Sorry... It was not easy to find the Concre logo, but when I got it, I thought, what a shame, as you can use it in so many fun ways...
Eric Helms, Rostarr, Madsaki and East Village (Bowery) retailer Dave’s Quality Meat to design each Concre model. Today’s teatured G-Shock is designed by Dave’s Quality Meat.
Chris Keefe, © Mike O'MeallyThe models from the Concre series are packed in a great package. After removing the first slipcover, you get a box which opens in two parts, a smaller part housing a package of post cards, and the big part containng the watch. I think al Concre models have the same card set, with images which is also featured at the Concre website. The slip cover has the same camouflage pattern as the print on the straps of this DQM model, the other Concre models have a different print by the designing artist.
The very cool Concre card pack. Below front and back sides of these cards.
These G-Shocks were available at selected shops in the US and via Nano•Universe Japan. Actually I learned about these models through Nano•Universe online shop on Zozo Town, Japan (www.zozo.jp). The prices for these watches were not really cheap. The basic model could be bought for ¥23,100 and the special designed models were ¥24,150. I do not know what the retail prices were in the US, but I think they were around $200.-.
The DW-5600VT model compared with the DW-5600BB model.
Typical for the Concre DW-5600VT is the face around the display. While we find a rectangular thin lining around the the LCD display on normal DW-5600’s, it’s absent here, which creates a strange dark, but attractive look. As soon as I found out they were release, I tried to get one, but unfortunately it was almost impossible to buy one in a shop in the US and official Japanese Casio retailers could not sell this watch too, as it was only sold via the Nano•Universe stores.
About a half year after the release, I got a mail from $teve in Niagra NY, whom I know via WatchUSeek (WUS). He knew I loved the Dave’s Quality Meat model and he had one for me. He bought it straight from the store in New York. I do not know anymore what I paid, but $teve simply asked the same price as it was sold in the shop. I was very surprised when I saw the package. I knew the models, but not it’s package. It’s simply awesome.
Casio later adopted the basic Concre DW-5600VT design also on some later collaboration models with a similar look. Above show some examples, the "120 years End of Edo Period" commemoration model and the "Blow" collaboration model.
I found the original pics of the seller I bought this watch from.If you do a search for this watch on Yahoo Auctions Japan, you'll notice the DW-5600VT was used for many collaborations (including Bape and X-Large), but you probably not one of the Concre models. They are probably too rare to pop-up often. Since I have mine (April 2008), I have maybe seen one of these models for sale probably only one or two times. If you like this watch, but don’t care about the special limited print on the straps, you might want to look out for the DW-5600BB. This watch has even a more minimalistic design. Even the lettering for the functions are left from the face around the LCD display.