Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Review: SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000" watch

SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
Back in black! :)

G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000 for the people! :)

This SKMEI G-Shock wannabe looks surprisingly good in real life, it has the look of a much more expensive watch. It's very comfortable to wear even on smaller wrists and the bracelet has plenty of length for big hands too (I had to remove 5 links to fit my 7 and 1/4" wrist). The back light is also excellent, EL style bright one which you can't find at cheaper Casio watches. This SKMEI with a little more water resistance would be an absolute winner.

Pros:
- excellent fit and finish with a surprisingly good look
- comfortable to wear, very good overall size 
- good selection of functions:
  12/24h time, calendar till 2099, alarm, stop watch, count down timer, dual time
- good quality push buttons
- bright EL style amber colored back light
- glass crystal
- comfortable folded bracelet which looks like a solid one
- the bracelet is easy to resize (push pins)
- good quality clasp with micro adjustability (4 positions)
- very good price  

Cons:
- the case is made of zinc alloy instead of steel
- with more WR it would be awesome

You can buy the SKMEI 1456 in 5 colors on Aliexpress:
For Her: ***HERE***
You can buy more than one piece per household! ;)

Details:
Case width: 1.73" (44.1 mm)
Lug to lug: 1.9" (48.5 mm)
Case thickness: 0.44" (11.2 mm)
Bracelet width: 1.01" (25.8 mm) tapers down to 0.877" (22.3 mm)
Weight: 5.54 oz  (157 g)
Water resistance: 30m (3 ATM)
Battery: CR2025
Manual: English, Chinese

More color variants:
Nice details:
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"

SKMEI 1299, 1496 and 1456:
SKMEI 1299, 1496 and 1456 Full Metal
You can buy them on Aliexpress:
SKMEI 1299: ***HERE***
SKMEI 1496: ***HERE***

Good quality push buttons:
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
Comfortable bracelet:
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
Micro adjustability:
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
Sized to my wrist:
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
Good quality clasp:
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
Case back:
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
Bright EL style back light:
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"

Wrist shots:
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"

More pics:
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"
SKMEI 1456 "G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000"

36 comments:

  1. nice
    backlight is orange led though, not EL

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    1. It has some light bleed at the sides but it illuminates all of the numbers, so it's closer to an EL one than to a pathetic led type one like at the cheap Casios.

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  2. looks like a piece of crap to me.

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    1. Then the $500 Casio Full Metal is waiting for you! :))

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  3. I'm a man with 5 inches wrist. It is possible for me to fit this sumptuous watch?

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    1. My wrist is 7.25" and after resizing there are still 3 marked links to remove and another 10 mm at the clasp (micro adjustment) to make the bracelet smaller. I suppose regular links can be removed too in order to reach the 5" size.

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    2. Good day man. In conclusion, this watch won't fit my 5" wrist?

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    3. I think after removing all of the extra links the bracelet would loose its flexibility on a 5" wrist.

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    4. Can u suggest what color should i buy? Im choosing between black and silver.

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    5. I recommend the silver one.

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  4. Bonjour,
    How Can i reduct the wrist? What tool use for or?

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    1. You should order a link remover tool like THIS one. It's a very useful tool.

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  5. Here is a youtube link, which shows exactly what the difference between the original casio and the skmei modelen is, have fun watching the video https://youtu.be/nyU8hnRIxYw

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    1. The original Full Metal is a very cool watch for sure but I should be really drunk to order a $500 G-Shock not mentioning the new black acid washed version for $1000. :))

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  6. People like to trash talk SKMEI because many of there watches are obviously Casio derived. I've even run into several that say they're trash,but none can ever tell me why they're trash, only that they are. I have a few of their watches and I haven't had any problems with any of them. I just found out about this one a few minutes ago, and given its price point and the good quality that I've experienced with them, I'm seriously considering one of these. I have a DW-5600E and I was looking at the 1134 to compare it with, but it's considerably larger than the Casio. I went with this model specifically because I've always hated the oversized, borderline cartoonish size of most other G-Shocks, and this was more in line with something I'd be willing to wear.
    One watch where SKMEI knocked it out of the park and did a better job than Casio is their 1373/1382 models,compared to Casio's AE-1200 series. I currently have two 1200s, and I like them a lot. I also have a 1373. It has the same features as the Casio, plus a few more. One thing I wasn't expecting was for the SKMEI to be more accurate at keeping time, the core function of a watch. Two weeks ago I set both watches with the carrier signal time on my phone, to the second. In that time, the Casio has already lost 24 seconds, while the SKMEI gained only one second. They both have stopwatches and countdown timers,so no point in going any further about those. The Casio has five alarms compared to SKMEI's three. They're both world clocks, and both have tons of cities to choose from. I haven't counted, but it's a lot. They both let you set a specific city as a separate display from the main one, but Casio edges SKMEI out on this by allowing you to easily check four other cities with a single button in the main time screen, but the SKMEI can't do any. Casio allows for DST, but again, the SKMEI for some reason doesn't. Also, and this is kund of a trivial thing but it's still worth a mention, is that the Casio has a world map that darkens in on the time zone that you pick as your home one. Here's where SKMEI really cleaned up though, on a few items. The Casio has a decent enough backlight, but the SKMEI lights the entire screen evenly, and in a cool greenish color, but the Casio has two orange LEDs in the bottom corners that reach the top of the screen, but it's noticably dimmer. The SKMEI has three more complications that the Casio doesn't have at all... A compass, that once you calibrate it, it's remarkably accurate... A step counter, and a step pacer. I didn't think I'd ever use the counter or pacer, but believe it or not, I've actually used both, on several occasions. I'm not sure how accurate the step counter is, but a few times I've checked it against my Samsung watch, and they've been close enough to each other that it's hard to say which was more likely to be correct. People have asked "why bother copying a $20 watch?" Why not? I actually find myself wearing the SKMEI just as often as the Casio. I really like both watches, and I think both are very reasonably priced for their function, but if I had to say which is the better value, I'd have to give it to SKMEI. Just barely, but yeah.

