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Indeed... hmm, on the other hand I'd very much like to go with Seiya, but for a model that isn't actually JDM it might be a bit weird to pay all the customs etc. to get it over here, in the north of Europe, from Japan, just for the authentic feel of buying a new GW-5000 from the trusted Japan source ;)

Have to think about it - because, at the same time, I'm very interested in seeing if local watch sellers will carry the GW-5000U here in Finland (in actual brick and mortar shops, I mean). They have the original GW-M5610-1ER on their shelves, and a bunch of other models, of course, so I think at least the updated 5610 is certain to arrive here. But now that the GW-5000U is a global release, probably that one too. As in, why wouldn't it?

Random off topic: it's weird how this Watchuseek message editing box nowadays does this thing where, when backspacing a whole word, it sometimes jumps directly to the end of the previous word (automatically backspaces the space in between), which is strange in itself, but it doesn't always do it.
I asked from Keskisen Kello about these U-models. GW-5000U should be available via them in August at ca. 359EUR mrp (without the discounts). Hopefully they will get also the 5610U models (less than 150EUR?).
 

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Here are some pics from GW-5000U and GMW-B5000:
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GMW has larger buttons, which are easier to operate. However, the case openings in GW allow easy access to buttons as well. Both models have really good button response, far better compared to GW-M5610.

Display and especially the LED impelentation is better in GMW. While GMW has more uniform visible light distribution and the light fades in and out when acticated, the GW has more spotted light distribution and plain on/off appearance.

On wrist, the GW-5000U feels most comfortable of my different square structures (full resin band and case, resin band with full metal case, resin band with resin top and SS screw back case and the full metal square). The weight and size together with the optimal strap tightness are just perfect.
 

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Thanks for sharing photos of then so quickly!

Could someone with the new GW5000U please post a picture of the lcd from the infamous "88:88 88" angle?

It occurs when viewed from the lower left of the watch at a grazing angle as such:

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Don't know the exact angles, but here are some views of the GW-5000U:

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Hmm, the new GW-5000U (module 3495) seems to have somehow weaker sync signal detection compared to older models? I have several GW, GAW and GST models in same case and they all get the signal every night at the same time. 5000U is not getting the signal from the same inhouse location (near window), but only from the balcony.

As I'm living on the edge of the German sync signal coverage range, even a small differences in the circuitry might affect this? Has anyone noticed similar issues with the new 3495 module?

Otherwise, this GW-5000U-1JF is fantastic G-Shock 馃巸
 

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I am also on the edge of the German tower coverage. I have non-U GW5000 which has significantly lower reception that GMWB5000. I guess, this is the issue of the design of the watch which remained the same for U version.

BTW, I think U version is good for GW5000 newbuyers, but as for myself, I cannot see any reason to switch to this new version.
OK, thanks for your comment 馃憤 Luckily the sync is not needed on daily basis 馃檪

While ago I was about to order the GW-5000, but somehow it didn't happen. This new U-version was even cheaper, so I took it. EL backlight of the older model is more into my eye, but the DD.MM date of the new model is more practical in daily use.
 

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It could be you got one that is a little less sensitive. I have noticed that not all G's seem to be equal in time sync sensitivity. Even with several of the same. Case in point, i had 5 GWM500 3 months ago( i got them for $25 plus tax each) which i got for gifts. 3 of them synced right up at 2am, one synced up at 3am and the 5th did not sync unless itwas moved to another window
Yes, device specific differences can explain this, thanks 馃憤馃憤
 

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I just realized that nobody has yet pointed out that the GW-5000U carries a laser etched CE marking, which to me means that it was intended (at least partially) specifically for sale in the EU.

Could someone explain why a watch would carry a CE marking when other G-Shocks with similar features also sold in the EU do not have a CE marking?

I originally thought the CE marking was only being applied to Bluetooth models, but apparently that is no longer the case…
I just checked my G-Shock arsenal for the CE markings. All GW, GMW, GDB and GST models which I have bought from EU local dealers, do have CE marking on their back. The new GW-5000U from Sakura has it as well. My Oceanus OCW-T200SLE, which is definitely a JDM model and has CE marking, while the other JDM model GW-9300-1JF does not have it.

However, I found that my GA-2100, GAW-100 and F-91W, which all have been sold by authorized local dealer here in Finland, do not have CE mark on their back.

Hard to see the rationale on markings based on these samples ?
 

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Some wrist feelings between the resin straps of GW-5000U (top) and GMW-B5000 (bottom).
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The GW strap feels softer and is more comfortable on wrist. I also like more the resin holder than the metal one in GMW.
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The display keeps the GMW in pole position, it's just incredible 馃槏
 

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Well you can fix that with an radio signal app on your phone. It tricks the watch into thinking that it is receiving from a tower. The app syncs the time on your phone so your watch is the correct time. I bought this Japan only radio signal watch and i can use my phone to sync it to my time in the USA

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Thanks for the app tip 馃檪馃憤馃憤馃憤 I just installed 'radio watch sync' from GooglePlay. Really handy application, recommendations.
 

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sur kiitos :)
Is the buckle also smaller like previous? I hope the 5610U also is made in Japan, but I fear it麓s just a new model and they are still made in Thailand...
Var s氓 god 馃榿

Can't say about the buckle size compared to previous, since I don't have the old model, sorry. As far as I have understood, the U models are equal in shape and size to the previous models, the module and light are the main changes.

Only the new GW-5000U is made in Japan, other U models are from Thailand. Same as before.
 

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The buckle on the GW5000 is a little bit thinner than the Thai models as a quick tell. I wear all my squares on GW5000 straps :)
Ok, now I got it 馃憤 The strap and buckle in 5000U are slightly thinner and softer than in GW-M5610.
 

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Their picture doesn't show ce marking though.
CE mark is clearly visible already on GW-5000U-1JF (see my post above with pic), so my quess is, that the screw back plate is same for all regions.
 

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I just got new member to my U-family: GW-S5600U馃槏
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Some comparison to GW-5000U:
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S5k6U feels extremely comfortable on wrist. The display of S5k6U looks somehow easier to read in different angles compared to 5kU. Are there really differences in display structures, layers etc.?

These two models are enough for U upgrades with 3495 module 馃槈
 

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I own a GW-M5610-1ER and ordered a GW-M5610U-1ER today as in the EU the new module as some major advantages.

Except the different looks and some extra metal/resin, is adding a GW-5000U-1ER also worth the extra bucks ?
GW-5kU is worth of all that extra. Strap is softer and more comfortable on wrist. The small extra weight due to metal case makes it feel better. 5k(U) is legend 馃槈
 

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I just got new member to my U-family: GW-S5600U馃槏
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Some comparison to GW-5000U:
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S5k6U feels extremely comfortable on wrist. The display of S5k6U looks somehow easier to read in different angles compared to 5kU. Are there really differences in display structures, layers etc.?

These two models are enough for U upgrades with 3495 module 馃槈
Original bezel and trap got changed 馃憤
I just updated my S5600U to the next level. Bezel taken from M5610-1BER and strap is original spare part from GW-5000.
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The main motivation for change was the strap. The CF inserted original trap was not comfortable on my wrist, it was too thick and hard. GW-5k strap is the best I know for squares, so I gave it a chance. Fits perfectly.

After the strap change, the bezel looked weird, so I replaced it as well. I'm happy for the outcome 馃檪馃憤
 
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