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I'd been eyeing this DW-5000SL for a while. It had been on the bay for quite some time, the advanced search showing he'd listed the watch multiple times without any takers. There weren't a lot of photos and he was slow to respond, but I proposed an offer and he accepted. I think we both got a fair deal.

From the looks of things, the watch was in pretty rough condition.
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As you can see, the watch appears to have been a daily beater. There are tons of abrasions and some paint in the "G" has been chipped away. But the strap was even worse:
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I've heard that certain chemicals such as bug repelents do not mesh well with the resin Casio uses on their watches. I have no idea what was sprayed onto this watch but my usual toothbrush-handsoap-water routine in the sink didn't phase it. Whatever damage had been done to the strap and bezel seemed beyond my abilities.

Dirty!
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How in the world does a watch, or anything for that matter, find itself covered in such filth? And in less than 5 years! I've no background in forensics, but my estimation is the watch has been stored inside of a vacuum cleaner bag for at least a couple of months.

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Even the springbars were covered in gunk. Ugh.

This isn't your everyday, run of the mill DW-5600E, people! I know this is by far not the rarest of watches in the world, but who wears a limited edition watch with such careless regard? I just don't understand.

Anyway. On to the good news:

1) The crystal is perfect. Not a scratch to be seen.
2) The bezel screws as well as the back case show no signs of intrusion. There are a few light scratches on the back case (which appear to be normal wear-and-tear scratches), but even if it has been opened the person did so with enough care to not let it slip and scrape up the back like literally every used screwback I've come across. Kudos for that, I suppose.
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3) Luckily for Spike, I had anticipated he might show up in ratty or smelly clothing. Previous experience has taught me that the typical G-Shock owner likes to hold their lit cigarettes directly under their watches and they're very careless with their sugary drinks. The strap was going to be replaced regardless of its condition as I refuse to wear any non-GW-5000 straps. You just can't go back once you've worn one. Try it.

Before & After (Spike on the left):
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Aside from the DW-5030 and maybe a 5000SP (if one should make itself enticing enough), this'll be my final purchase for a while. I've essentially cleaned out my inventory and re-stocked it with square screwbacks. This forum is bad news for my wallet.

Thanks for tuning in!
 

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Nice restoration. Looks great now. Original owner maybe a landscaper or something with all those bugspray stains and dirt. Obviously he bought it to wear to work even though it's a limited edition and it's a G so it survived the abuse.
 

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Wow that's looks great man thanks for the detailed info!
Thanks! I always feel bad about possibly killing some dude's dial-up internet connection out in the boonies somewhere but I've always enjoyed these types of posts. Always fun to give back.

Nice restoration. Looks great now. Original owner maybe a landscaper or something with all those bugspray stains and dirt. Obviously he bought it to wear to work even though it's a limited edition and it's a G so it survived the abuse.
After a bit of perusing, I was able to find a picture of the seller:
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I just want to say I am jealous and wish I were savvy and handy enough to delve into restoration projects like these.
 
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I just want to say I am jealous and wish I were savvy and handy enough to delve into restoration projects like these.
Pft. All you need is a small philips screwdriver, a springbar removal tool (or a small flathead, as in my case), and a bit of patience. And money. And access to an old toothbrush and soap. Being handsome doesn't hurt, either.
 

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Pft. All you need is a small philips screwdriver, a springbar removal tool (or a small flathead, as in my case), and a bit of patience. And money. And access to an old toothbrush and soap. Being handsome doesn't hurt, either.
I have none of those things :(

I have been called "pretty boy" by some women though.
 
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Great watch with a great owner! BTW, on the topic of restoration, for a model that has stopped production, for how many years will casio continue to churn out spare parts for the particular model?
 

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Great watch with a great owner! BTW, on the topic of restoration, for a model that has stopped production, for how many years will casio continue to churn out spare parts for the particular model?
All of the modern screwbacks (from at least 2001) share a bezel and strap with the 5600E. The bezel I just put on the 5000SL was sold as a 5600E bezel, and could have easily been put onto one of my GW-5000's or my DW-5000-1JF.
 

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Great watch with a great owner! BTW, on the topic of restoration, for a model that has stopped production, for how many years will casio continue to churn out spare parts for the particular model?
And another follow-up question while we're at it, I have read from older threads there are genuine Casio resin parts and replicas from Brazil.

I assume the more popular 5600 variants are still genuine Casio parts?

I remember seeing people comparing the two and there are noticeable differences but never paid too much attention to it (for reasons listed above).
 

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And another follow-up question while we're at it, I have read from older threads there are genuine Casio resin parts and replicas from Brazil.

I assume the more popular 5600 variants are still genuine Casio parts?

I remember seeing people comparing the two and there are noticeable differences but never paid too much attention to it (for reasons listed above).
Well, what you're talking about doesn't apply here. As I mentioned before, these newer screwbacks share a bezel with the super-common 5600E. I don't see Casio discontinuing or altering that model any time soon, and even if they did, the current model is so ubiquitous that there'd be an abundance of straps and bezels to stock-up on.

What you're most likely thinking of is official Casio bezels for the old 5000C and 5600C. Those have been discontinued by Casio and 5600C bezels can be had by the Brazilian manufacturer. Personally, the difference in font used by them ruins the fact that they're new.
 

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Maybe the watch has been worn by a construction worker.
 

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owner was in the construction business
 

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Great work, brought back to life... sort of :)

Owner wasn't true WIS, but it looks great now, so enjoy wearing it.
 
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