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    G-Shock DW-5200 mini restoration

    Posted this elsewhere a few years back, thought I'd share it here also.

    Was lucky enough to pick up this DW-5200 from ebay for the princely sum of £2.71 (approx US$5). The watch was really badly listed (something along the lines of 'retro casio') with a really awful picture but with the help of various G-Shock sites was able to pick out what it was. Here are a few pictures on arrival

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    As you can see from the pics the watch is in fine shape, the crystal is really clean and the screw back is hardly marked. Light and beeper also work (although took me a while to figure there was no beep between modes). New bezel and seal were ordered from casio service UK.

    Only small problem was the screws. Despite lots of wd40 and care was only able to get two out. The others sheared off in the case - guess they probably hadn't moved for 20 years. Rang round a few of the local jewellers. Most weren't interested or wanted 20 quid just to look at the watch. The only one who thought he might help took one look and suggested i glue the bezel on

    As such decided to have a go myself. Purchased some 'precision' mini hss drills and went from there...

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    First off I taped up the face and back to avoid any scrathes. Clamped the watch in the vice using card for extra protection. Looks very amateurish I'll admit but it held the watch securely and without damage.

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    Next off the drilling commenced. Settled on using a 'dremel style' drill. Started with a small (around 0.5 mm) drill and alternated between that and a larger one (around 0.9mm). A few broke whilst I was figuring things out. Took about 45 mins to get both out, just simply drilled down the length of the sheared screw until I'd destroyed them. Took so long because I checked my work very regularly to ensure the hole was going as planned and was very careful. Once done a quick clean with a bezel screw was all that was required, the top part of the threads aren't great but the lower parts are just fine.

    Casio UK had kindly supplied new bezel screws (although of the crosshead variety rather than 100% correct flathead, not too bothered ) so all that remained was fitting it back together...

    So here is the finished article, have to say I'm quite pleased.

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    And the obligitory wrist shot

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    Love the half hourly chime!

    The 25 year old Casio is still able to stand a little use too

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    Still wear this quite regularly, probably one of my faves. Since these pictures were taken I've swapped the bezel for an older bezel off a DW-5600C I have. The new bezel had a slightly different texture to the old one and wasn't a 100% perfect match to the strap. Still looking for some original flathead bezel screws too

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    yeah thats a great vintage classic dw-5200c
    Quote Originally Posted by rutteger View Post
    Posted this elsewhere a few years back, thought I'd share it here also.

    Was lucky enough to pick up this DW-5200 from ebay for the princely sum of £2.71 (approx US$5). The watch was really badly listed (something along the lines of 'retro casio') with a really awful picture but with the help of various G-Shock sites was able to pick out what it was. Here are a few pictures on arrival

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    As you can see from the pics the watch is in fine shape, the crystal is really clean and the screw back is hardly marked. Light and beeper also work (although took me a while to figure there was no beep between modes). New bezel and seal were ordered from casio service UK.

    Only small problem was the screws. Despite lots of wd40 and care was only able to get two out. The others sheared off in the case - guess they probably hadn't moved for 20 years. Rang round a few of the local jewellers. Most weren't interested or wanted 20 quid just to look at the watch. The only one who thought he might help took one look and suggested i glue the bezel on

    As such decided to have a go myself. Purchased some 'precision' mini hss drills and went from there...

    Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	495

    First off I taped up the face and back to avoid any scrathes. Clamped the watch in the vice using card for extra protection. Looks very amateurish I'll admit but it held the watch securely and without damage.

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ID:	496

    Next off the drilling commenced. Settled on using a 'dremel style' drill. Started with a small (around 0.5 mm) drill and alternated between that and a larger one (around 0.9mm). A few broke whilst I was figuring things out. Took about 45 mins to get both out, just simply drilled down the length of the sheared screw until I'd destroyed them. Took so long because I checked my work very regularly to ensure the hole was going as planned and was very careful. Once done a quick clean with a bezel screw was all that was required, the top part of the threads aren't great but the lower parts are just fine.

    Casio UK had kindly supplied new bezel screws (although of the crosshead variety rather than 100% correct flathead, not too bothered ) so all that remained was fitting it back together...

    So here is the finished article, have to say I'm quite pleased.

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    And the obligitory wrist shot

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    Love the half hourly chime!

    The 25 year old Casio is still able to stand a little use too

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    Still wear this quite regularly, probably one of my faves. Since these pictures were taken I've swapped the bezel for an older bezel off a DW-5600C I have. The new bezel had a slightly different texture to the old one and wasn't a 100% perfect match to the strap. Still looking for some original flathead bezel screws too

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