55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2012
This is a fantastic, durable, and very featured watch. The watch is fantastic for everyday use and is durable enough for heavy stress outdoor activities. I love the fact that it is solar charged, and can set itself from its atomic frequency.
All features listed are incredibly easy to learn and use. The watch allows you to set it once and most likely never do anything with it ever again besides put it on. The watch will set itself charge its own battery and can correct day light savings and understand leap year. It is also fantastic knowing it is a G-Shock and you can trust that it will never become damaged because of wear and tear.
On the note of the G-Shock and its durability. This is my second purchase of the same watch due to my cockiness in showing off its durability to my friends. In an attempt to explain to them that the watch is virtually indestructible, I catapulted it some 15 ft away with my lacrosse stick at a concrete surface and needless to say that was the end of my watch. This watch will never break, if you leave it on your wrist! TAKE MY MISFORTUNE AS A LESSON!
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2013
I spent weeks looking for a watch that wasn't too flashy, too bulky, or uncomfortable. And, I wanted something that will last. Well I found it. This watch is super lightweight, has a very slim profile, and is packed full of features. I have a small wrist, so I needed a watch smaller than the large G-Shocks.
Even being small in size, this watch still stands up to the larger G-Shocks, in strength and features. It is atomic, so you never have to worry about the time being off. Syncs even on my nightstand. This was one of the deciding factors for me because I don't like having to check and see if my watch is correct. Casio claims that this watch won't ever be off more than a second, if it is synced periodically. Oh yeah, and it's solar powered!
Another reason I got this watch is because it doesn't have very many exposed metal pieces. I wash cars for a dealership, and I can't have a metal watch that will scratch cars.
One of the big decisions I had to make while I was searching for a watch was do I want a negative display? And truthfully, I still don't know. This display doesn't disappoint. It is crisp, and easy to read in all light conditions, even dark at night under street lamps. My conclusion, I love it. But, someday I would like to try a negative display.
Overall, this watch beats every other watch I've looked at. It has all the features I was looking for and more. This watch is worth twice what it retails at. It looks great and just works.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2012
I admit it - I love casio watches, particularly the square faced ones. I've been trying to get one in this style with the Multi-band 6 for a while now, and am excited to finally have found one at a (very) reasonable price.
I had read some reviews that had concern for the solar battery life, and having worn this for the past 2 months, I can say i've had no battery issues and have had to make no special arrangements to make certain it is charged. It's chilly here, so i'm often wearing a coat outside and a jacket at my desk, but the watch still indicates that the battery charge is "high".
The multiband-6 timekeeping is revolutionary, to me at least. I work in an IT environment, and it's helpful to know that my watch is in sync with all of my servers that use NTP (which distributes atomic level timekeeping over IP networks). I love knowing that even though i haven't had to dial WWV in Colorado (or listen to them on shortwave) to check my watch time, it's perfectly in sync, or reasonably so even if it hasn't synced that morning.
That said, I don't get perfect reception of the signal in my house. It seems to do better in some positions and some rooms better than others. That means that if it lays on its face on my nighstand, or falls on the floor, it might not get the sync signal. You might also have problems in hotel rooms.
The other feature of casio watches that i really appreciate is the World Time reading. I routinely work with teams across the globe, and it's handy to just press 1 button twice on my watch to see the date / time in their zone.
Overall, if you're looking for a casual but feature filled daily-wearer, this is an excellent choice. I have even been known to use it to time my coffee / tea brewing.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2012
This is another great classic series watch from G-Shock. It is essentially the GW-M5600 with a timer that goes to 24 hours and not just one hour. It also has the soft resin band from the GW-5000 but at one third the cost. Still does not display time in the stopwatch and timer modes but as this has been griped about for years and still no fix from Casio it makes be believe it is easier said than done. Classic colors reminiscent of the original DW-5000 it is a good size for every day wear and has plenty of features.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2012
Casio G-Shocks are simply the best watches in our Universe, specially this one! Classic G-Shock look, 20bar water resistant, shock-proof, SOLAR POWERED and RADIO CONTROLLED!
Once you set your home town (which determines the correct frequency on which the signal wil be received!), the watch starts searching for a signal! You might want to do that next to a window and during evening/night time as that is the time of the day when radio transmissions experience the least interferences by industry or traffic - unless you live next door to an transmitter then it doesn't matter.
