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The GW-M5630A is a 30th anniversary model and is known as the Rising Red. I wanted something that stands out from the bunch of black squares I have. I know the subtle differences between them, and appreciate those differences, but to the casual observer, they might think I'm wearing the same watch every day. I got mine used (looks barely worn to me) for under 200. The ones listed on EB now are a tad unrealistic imo.

Obviously, it's really red. Like they dipped it in high gloss and it hasn't dried yet. I'm usually a little more conservative but I took a chance and I'm glad I did.
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The color scheme goes well with different color shirts, maybe not as many as a black square, but more than I thought. Besides the bold red casing and band, another striking feature is the gold microdot lcd screen. Not common among the squares. It reflects the light nicely and is a distinguishing feature no doubt.
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To help dress it up, Casio gave it gold buttons, screws, and the buckle. The band is nice and glossy, like the bezel, and is very comfortable.
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I do love the screwback models, and knew that this wasn't one going in, but I was curious and wanted to test the waters so to speak. Compared with a screwback it's lighter, possibly a little thinner I haven't measured, and comfortable to wear. It's true, it doesn't feel as solid, but sometimes it's nice to lighten things up a bit. The backplate is gold and has the Haze logo.
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It has the 3159 module, so multiband 6 and solar, power saving, auto light, etc. I tried to get a pic of the purple-ish solar panel here:
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Here's one of the light:
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Overall, while it doesn't have that solid heft of a screwback, I felt it's other attributes more than make up for that. The fact that it's a 30th, the bold color, the killer lcd screen, the module, the gold trim. It all adds up to fine edition to the collection. I've decided there are several worthy non-screwback squares that are worth the investment (unfortunately for my wallet). I'll do reviews on those in the future. Happy New Year!
 

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That microdot LCD is the bee's knees! I'm surprised the day isn't in dot matrix though. Great review btw. Would you say $200 was worth it?
 

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It's not really a dot matrix screen that has a direct effect on how the digits are displayed, it's like a perforated metallic layer of some kind more for cosmetic purposes. It's a feast for the eyes :) The "Lightning Yellow" GW-M5630E has the same lcd, there's one on EB now for $499 obo (gimme a break). These are the only 2 squares with this lcd that I know of (maybe the GW-T5030c, but I'll probably never see one of those up for sale at a price that I could justify).
It's worth 200 to me in part because it's an anniversary model. It was meant for 2013 and that's it. You can't go down to the store and pick one up whenever you feel like it. Prior to buying mine, I was seeing them listed for 3,4,5 hundred, for me too much. When I saw mine for $195 I figured I may never see one that low again and jumped on it. The cheapest one on EB right now is $295 which I personally would pass on.
 

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Ah, from the GSet right. Another desirable square on my wish list. And another that seems to demand a premium. Why are the models I like always the expensive ones? I guess that's what I get for joining the Gshock club late in the game. Three or four squares with the microdot/honeycomb lcd, it's an exclusive club.
 
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