G-Shock DW5600E-1V Review: Toughest Under $50?

G-Shock DW5600E-1V











  • Extremely durable
  • Simple to use features
  • Easy to find for under $50


  • Hard to press case buttons
  • Small display can be hard to read

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For every luxury timepiece out there, there are watches on the other end of the spectrum that don’t need as much babying or attention. Sometimes you want something simple that can handle the rigors of everyday life and then some. That’s where Casio’s G-Shock DW5600E-1V comes into play. Let’s get more into this in this G-Shock DW5600E-1V review!

What is the G-Shock DW5600E-1V?

The G-Shock DW5600E-1V is a sports watch that bears strong resemblance to the original G-Shock DW5000C, which was created back in 1983. The DW5000C was the very first G-Shock watch that Casio created.

What makes the DW5600E-1V so popular is basically what made the original watch popular; its ability to handle extremely excessive physical wear and tear while continuing to provide practical timekeeping.

As it’s well known from the 1983 commercial, the original G-Shock was able to handle a slapshot from a professional hockey player. Customers should feel confident in that if the watch could handle that, then of course it should be able to handle the perils of daily life.

In fact, if you need more convincing of just how tough this watch is, check out the video of the DW5600E-1V breaking a Guinness world record!

G-Shock DW5600E-1V Review


View of DW5600E-1V side buttons

The Casio G-Shock DW5600E-1V is a digital style watch that focuses more on functionality than it does flash. While the look of the watch isn’t ugly by any means (there are worse!), it isn’t the type of timepiece that is going to turn heads for its aesthetics.

There are four buttons around the case, two on each side. Around the display, you’ll see the different features of the watch and the description of the buttons. It is simple and to the point and does what it’s supposed to do without being flashy.

The watch features a durable resin rectangular case that has a diameter of 45mm (1.77 inches) and a case thickness of 15mm. As with most G-Shocks, this is right around the norm as far as their watch sizes go.

Although, it seems like a large size watch, it doesn’t fit as large and bulky as some of their other models due to the rectangular shape and the size of the case thickness. This watch will look and fit fine for people with average to large size wrists.

The watch band is also made of durable resin and has a buckle type clasp to secure the timepiece to the wrist. The band can be replaced with a band from Casio or aftermarket companies that sell bands for this particular model.

With the watch being made of lightweight materials, the overall weight of it feels light and comfortable on the wrist. This is especially true with the DW5600E-1V due to the thinness of the case in comparison to other models.

Movement, Display, & Battery

The DW5600E-1V uses a Japanese quartz movement, however I believe the case is made in either China or Thailand (based on other models that I own). According to what most customers have stated, you can expect the battery life of the watch to last in between 3 to 5 years. If the battery needs to be replaced, then it can be easily done with a Phillips screwdriver.

However, for a watch that costs less than $50, I’m not sure if replacing the battery would be worth it if you are able to get 3 to 5 years out of it initially. I guess, it depends on you and if the watch is banged up or not.

The display is all digital, if you haven’t noticed by now, and is protected by mineral crystal. Mineral crystal, while not as strong as sapphire, is more than capable of handling the abuse that comes with daily wear. The screen size is on the smaller size and it displays the date, day and time.


View of the DW5600E-1V band and underside of the case

The DW5600E-1V, while considered a fairly simple watch as far as features go, has a chronograph (stopwatch) complication in addition to the features mentioned previously. The stopwatch can measure events to 1/100 of a second for the first 60 minutes and down to a second any time after that up to 24 hours. It also offers elapsed and split time modes, 1st and 2nd place times and has a countdown timer with a 24-hour range.

In addition to the chronograph feature, it also includes a multi-function alarm, hourly time signal, and 12- or 24-hour time display formats. The DW5600E-1V sports an Auto Calendar and water resistance to 200 meters or 660 feet, which seems to be standard across the majority of the G-Shock models.

The water resistance feature is excellent for those who live an active lifestyle based around water activities in specific as you don’t have to worry about this watch while around water or other wet environments. It will take a lot to destroy this timepiece, which is what Casio intended, so don’t worry about babying it.

The DW5600E-1V also features an EL (Electro Luminescent) Backlight, which is a nice feature for those who expect to wear their watches in dark environments or outdoors at night.

Be Aware Of

While overall the DW5600E-1V gets a lot right, the watch is not without flaws. One of the most commonly reported issues with this watch was that the buttons were very hard to press for some people; the adjust button, in particular, happens to be the most difficult to press. Some wearers may need to use a pin or some other small object to press the buttons. This can be a hassle for those who are looking to use the chronograph feature frequently.

