Casio DW-H5600: A Hybrid Classic Casio G-Shock Watch

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First of all, the Casio DW-H5600 is not available yet. According to several sources, it’s rumored for release around April 2023. As soon as it drops, I will update this post. I’m summarizing all of the information I have found from trawling through various sites and searching various trademark and patent databases.

From what is known,  there will be two versions of the Casio DW-H5600. A base (all resin) edition and a premium (resin-metal) edition.

Here’s what’s rumored:

  • full resin body (base edition)
  • hybrid resin-metal (premium edition)
  • swappable metal bezel (premium edition)
  • MIP (Memory in Pixel) Display (similar to the GBD-200)
  • optical heart rate monitor
  • solar-assisted charging
  • wired charging with a rear charging port
  • Bluetooth

The Casio DW-H5600 Bluetooth is expected to work with the G Shock Connected Apps (iOS version or Android version). At the very least this means we can expect the ability to sync time, Apple Health integration, and find-my-phone functionality. Some people think this also means we’ll get notifications on the watch, but I am not so sure.

What does the DW-H5600 look like?

I managed to get some leaked images, which I have cropped and edited to protect sources. The base (resin) models come in black and what I like to call battleship grey. The premium editions have metal instead of resin bezels, but grey is replaced with a more navy-looking color. Please note these are leaked images, so they could be prototypes or mocks only, and the final colors may change.

 

Casio DW-H5600 Schematics

There have been some leaks of the Casio DW-H5600 schematics, I don’t have the labeling for the numbers components, but you can see that there is clearly a rear charging port (labels 16, 17, 18, and 20). The heart rate monitor is also visible (12a, 12b, 13), and the design is definitely in the Casio 5600 family. See below.

Casio DW-H5600

Design-it’s expected the DW-H5600 would take inspiration from the standard DW-5600 series. I anticipate it will be a little thicker, given. the addition of Bluetooth, a rechargeable battery, and a heart rate monitor. But who knows what magic Casio engineers will be able to make happen?

Casio DW-H5600 Wired Charging

The Casio DW-H5600 inherits some of the technology from the Casio GBD-H1000  (rear pictured). So it’s an adapter vs. wireless charging. I hope this means the price of the H5600 is not in the same ballpark, as the GBD-H1000 retails for ~US$400+. Which would not make it price-competitive with the Apple Watch except for Casio enthusiasts. If they can get it closer to the GBD-200, G Squad Series, which is around US$150 that would be great.

40th Anniversary G Shock

There are (more than a few) skeptics that the DW-H5600 could be real, but I am optimistic. Why? In 2023 it’s the 40th Anniversary of the G-Shock watch, with the first version released in April 1983. Given the rumors that the DW-H5600 will launch in April, it might just be that this will be the 40th Anniversary edition of the G-Shock. This will make it a fantastic take on a modern classic and a collector’s item.

Here’s hoping everything is true. I, for one, am looking forward to this Casio watch. Until then, I’ve got my Top 5 Casio’s to keep me happy.

PS. You can find all my watch-related blog posts here. If you want a list of useful websites for owners of traditional mechanical watch owners, this blog post is useful.

Important: I am not affiliated with any of the manufacturers, brands, services, or websites listed on this page and this is my personal experience.  If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or take a look at my book on Amazon. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you!

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