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Forgive me for posting this in the G-Shock forum, but this is the only one I
visit, and I only own one watch... Yep, you guessed it a GW-M5600.
I have always wanted a solid metal version of the GW-M, but was not in
much doubt that Casio would never make one.... and then came Seiko..:p

This is almost the watch of my dreams, it has been over 20 years since
Seiko put a new digital watch on the market and it is very much like the
GW-M in all respects, except it would make quite a nice dress watch.

The price is a little steep, I would think $200 would be more the mark but
if the build quality is there I could live with it. I just have a couple of
questions regarding the watch.

1. How long can you set the count down timer for..?

2. Does it have an hourly chime..?

3. What exactly is the difference between the SBPG001 & the SBPG003..?

I'd love to hear everyones opinion on this watch, do you chaps like it..?

Cheers, Rico.

 

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Hello there,

I don't normally post reviews but your thread was perfect timing... I just got the SBPG001 on Friday and ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS WATCH! IT IS SWEET! I was going to post a thread titled "The metal GW-M5600 I have been looking for". I know its different than the GW-M5600... but its close enough and is everything I was looking for. I recently got addicted to G-Shocks and LOVE the GW-M5600. I tried wearing it to work with "dress clothes" and it just didn't feel right for me so I was on a hunt for a, what seemed to be non-existent, metal GW-M5600.

I have seen several comments about it not being anything special, but to me its perfect. I feel like I am wearing a top of line timepiece from the 70's but with all the current technology.

To answer your specific questions:

The countdown timer can only be set to 9 hours 59 minutes in minute increments

There is no hourly chime

I don't know the difference between the two watches you mentioned.

Other comments.

There is an icon for the stopwatch that comes on when you activate the stopwatch... that icon shows in all modes to remind you that you have the stopwatch running.

The same holds true for the timer function...

The dual time zone is awesome as it shows on the main screen so both times are visibile at the same time.

The fit and finish are spotless - beautiful watch!

I wish the bracelet was a little thicker... not width, but thickness. It is not by any means thin, but I am used to thick bracelets. Having said that, with the watch head and retro styling the bracelet is actually in perfect proportion.

All in all, I thought I might be flipping this watch as soon as it arrived from Seiya, but when I opened it, I knew this 70's retro watch would be staying in the stable.

I know that there will be several comments about the capabilities of this watch for the money... but as they say, it speaks to me, so I love it. I have no issue with the price tag for what I got.

You can see some pics here.

http://forums.timezone.com/index.php?t=tree&goto=4204176&rid=0

Enjoy!
 

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P.S. On the Sieya Picture you posted the bracelet link closest to the watch head appears to "taper" on both sides... its doesn't... those are two little pieces of left over protective tape that Sieya must not have removed before taking the picture. That top link is actually flat straight across(which is a good thing and looks correct).

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Dreed.. You are a star, thanks for that, very much appreciated. The only
bummer is I may just have to get this watch.... It really is a metal GW-M5600 isn't it.

Shame about the hourly chime, but the 10 hour timer and dual time display
make up for that. I figured being a Seiko branded watch the build and
finish would be good, but always nice to hear confirmation from an owner.

Enjoy your watch with good health, I may be joining sometime soon... :-!

:thanks Rico.
 

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If you even "think" you might like it... get it and you will LOVE it. I forgot to mention one other cool feature... when you are in dual time display mode you can hold down the mode button for 3 seconds and the two timezones will "flip" putting the 2nd timezone in the main display and moving your home timezone down to the secondary time location... very cool.

Later.

P.S. I just noticed these are popping up on ebay... although, my watch got here from Seiya in 4 business days... unreal.
 

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for me its pretty similar in functions (and i do like the stopwatch icon idea) but the crystal looks very exposed and then there's the shock-less resistance..
 

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This is almost the watch of my dreams, it has been over 20 years since
Seiko put a new digital watch on the market
This is not correct. There are plenty. Try looking for Seiko Life Sports or Seiko Super Athlete or SBDG001. Been around for years - maybe the Super Athlete released around 5 yrs ago and the others 2 or 3 yrs ago.

The SBDG001 (and other colour combos) are a very similar module.

http://watch-tanaka5.sub.jp/seiko/SBDG001/

 

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I also got my one last week.
I really like it, its the old style digital dresswatch i wanted.
Its a shame for Casio that there is no Marlin reissue, given all the multiband solar atomic modules available like the GW-M5600 module.

The quality and finish of the watch are perfect.:-!
So i´m somewhat scared to wear it. o|
Thats the difference to the 5600 with its resin hull....:roll:

And of course the price is quite high.

