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I was first bought this watch for Christmas a good 10 years ago and have never looked back since. I've bought four since then and wouldn't really consider another watch. Yes, when I wear a smart suit for a particular occasion, I have a more expensive, more stylish watch but for every day use, I turn to this Casio every time.
This watch has a digital display showing the day, date and time as well as a stopwatch, an alarm and a back light. It is incredibly easy to operate. There are three buttons, one operates the light, one cycles through the modes, one makes changes depending which mode you are in. With all this in mind, you can purchase the watch for less than £10 a large collection of websites, what more could you want? If you're one who loses all their possessions, this watch is a must have/lose.
The strap itself isn't the most durable material and does tend to wear out after a couple of years. I have had 5 watches in 11 years so you can judge if that's durable enough or not. For me, £10 every couple of years is fine! This watch is also listed as water resistant but I'd say it's more than that. I regularly take it into the swimming pool with me to time my sessions and it doesn't affect its life. Having said that, perhaps the chlorine makes the strap wear out more quickly than it otherwise would do!
Another great positive for this watch is its weight. When I'm wearing my 'more stylish' watch, it is extremely heavy and I often end up taking it off after a few hours but I do not experience any of these issues with the Casio. It's so light you'll forget you're wearing it.
For me, there is something very quirky about this watch that makes it cool and often a great conversational tool! It is great for every day use and the stopwatch makes it a great sports watch. For just £10 I challenge anyone to find a better watch.
I had lots of watches in the past. So did my dad. None of them lasted as long as this classic Casio. My father is a constructor, so sand, mortar, iron pillars and water was constantly in contact with the watch. Still, he used it for 10 years after getting it used from a friend as a gift (total life-span of around 18 years). It's one of those watches that can pretty much take anything, and still work like the day you bought it.
- a very durable watch, can pretty much withstand a World War if needed
- great battery-life of up to 10 years
- time is accurate until battery dies
- does what a watch has to do: time, stopwatch, alarm, date
- truly water resistant
- good quality build, resin body + metal back and buttons (3)
- easy to set
- back-light (green) slightly poor, but can also be considered discreet
- strap can and will probably break after 3-5 years, and can be a wee bit short for large individuals
- according to my ex-girlfriend this watch is the ugliest watch (not the reason I dumped her) she has ever seen, so design-wise it's definitely not a "chick-magnet" (unless she's a nerd).
- apparently al-qaeda uses this exact model to fuse bombs (given the low price and its high accuracy, I am not surprised), so maybe avoid going to the USA with it. :))
All in all, I love this watch, and I feel like I am carrying on my father's legacy as well, by owning one of these classic timepieces. Worth every penny!
When I was choosing a new watch for everyday wear I wanted something which was cheap and would do the job. Whilst browsing the Argos website I was this model appealed to me as it was less than £10, was digital, and had an alarm and stopwatch. To be honest, I've possibly used the stopwatch once BUT it's nice to have the function there if you ever need to time something! The watch is also water resistant, however I wouldn't wear it in the shower or whilst swimming but it's got wet whilst I've washed my hands and it's still absolutely fine.
The watch is very simple to use with a large display and three buttons surrounding the face. There's a backlight button which is extremely handy to have, a mode button and an alarm on/off button. It's incredibly easy to set the time on the watch but for the first time using it I'd definitely recommend having a flick through the instructions so you know what you're doing first. When you've done it once, it's much easier to change it again. The alarm function is also very good. I used my watch as an alarm on holiday as I didn't want to take my iPhone with me, and the alarm sound is quite loud and never failed to wake me up.
One small problem I have with this watch is that sometimes I accidentally press some of the buttons if I bend my hand backwards (usually done whilst stretching/yawing haha). This isn't usually a problem because you can just press the 'mode' button to get it back to normal, but if you're in a quiet area then the little beep which comes with each press of the button can be a little strange..
Apart from that extremely minor issue I would say this watch is pretty close to being perfect! If you want a nice little watch which you can use every day and not worry too much about it getting scratched then this Casio is perfect for you!
The casio watch is the perfect representation of how useless and how greedy we as a society have become. Allow me to explain.
This watch is the exact copy of a film from years ago (I remember kids in my class having this watch around 10 years ago, and the basic design has not changed as far as I can tell).
This is a resin digital watch, with LED backlight, stopwatch, alarm, and date. It has a basic design, that looks so of retro-nerdy, and sleek and elegant at the same time. I think it looks awesome.
I got this watch for 7 pounds 70 from amazon.co.uk (using my dooyoo vouchers). The reason I got this watch is because my old watch broke, and I wanted a cheap watch, that was reliable and water proof (ok this watch is marketed as water resistant, but I remember and know that casio (a japanese make) always last forever. The reason my watch had to be cheap is because I have a tendency to lose things, and I am also broke. Also the watch HAD to tell the date, otherwise it was not any good for me.
