It's one less thing to worry about for YOU, but it's one less feature that the rest of us enjoy having but most of us don't obsess over.It's weird, both cost the same.. the atomic one is an extra feature I can ignore, if i didnt need to use it... but i still feel torn between the two...
maybe its because it's one less thing to worry about...
Less power use?
If it helps any, they are both slightly different, aesthetically speaking. They are both "squares" but the G5600 is more square whereas the GWM (and DW-5600, GW-5000) is more rectangular. The G5600 bezel is not compatible with the GWM.
You don't need to worry about power use with non-ABC watches. You just don't have enough functions to take the watch down from 'H'. My GW-5000 was at 'M' for a day when I first got it and I have never seen it drop from 'H' in over two years. Even ABC watches usually stay on 'H' if you keep them in the sun from time to time. That being said, my PRG-270 dips down to 'M' if I use the pressure tracking function for too long, though it was in a box for quite some time and I got it right as the winter started (it has never made it too far into 'H').
I always have my Auto-EL turned off. I treat it as a "nice to have" but something I never use. I have played with it from time to time but I have a knack for activating it FAR too often. The power use doesn't concern me, it is more about having a glowing wrist all the time and the light catching my glance.If I had to spend $10 more dollars on my gw-m5610 for it to not have auto EL, I would pay extra...
Actually, just want to quickly point out that the G-5600E has the same case design as the GW-M5610, whereas the GW-5000 and DW-5600E has the older case designIf it helps any, they are both slightly different, aesthetically speaking. They are both "squares" but the G5600 is more square whereas the GWM (and DW-5600, GW-5000) is more rectangular. The G5600 bezel is not compatible with the GWM.
Whoops! Sorry, you are right. I was thinking about the GW-5600, which is the oddball (other than the Ref Timer).Actually, just want to quickly point out that the G-5600E has the same case design as the GW-M5610, whereas the GW-5000 and DW-5600E has the older case design
As for OP's question, choosing between these two comes down to :
1. Do you need atomic sync?
2. Do you prefer an homage to DW-5000C or an homage to DW-5600C?
3. The GW-M5610 has a higher quality back plate, which looks nicer, but makes no difference when you wear it
But really, I still think anyone serious about squares and like the history behind it should really just get the GW-5000, you know that you'll eventually get to the GW-5000, so why spend money on a bunch of other watches along the way. That is at least my experience, once I got my GW-5000, I've rarely worn any of my other squares
I agree regarding the duration of the display illumination. 1.5 seconds is too short. All of my other G-Shocks can go to at least 3 seconds, and one can go to 5 seconds.I sleep with my watch on... so i cant use PS mode or Auto EL. One thing thats missing is the after glow delay. 2 seconds is a bit too quick for me.
One more vote for "just turn auto EL off or on as desired."I hope you realize you can just turn off auto EL. There is no need to have different models with and without it.
Does Timex make a solar or atomic version? Send me a link to one that can replace the 5610OP, have you thought about trying out some of Timex's models? They don't have nearly the same build quality and robustness as a G-Shock (at least in my opinion), but they tend to have better user interfaces. There are a bunch that allow you to customize the menus (e.g. remove unused functions from the menu rotation) and some have a really nifty night mode (any button press turns the light on, and as long as you keep pressing a button once every 3 seconds it will stay on) which is handy for interacting with the watch in the dark.