The watch has all the function you will need sooner or later! 24-hour stop watch, count down timer, 5 alarms and a hourly chime that you can actually hear, auto DST (daylight savings time) feature for areas where the one-hour switch is performed or not, world time to let you know what time it is at your overseas business partner, the EL-backlight is bright and it has an automatic feature where you only have to tilt your arm by 90 degrees and the light come on automatically and that works only in darkness - and if it comes on unintentionally you don't have to worry as the solar cells will keep the battery charged. Oh, there is a power saving feature too where it temporarily shuts off the LCD display over night which is useful when you are living in an cold area of this world, wearing long sleeves which are partially covering the solar cells. Dont worry about eventually running out of juice, the display tells you the charge status!
Important: If you want to understand all the functions and how to use them - take your time and READ THE MANUAL which comes with the watch!
I love solar watches and this is my 3rd Casio Solar watch (my last one was stolen out of my beach bag!); living in southern California with plenty of sunshine, my solar powered watches have never ever failed on me!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2014
By far my favorite watch ever. My first G-Shock was bought a year ago, a GWM-6900-1. I loved it. But I wanted the "Speed Style" squares. I didn't want to give up the solar and atomic features of the 6900 I had, so I had to get this GW-M5610-1.
I ended up selling the GWM-6900-1. I have not regretted it once!
When you first get one of these watches, you will check daily to see if it shows "RCVD". Trust me, that acute and annoying symptom goes away after a few months. I put the watch on daily now and it just works. It doesn't "RCVD" or receive every single day, that's mainly because sometimes I leave it laying on the couch or something in the middle of my house. I would estimate it receives 90% or more of the time though. What is important here though? That it shows perfect time! Even if it skips a few days of receiving, it will still match "official" time.
The battery showed "H" for High when I first got it. It has not changed from that since I got it, but I do work outside quite a bit so it gets to soak up the sun quite often.
I do not know if it is recommended, but I wear mine in the 180°F dry sauna at the gym and it keeps on chugging along (I use it to set timers).
I used to be a "heavy" watch guy. But I sold every single one of my "heavy" watches and now this G-Shock is the only watch I own. It is so light you don't even know it is there until you want to check the time. It is very comfortable, more than the GWM-6900 was for me. I think I have been "Squared" and will probably never go back.Some will tell you fancy bands and adapters are needed, but I just wear it like it was made and I have never had a problem.
This GW-M5610-1 is the best watch all-around. I would recommend this watch to anyone looking for a G-Shock, likes the movie "Speed", and wants a tough watch with useable features without a lot of extras that wouldn't be used.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2013
I purchased this watch because the idea of a solar atomic 5600 was too neat to pass up. I'm very pleased with the watch itself. My only complaint is that the band feels cheap and plasticy. After reading another review that mentioned putting the watch on a gw5000 band I decided to do the same. I couldn't be happier with the result. I now wear this watch every day.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2014
The watch does every it's supposed to do and looks much nicer in person.
I would recommend this watch to anyone
that likes classic G's. I've read a couple of reviews about the auto EL backlight no working, (it only works in the dark) as it did for me. I tried first in a light room nothing then turned out light and bingo hope this helps
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2012
I am very happy with this watch! It is basically everything I expected
and no issues so far. I enjoy the multi-band atomic synchronization along with the
solar recharging capability. The construction is also very rugged and well made.
The backlight is also better than I expected. I look forward to using this watch for years to come!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2014
You can find the manual at http://ftp.casio.co.jp/pub/world_manual/wat/en/qw3159.pdf ...the printed manual that came with the watch has small lettering, so I used the pdf.
When I unpacked the watch from its tin it was operating; the time was correct, the date was correct, and the charge indicator was at H (high). When I set it to AUTO DST (daylight savings time), it lost an hour. This told me it was set to the wrong home city for my time zone, it was set for NYC so I set it to CHI for my central time zone and the time corrected itself. Power save was already on, so I left it. A-EL backlight was off, so I turned it on. Pressing the upper right button (button B) for about 5 seconds toggles the backlight between AUTO and MANUAL. The backlight gives off a cool aquamarine green color, and the illumination is even throughout with no bright or dark areas. It can be impressive to move the watch up to read it and have the light come on automatically, but the wrist has to be held just right for the auto light to come on. I will probably set it to manual so I can turn it on for about a second to read the time without being concerned about wrist position. Using the light manually only requires a quick push of button B. The manual or auto backlight doesn't come on just in dark, but in light as well; for some reason I thought it only came on in the dark. I have set ALarm 1 and ALarm 2 to go off as reminders to take my pills twice a day (it has 5 alarms). The alarm beeps are too feeble to wake me, but they suffice as reminders when I am already awake.