In addition to the above, some customers reported that the display isn’t as crisp when looking at it head on, but looks sharper when moved to a different angle. While this could be a bit of a nuisance, it’s a rather small inconvenience when you think about the price tag on the watch.

Lastly, it has been reported that when the battery is replaced, the display may potentially have issues with fogging afterwards. However, this could be due to the back of the case not being properly tightened afterwards.

G-Shock DW5600E-1V Specs

  • Case material: Resin
  • Resin band
  • Mineral glass crystal
  • Shock resistant
  • 200-meter water resisitance
  • EL backlight afterglow
  • Flash alert (Flashes with buzzer that sounds for alarms and hourly time signals)
  • 1/100 – second stopwatch
    • Measuring modes: Elapsed, split, and 1st & 2nd place times
  • Countdown timer
    • Measuring unit: 1 second
    • Countdown range: 24 hours
    • Countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 24 hours (1-second increments, 1 minute increments and 1 -hour increments)
    • Other: Auto-repeat
  • Multi-function alarm
  • Hourly time signal
  • Full auto-calendar (To year 2099)
  • 12/24 – hour format
  • Size of case: 48.9mm x 42.8mm x 13.4mm
  • Total weight: 53g

Pros & Cons of the G-Shock DW5600E-1V

As with any timepiece, the G-Shock DW5600E-1V comes with its pros and cons. I will list out each of them below.

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  • Extremely durable.
  • Case not as thick as other G-Shock models.
  • Simple to use features
  • Illumination feature comes in handy for dark environments
  • Easy to find for under $50


  • Hard to press case buttons that may require a pen or small fingernails to press.
  • Rectangular case shape can feel somewhat clunky.
  • Small display can be hard to read.

Final Thoughts

This G-Shock DW5600E-1V review covered a solid offering for anyone looking for a durable, digital timepiece for under $50.

My recommendation is a buy for anyone looking for a retro looking digital watch with simple features that is able to handle almost anything you throw at it. For those who are active and not necessarily looking for a smartwatch or care about calorie counters, step counters, etc… you can’t go wrong with the G-Shock DW5600E-1V.

The watch has simple, but practical features that fit those who live a more active lifestyle or for people who don’t need a ton of bells and whistles. Beyond the chronograph, multi-function alarm, auto calendar, and countdown features, there isn’t much else to learn how to use.

In addition to that, the extreme durability and water resistance of the watch allows the wearer to focus on the activities at hand instead of worrying about the watch being banged up or potentially broken and can more than hold its own in multiple environments or during rigorous activities.

The display, while on the smaller side, is clean and easy to read for the most part and the added EL backlight is a great feature for when the watch is being worn in dark environments and you need a quick light to see the time. Because of the lightweight material the watch is made of and the slimmer case thickness, the watch sits well on those who have average to large size wrists.

While there are some cons, like the hard to press buttons, I believe they are relatively minor in comparison to the pros and what you get out of a watch that is under $50. Is this a perfect watch? Of course not, but for under $50, you’ll be hard pressed to find another watch this durable and functional. It simply does its job and does it very well.

I hope you enjoyed this review of the G-Shock DW5600E-1V. If you have have any questions or just want to let me know how you feel about this watch, please leave a comment below!

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4 thoughts on “G-Shock DW5600E-1V Review: Toughest Under $50?”

  1. Great review! I need a good durable watch to wear when i’m working outside. I don’t want to wear my expensive smart watch when I’m mowing, weed eating, and working on the property or out washing the car or swimming. I had a Gshock years ago and the thing was indestructible. I think it’s time for me to get another one! Thanks for reminding me the great watch this is and that I do need another one!
    Do you know if they have any models that show the temperature or altitude? Just wondering!

    Thanks again

    • Thanks for reading Jamie! The G-SHOCK MOVE GBD-H1000 lineup has those features on top of others, such as heart rate monitor and GPS functions. It’s a smartwatch lineup, but built rugged in typical G-SHOCK fashion.

  2. Thanks for this The Casio G-Shock DW5600E-1V review. It looks more like a sports watch for men going camping. But the fact that it’s under $50 as opposed to it being on the more expensive side is definitely a plus. I am over 50 so the small display, which can be hard for me to read would be an issue. But other than that, I think this is a great watch. Do they make one for women with these same features?

    • Thanks for reading Shalisha! Casio does have a womens G-Shock lineup that has several different models to choose from. A model similar to the DW5600E is the G-Shock GMS5600. It’s a women’s model designed after the 5600 series, but is a little more compact and has a metal covered bezel. It looks more a lot more elegant than the DW5600E, but it’s a more expensive watch, however.


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