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I had a Casio watch a number of years ago which served me well as a school girl, it showed the date and the time which was quite novel at the time. I then upgraded to a funky calculator Casio watch which was superb as my maths were atrocious. The Casio watches were cheap looking with plastic straps and plastic faces but they lasted for ages. The premium versions of the plastic cheap watches were the silver and gold ones. When I saw this for sale, recently in Urban Outfitters which is one of my favourite shops as it sells a mixture of retro, modern and stylish fashion clothes, I had to buy it. It was a cheap purchase and it was one of those things I just had to buy. ==Price and availability== The cost of the watch was £9.99 which is a bargain! It is such an unusual design now because it is so 80s/90s especially with it being gold coloured. I bought it from Urban Outfitters however you can most likely source it on the internet. ==Description== The watch is a bracelet style and you can alter it (via a jeweller) to fit your wrist or you can wear it loose like a bracelet. What I do like about it is the clasp, it is very secure with two clip buttons to remove it and lock it in place. The strap and case are gold coloured and it is quite shiny although the stainless steel is only painted. The face is plastic with an LCD display that tells the time digitally and it also has a date display. The digits are quite small so it can be hard to read on a quick basis. This is much more of a fashion accessory than a watch for me and I bought it for its quirkiness. To alter the time and date there is a control at the side of the watch. You can change the time and date easily; however on the first time I had to follow the instructions. Although the watch is still relatively new, I have a sneaky suspicion that the gold covering will not last on the watch and it will tarnish over time. Something about paying £9.99 for a gold watch makes me think it will not stay gold forever! ==Overall== The watch keeps good time and it looks very funky. I know it is a little tacky but that is part of the appeal. The watch looks retro and fun and can be worn alone or with jewellery. The face is plastic rather than glass which means it could be easier to scratch but on the whole it seems quite a robust little thing. This is a good fun watch.
As a man in my mid 20's its inevitable that I'm a fan of most things retro. Casio watches are high up on my list! For me they symbolise the start of digital watches and all of my friends had one when I was a youngster. In my collection now I have 4 casio watches, 3 of them are of the type described here but in a variety of colours (grey, orange and blue). These watches are fantastic. The main function of these watches is to tell time, with a bright display which is easily read even in the brightest sunlight the time can be easily read by anyone with at least 1 eye. The date and day is also displayed on the clock face and these are also easily interpreted. There are also other functions, an alarm and a stopwatch. The alarm doesn't have snooze functionality, probably the only downside to this product. Nevertheless it is loud and does a good job of waking you up. The stopwatch is easy to use. Adjusting the time/date is something which any user of a casio watch will remember. It is simple to do but if you struggle the manual that comes with the watch details all the available uses in detailed steps. The watch has a rubber strap and this is very durable. Also, I did at one point get a stain on my grey watch, this was easily removed with a bit of generic cleaner and some elbow grease. The watch is also very lightweight and sometimes you can forget you are wearing it. The price of the watch varies from around £20 to £45 for a gold or silver version. I didn't find this to be extortionate for a watch that can be worn every day! These watches are superb, a great throwback to the 80's and 90's and with the array of colours you can match every outfit with a different watch! Plus they always grab someone's attention.
I have been avoiding Casio watches for years now as I always thought they were a little old fashioned but with my recent obsession with all things retro I have a actually bought two Casio watches in the past few months. They are both from the classic range and cost me £20 each from Asos.com. The classic watches from Casio come in all sorts of different bright colours and I have one in both orange and light neon blue. The strap is made from a resin material and although thin is quite sturdy and doesn't feel as though it is going to snap any second. The metal buckle equally doesn't look very strong but actually feels quite secure when threaded through the holes. The watch should fit everyone no matter how big or small your wrists are because there are loads of different holes so that you can tighten and loosen the strap to your needs. I find that once the watch is on it feels really comfortable and lightweight and more than once I have forgotten that I am wearing it and walked into the shower with it on. This wasn't a problem as the watch is actually water proof but it shows just how lightweight it feels when on the wrist. The reason I bought the watch was because of its retro 1980's looks. It is almost identical to the Casio watches I remember from when I was a kid but only this time in a brighter colour. As well as the style of the watch being retro the actual functions on the watch probably belong on something that you would get from the 1980's too. The face has a small LCD display and you can set an alarm, the date and it has a stop watch feature to it but that's pretty much it. It also has a backlight function which isn't very bright but it is bright enough for me to see the time with and is a cool little feature that I appreciate having. As I mentioned it is waterproof supposedly to a depth of 30 metres and whilst I have never tried this out both of the ones I own have been fine after wearing them in the shower. Setting the watch up is really easy and you just need to press a couple of buttons and I found it to be pretty straightforward but it does come with instructions. It takes a battery and this also comes with the watch and is supposed to last for seven years but I will believe that when I see it. This is definitely more of a fashion watch than anything else but because it is so light and comfortable it would be great for sports too. I bought primarily because of how it looks but it tells me the time too which is all I can ask of it really especially considering the bargain price of £20.
I'm not a massive fan of watches in all honesty and I hate the idea of carrying so many electronic items that have the time and having a watch as well. With mobile phones, Ipod touches, laptops and computers all telling the time these days it makes you wonder whether watches will become redundant eventually? However the case may be, I do think watches are quite handy but I completely resent the idea of paying a lot of money for one. I do understand that if you paid £400 for a suit you wouldn't want to rock up with a plastic Casio on your wrist. However, in the past 4 years Casio watches have made a massive comeback, and have become the retro product you must own; making it quite a fashionable item to be wearing. I bought my first casio about 11 years ago when they were around £20 for a watch; I even remember people in my class having the calculator version of the watch ( I was never cool enough to own one personally). I then went years without wearing a watch. Recently I picked up a Casio watch for around £7 from Argos; an insane bargain if you ask me. You can literally jump on these watches and they won't break. For a such cheap product they offer amazing quality for money and their also comfortable to wear. A couple of years ago I went to amsterdam and lost my watch somewhere in the city, at the time I was a little bit devastated because I loved that little beauty. However, I then remembered that it cost me £7 and I could easily afford another one that was exactly the same...yay! Had I have purchased a more expensive flashy watch I would be £80-200 out of pocket, but thanks to casio I'm only £14 down. I really can't think of a reason why you shouldn't buy one; even if it's just a backup for the times when you don't want to break of loose your fancy watch. *********** Product Spec *********** Display Type: Digital Case Material: Resin Case Diameter: 37.00 Case Thickness: 8.50 millimetres Calendar: Day - Date Special features: Alarm, Stop Watch, Back Light Item weight: 90 grams Movement: Quartz Water Resistant Depth: 30 metres Warranty Description: 2 Years Manufacturers Warranty ******** Conclusion: Join the Casio revolution and buy one! ********