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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2007
I love this watch. I have other watches that outclass this little number but there's something about the combination of the golden robot look mixed with the old school digital display that I like. So far it's worked like a champ.

Neat features? Well you know that cool blue indiglo light that is all the rage? Well this doesn't have it. What it *does* have is a green LED that lights up display in a very 1980's way. Want reliabilty? This watch (supposedly) will keep on trucking with a 10 year battery life.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Great looking digital watch that has a large digital screen with a bright back light easy for my legally blind husband to read. He flound the watch to look classic and the fit was very comfortable. Would strongly recommend this watch for the price and design.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2007
My husband loves this inexpensive but classy watch. There are so many featuress -- a 10 year battery, dual time -- we have a daughter in Ireland so its very handy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2009
My Seiko gold digital wristwatch suffered from internal rusting and couldn't be adjusted unless I opened the case and jumpered some contacts, so it was time to buy a new digital wristwatch. Very few watchmakers offer digital models anymore, so my choices were limited mostly to Timex or Casio. After reading many user reviews it seemed that Casio had the edge, so I looked for a gold Casio digital watch that included a light, stopwatch and alarm.

The model A-178WGA had all the features I wanted. Granted, it has a resin case (instead of gold-plated metal) and a cheaper looking watchband than the Seiko had, but it also cost less than $30 where the Seiko cost me over $100 about 12 years ago. It is also a bit thicker and wider than the Seiko, but not so much that it is a problem for me. I do like the larger numbers on the display and the light works much better than the Seiko did. In fact, the Seiko light really did not illuminate the display correctly and was essentially useless.

The only downside to the Casio A-178WGA is that the button that changes it from a 12hr to 24hr display is located where it can be too easily pushed when you put your hand in a hip pocket. I have occasionally found my watch in 24hr mode. It would have been better if it required the sequential pressing of two different buttons to change the time mode.

I liked the band better on the Seiko because it stayed in a closed circle and expanded with a "z" hinge to open. It could be easily slipped over my hand and then closed around my wrist using my other hand. Because the Casio band fully opens, it is a bit harder to drape the band around my wrist and then hold one end of the band in place while trying to get the other end to clasp in place. I would use the Seiko band with the Seiko, but the gold colors do not match. I am getting used to the Casio band and can get it snapped in place most of the time on the first try.

The controls are fairly easy to figure out without using the manual. If you are used to the usual settings of a digital watch, you should be fine with this one.

I have only had the watch one month, so I cannot comment on durability or long-term time accuracy. The specifications say it will keep time accurate to +- 30 seconds per month. That is as good as the Seiko.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2008
Purchase this watch for a inexpensive knock around utility watch, and it's good looking. I especially like the easy way the band locks on the wrist. The band is universally adaptable to virtually all wrists. The watch has been dependable in all the extreme beating my activity puts it through. If I did beat it up, I would buy another just like it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2008
The watch is fine. If you're used to casio watches it is just like most of them. Be aware that the gold plating is only on the outside. The back of the band, sides of the band, and back of the watch are chrome (or silver) color.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2008
I have always bought timex watches for years but they dont last long. This time I decided to try a casio on my brothers recommendation. The display is laeger and easier to read. The quality appears excellent. I did switch the band to a twist-o-flex for comfoft.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
As other reviewers have reported, this Casio digital chronometer is very attractive with its gold-tone stainless steel band, plastic case, and blue display. However, it does not have a countdown timer, which is a handy feature to use when cooking. Casio may have thought the stopwatch feature could be used to count the elapsed time, but it doesn't have an alarm to ring at the end of a specified time. Nevertheless, I would recommend it to those who don't need the countdown feature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2015
I have the silver version of this watch and I love it. The gold A178 is funkier and louder but the silver one is also half the cost (wrote a review on it as well, comparing A178 to A168). I recently bought the gold one as a Christmas gift to my sister and she loves it. She's wanted a gold retro styled Casio watch after seeing my gold A168. Instead of getting her the same thing, I decided to get her the gold A178. She wears it not only as a watch but more like a bracelet and the band is kept loose with a lot of wrist clearance. She said the watch invites many comments from her friends but interestingly enough, only the guy friends seem to make comments, not her other female friends. Ha ha.

Anyway, this watch has it all... nice square face with big digits (compared to other retro-styled Casios), time that displays while you're in stopwatch mode, the stop watch can count up to 10 hrs, and dual time to help those that travel a lot across time zones.

For a gift to ladies, you really can't go wrong with this one. Also recommended gift item is the rose-gold/copper colored B640W. Highly recommended.

Update: I'd like to bring up an issue I've experienced with this watch. I've ordered this watch on three different occasions now. The first time was from a Sears reseller in fall of 2014. The next two times was via Amazon from Amazon resellers. The issue is that there seem to be two versions of the watch when it comes to the gold color. One that screams gold and the gold is very strong and yellow in color. The other is a gold tone that is very muted and looks faded. Only with my very first order (via Sears reseller) did I get the strong gold version. I'm not sure why this is the case. I know that Casio markets the same watch for different global regions with slightly different model names but that should apply only to naming differences, not physical differences in the watch. Did they change production steps over time? Did they switch from strong gold to muted gold? Is one real and the others fake? If so which one?

If you search for a178 gold in Amazon search, you'll see a very gold watch in the search results. That's the version I got the very first time. If you click on it to enter the page, then the photo you see is the faded gold. The two times I ordered through Amazon, I got the faded gold version and was not too happy about it. I ended up giving the second one away as a gift and the third one I ordered, I ended up returning it.

I'm not sure how you'll ever know which version you'll get. Just be warned.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2009
This is a beautiful watch with a good and Large digital display. It is easy to use and set. It is a little thicker than I expected. Compared to the Timex Chronograph that I retired after over 20 years of fateful service, this watch was no more expensive and has a 10 year battery life.
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