As a kid growing up in the 90s, I’ve always wanted a G-Shock. I remember begging my mom to get one for me as all the cool kids wore one. Instead, all I got was a cheap knock-off which said “G-Super” instead of “G-Shock. Eventually, I grew out of the phase and gravitated towards mechanical watches. As a result, I never came around to get a G-Shock.
A couple of months back, I was shopping for a sports watch for working out, and I came across the previously reviewed Casio Royale and this GW-M5610. I was debating which one I should get. Ultimately I ended up getting both watches as the total cost was just a tad over $100!
The GWM5610 is one of many spiritual successors to the original G-Shock DW-5000C. It doesn’t have the vintage screwback that some hardcore purists swear by. I am not really bothered by this personally. I was simply looking for the vintage look of the iconic rectangular G-Shock, so this piece checks all the boxes for me.
G-Shocks tend to be large and chunky. While I do like the rugged look of some iconic G-Shocks such as the Frogman or Mudmaster, I just don’t think I can carry it with my slender 6-inch wrist. The sleeker size of the DW-5xxx style is a much better fit for me.
Being a G-Shock, the shock resistant properties are a given. Key features of the watch include: 200m water resistance, illuminator backlight, world time, stopwatch, countdown timer and alarm. These functions can be found on pretty much every G-Shock and even lower end models such as the Casio Royale. The features which drew me to this watch is the tough solar and atomic clock syncing.
Being a solar-powered watch, this means that there is no need to replace the batteries in a watch, something which I hate doing. All you need to do is to expose it to some light occasionally (any light source is fine, doesn’t necessarily have to be natural sunlight).
As a radio-controlled watch, this is literally the most accurate watch you can get as it syncs up to one of the 6 atomic clocks in the world (depending on your location) every single day (if you place the watch in a spot where it can receive the signal).
The entire watch is made with resin with a stainless steel caseback. The overall construction of the watch feels sturdy. I am not really a fan of the stainless steel buckle, as the silver colour makes it stand out from an otherwise stealthy looking piece. I would have preferred a black PVD coating or a cheaper alternative such as a black resin buckle.
The G-Shock GW-M5610 is definitely on the casual side. This is a relatively affordable timepiece where you can take any outdoor activities like hiking or swimming.
The G-Shock GW-M5610 is small and lightweight in G-Shock standards at only 52g, making it super comfortable to wear without weighing down your wrist.
If you want a classic G-Shock with all the bells and whistles at an affordable price, the GW-M5610 is definitely the one to get. This G-Shock is probably the only G-Shock you’ll ever need.
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