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I was actually thinking about plunking down the change on this one. Every G I've ever had has died with the battery - I'd invariably strip the screw threads out of the plastic case and it would never seal right again after repairing the threads. I'm intrigued at finally owning one that I should never have to open, but if I did (finally) has a proper case back. Plus, the plastic straps were always sweaty and swampy and funky and then would break.

I've admired the Mil-Shock (and DIY variants) with the 5600 series cases. Of course, I could take the easy route with strap adapters, or maybe swap the bracelet from a GW-M5600BC (is that an improvement?) and call it a day. But then the little voice starts talking to me....

Has anyone taken the end mill / center drill / twist drill / reamer / tap to their DLC stainless case yet for the Mil-Shock mod?

Does anyone else get woozy just thinking about it?

Am I nuts coughing up $400 for a G-Shock only to start cutting? (of course I am, I'm just hoping someone else here is just as nuts so I can feel better).

Damned little voice.

Thanks for your insight, as always.
 

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Why not use the adapters? The case is the same as on the DW-5600E (except for material of course) so the standard adapters should work - no need for cutting or drilling. I wpould never ever start drilling a DLC-coated case on such an expensive piece. However - maybe you can just fit the strap under the springbars - maybe even bend them a little - they are not expensive so I'd rather bend the springbars to make a nylon-strap fit than drill the case.

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I have the bracelet for the GW-M5600 incomming. That will be it for mime DW-5000.

The DCL coating is VERY thin and VERY hard. Should be hard to work with.

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Yeah, like I said. If I was smart I'd use the adapters and call it a day. When I've seen pictures of G-Shocks on the adapters, it didn't look quite right to me. The watch didn't seem to sit right, etc. But that's just from pictures and it's just me. And I'd always be looking at it wondering what if, and it would bug me.

But you probably have the right idea.

I was really thinking of mounting a set of the PVC bands from CountyComm:
http://www.countycomm.com/pvc.htm

... rather than a NATO strap. Having solid threaded bars would be ideal. Cutting back 2mm on each side of the strap would be a lot easier, but might weaken the strap slightly.
 

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I think the DLC would make the first 0.001mm tough to cut, give or take. The next 2mm shouldn't be affected. So that makes it 99.95% not a problem.

How much did the GW-M5600 bracelet set you back? Let me know how you like it when you get it in and on!
 

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When I've seen pictures of G-Shocks on the adapters, it didn't look quite right to me.
I remember seeing pictures of a DW-5600E mil-mod where the strap was just fitted under the springbars with no adapter or extra holes or anything - I'll try to find it...

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The bracelet was £45.45 from tiktox, should be in this week.
 

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Would be kind of a waste for only a 20mm strap, just looks so narrow on it. My wrist is to wide for the adaptors on my 5000 or 5600 but work perfectly for me on a 6600 or 6900. I use a stock 6900 resin strap on my 5600's and 5000's, looks nice and chunky on there and wears much more comfy.|>
 

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Would be kind of a waist for only a 20mm strap, just looks so narrow on it. My wrist is to wide for the adaptors on my 5000 or 5600 but work perfectly for me on a 6600 or 6900. I use a stock 6900 resin strap on my 5600's and 5000's, looks nice and chunky on there and wears much more comfy.|>
Funny you mentioned it. I agree that the 5xxx look petite on a 20mm strap. The 6xxx's look much more substantial. Significantly so. I was just looking at some pictures of both and it made me reconsider that "body style" instead. I saw a few that were tan on a tan strap with the whole desert motif going and I liked it. The Mudman etc have some nicely built metal cases as well, but I'm not too fond of the clutter - my altitude is always 0, my wrist is always 25C, and I don't really care what the tide is doing. Once you discount those models I'm not fond of what's left. And this whole exercise started on the premise of a metal cased minimalist G-shock, so I'm pretty much back to the GW-5000.

Unless you know of one I'm missing....
 

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It sounds like an awful lot of trouble for...well...nothing.

Then again, it's your money, do whatever you want.
Awful lot of trouble, eh. Not really. I have the equipment and the ability, so it's not that big of a deal. It's a few hour project on a Saturday. But you're right. The more I think about it the more I think I'll just go with the strap adapters and call it done.

