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A superb watch!
on November 22, 2013
Without going into the realms of 'smart' watches and all the new gizmo's around now, THIS watch has to be the ultimate in design and certainly in accuracy - atomic watches cannot be bettered for time keeping (as long as you have a signal).
I was impressed when I first saw this watch. It is so elegant yet sophisticated in design; something you would feel proud to wear and not 'plasticy' looking. My previous model was very nice, but there is something about this re-issue that outclasses my previous one. There are some integral differences as well - ALL good. Most noticeably there are now SIX reception areas featured as opposed to only four previously, which if you don't go to Japan might not matter, but as a world traveller I want to be 'fully covered' and now I am. I'm just wondering what happens if I want to go to Australia!! (no mention of that continent!)
The LCD display has been redesigned too, not so much the actual display, but what is actually on it. The symbols are WAY easier to understand now, and once you get used to a slight difference in button order when adjusting, it is actually much easier to use (user friendly). I just LOVE the new illumination too. The 'old' one barely lit the facia of the watch and half illuminated the LCD, which meant you had to press one of the buttons to select the 'time' on the LCD (I like to leave mine in 'date' mode) in order to really accurately see it - a pain to be honest. Now, the 'new' watch illuminates the WHOLE DIAL but not conspicuously enough to annoy someone in a theatre next to you for example. It's very classy. Whilst on the subject, Casio have always had a good luminous dial and this is no exception, both hands and digits.
The facia of the watch is a brushed, almost two-toned affair which like I said, looks really classy, rather like my Maurice Lacroix watch. The hands are all easy to see and the movement is a precise one-second incremental one, that exactly lines up with all the digits on the facia. My other Casio moved the minute hand in 20 second increments. This one is a 10 second incremental movement. I like that!
Much thought has gone into the bracelet design too. Removing/adding the linkages is child's play with the special tool they provide and takes no longer than a minute for a perfect fit.
Credit has to be given too to the EXCELLENT instruction book. The watch is Japanese but no 'pidgeon' English appears here. It's very well written and accurately describes EVERY function with good diagramming too - nicely refreshing when so many manuals are almost impossible to understand.
I expect to get a long service out of this watch, just like my other one. The ONLY thing I am a little anxious about is that with my other one, the 'metal' finish on the watch's front wore off after only a year, to reveal a grey plastic underneath!! I was a little disappointed to say the least, as the rest of the watch was just superb. Now with this new design and numerous improvements, I hope this is another area Casio have also 'improved' upon and this watch really IS stainless steel throughout. Time will tell (no pun intended!) but I think I could (again) put up with that, given the other outstanding features of this beautiful timepiece. Also the outer bezel does not turn as it would with a diver's watch, but how often would you need this feature? You wouldn't really wear this to scuba dive anyway (Casio even recommend you not to) so it's purely dress, but looks great. I would recommend this watch to anyone who wants PERFECT timekeeping combined with functionality, reliability and stylish good looks.