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- Quality Japanese-quartz movement
- 1/100 Sec Stopwatch, three daily alarms
- World time 30 cities, bi-lingual display (Eng, Jpn)
- LED Light with Afterglow
- Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
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Smart and stylish, the Casio Men's Waveceptor Atomic Solar Ana-Digi Sport Watch #WV430DJ-1 features a rich gray dial with a sturdy mineral crystal. Stand-out hour and minute indexes offer at-a-glance readability, and a beautifully contrasting black ring is adorned with Arabic numerals and indexes for further time-telling convenience. Other innovative features include a digital calendar display. A silver-tone stainless steel band comes equipped with a fold-over clasp with a double push-button safety closure. The stationary bezel is also made of stainless steel, and a 43-millimeter case is composed of high-quality stainless-steel. The perfect accessory to all of your ensembles, this stunning timepiece brings your look a refined edge. Powered by solar movement, this watch is also water resistant to 330 feet.
With the launch of its first watch in November 1974, Casio entered the wristwatch market at a time when the watch industry had just discovered digital technology. As a company with cutting-edge electronic technology developed for pocket calculators, Casio entered this field confident that it could develop timepieces that would lead the market.
Today, Casio is focusing its efforts on solar-powered radio-controlled watches: the built-in solar battery eliminates the nuisance of replacing batteries, atomic timekeeping means the users never have to reset the time. Recently, Casio launched a series of Bluetooth watches that sync to the users cell phone to automatically update the time. Casio is always moving time forward.
- Package Dimensions: 4.8 x 3.2 x 2.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- ASIN: B0018747Q2
- Item model number: WV430DJ-1
- Date first available at Amazon.com: May 2, 2004
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
- Average Customer Review:
|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Casio|
|Dial window material type||Mineral|
|Clasp||Fold-Over Clasp with Double Push-Button Safety|
|Case material||Stainless Steel|
|Case diameter||43 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||13.8 millimeters|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band width||18 millimeters|
|Bezel material||Stainless Steel|
|Calendar||Day and date|
|Special features||World time|
|Water resistant depth||330 Feet|
Top customer reviews
Here are a few observations:
It's lightweight. It weighs about half as much as the other watches I own with stainless steel wristbands, making it very comfortable to wear. The face is large with a simple clean design, making it easy to read. I do need my reading glasses for the digital display.
It's nice looking and goes with just about any kind of outfit from casual to dressy. I wouldn't wear it to the beach or with a tuxedo, but it looks pretty good with just about anything between those extremes. In the display photo, it appears to have a blue-gray face, mine is gray with a faint hint of violet rather than blue. When you look at it you basically see a gray face, but it's a warmer gray than it appears on the web. I think the real thing looks better than the picture.
It's pretty easy to set up. If you've ever set a digital watch, this isn't much different. The main difference is that you have to set the time zone you're in for the correct hour to be displayed. Once that's done, you don't have to worry about it again unless you are traveling and want to change it to different time zones. It's not a difficult procedure. One thing I really like a lot is the watch automatically resetting itself for daylight savings time! Twice a year I have to go through the tedious ritual of changing all of the clocks and watches around the house. It's nice having one wristwatch I don't have to touch. The radio controlled timekeeping works like a charm. The only potential drawback would be traveling outside the range limit of the atomic radio signal. If you are a U.S. customer, the signal range is nearly all of North America. Even if you are out of range, the watch should still keep pretty accurate time and you can always adjust it manually if you need to.
I like the idea of the battery being recharged by solar power. It doesn't require a whole lot of light to do the trick. The specifics are in the instructions. One example is five minutes of direct sunlight equals one full day of power consumption. I got this a couple of months ago during the dead of winter and I live in Minnesota, so it's dark most of the time and the watch is always covered by long sleeves when I'm wearing it. To keep the battery fully charged, I set it near a window instead of putting it in a drawer when I'm not wearing it. In the summer, normal exposure to sunlight with short sleeves when I'm out and about during the day should be more than enough light for a full charge. I should also mention that it will run for months on a full charge without additional light exposure. I'd like to say never having to replace the battery is a great feature, but to my knowledge there's no such thing as a battery with an infinite number of charge/discharge cycles. Assuming I keep and use this watch for many years to come, the battery will eventually wear out, lose it's ability to hold a charge and will have to be replaced. I'm hoping that will be a very, very long time from now.