Ok, so the watch is pretty simple, I shower with it daily, and it has stood up fine. The LED light is not as bright as it is on other watches, but I can live with that personally. It feels very well made, and is super accurate. Also, the watch is quite thin and small, unlike most of these modern watches that people have in these rap videos.
Overall, buy this watch if you want something that works, and lasts, and is cheap. If you just want a large useless and impractical thing that attaches to your wrist and does nothing but tell the time, then go get some other watch. This watch has been around for more than 10 years, if that is not proof enough for you, then go look somewhere else! Flashy watches aren't for me!
I first came across the Casio F-91W when my best mate at primary school got one for his birthday. At the time we thought it was the most amazing watch of all time not only did it have an alarm and stop watch (we always used to see who could stop it closest to 00:00) but it also had a button to make it glow in the dark. Pretty cool eh?
Anyway years passed and the watch was forgotten like so much other stuff when you are a kid, then one day whilst at Uni I saw a guy in my halls wearing the exact same watch. I got talking to him about it and I was soon on my way to Argos to get one.
At £9.99 this is a real bargain. Sure it doesn't have a thermometer, altimeter or play Nessun Dorma when the alarm goes but it does have the basics which in most cases is all you need. If it had a countdown timer it would be cool but the absence of this does not make it a bad watch.
Another thing cool about this watch is that although it only says it is Water Resistant meaning splash proof only, I have showered and swam in it loads and I have known a guy go scuba diving with this watch and it not go wrong.
I had 2 G-Shocks before and whilst I would say both of these look better than the F-91W they did not feel as comfortable as this watch, also the straps on those gave out 2 years in to wearing them and the F-91W strap despite looking flimsy has not perished at all perhaps because I don't fiddle with the strap as much. You really hardly know you are wearing it.
Overall a good watch and it is so cheap that even if it did only last you a short time you would get your money's worth.
Breakfast - Intro
I have been through so many watches in my middle aged life. I have had fancy swatches in the 1980's, chic metal affairs, and lovely leather strapped analogues. But none of them have lasted long, no matter how much or how little I have spent on them. After spending £70 on a particular favourite only to have a toddler drop it on a concrete floor I decided to go cheap. And I decided to go classic. And the Casio F-91W fitted the bill. At only £8.99 from Argos it fitted my bill exactly.
Elevenses - The look
The Casio F-91W is going to win no awards for beauty. It's classic in a retro 1980's manner but, quite honestly, I find it pretty ugly. My desire for a watch would be a deep brown leather strap with a gloriously simple gold face. Not a square, black digital number which screams at you 'I'm functional' every time you check to see whether it's lunch.
Lunchtime - Comfort
And nor is it particularly comfortable. I find the harsh plastic strap is completely the wrong dimensions for my wrist and the watch ends up sitting almost sideways on my arm regularly having a little jaunt towards my elbow or my thumb. It is a million miles away from the snug, gentle fit of a worn leather affair, but then it's a million pounds away from the snug, gentle fit of a worn leather affair which would end up snagged on the corner of the kitchen worktop and torn beyond repair.
Afternoon Tea - Problems
It is also ubiquitous. Every man and his dog has one of these. Rather every Guantanamo detainee and his bomb has one of these if a recent Guardian newspaper report is to be believed! But its bomb making potential merely underlines its unsophisticated reliability which serves its owners so well. It so rarely fails and so rarely breaks, no matter how hard I try in the hope of being able to buy a nicer one. It is like the Starbucks of watches, there is one everywhere you look and if you don't mind being a corporate clone then it will suit just fine.
Dinner Time - Features
There are a number of useful features, merely a handful compared to other digital watches on the market, but then I don't need to be able to turn my oven on from the office via satellite and this Casio has just the few things which a simple man, like myself, truly needs: a light; an alarm and a stopwatch. It lacks water resistance for those scuba diving trips to the bottom of the bath to fish out the kids toys, but personally I cannot stand having a wet wrist under a watch strap anyway.
Suppertime - My own personal clumsiness!
I do have the frustration of catching the buttons either on my wrist or the pocket of my jeans so that I suddenly find that I have turned the alarm on by mistake or have set the stopwatch going. But I realise I am making it sound as if I have dyspraxia by the number of watch related accidents I have so I must not overplay this point. Others are probably far more careful than me.
Out of time - Summary
£8.99, tells you when to have lunch and when to wake up.
The casio F91W1XY is a very old watch as we may all know. The watch is water resistant for up to 5 metres deep. It is a nice watch that can be bought on a very low budget, I bought mine from argos a couple of months ago. The watch has all of the basic functions of a digital watch such as an alarm, stopwatch, time(24 or 12 hour), the date and day. The alarm is very useful as if you have a partner it is loud enough for you to wake up but your partner will not as it is not very loud which is a big advantage for me. The stop watch is very useful for athletes and workouts which I use often. There is also a light function which is very useful for viewing the time during the night.
