;-)

WHen I have joined F17 in 2008, I was wearing a Casio G-7710-1ER. Loud alarms, fashing LED, low profile, many many timers a great design, ahead of its time in many ways !
And only 75 euros !!
I still got it. But it would need a new battery.
 

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Nice story and write up on the B5000G-1! I went with the G-1 after considering the full black and full stainless. Mainly because I knew I'd wear a resin band more often then a bracelet and because I prefer positive displays (though I was curious about the improvement on the STN negative).

A few things that keep it from being perfect for me -- no auto repeat on CDT and the beep signal/alarm is quieter than the resin B5600 counterpart. Another negligible issue I have is the 'clanking' noise that the bezel/band pins make.

Anyway, that was just a little love song to Casio's best achievement. Getting rid of that 60 minutes timer is major. ;-) Having the time displayed when using stopwatch and timer is major. Big confortable buttons is major. (My previous closest to perfection G-Shock was IMHO the GW9400...)
I totally agree, I'd add that the 4 second backlight is major too.

Good luck over there in France with the lockdown. They are gradually reopening public schools here now that teachers are in the group being vaccinated. Odd thing is the state I live in is saying 3 feet distancing for children is enough. If you've ever worked with children, they basically measure 3 of their own feet -- so more like 1 feet distancing! The officials are standing firm that schools are not a risk, we'll see.
 

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Thank you for the nice words too !
Yes the 4 seconds backlight!
The very first G-Shock back in 1982 used to give light as long as you were pushing the lightbutton.
This is something also Timex masters so well, with its indiglo always on and the possibility to set the watch in total darkness. Tool watches need that ! :)
 

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Just found the pictures of Marked who had his silver bezel customized and covered with cerakote, only to find... it was very easy to scratch...
I love the look he was able to get. I'm heading for a more "vintage" and less radical look.

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