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Disappointed longtime Casio owner
on April 15, 2014
I've been a loyal Casio watch wearer since I was given my first one for high school graduation in 1981. I've always loved how they function, and reliability - that's why I've stayed with them all these years, replacing countless bands until the watch was so beat up from me banging them around, I had to retire them.
I've had this version for a year and a half now. What I do like is:
1. The classic, yet rugged style
2. Count down alarm (wouldn't buy one without it - great for parking meters!)
3. Illuminator (sooo much better in darkness than the old Micro Light)
4. Uncluttered dial with large easy to read numbers
5. Heavy duty construction without being huge and easy to catch on a doorway
What I don't care for:
1. Repeat function on count down alarm takes getting used to - seems unnecessary and gets accidentally activated
2. Seems to gain time slowly - never had an accuracy problem with Casios until now
3. LCD is going - Really? I've only had it a year and a half, and the segments on the seconds portion of the main display are
burning out! I guess when Casio started making these in China, quality went with them. This wasn't an expensive watch as
far as G-Shock models go, but it was not a super cheapo basic watch either. Thought G-Shock would stand for a more reliable
version of a watch from a great company, but I guessed wrong. I MAY try another G-Shock model, but if this is a trend, my 32
year loyalty to Casio will be sadly over :-(.
I guess the battery ran out, at least I'm hoping - I tried to turn on the light and the whole display turned off. Usually, Casio OEM batteries last a LITTLE longer,
but can't say I'm surprised. Going to replace the battery and see what happens.
*Update of Update* Yes, it WAS the battery, so now the Illuminator works again! However, it just came down with a fatal problem that none of the cheaper Casio watches I've owned in the last 35 years have had before - the LCD display segments are burning out, making the watch unreadable :-((. Started with the seconds, and now the minute digits. Casio says the entire unit must be replaced for $35, almost the cost of a new watch. C'mon, Casio! This may not be the most expensive G-Shock they make, but it's a lot more than the lower end models I've always owned that NEVER had these problems...loses a minute of time every couple months, and the LCD segments are burning out. Made in China on the back bezel says it all.