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- Quartz Movement
- 48mm Case Diameter
- Case-Resin, Band-Stainless steel
- Resin Glass / Spherical Glass
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Digital quartz movement, Dress watch, 25-page databank, 8-digit calculator, Auto-sort function, 13 languages, Auto LED light with afterglow, Dual time, 1/100 second stopwatch, 4 multi-function alarms and 1 multi-function with snooze, Hourly time signal, Auto-calendar, 12/24 hour format
- Product Dimensions: 3 x 2 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B0014FXG1K
- Item model number: EAW-DBC-32D-1A
- Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 12, 2003
- Average Customer Review:
|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Casio|
|Dial window material type||Mineral|
|Clasp||Fold over clasp|
|Case material||Stainless steel|
|Case diameter||37 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||12 millimeters|
|Band Material||Stainless steel|
|Band length||Men's Standard|
|Band width||22 millimeters|
|Calendar||Day, date, month, and year|
|Special features||Light, measures-seconds, Calculator|
|Item weight||1.12 Ounces|
|Water resistant depth||30 Meters|
Top customer reviews
Well, recently, it did. The 150's module is totally non-functional. And my 300 is almost too valuable to wear anymore. I wanted something new. This watch is the last version which is (mostly) compatible with those earlier watched. It comes in several variants, so I bought a silver one and a black one. This review relates to both versions.
This is a pretty decent watch, comparable to the older (and better) versions in most ways. It has a lot less available data memory (which seems odd, doesn't it?) and no longer has the "Indiglo" electroluminescent backlight) which is wonderful, instead merely using white surface-mount LEDs to reflect light inside the case. And, of course, it loses the "countdown timer" function (which I almost never used, anyway).
But the calculator functionality is equivalent to, and in one way better, the earlier models. This has a built-in "currency conversion" mode (really just a single memory which you can multiply your entries by) which does come in handy if you travel a lot.
The "dual time" mode is less capable than the earlier version. In that case, you'd set it based upon whatever time zone you might be in, and you could step through timezones (say, from London to Cairo) without having to reset the time itself. In this case, you simply have to reset the watch time for a second entry... not quite as nice.
It does have a "daylight savings time" option which helps a bit, since you don't have to reset the watch twice a year (you only turn DST on or off).
The reduced "databank" feature set means that you no longer have the calendar display at the top of the screen (which was nice... you'd see a darkened box on days when an event was set, or a blank if nothing was set). However, this is replaced by a LARGE text box which tells you the day of the week, so it's probably a improvement in the eyes of most people.
The keypad is actually an improvement over the prior versions in terms of ease of pressing of the buttons. There's a triangular "pyramid" atop each button, in clear plastic, with the printed label underneath. Unfortunately, they removed the "three letters" (in addition to the number) from each button. This is supposed to make it easier to see the numbers, I guess, but it makes text entry a lot more challenging (if you don't have the num-pad text entry scheme committed to memory).
Basically, Casio has severely hamstrung the "databank" portion of this device, to the point where it's largely not worth it to use except as a conventional watch or a calculator.
But that's OK, for most of us, as not many people probably made full use of the older version's feature set. It's still the best option out there.
Soon, practically-sized "smart watches" may become an actual reality. The i-Watch is not really what I mean... it's just a first step down the path. It's pretty much useless without an iPhone, and a watch should be a stand-alone device, or at least be capable of being a stand-alone device. The Samsung "smart watch" is a great concept, except that it's HUGE. But until real, practical smart-watches arrive (in a few years) this remains your best option, in my opinion.
This particular watch is the "silver tone" version. The band itself is metal, but the case is silver-painted plastic (which is disappointing... I'm sure that eventually the case will become scratched and will look ugly after that point). The band is pretty easy to use... a standard steel-link watch band... but you may need to either figure out how to remove links or, more probably, get someone to do it for you. Unless you're HUGE... you can't wear it as-shipped. (I had to remove 4x links to make it fit perfectly.)
What is changed from the other Data Bank designs is that the schedule feature is dropped replaced with multiple languages (13) and room for country codes in the phone numbers. This watch is maybe twice the size of the older Data Bank watches. Its thicker and almost a 1/4" wider. Length and watch band hookup remain the same as before.
The method of entering names and phone numbers is changed to a simple up/down method. Works ok. The calculator keys are a bit stiff to push. The memory feature was dropped from the calculator. The stopwatch reset is moved from the lower right button to the upper left button. All in all it's a lot easier to use.
The watch band is a joke so I replaced mine with a 22mm wide Spidel stainless steel flex band.
Although the case looks like metal it is plastic. The reason I replaced my old one was because the chrome cover flaked away leaving the unsightly resin show through. That took 10 years though and I still have the old watch as a backup.
The watch has a nice big time readout, I really like the watch.
The case, as other reviewers pointed out, was no longer a durable chrome-plated plastic, rather is now a silver painted plastic case and the paint wears off in ~1 1/2 years to the gray plastic case color, underneath. Not too noticeable from a distance, but is visible up close.
Again, still miss the count-down timer function useful for (e.g. parking meters) went away with the model change, and other function changes were noted by other reviewers. If you've worn the DBC watch primarily for the calculator function, as I have for several decades, this model will work for you. the shortfalls are minor, and you just deal with them.
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A slightly modernized style/version of the Casio Data Bank classic that has been around for over 30 years. Has a nice non-grabbing, non-pinching stainless steel link band that can be sized with a little effort/adjustment (jewelers screwdriver and mini needle nose pliers). I did notice the "count-down" timer so useful for alarming/monitoring parking meter time remaining is no longer there... still has military 24 hour time, a stop watch function and normal alarm available.
Long 5 - "10 year" battery life is a plus over the older models. Most folks will see this on your wrist and mistakenly say/think this is the older version and point to it and say "My dad had one of those decades ago!"
The calculator function is what I have always valued the most. Of course cell flip-phones and Smart phones have all but replaced the phone number data bank function, and calculators on Smart phones have also replace the wrist based calculator of this Data Bank. Oh yes, now as years ago, you still have to have excellent eyesight to see the small markings on the keypad buttons... The LCD display is clear and bright.