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    1. I agree that SKMEI makes good budget watches for the money. The 1456 is their first G-Shock wannabe which is suitable for me size wise. I guess from the whole G-Shock line the 5600 series and the long discontinued hexagon would fit my wrists.

      Regarding the AE-1200 "Casio Royale" I also have one of those but they are not as dirt cheap outside of the US so there's market for the cheaper SKMEI variants. I have the cheaper 1335 model which is simplier than its Casio sibling (no world time for example) but it comes with a better back light and bigger numerals for date. Sum it up it's also a very good deal, at least I like mine.

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    2. Yeah I've noticed that the numbers are much easier to see on the SKMEI also. They're more upright, slightly larger and more bold. I looked at the 1335 also and I almost bought it, but at the last second I spotted the 1373. I don't remember what the price difference was but I remember that at the time it was close enough that I didn't give it a second thought. I either bought it on Geek or AliExpress, but I almost missed it. The only thing that grabbed my attention was the "clock" in the upper left hand corner was different, but other than that they were identical. I clicked on it and found out it was a different model number, so more research was in order lol. For some reason I bought the 1373 instead of the 1382, the only difference being the band on the 1373 is silicone and on the 1382 it's stainless steel (still a resin housing though). The difference in price was negligible, only $2 or $3, and the second I finalized my purchase I wished I had bought the 1382. I've been happy with it, but I've regretted not getting the SS band ever since. So after several months I finally got around to ordering one yesterday. The only downside to ordering through Ali or Geek(Wish) is that it can take anywhere from two to six weeks for dekivery, but the price was right at just over $16. I knew I was going to, but I have no idea why I didn't order it months ago as soon as I realized that I'd be happy with it.
      Back to this watch, the 1456, I honestly don't see myself ever buying the Casio 5000 model. It's a nice watch, but it's not $500 nice. No matter what they do to it, it's still just a watch. It definitely would have been nice if SKMEI had done the 1456 in steel as well, and also included the green EL backlight that they use on damned near all of their other watches, but they aren't deal breakers for me. Now I just have to figure out if I want the black one or the silver one.

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    3. The "analog" display at the 1335 is only for show, it doesn't have any real function. I don't miss that too much because even at the Casio Royale it's too small to read at a glance.
      If you want something bold/flashy go for the silver version of 1456 otherwise the black one will do.

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  7. I went for the gold version of the skmei 1456. It is just a bit of fu.
    I am happy so far after 2 days of wear. If I had the casio version, I would be reluctant to wear it regularly. This bracelet isn't even a hair puller? Greaaaat value and loves to glint in the sunshine too!

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    1. Congratulations! :)
      Yes, the bracelet is surprisingly good at this price.

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  8. After few months of wearing this watch, what do you think of this watch? Do you have any update?? Would really like to know how the watch case fare. Oh, and the two small screws that are holding the watch straps.

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    1. I have no complain so far, the watch is holding up under regular - normal use. I was experimenting with nagative display mod on my black version so I removed the small screws of the strap a couple of times without any problem.

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  9. Has anyone managed to activate the hourly beep you get in Casio watches? It's definitely not on the poorly written instruction manual. Thanks.

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  10. It's in my instruction manual of the 1456 module:

    Button layout:
    AD
    BC

    "
    Pressing D key in the Alarm Mode, toggles between the alarm screen (Alarm time displayed) and the Hourly Time Signal screen (:00 displayed).

    Press C key to turn it on or off. The Hourly Time Signal ("SIG") on indicator is shown on the display in all modes while this function is turned on.
    "

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  11. I have having so much trouble adjusting the band. I can't figure out how to remove the push pins.....tried for 30 mine. Any help?

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    1. Do you have a bracelet resizer tool? Even a cheap plastic one will do.
      Carefully place the push pin to the hole on the bracelet and tighten the "screw" of the resizing tool to push out the pin according to the arrow sign on the bracelet. After removing the link just push back the pin from the other side of the bracelet.

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    2. I just used a regular push pin and a decent hammer. You can watch on youtube tutorials, or if you have a watch tool kit. Better i guess

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  12. If find the Alarm beep extremely quiet, almost not audible. Is there any way to make it louder?

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    1. I've just tested mine. The alarm sounds normal and loud enough for me.

      You might try to remove the caseback and reposition it for a better contact with that tiny spring.

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  13. Do all 1456 have this extremely quiet alarm sound? Mine is almost not audible.

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  14. Has anybody tried to remove the Engraving brand name from the watch? Or even removing the black paint (silver version watch). The branding just ticks me off. ��

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    1. Acetone on a cotton swab + toothpick might work.

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  15. can the module fit in a gshock case? is this like the 5600 or 5610 size?

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  16. Where can get this watch in South Africa?

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