From the vintage pre-90's G-Shocks, the DW-5200C and DW-5600C were probably the best sold models. The DW-5600C was introduced in June 1987 as a direct successor of the iconic DW-5000C, or as casio says, it has the "G-Shock Origen DNA". This model was sold for 9 years worldwide, until it was succeeded by the current DW-5600E in June 1996. As this model is still sold, with a slightly improved module, it will easily celebrate it's 20th anniversary next year (Casio, I see potential in a 20th Anniversary Commemoration model). The success of this model lies in it's classic square design, it's moderate size, friendly price (specially in the US) and of course of it's tough reputation. It is hard to imagine this model was actually quite big when it was released. Of course Casio had already released the bigger DW-6600 and DW-6900, but the classic square's design did not differ much of the design of many '80s digital watches. Actually, those retro 80's models are totally back in street fashion since a few years, and if you compare the DW-5600E to these, the DW-5600E looks like a giant.
The deep red color and the uncomplicated look of this G-Shock immediately draw my attention, between all other late '90s models. I left the shop not only with this red G-Shock, but also with a Tommy Guerrero 21st Century Boys and a black Baby-G for Bram, who was at that time 6 months old.
Almost perfect camouflaged on out newly painted stairs.
Apart from the bright colors of the DW-5600ED, this model stands apart of the basic DW-5600E by the thin "G" logo in the backlight, which is different from the usual thick "G" in the backlight of the DW-6600's and DW-003's at that time. Although I never had problems with the big "G" logo, some people complain they cannot read time clearly, because they are distracted by the "G". I think the "G" on this model will give much less problems with reading time, as it hardly blocks any digit. And of course, I would almost forget, because it is so obvious, the DW-5600ED has a "screen protector", better known as "Bull Bars". It is a stiff metal wire construction, that fits tight over the bezel and, as the name already says, protects the display. Besides protecting the crystal to be scratched, it also gives, intended or not, the watch a much more sturdy and tough appeal than the basic DW-5600E.
The DW-5600E, and of course the 5600ED, are basic G-Shock models, so the functions on this watch are also pretty basic. I would say, basic, but sufficient. The 1545 module has an automatic calendar, so if you input the right date and year, it will always show the right day. When you are in Time Adjusting mode, you can also toggle between 12- and 24 hour time keeping by pressing the light button (lower right). Besides time keeping, I use my G-Shocks mostly for the Countdown Timer and the Stopwatch function. These are both on board in a 24 hour version, which is for far the most cases more than sufficient. The Alarm mode can be set as a Daily Alarm, but also as a Date Alarm. When a Date Alarm is possible on a G-Shock, this means that you can also leave the day or the month digit blanc. When you do this you get a 1-Month Alarm or respectively a Monthly Alarm. I never used this feature, but if you need one, it's all included. An extra feature is the "Flash" function. You can toggle this on and off by pressing and holding the upper right button for about 3 seconds. When the Flash function is activated, the EL Backlight will flash any time an Alarm sounds. This is of course when the Alarm goes off, but also when reaching the target time of the Countdown Timer and when the Hourly Signal sounds.