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A Casio GW M5610 Review

IS IT POCKET DYNAMITE? [2020 Update] 

The Casio GW M5610 is known to be one of the best G-Shocks for smaller wrists. It certainly packs a punch, and we’ll tell you everything about it below.

The Watch - At A Glance

The M5610 is a great timepiece. That’s why it deserves a closer look before we move onto our review.
Preview
Casio GW M5610
Casio Men's G-Shock Quartz Watch with Resin Strap, Black (Model: GWM5610-1)
Movement
Japanese quartz (solar-powered)
Water Resistance
660 feet (200 m)
Strap
Resin
Bezel
Resin
Case Size
1.83 inches (46.7 mm)
Weight
1.83 ounces (52 grams)
Colour
Black
Crystal
Mineral
More Information
Casio GW M5610
Preview
Casio Men's G-Shock Quartz Watch with Resin Strap, Black (Model: GWM5610-1)
Movement
Japanese quartz (solar-powered)
Water Resistance
660 feet (200 m)
Strap
Resin
Bezel
Resin
Case Size
1.83 inches (46.7 mm)
Weight
1.83 ounces (52 grams)
Colour
Black
Crystal
Mineral
More Information

Casio GW M5610

The Watch – A Review

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Design

The GW-M5610 is very retro-looking. If you ever owned a G-Shock from the 80s, you’d know that the M6510 is very reminiscent of the DW-5000. This is pretty cool as the DW-5000 was the first G-Shock on the market. 

What sells its vintage look is its square case. Watches like this aren’t the most common.

When you look at the M5610, one of the first things you’ll notice is how hardy it looks. It’s not all bark and no bite as it can handle a beating. It comes with multiple layers of resin on its body. This is great, but if you want a more elegant watch, this means the GW-5610 isn’t up your alley. 

It’s a smaller G-Shock and isn’t made of tough resin, so it’s lightweight at 2.08 ounces (58.9 gs). G-Shocks are known to be bulky, so this change is refreshing. 

Dial

How do you feel about mineral windows? They’re not that durable. Unfortunately, the M5610 rocks a mineral crystal. Thankfully, layers of resin are in its case, shielding its display with ample shock-resistance. 

We don’t know how to feel about its LCD display. Yes, the watch is clear, but it’s not as easy-to-read as it’d be with an LED in place. 

The “outer ring” of the dial is kind of cluttered. It’s full of inscriptions, which aren’t always the easiest to read. 

If you look closely, you’ll see a black panel around the “outer ring”. It’s the watch’s solar panel. Solar powered watches are effortless to use, and you’ll never have to worry about changing batteries again. Once fully charged, the watch can last for 10 months. 

You may be wondering what kind of light charges it up. Anything and everything. Even a faint lamp does the trick. 

You may be tempted to charge it next to a lamp, but this is a bad move. Halogen lamps get hot – you don’t want to mess up the M5610’s insides, do you? 

Movement

The G-Shock has the Casio Module No. 3159 inside. This gives it a range of features. For starters, the timepiece has multi-band atomic timekeeping. This means it corrects its time by connecting to atomic clocks. It does this through radio waves, which makes it even cooler. 

The G-Shock gives you access to the time in 29 different time zones and 48 cities. It’ll show the city codes per time zone. 

Other than this, a battery indicator, power-saving mode, and countdown timer are present. 

The M5610 has an alarm too. Did you ever think you’d need 5 alarms? The watch is a gift that keeps on giving. 

The cherry on top is its backlight. You can switch it on with the flick of a wrist. All you have to do is rotate it by 40 degrees

Case & Bezel

As mentioned earlier, it has a case made out of resin. The material is all over its body. Resin is amazing as it has a very high tensile strength. What’s more, it can handle a range of temperatures, so you’ll never see it crack. 

Its layers of resin are thick. However, by G-Shock’s standards, they’re not the thickest. This along with its size is why the watch isn’t that heavy. 

You’ll notice a nod to the DW-5000 on its bezel. It has ‘protection’ plastered on, just like its older brother. 

While on the topic of bezels, it’s no surprise that it’s resin too. 

Let’s talk about its back case for a second: 

It’s one of the few parts of the watch that isn’t made out of the plastic. It’s stainless steel. It’s screwed into place thoroughly, allowing for some great water resistance. 

Strap

When we said resin is all over its body, we weren’t kidding. Its strap is made from the material too.

It’s soft to the touch, so having the M6510 on is a delight. 

What’s great about the watch is that anyone can wear it. Its strap comes with 13 holes, fitting all types of wrists. 

Water Resistance

Like the many G-shocks out there, the M6150 is pretty water-resistant. It can handle 660 feet (200 meters) underwater.

