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Only a fair replacement Casio DataBank with sacrificed features from what I am accustomed... not the value that I expected.
on August 24, 2015
I received the Casio DBC32D-1A DataBank (25 Telememo, Calculator Watch) in 7 days from Beverly Hills, CA. This is the 6th Casio Data Bank Watch that I have owned including DBC610-A (50 Telememo, Calculator Watch) and DBC1500-B1 (150 Telememo, Calculator Watch) all with Chrome Cases and Stainless Steel Bands. I selected the Casio DBC32D-1A DataBank as the closest substitute replacement for the DataBank 150, which has been out of production for some time. The DataBank 150 is still fully functional and wearable as a casual daily wear watch over about 20 years; I have repaired the broken watch case to keep the band connected about 3 times and re-batteried at least 3 times. The new Data Bank is NOT a close substitute for the DataBank 150… the only feature that is better is the larger LCD Display with Bolder Fonts and 3-line display, but not at the expense of sacrificing all of the other great feature functions, which make the DataBank Calculator Watch practical and sensible! I have no problem with the low 25 Telememo capacity since I have owned a Mobile/Cell Phone, (which has nearly unlimited telememo capacity, etc.) for as long as I have owned my current DataBank 150, but I like the advantage of being able to access my DataBank info when I am on my Mobile Phone. The watch is not metalized in a Chrome Finish like the other DataBanks but is painted in a stainless steel finish, which matches the Stainless Steel Brushed Band but will not be as durable! The Telememo Name Line only has 8 characters, which only 3 are view-able at a time while scrolling and is difficult to identify the Data Record by Name (the same problem we had with early computers) and the 2nd number line is numerical only. You cannot continue to identify the record name, etc. unless you use a number code and the line is not even long enough to contain a telephone number with only 8 number spaces and the 3rd line has only 7 number spaces in a small font size half the size of the 2nd line, which is just dumb… This designs 2nd line can only be used to display the Country and/or Area Code usually 3 to 5 numbers of the 8 available and you must use to continue with the key number on the 3rd line in the very small font with 7 spaces in groups of 3 and 4 spaces! In comparison if you are not familiar with the other DataBank Watches, there are two lines with the first line 9 spaces for Alpha/Numerical and the last 4 spaces for numerical as in country and area code. You can continue your number display on the 2nd last line 8 use-able spaces with a hyphenated number all in the same size and width font making viewing and readability easier! It is also much more time consuming and difficult to input data by having to scroll through the entire Alpha/Numerical/Symbols list one character at a time to make your selection vs. using the keypad to select between 3 or 4 Alpha/Numerical/Symbols as with most keypad programming! The Illuminator Name on the Watch Case is a carry over from the Blue Electro-Luminance Back Lighted LCD of the DataBank 150/300, which provides a good even lighted view when needed in dim light and/or dark of night at a low current draw. The new DataBank 25 Illuminator has only a single white/yellowish LED that lights up very unevenly from the lower left corner of the LCD display. These are the main features that were comprised in the new DataBank 25 design that I do not like. To provide features like 5 alarms, which you do not need more then 2 alarms, a (dual) 2 time displays provided (vs. no World Time Clock with all time zones), no count down timer, but continue to offer Stop Watch, Currency Converter and Calculator. The watch will support 13 Languages which is an over kill vs. world zone marketing, again at the expense of sacrificing practical and usable features. I can now understand why the Casio DataBank 150 and 300 Telememo, Calculator Watches are selling for more then five (5) times their original cost. I will keep this watch but it is not the value that I expected. I will continue to use my DataBank 150 until it is no longer operational… it does not have much of the chrome finish left but I can remove the chrome like I have done before and refinish by Silver Painting and Brushing the S.S. Band to match the new watch color.
I have since restored the approximately 20-year-old Casio DBC 1500 after searching through a dozen Silver Metallic Paint colors. I selected the Rust-Oleum Appliance Epoxy 7887 Stainless Steel as the closest match to the Casio S.S. Paint Finish @ $3.74 http://www.amazon.com/Rust-Oleum-7887830-Appliance-12-Ounce-Stainless/dp/B0009XB3JU/ref=pd_bia_nav_t_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=168YAQ50HFMXY2DHTGY8. The epoxy finish is slow to cure but a very hard and durable finish, which I buffed / brushed the finish with medical gauze.