I am looking at it now, admiring how nice this slightly small watch looks on my medium sized wrist. Large wrists might be better able to wear one of the larger G-Shock watches, but that's a personal prefence of the wearer. Some reviewers have a problem with the wrist band being a bit thin and stiff, I don't have any problem with the band that comes on this only $89 watch. In fact, it fits me very well and is comfortable enough. Also, I noticed the photo looks a little drab compared to the actual watch where the red, gold, silver and blue markings stand out more. The face is not blue as in the photo, but a very very light shade of what I would call olive-tan when indoors, and a very light gray when in sunlight (close to the blue in the photo). The back of the watch and the buckle say made in Thailand.
I am waiting for midnight, to see how well the watch updates to the atomic clock. I am well within range of the radio signal, so I expect it to work fine, but I know the signal is low power and easily blocked. If it doesn't update at midnight, it will try at 1 am, then 2 am, etc, each hour for 6 attempts. I will let you know how that goes. (The instruction manual shows that most, but NOT ALL OF THE USA is within range of the radio signal, I recommend that you pull up the manual if you are in doubt of your location's ability to receive.)
I bought this watch for 4 reasons: 1). I wanted a watch that I could read in full sunlight, unlike my phone. This watch is excellent in that regard. 2). I wanted a watch that I could set and not have to fiddle with. Now I never have to change a battery, or reset the date at the end of the month, or adjust the time, or touch another button for the life of the watch if I don't want to. I will probably never use the stopwatch or countdown timer; and date, time, daylight or standard time are automatic, I will rarely push a couple buttons to adjust if I happen to travel to another time zone, which basically is just going to Vegas once a year. 3). I wanted a watch that would last. Everything I have read points to that, and the looks of the watch say 'tough'. Page 79 of the manual states: "Note that watches with shock resistant designs (G-SHOCK, Baby-G, G-ms) can be worn while operating a chain saw or engaging in activities that generate strong vibration, or while engaged in strenuous sports activities (motocross, etc)." So, I think I don't have to worry about wearing this watch while mowing the lawn or riding my motorcycle! 4). I wanted a light-weight, comfortable, good looking but not ostentatious watch. This one fills the bill!
LATER, DAY ONE: I said I would let you know how the time/date update turned out, so here it is:
...Midnight plus 10 seconds, top of watch pointing west while sitting on my night stand. Signal strength was L1 (weak) update did not complete.
...1:00 AM plus 10 seconds, top of watch pointing west while on my wrist as I sat on my bed. Signal strength was L3 (strong) but update still did not complete.
...1:15 AM, I decided to try a manual update rather than wait for the 2:00 AM auto attempt. I held the watch in my right hand as I sat on my bed, and I did a MANUAL update. Signal strength was L3 and watch does update. RCVD now shows in upper left corner of watch face.
DAY TWO: I hung the watch from a bar on my brass bed where I can look up from my pillow and read it. Ten seconds after midnight it begins to update with a signal strength of L1 changing in a few seconds to L3. Four minutes later the update is complete, with RCVD showing in the upper left. I have found the best and most convenient location for my watch to update.
The auto update really isn't that important when I think about it, the watch is plenty accurate for anyone who reads this review even if it does not update daily. Doing a manual update every week or two is sufficient if it doesn't update automatically, and is very easy to do, requiring only the push of one button! So I am not going to get too anal about it. (And it can be manually updated at any time, not just midnight, 1 AM, etc).
A MONTH LATER: Still loving this watch! It does automatically update every night when hanging from my bed rail and elsewhere. And when I put it on I don't even realise I am wearing it after a few minutes. Also, the charge indicator has never gone below H (high), even though I spend only short periods of time in sunlight due to the hot west Texas summer temperatures. AND, I have left the watch sit at a number of different locations as I sleep and it almost always shows RCVD in the morning; but often does not update if left on my wrist, or near my computer, or near some other device such as a lamp.
EVEN LATER: We are into the fall months so atmospherics are improving for radio signals, and I can see that with improved radio reception/updating of this watch, even when on my wrist in many cases.