But there's not much question that wimpy little spring bars seated in plastic is pretty cheezy for a rugged watch. Solid threaded bars in a stainless case, to me at least, is a big plus. Solid pins in a plastic case especially so. I think that's how it should have been in the first place. And I think it would be pretty cool, too, to have one like nobody else. It seems to be a recurring theme here, so I wouldn't call it nothing.
 

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Awful lot of trouble, eh. Not really. I have the equipment and the ability, so it's not that big of a deal. It's a few hour project on a Saturday. But you're right. The more I think about it the more I think I'll just go with the strap adapters and call it done.

But there's not much question that wimpy little spring bars seated in plastic is pretty cheezy for a rugged watch. Solid threaded bars in a stainless case, to me at least, is a big plus. Solid pins in a plastic case especially so. I think that's how it should have been in the first place. And I think it would be pretty cool, too, to have one like nobody else. It seems to be a recurring theme here, so I wouldn't call it nothing.
Economics of scale my friend. But one can always dream or in your case, try to possibly do something with it...
 

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The bracelet arrived. I put it on my GW-5000B-1JR and then took it off again. The colors do not match. The bracelet is a sort of shiny black and the watch is non-reflective black with a hint of grey. Not a big difference, but enough for me.
I took the DW-5600E of the stap-adapters and put it on the bracelet. It will be staying there for a while I think.
Changing straps on the GW-5000B-1JR is a delight. No worries about damaging the case. DCL is tough.
 

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The bracelet arrived. I put it on my GW-5000B-1JR and then took it off again. The colors do not match. The bracelet is a sort of shiny black and the watch is non-reflective black with a hint of grey. Not a big difference, but enough for me.
I took the DW-5600E of the stap-adapters and put it on the bracelet. It will be staying there for a while I think.
I guess this means you'll be selling the GW then?:-!

How about swapping the plastic bezel from the DW onto the GW and vice versa?
 

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I will be keeping the GW standard and play with the DW. Like the idea of a watch that is cheaper than the bracelet it is on.
 

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I have my gw-5000b-1jr on the composite bracelet and I have gotten more compliments from this g-shock than any of the other twenty g shocks I own. I actually took the composite bracelet off my gw-m5600bc-1jf because it matched so perfectly. I also stealthed out the bezel using goof off and a toothbrush. It is by far my favorite g shock and everday wearer. The resin is not any darker on the gw-m5600 I own both watches and have compared both in bright direct sunlight. Its a perfect match. If anyone wants to put a composite bracelet on there gw-5000 or gw-5000b I highly suggest it.


The bracelet arrived. I put it on my GW-5000B-1JR and then took it off again. The colors do not match. The bracelet is a sort of shiny black and the watch is non-reflective black with a hint of grey. Not a big difference, but enough for me.
I took the DW-5600E of the stap-adapters and put it on the bracelet. It will be staying there for a while I think.
Changing straps on the GW-5000B-1JR is a delight. No worries about damaging the case. DCL is tough.
 

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I have my gw-5000b-1jr on the composite bracelet and I have gotten more compliments from this g-shock than any of the other twenty g shocks I own. I actually took the composite bracelet off my gw-m5600bc-1jf because it matched so perfectly. I also stealthed out the bezel using goof off and a toothbrush. It is by far my favorite g shock and everday wearer. The resin is not any darker on the gw-m5600 I own both watches and have compared both in bright direct sunlight. Its a perfect match. If anyone wants to put a composite bracelet on there gw-5000 or gw-5000b I highly suggest it.
I agree:



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If you want to do a mod to the steel cased GW-5000, why not do a prototype with a less expensive DW-5000, it´s "only" SS, but the dimensions are the same and i am sure you´d find a buyer here afterwards should you not want to keep it. If it works out, go on with the GW-5000.
 

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If you want to do a mod to the steel cased GW-5000, why not do a prototype with a less expensive DW-5000, it´s "only" SS, but the dimensions are the same and i am sure you´d find a buyer here afterwards should you not want to keep it. If it works out, go on with the GW-5000.
If you look at the date of tomzweifel's last activity I'm not really sure he will read this :-d:-d:-d.

cheers, Sedi :)
 
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