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Review from a Fan of Casio Watches
, March 31, 2010
As revealed by the title for this review, I am a big fan of Casio watches. Always have been, given their looks, utility, quality, and price. While there are the "lower-end" lines of Casio watches (read, cheap), this is certainly not one of them. In fact, in my opinion, this is overall the best Casio watch I have ever owned or seen.
(1) Low Maintenance: With Tough Solar and Waveceptor technologies combined, this is the most low maintenance watch you can own. Once you set it up, you're pretty much done for the life of the watch. Imagine never having to change a battery or correct the time of your watch again. Now repeat. What a great feeling.
(2) Tough Solar: A bit repetitive of my first point, but the prospect of never having to change a battery makes this watch - and other Casio Tough Solar watches - tough to beat. This is my third Tough Solar watch. My other two have never had battery issues, and I have had them for over three years.
(3) Waveceptor: Atomic timekeeping is an excellent feature, assuming you can get a good signal for your watch to synchronize. Unfortunately, living on the east coast, my signal is weak.
(4) Looks: Obviously, a very subjective category. To me, the "beauty" of this watch is its timeless and straightforward design - nothing too fancy or crazy, but with some subtle styling cues that make it far beyond the ordinary. In particular, Casio's use of red lettering for certain letters/numbers, as well as the second hand. You will find some variant of this design utilized by Casio and other watch manufacturers for the last 25+ years.
(5) Utility: Stop watch, multiple time zones you can change on the fly, dual alarms, and an LCD display that shows your choice of month/date, day/date, or digital time. What else do you need in a watch?
THE HIDDEN ADVANTAGES
(1) Mineral Display: Highly scratch-resistant, and not the cheap acrylic displays that can be found on cheaper Casio watches. Making it a bit more recessed - like Casio's G-Shock line - would prevent more scratches, but also may have detracted from its appearance.
(2) Watch Hands: If you examine the watch hands carefully, you'll note the styling cues and quality that makes this watch stand out. In particular, the red-tipped second hand. These are high-quality dials.
(3) Watch Buttons: The cheaper Casio watches have plastic buttons. For the middle-range Casio watches, they may have aluminum/metal buttons, but that's it. This model has the metal buttons that are recessed within another metal ring, and are softer to the touch when depressing. Definitely higher quality and lends a more expensive feel and appearance to the watch.
(4) Watch Band: While a resin band watch, not all resin bands are made alike. Having owned both higher-quality and lower-end Casio watches, there are definitely other resin bands that are thin, hard, and cheap-feeling, resulting in earlier cracks, tears, and discoloration. This watch definitely has one of the softer, thicker, and higher quality resin bands.
MY REQUEST TO CASIO
Size: My request to Casio that they continue slimming down their high-end Tough Solar and Waveceptor watches and perhaps make some on the dressy/business side. This watch is perfect for this particular "style" of watch. However, it is a larger watch, being roughly the size of a Rolex Submariner, but perhaps not as thick. For example, I would love to see a Casio WVQ550A-1A1V (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JX7JOI/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=A3APZO11P5R2Q5) with both Tough Solar and Waveceptor technologies. Better yet, make that one G-Shock durable as well.
In short, this is the Tough Solar and Waveceptor-enabled Casio watch I have been waiting for. Up until now, this technology has largely been integrated into either Casio's G-Shock or Edifice lines, or into certain cheaper Casio models I am simply now too old (and successful) to buy. I own two G-Shocks (and love them also), but they are a bit sporty looking. The Edifice line is great, but they are also more expensive and generally use metal bands, while my preference is for resin-banded watches. This watch, subject to my single con above, completely fits my needs.
BUY THIS WATCH. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.*
* Unless, of course, you simply do not like the design, have a disdain for incredibly useful multi-function watches, are a watch snob, or do not like watches that are a bit on the larger side. I would say that this watch is about the size (or slightly smaller) of a Rolex Submariner, but not as thick.