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Casio Men's F105W-1A AVOID !
on February 18, 2012
This watch is a piece of junk. Bear with me while I quantify my MIXED EXPERIENCE with Casio watches.
I have been a fan of inexpensive Casio watches for many years, with the model "Casio Men's W71-1V Classic Digital Watch" being my favorite. I have probably owned 5 to 7 of these watches and used them every day and at times for scuba diving (to 160 ft with no problems). The only issue is/was that the bands would get brittle and break and there were no reasonable replacement bands that would fit. So I would just buy a new watch for around $12 to $14. The old watches still keep working for years ! I've velcroed them onto my motorcycles and other places! The bands would usually last about 2 years or less with more exposure to sunlight, hot tubs, and swimming pool chlorine or petrochemicals. When it looked like they were going to be hard to find, I bought a few at a time from Amazon and as the band broke, I would have a new watch that would run much longer than the band would last. This model also had many features that the watch under review doesn't have (for about the same price). It didn't have a fully backlit illumination, but the little corner illumination worked OK and it only required one finger. In the past, Amazon brought this watch back for their distribution (after they had discontinued it) because of popular demand eventhough the design was fairly old. People (and many of my friends) loved it! But now it is no longer available again (if it were, I would buy at least 3), so I tried the F105W-1A as a replacement. MISTAKE !!!
The F105W-1A has about 1/3 the features of the other watch (missing the countdown stopwatch, second time zone setting, year setting [manual reset for Feb in leap year???] etc). The electro-backlit illumination is nice but that is about it. About 50% of the time the watch has to be switched back to the preferred mode (24 hr, or 12 hr) because the button is constantly being pushed by wrist movement. The MAJOR problem is the band. The "buckle" side of the band is about an inch or more shorter than my previous Casios, so this watch would hardly fit my rather small wrist (big guy, small wrist). The buckle would sit on the side of my wrist rather than somewhat opposite the watch with about 1/2 inch of strap to engage with the buckle and "strap keeper". Also, where previous models had holes in the strap in the wide area near the watch which allowed the skin underneath to breathe, this watch has indentations for design, but no holes, so the skin underneath would get rather itchy and sweaty.
I am now looking for a reasonable replacement since I sent the F105W-1A back to Amazon.
AMAZON, PLEASE GET BACK THE "Casio Men's W71-1V Classic Digital Watch" or at least supply a similiar one in the same price range !!! It's frustrating when PROGRESS RUNS IN REVERSE !!!