To sum it up; the watch is no fuss, totally accurate, good looking and comfortable to wear. I can't say enough good things about it!
Another issue I had with the watch, though this is NOT the fault of this watch, is that the face of the watch is not at all blue like in the photo. This was disappointing to me. It is a charcoal grey, and is nice looking, but not want I expected or wanted. So, be aware of the picture versus the reality. It was not advertised as blue, but I assumed it would be close to the photo.
Another issue for me was the amount of "work" involved with an alleged "hassle free" watch. Though atomic, I had to position it just right for the Colorado signal to correctly get to it, (I live on the coast of California). Also you need to keep it in some light for keeping it charged. This, combined with the calibration issues I had, made this watch much more work than a traditional watch. The perpetual calender was nice, but otherwise it was too much work.
Another issue that I found irritating is that Casio did not provide any form of documentation as to how long the solar cell would actually last. I assumed, from the description, this was "Battery free" for a very long time. I assumed that to be over 20 years, and longer than the rest of the watch would likely last. However, this is not the case. Once I got the watch and read the manual I noticed that the estimated life of the solar cell was not documented, which seemed odd. I ended up calling Casio due to the issues as to the second hand, and asked how long was the cell under normal conditions expected to last? The answer I was told was "4 to 6 years". That is not much longer than a good Lithium cell watch. That is not acceptable, when advertised as never needing to replace the battery, and almost renders this a disposable watch. I am not sure how expensive it is to replace the solar cell, (Casio did not know, and referred me to repair, who were closed at the time I called). This seems close to false advertising to me, especially given this is probably a high quality watch overall.
The Good: Other than my above issues, I actually did like the watch. Set up was not easy, and trying to get the day of the week from Japanese to English almost drove me insane, but once set up, it did keep very good digital time, and worked well overall. The night light is very poor however, barely lighting up the digital portion only.
This was the most comfortable watch I have ever worn. The band was fantastic. It had a nice and easy push clip function, it looked great and felt great on my arm. Most will need to remove a few links, but this is good as it needs versatility. My local jeweler did it within a few seconds, not any big deal as some have written about it. (yes-no instructions as to link removal-that was not great).
The watch is nice looking, despite being too gray for my taste. It wears very well. I had read a few complaints about the crystal scratching easily, but mine seemed OK. I did not keep it very long however, as I quickly realized I would be returning it due to the problem of the second hand failing to synch up correctly almost daily. It was a random problem, and if that had only occurred once a month, I would have kept it and probably liked it overall as it was so comfortable.
Another thing to be aware of is that despite it being "water resistant" to 330 feet, (100 meters), the manual goes on and on about not doing anything other than showering or at most, being in a swimming pool. No diving of any kind, that is clear, and it is not "dive rated". (most watches are not actually, but it seemed that Casio was not willing to give much confidence to anything beyond a shower with this 100 meter rated watch).
Conclusion: I returned it largely due to the second hand issues, and partly due to the appearance being so different from what I expected. The lack of longevity for the solar cell is just wrong, and should be clearly stated up front. However, I was sad to send it back, as it really was nice to have the perpetual calender and it was extremely comfortable. I ended up buying a Timex Chronograph Intelligent Quartz, as after learning of the hassles involved of maintaining the watch, (lighting, positioning, re-calibration, and short solar cell life) I ended up deciding that a watch with a nice, traditional, well lit dial with a battery was more my style. I love the Timex, it is very different, less rugged but better suited for my needs, (I did review that one also if you are interested, it is the Intelligent Quartz T2N496 Chronograph model) and is a bit less expensive if you search Amazon for it.
I hope this was helpful.