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5.0 out of 5 stars Really happy. I call this 'a time-keeping computer', December 9, 2012
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This review is from: Casio Men's AE1200WHD-1A Stainless Steel Digital Watch (Watch)
It's probably my best purchase at Amazon for the last year. The watch looks nice and solid. 10 years of promised battery life and 100 m of water resistance say for themselves (of course, you can't dive that deep, but you supposed to be able to swim, I guess). The glass is real glass, as far as I can judge. At least, no scratches so far.

For many years I was buying quarts watches - analog-digital or just analog, priced up to $200. Timex, Orient, Casios, Invicta. All of them had some flaws: e.g. short battery life or, the worst, unnoticed self-detachment of the crown, turning the hands and setting back at wrong time reading, which could be really bad in some situations. Eventually, I've got fed with analog watches and started looking for digital ones with analog hands made of liquid crystals. This Casio AE1200WHD satisfies me very well. You can read digital time and if you so wish to look at conventional hands, here they are - please have a look. The analog dial is really small - the LCD circle is just 9 mm in diameter - and I would probably prefer to have it bigger, but I won't lower the points for that. With time passing I stopped notice this as a disadvantage.

There is a 'world time' mode in this watch, where you can flip through all possible time zones in the world, including those shifted half an hour from others, like Newfoundland or Iran time. The time zone is indicated by a three-letter code and it's also highlighted on the liquid crystal world map. There is a designated time zone for UTC too. But even in the main (local time) mode you can set 4 different time zones and flip through them. The analog dial, however, always remains on your local time.

Besides those two modes, there are also alarm clock (up to 5 different alarms can be set), timer and stop watch modes. All in all, due to that many options, I call it 'my time-keeping computer'.

The bracelet is good, with a convenient lock (opens with pressing two buttons). It was somewhat difficult to remove a couple of links (the linking construction is more sophisticated than I've ever seen), but having googled on the web, I managed to do this.

For the price $26.21 (I paid $34.56 to get it delivered to Canada) I think it's a really good watch.
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Initial post: Jan 16, 2013 5:21:06 PM PST
G. Kline says:
How loud is the alarm, relatively speaking? Do you find it louder than the typical G-Shock, or about the same?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013 6:37:57 PM PST
BAt says:
I never had a G-Shock, and I use the watch alarm very seldom these days. My own benchmark for the alarm loudness was this watch: CASIO CA53W-1 Watch with Calculator. That (for me) was screaming really loud. Regarding the watch in question, it probably sounds a bit quieter, but when I do use it, I can hear it without problem. A good thing about the alarm is that when setting it you can both increase and decrease hours and minutes with the buttons. Up to 5 alarms can be set, and for each of them you can specify whether to use it once or every day.

There is a correction to my initial review. The glass is probably plastic, because I can find tiny scratches on it. But not to a bothering extent.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 8:51:33 PM PST
Like other Casios does this have the hourly chime?
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