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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2014
The watch is exactly what I thought it would be. Excellent watch and band ( easy to take links out or put back in). The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because the instructions can in Japanese only. I contacted Amazon and they e mailed the company in Japan. I received English instructions via e- mail the next day. Well worth the money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2014
For me, the Casio WaveCeptor/Tough Solar series have everything I want in a watch...
- good quality and looks (if a little "chunky"), at a reasonable price
- perfect accuracy (automatic GLOBAL atomic timekeeping)
- zero maintenance (solar powered, no batteries to change)
- analog time plus digital day/date, stopwatch, etc.

I upgraded to this model WVA-M640D-1ACR (module 5161) from the WVA-470DJ-1ACF (module 5052) and it is truly remarkable to sit them side by side and watch them ticking off the time in unison TO THE SECOND.

If you've got the older 470 model I recommend the 640 for these improvements...
- slightly bigger, clearer watch face (it's blacker than before)
- case is sleeker (thickness reduced by about 2mm)
- atomic timekeeping works in N America, Europe, Japan, and China (6 frequencies)
- extremely easy to remove links from band for sizing
- the light is better and lights the whole watchface
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2014
I bought my son the previous version of this same watch a couple of years go, which he likes as well, and made me go out and buy this one. This newer version has more radio bands it can use to set the time if you're outside of the U.S., a slightly nicer looking bezel, and the backlight is a huge improvement. The older version backlight was only for the LCD display, but on this model, it has an amber LED in the 6:00 position, which spreads light over the entire face so you can view the hands. In total darkness, the LCD panel blanks and the second hand stops moving at the 12:00 position to save power, but hitting the light button lets you see the hands, which continue to move throughout the night. The hands are also luminescent, so if you expose it to some bright light before bedtime, when your night vision adjusts you can still make out what time it is well into the early hours of the morning, so you don't need to use the battery for backlighting unless you really want to.

This is light weight and easy to wear, so you almost forget you have it on. It's solar rechargeable, which means you don't have to keep breaking the seal to change the battery and hoping you get the gasket re-seated well enough to retain the waterproof seal. The atomic time setting works well here in the midwest, it sets correctly every night without fail, and matches my other atomic clocks around the house to the same second every day.

It looks nice, it works very well, and has nice features. If it's anything like the other Casio watches I've had, I expect it to last for a decade as long as I don't drop it or abuse it so it breaks, after which I don't feel bad throwing it out and just getting a new one at this low price range. Great watch for everyday wear to work, and I'm not overly worried that I might scratch or break it, so I don't have to take it off and leave it in my desk drawer for some kinds of work, which is nice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2014
Band adjustment is a snap. Comes charged and the time is set-just put your "home town zone" .
My previous model leaked water after 3 years when exposed to rain (supposed to be 10barr). Alarm is too quiet ..not reliable for me (the previous one was). Great features and value. You will need to print the manual and have it handy while you learn the watch...it takes a couple of days to learn to use more advance funtions. I liked the older version so much that I decided to buy this one even though the old leaked water. The digital display is better, illumination at night is better, ALARM is worse. But I have not seen a better value yet-self charging solar battery, water proof, mineral glass, time zone changing (I travel a lot) is a snap. Fort Collins Atomic clock adjustment works well (I get my signal in Wisconsin-1000 m away- not sure if you live in Maine)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2014
Received the watch in working condition but watch stop working within 2 months. No digital display and both hour and minute hand stop at 12 o'clock position even the watch was under sunlight for 8 hours per day. The watch was accurate when it works.
Very disappoint with the durability of the watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This watch's features were what I was looking for. But two of the features were not working and I had to send it in for repairs. This additional cost of sending it to be repaired -- including insurance -- added to the cost of the watch through no fault of mine. I'm now waiting to get it back repaired, or receiving a replacement that works!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2014
They're always set right.
They set themselves pretty much anywhere in the world now.
There's no batteries to worry about.
They're a nice looking watch.
They're good value for money.

Whats not to like????????
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2014
Very dressy watch with excellent features and at a reasonable price. I have gotten many complements on it. The instruction manual indicated that It needed to be put in a window to receive but I have not had to do this. It resets while on my arm while I sleep. Also the solar recharge on the battery is a nice feature. Highly recommended.
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on November 10, 2014
what a difference years make in the watch industry! I have Casio's older version, their first version of a 'atomic' world time, solar powered watch. It's thick, really thick...but totally 100% bullet-proof. Works to this day perfectly, grabbing the signal every night. Failed to do so in Japan for some reason no matter how close to the window I left it. Perhaps I should have manually switched 'locations' so the watch would know which frequency to find it. But this watch is totally different and a beauty. First, it's as slim as a regular watch (not the thin expensive watches of course) and totally comfortable on the wrist. It's black dial is handsome as a Rolex submariner's. While the marker illumination isn't big and bold, due to the size of the markers themselves, it does weakly make it thru the night. But the light's a gigantic improvement: press the button and the entire dial is bathed in a soft golden glow for about 2 seconds or so...perfectly lit up from 'corner to corner' yet not blinding nor shadowing. This light won't shock you in the middle of the night...you actually will want to use it! The band is large but comes with a simple tool for removing links which I did for a perfect fit. Unfortunately it comes with a Japanese manual...an email to the seller brought back a link to the English version. Be prepared to get out the magnifying glass unless you're under 50...it's pages of tiny print. Fortunately the watch sets itself once you press a button or two to tell it where you are. Voila--you're in perfect to the second time. If only you could do that in real life yourself.
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