Okay, so you and I and everyone else know, I do not own the featured image on this page. I must need to give credit whereupon credit is due and in this case, it is due to Casio.
I was given my first wristwatch for my sixth birthday. Throughout my childhood and teen years, I wore a watch on and off.
At the age of eighteen, I began to permanently wear a wristwatch.
While I have been through many of them, I am highly partial to Casio or the Swiss brand Wenger. I do hope to own a SwissGear watch one day as well. Well, SwissGear is basically a spinoff of Wenger.
Bombshell, I find Casio watches to keep better time than Wenger or Victorinox, both of which are Swiss-made!
I have owned two Wenger watches, one Victorinox watch, and one Victorinox travel alarm clock and I have concluded that Casio watches (even their entry-level models) keep better time than the Victorinox or Wenger.
Now, all of the Swiss time measuring devices I have owned are Quartz controlled. I never owned any mechanical models and that is due to me being on a disability pension and therefore a limited income.
While I am mentioning how the Swiss are known for high-quality time measuring devices, I must add that they make any sort of measuring instrument very well. I had emailed Victorinox a time or two petitioning them to make high precision, pocket thermometers for those employed not only in the foodservice industry but also in HVAC and other fields where accurate temperature measurement is a must. They probably could also make some fine kitchen timers for use in a culinary setting. Unfortunately, Victorinox never replied to any of those emails. It’s their loss.
So, I cannot comment on how accurate a mechanical Swiss movement is compared to its Japanese, Chinese, or especially Russian counterparts. I’d assume it would be superior, but I cannot say for sure. I mean, the Swiss are historically known for accurate time keepings instruments and that is likely because the Swiss are a highly punctual people.
But the Japanese are also a, dare I say, equally punctual people, so much so, that it is reported in the newspaper whenever a commuter train is not on time!
However, then it comes to an electronic Quartz movement, the Japanese are the clear winners, hands down, compared to the Swiss.
The Japanese and by some proxy, the Chinese are just that talented, especially when it comes to electronics.
My first Casio watch was one I purchased at Sears in the Summer of 2006 while shopping for clothing and tools to pursue higher education. I don’t remember the model right off hand but it was sure accurate and I had it synchronized with the time clock at my job. I had it until some point in 2008 when the band broke whilst moving a dresser.
I then switched to Timex and my favorite Timex watch was the Easy Reader with the white face, black numerals/red numerals for military time and day, and date at the three o’clock position. I wore it for three years straight from 2010 to 2013 and was disappointed when it gave out. I emailed Timex to ask if they would repair or replace it since a policewoman whom I had befriended told me that Timex would do so. The company replied in an email saying that the Easy Reader is not a supported model. I was ticked. I vowed to never buy a Timex again. While I have been tempted to buy another Timex a few times, I never gave in to it and it has been approximately nine years of keeping this vow at the time I am writing this piece.
I eventually switched back to Casio and aside from a few cheap non-name-brand models I wore in 2015, I wore Casios.
Up until 2015, I had preferred an analog face of a watch. But it had to be one with an increment for each minute, hence why I loved the Timex Easy Reader so much. In the latter parts of 2015, I had purchased a Casio F-91W. Yes, that is known as the terrorist watch, because it is worn by radical islamic terrorists and also used as a timer on improvised explosive devices. However, as I mentioned a time or two before, it was popular with law enforcement and firefighters in the Parish in which I grew up. I was impressed by the accuracy of the Casio F-91, that I began to look at more upscale digital Casio watches. I had then begun to read about the Casio G-Shock line of wristwatches and became an immediate fan of them. In March of 2016, I purchased an entry-level Casio G-Shock DW5600 from Target’s website. It came in a few days later and that is what this piece will be a review thereof.
As soon as it was delivered to me, I opened up the packaging and synchronized it with my now ex-wife’s Atomic Clock receiver.
Subsequently, I would wear it almost non-stop for the next two years.
I was thoroughly impressed by its ability to withstand all sorts of impact.
But what impressed me, even more, was the accuracy at which it kept time.
Those of you who know me well enough are aware that I synchronize my watches and other independent clocks with the U.S. Government’s Atomic Clock on the first of every month.
For the two years that I wore it, it was maybe off two seconds at most from the Atomic Clock when I would synchronize it again on the first.
I never had a more accurate wristwatch prior or sense!
Also in 2016 was when I started to teach myself how to cook.
This watch in addition to having the main time, the date including the day and year, and a stopwatch also have a countdown timer. This feature proved to be very helpful with meal preparation when the cooking time was time-sensitive.
It also withstands humidity, diverse temperatures, and the impacts of everyday life very well.
For those of you who read my recipe page, you all know that I had mentioned should I ever come into a significant amount of money, I would start my own restaurant known as, “The Dirty Drip Pan.” In fact, that is the name of my recipe page on this blog.
One thing I would do should I hire additional cooks would be to purchase them this very wristwatch and take it out of his or her first paycheck but then reimburse them the cost of the wristwatch after a year of employment.
Even though most users this watch would be employed as a public safety first responder or many positions in several military branches or even in a civilian job that is physically demanding and needs accurate timekeeping independent of a computer or cell phone, I think it also would be perfect for a cook in a restaurant. Shucks, it served me very well cooking for myself and my family. I would later use another Casio G-Shock to assist me in cooking for my former neighbors.
I have taken this watch with me on several road trips and vacations, and swam or rode on waterslides while wearing it. I also live in South Louisiana where the temperature can fluctuate and the humidity is unbearable at times. Still, this watch kept near-perfect time and as I said before more accurately than any other watch I have ever owned.
In June of 2018, I had upgraded to a Victorinox and a Wenger wristwatch but was highly disappointed in them. Around this time, the battery on my G-Shock DW5600 began to give out and since I had other watches, I could not justify traveling the distance to the only place that services Casio watches in my regional area to have the work properly done. I ended up keeping it in my dresser where it was when Hurricane Ida and Tropical Storm Nicolas ruined it and many of my other possessions.
While I do enjoy the G-Shock G-100 which I have worn since January of 2020, I would hope to someday buy a replacement of the DW5600 or at least one of its variants. I would especially use it when cooking although it could be used in many other applications throughout my daily life although it is overkill to a degree for someone with my lifestyle.
I know I have a knack for discovering unrealized markets for certain products and this piece is proof!
If I had to give a rating of the Casio G-Shock DW5600, it would be 4.75 out of 5 stars and the only reason why I took off a quarter of a point is that I wish it would be sold with a ten-year battery instead of a lousy three-year battery.
So this, therefore, concludes my review of the Casio G-Shock DW5600.
I hope that you, the reader, have been informed, enlightened, and maybe even entertained.
May God richly bless you!