Anyhow, i dont regret it... b-)
 

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I also got my one last week.
I really like it, its the old style digital dresswatch i wanted.
Its a shame for Casio that there is no Marlin reissue, given all the multiband solar atomic modules available like the GW-M5600 module.

The quality and finish of the watch are perfect.:-!
So i´m somewhat scared to wear it. o|
Thats the difference to the 5600 with its resin hull....:roll:

And of course the price is quite high.

Anyhow, i dont regret it... b-)
Two questions: Did you guys get the silver or the black version? Also -- and I don't know a "politically correct" way to put this -- how "geeky" is this watch? Something about a rectangular, metal, digital watch seems to up the geek quotient for me over a plastic watch of the same shape/design. (That's not necessarily a bad thing. Besides, a guy who owns as many watches as I do -- many of them G-Shocks -- can't be pointing fingers!)

What do you guys think?
 

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Two questions: Did you guys get the silver or the black version? Also -- and I don't know a "politically correct" way to put this -- how "geeky" is this watch? Something about a rectangular, metal, digital watch seems to up the geek quotient for me over a plastic watch of the same shape/design. (That's not necessarily a bad thing. Besides, a guy who owns as many watches as I do -- many of them G-Shocks -- can't be pointing fingers!)

What do you guys think?
I completely hear you man... and I will tell you honestly... I see both side of it. Up close... its all 70's seiko. Having said that... I think the 70's part of it is clean enough that you can tell its "retro/throw back" rather than literally a 70's watch. KNow what I mean?

The other side is that there are TONS of square "style" watches these days. So, from 5 feet away, it looks cool(in my opinion) and looks like many of the "in style" watches today.... which is why I like it so much cause it give me the feeling of both. I did not grow up in the 70's, but always wish I could have... I love the styling of the 70's and this watch has it all.

Hope that helps.

Oh yeah, I got the silver one... the black one does nothing for me and I wanted this watch specifically to have a silver watch to wear with "dress" clothes.
 

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It may look like a metal GW-M5600, but I do not see it as the same. It does not appear to meet the other G-Shock criteria. Those being the shock and WR criteria. Then, again, I can be wrong. b-)
 

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It may look like a metal GW-M5600, but I do not see it as the same. It does not appear to meet the other G-Shock criteria. Those being the shock and WR criteria. Then, again, I can be wrong. b-)
I completely agree with you... I should clarify... when I say I wanted a "metal 5600" I really meant general shape and general features. Solar, Atomic, world time, digitial, etc. The g-shock toughness is a non-factor for me on this watch. This Seiko watch is clearly not built to be a workhorse watch that you can beat the hell out of. Having said, when you see the beauty of it in person you wouldn't want to. I will ALWAYS have my GW-M5600 for the real work.

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This is not correct. There are plenty. Try looking for Seiko Life Sports or Seiko Super Athlete or SBDG001. Been around for years - maybe the Super Athlete released around 5 yrs ago and the others 2 or 3 yrs ago.

The SBDG001 (and other colour combos) are a very similar module.

http://watch-tanaka5.sub.jp/seiko/SBDG001/

Interesting info - :thanks !

Greetings, Sedi:)
 

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I'd have been unable to resist one of these as an impulse buy at £100 GBP (€106 EUR). At double that, they're a tough sell for Seiko. The GW-M5600, though not directly comparable to Seiko's all-stainless steel construction and solid link bracelet, is a much better value proposition for those who want all the bells-and-whistles in a retro form factor.

It will be interesting to see what price they're flipped for on the sales forums. :think:
 

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Two questions: Did you guys get the silver or the black version? Also -- and I don't know a "politically correct" way to put this -- how "geeky" is this watch? Something about a rectangular, metal, digital watch seems to up the geek quotient for me over a plastic watch of the same shape/design. (That's not necessarily a bad thing. Besides, a guy who owns as many watches as I do -- many of them G-Shocks -- can't be pointing fingers!)

What do you guys think?
Ive got the silver version.
For me it looks geeky (which is a pro for me :-d), but not to much.
I would wear it with a suite with no hesitation.
As some other members mentioned, its larger then the usual 70s watch.
So its not easily mistaken as a 70s watch i think.
Is as geeky as a Casio Edifice. b-)
 

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Decades ago, my dad had a digital Seiko which this one kinda reminds me of, but it also reminds me just how badly scratched up that watch became with normal wear situations.

Most people know I'm not partial to squares here, but I gotta say Casio does this style of watch much better imho, and for half the price or less.

Good on Seiko for coming out with a digital though.
 
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