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Finally I got a keeper from Casio
on November 14, 2007
This is the 3rd Casio I buy in the last year... and the cheapest. I previously tried the G601-1AV and later the GW1300A-9AV, both of the G-Shock family. However, I was looking for one with analog and digital time, but easy to read and with night illumination. The G601 is nice, but the small rounded digital displays are a bit too small for my old eyes, and the night illumination is only for the digital displays!. Then I bought the GW1300 because it was advertised as having two LEDs that illuminated the whole face of the watch and was solar powered. True! but... the design is such that when the face is illuminated in the dark, it is so full of shiny surfaces and reflections that you can hardly distinguish the analog hands, and nothing of the digital displays. So, I kept looking and finally decided on this one, the AQ160W with not too much hope... and voila! it was perfect for me! Thinner than the G-Shocks and very light weight, the digital displays are big and easy to read, even if the hands are over them (the digits look gold on day light, very nice, not like the picture here which shows how it looks when the green back light is on). The backlight, with optional auto turn-on, is perfectly readable, and you can see, besides the big numbers, the silhouette of the analog hands over the background. I am ready to give up the 200m water resist, the solar power, the waveceptor auto time set, the automatic handles setting by the digital clock, all for the good design of this watch. It would be perfect if Casio added to this one the solar power and the auto setting of the analog clock. The dual world time, auto calendar, chronometer, timer, multiple alarms, are all common features of these watches however.
The only drawback for me is the extremely thin resin band, which being very confortable, does not look long lasting. I hope I can find replacements in the future.
Anyway, great watch! My search is over...
(I must say that this search would have been much easier if I had the chance to try these watches in a local store before buying, but none of these models were available where I live.)
Update 26/Oct/2009: After 2 years of almost continuous use, the battery still works and the resin band, though not looking like new anymore, has no sign of deterioration. I was wrong thinking that it would break easily. Great watch!
Update July 2010: the battery refuses to die... the resin band has no sign of cracks... so what can I say? The backlight is dimmer though, so I am buying a new one soon. I definitively recommend it.
Update November 2011: I did get a new one last year as announced (and give the old one away to a nephew) and it is as good as the previous one. One year with no sign of deterioration, not even a scratch and the band looks in perfect condition... I will definitively keep buying them every 3 years... Really happy with it.
Update January 2015: Well, after buying 6 of these watches since 2007, I am not doing it anymore. The watch is still one of the best in terms of size, design and features, but something changed in the manufacturing of the case, and my last 4 have all died by breaking off. The first two I gave them away when the battery was about to die and the plastic dial window got too scratched. But then each of the next 4 broke off in the same place: the part of the case where the band spring loaded pin attaches. The case is plastic (even on the one with metal band that I tried too) and the band holding pin is inserted in the case on two little holes. These holes are near the case surface and the plastic around brakes and the spring loaded pin comes loose. I lost one watch this way, the other 3 fell on the floor at home... This happened after about a year of use of each one, and without applying any force, so I suspect that the plastic used on the later versions is somehow affected by sweat and gets weaker. If Casio would place a metal insert in this part of the case to reinforce it where the band pins are inserted, then this problem would be solved. Until then, I am moving to Timex T5K4029J... more expensive but I hope longer lasting.... What a pity, I take away one star... :-(