Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Non-Stop G-Shocks: DW-5600WC-1ER 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

Today I'm wearing another new one, an "officially licensed 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™" DW-5600. I guess Casio overestimated demand, because you can pick these up pretty cheaply right now if you don't mind paying shipping from Germany. This one is part of the "team uniform colors" series and represents Germany's team. The border around the LCD is the three bars of the German flag and below it is an image of the FIFA World Cup Trophy. The caseback and strap keeper also feature FIFA and World Cup logos. As you can see in the photos, the backlight has an image of a "lion man" kicking a soccer ball. That is actually "GOLEO VI the Official Mascot of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™" and his sidekick (no pun intended) Pille, a talking soccer ball. Overall I'd say it has a large amount of customization to set it apart from a standard model. The watch has a black band and white bezel to mimic the black and white uniforms of the German team, and whether you love it or hate it, it is a unique look. It could be made a bit more "conventional" by swapping the strap for a white one, but I think the two-tone look is kind of growing on me. I actually bought ten of these watches (and ten of the FIFA 6900s in the Brazilian team colors which you'll see soon) from an eBay seller in Germany. Most have been sold fairly cheaply to friends and WUS G-Shock forumers, but I kept an extra pair in storage for myself, and I still have a few pairs available. I guess it's a shame that the soccer (okay, okay - football) fans in Germany didn't find these watches desirable, but their loss was certainly our gain.

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