If you’re wondering if you can dive with it on, don’t hold your breath. But before you get disappointed, G-shock says that it can still handle some serious surface activities, just not diving. 

Having a resin body not only keeps it durable, but the material is very water proof too. It bounces water off excellently. And to get rid of any muck, all it takes is a wipe.

As you’ll be underwater with it, you need a watch that is easy to read. Its electroluminescent display is good, but it would’ve been better if it came with an LED panel. Its backlight is especially great underwater as it only takes the flick of a wrist to turn it on. 

Alternatives

Before you head to the store, taking a look at the G-Shock’s alternatives is a must. 

Casio G Shock GW-5000

Did you like how small the M5610 was? The GW-5000 is quite small too. You’re looking at a 1.69 inch (43 mm) device. 

The GW-5000 looks identical to the M5610. In turn, it’s reminiscent of the DW-1000 as well. This is mainly due to its rectangular case and plastering of ‘Protection’ on its bezel. 

Being a G-Shock, it’s no surprise that the GW-5000 has a resin case, bezel, and strap. The material’s soft, just like on its brother. 

The timepiece is a solar-powered watch, so your life is easier. Unfortunately, it can’t last 10 months once fully charged. Instead, you only get 6. If it’s any consolation, its time-saving mode extends its battery life considerably. How does 18 months sound to you? 

What’s more, it syncs with atomic clocks through radio waves, similar to its counterpart. 

How did you feel about the automatic backlight on the M5610? The GW-5000 is no different. Just flick your wrist to a 40-degree angle, and voila!

We have to talk about its water resistance. You get a timepiece that can withstand 660 feet (200 m) underwater. Having a resin body makes it super waterproof. 

Like the M5610, you get the Casio 3159 movement. It needs no introduction.

Casio GW-S5600

Resin is a great material, but there’s a drawback – it makes you sweat. This is where the Casio S5600 comes into play. It comes with a carbon fiber insert band, mopping up any sweat its resin strap may have produced. 

The insert band also keeps the strap clean, acting as a barrier between the watch and your wrist.

Similar to the M5610, the S5600 is a solar powered device. Most G-shocks are, so this isn’t the most surprising.

Like the M5610, it corrects its time by syncing to atomic clocks.

When looking for alternatives, we had to choose watches that looked like the M56. The S5600 fits the bill as it’s very reminiscent of the DW-1000. Like the GW-5000, it does this with the ‘protection’ on its bezel and rectangular case.

It’s also on the smaller size. Although the M5610 was lightweight, the S5600 is lighter at 1.66 ounces (47 gs).

Being similar to the M5610, it’s also not a surprise that it comes with the Casio 3159 movement as well. It also comes with the same automatic backlight, so flick your wrist to work it.

What about water resistance? It can handle 660 feet (200 m) underwater.

Casio GW MTG-M900DA

The M900DA is quite retro-looking. However, it’s the only watch on our list that doesn’t look a lot like the M5610

It’s almost as big as its counterpart. Both watches are petite G-Shocks, the M900 has a 1.811-inch (46 mm) case.

One of the major differences between this and the M5610 is the material it’s made from. You’ll be glad to know that the M900DA has a stainless-steel strap. The material is just as waterproof as resin. It’s also easy to take care of.

The material is also on its case, which is why it’s really heavy. The M900DA is an 8-ounce (226 gram) device.

The watch is still very shock-resistant. For one, its stainless steel is very high-quality. It also comes with a resin bezel, so it can handle a beating.

Speaking of waterproof, you might be wondering how water resistant the piece is. It can handle the same depths as its brother, being resistant up to 660 feet (200 m) underwater.

It comes with the same automatic backlight that we’re fans of. So, flicking your wrist underwater would make its dial glow.

It’s a solar-powered watch too. It can’t last 10 months like the M5610, only 9. Of course, there are power-saving modes that extend its life.

It comes with many alarms too. No, you’re not getting 5 like the M56. There are only 4.

You won’t have to worry about inaccurate time. Like the other G-Shocks we reviewed, the watch syncs with an atomic clock through radio waves.

You’re probably wondering what the movement inside is. We wondered about this as well. Casio hasn’t made it public knowledge, but if we had to guess, we’d say the watch comes with the Casio 3159 mechanism.

Conclusion

Without a doubt, the G-Shock M5610 is a watch worth your time. It’s reminiscent of the DW-5000. As we saw in its alternatives, they’re all very vintage looking too. 

Other than this, the watch comes jam-packed with a multitude of features and is comfortable to have on. What more could you want? 

It’s one of G-Shock’s best watches for smaller wrists but is it their best? We don’t think so. 

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