I don't have any experience with the DW5000, but I've had a DW6600 since the mid-90s. Honestly, until you'd posed the question, I'd never even considered the scratch resistance of the crystal on that watch (like I do with my more traditional analog watches). Part of the reason is that the "ridge" around the crystal (shall we call it a bezel?) is so deep, and the crystal is so recessed, that it is very well protected. 15+ years as a beater/yard-work/hiking/field-work watch and the crystal is still just fine. Now the case on the other hand... Hope this helps!