It’s a square G and therefore It’s already perfect and on the combi bracelet it’s unbeatable

This specific square is a GW-M5610U-1JF, aka M5610, and you need to be working at Casio or have an unhealthy level of nerdiness to be able to distinguish it from the thousands of other squares. I can because it’s mine and mine only and quoting the immortal words of Mr. T: I pity the fool who wants to take it away from me.

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It’s not my first or only G-Shock by far as I wore one of its ancestors in the 80’s and another one, the AW-560B, which I believe was the first ana-digi G-Shock, was the watch I wore for decades of army reserve duty until I was finally discharged. The DW-5600E was also my obvious choice when I decided to ditch the smart watch and I still consider this as one of the better decisions I ever took.

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However, there’s always been something that bothered me with all my G-Shocks and that’s the date format. I use the DDMM format and I’m not alone because this is the date format used by most of the word population. The MMDD format which is used in the USA is absolutely not the most used worldwide and is definitively not the standard date format in Japan and therefore Casio’s decision to use this format exclusively and without any option to change it was both puzzling and very frustrating for me because my brain had to switch gears whenever I glanced at the display to check the date.  I was therefore thrilled to learn about the launch of the newer U modules that fixed this issue that was very important for me. It only took 40 years to accomplish this feat, but I can’t complain because the 5610U became an instant purchase and is now one of my favorites.

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The newer module also brought a change in the display illumination. Previous models relied on electro-luminescence which had a very cool look but apparently consumed more power than the LED that are used in the U modules. I checked the night visibility of the 5610U against my older DW5600 and although there is a difference it’s not something worth making an issue out of it. Both illuminations do their job very well and while I’m not sure why a solar charged watch need to worry about saving a few milli-watts here and there, I do appreciate that the newer module allows me to adjust the illumination time.

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The combi bracelet is the winner. I don’t know anyone who likes to wear a G-Shock on its original plastic fantastic strap during the summer, unless of course there are some who measure how tough they are by the amount of sweat that accumulate between the strap and their wrist. I don’t, and that's why the combi bracelet is a godsend for me. It’s light and airy, it’s flexible and very comfortable to wear. It also has a cool little pad on the metal clasp to prevent scratching the PVD finish. I wish all G-Shock were sold with a combi bracelet as standard from the factory because they are really that good and they are also very hard to fit if you don’t have the right spring bars. The one on the 5610U have a larger diameter that made them a bit tight to fit in the bracelet and I struggled for a long time until I was able to lock the bracelet in place.