Not to mention that a lot of them fell victim to being gutted for the 901 movement. About 15 years ago, I got ahold of two great condition DW-5600C. They had perfect straps and bezels. The movements in them were junk though (the first one had a huge black circle in the middle of the display(almost like LCD burn) the other suffered a bit of a battery leak and that killed the module. I bought 2 DW-5300 that were working well with decent bands and bezels for about $40 total, robbed them of the movements and then pitched the rest (I hated the look of the DW-5300 then and still am not crazy about the look now so i have never regretted gutting them and tossing out the rest). I kept them both for a few months and then sold them (I got a good amount of money for them both)You’re absolutely right! They are harder to come by nowadays, especially with its original bezel intact because of the dreaded bezel resin rot.
What is interesting about the DW-5300, it became a known fact and afterthought, when it was widely discovered, that it was mistakenly thought to be for years, in the first mission impossible movie.
The watch in question and revealed by another forum watch enthusiast was the DW-290! It can also arguably be another underrated watch but has since gained some momentum and a following, now that we know it is the original mission impossible watch! Either way, the DW-5300 is a truly underrated Casio classic
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