Now the disadvantages. The watch is decent but the main problem I have with it is that it does not last very long. My straps keep breaking because of the poor quality material but I have bought it 3 times because it is only a tenner for a watch that lasts 2-4 months, you cant go wrong. The watch buttons on the side require a serious amount of pressure to be applied in order to push the button, the button also hurts when the small metal button is forced into your fingertip. The watch is also not fashionable at all, it looks like something a high school nerd or something a old man would wear.
Nevertheless the watch is useful, cheap and has the basic functions that a digital watch would have. Give it a go!
I have always owned such a wide range of different watches. Whether they have a digital display, classic designs or just a shockingly bright colour - there is always a reasoning behind purchasing a watch for my expanding collection. When I bought the Casio F91 however I didn't buy it particularly for these reasons, more as a cheap and cheerful timepiece that i could rely on and that wouldn't attract attention. I am unsure as to how long this model of Casio watch has been around but it must be a good few years. The F91 has been around so long it has even earned itself 'iconic' status among many watch collectors and wearers, call it 'geek chic' if you will. The retro design never becomes tired and the black colour especially is seen as the must-have gadget even so long since its creation.
The Casio F91 comes in such a wide range of colors, I assume these have been added at a later date when the watch became so popular. Even today they are widely available and perhaps the fact you can buy a new one for just £7-8 is part of the fun of owning one of these watches. You could say they are throw away accessories and you could easily get away with saying they wouldn't be missed if you lost it - in the sense that they are so cheap to replace!
For me, the attraction was always the price, but this was before I was aware of the following it had created. The simple design is very plain and anyone that knows anything about watches will know how much it cost you, which could be a good thing in a way! The watch comes equipped with a date and day calendar, an alarm, stop watch and built-in backlight - more than enough for a watch of this price. Generally the price is all based on the design and quality of materials as opposed to features, but if you are content with getting a lot of features for a tiny price then the design will grow on you quickly.
Obviously, you might not consider it to be a 'going out' watch, but with such a wide range of wacky colours available it could be worth considering buying a few colours to match certain favourite shirts etc. or to give yourself something different to wear for certain occassions. The watch is simple to navigate and it is easy to operate on a daily basis as the display is clear and easy to understand. The only weakness for me with this watch is the strap. I would say that after a few years the point at which the plastic strap meets the watch body becomes worn and can easily crack or tear apart. The positive about this is that you then simply buy another watch for peanuts and the fun starts again! if you aren't too fussed about what other people think (some will love it!) then this could be the watch for you.
I have had one of these watches for many years. In fact counting it up, it must be close to 20 years - eek! I should qualify that by saying it's not the same watch, I've replaced it with an identical one several times. So I guess I am very qualified to renew it - or perhaps not as I'm not going to compare it to many others!
This is a basic digital watch. Digital display, black casing with 3 buttons, black plastic strap.
The display gives you
- the time (duh!) (in 12-hour or 24-hour clock) including seconds
- the day of the week and the day of the month (eg. today it says TH 17 - Thursday 17th).
- an indicator of whether the alarm or the hourly beep is set.
It has a basic alarm which, once set, will go off at the same time every day until you remember to turn it off. This can be confusing if you use it to remind yourself to take dinner out of the oven but it only takes a few button presses to turn it off so I've nobody to blame for that but myself!
You can choose it to beep at the top of every hour. I have no idea why you would want to do this.
It has a basic timer - you can time things (in 1/100ths of a second, not that you hitting the start / stop button is that accurate!). Press to start, press to stop. Or press another button to pause the display while the counter keeps counting - "lap timer"
There is a backlight - push the top left button & the display lights up. If using this in the full dark you need to be able to identify the correct button by touch. This is the advantage of a 3-button watch: 2 buttons on one side, one on the other, so you know which is which.
That's it for functions. It's a watch, not a gizmo.
It is advertised as "water resistant". I have never had one die due to getting wet - I don't wear it to shower or go swimming, but I spend a lot of time outdoors or camping so it's been pretty drenched.
The look is basic and probably a bit clunky. It's really a man's watch. It doesn't contribute much to fashion, unless possibly you're into 80s retro :-) The watch part itself is about 3.5cm square with the display window being about 2cm long by 1cm tall. 2 silver-coloured metal buttons on the left, one on the right provide access to all the functions.
The watch face has a metal back, as with most watches except the very cheapest.
The strap is plastic with a black plastic buckle and feels rather cheap. This is ALWAYS the first part to go - usually the little sleeve that holds the end of the strap in place but occasionally the strap itself will crack across. I suppose this is a consequence of it being curved the same way round the same wrist day after day - it builds up a weakness at certain points which then split. You could theoretically replace the strap, but as you can replace the entire watch for under £10 it hardly seems worth the effort.
The main disadvantage of the plastic strap is that your wrist can get a bit sweaty under it. But it does clean easily!
The plastic buckle looks and feels cheap - but is surprisingly robust.
As mentioned above, the straps break before the watch itself. I would say the straps last 3 years, sometimes up to 5. The battery lasts longer (at least 5 years) and I've never had anything else break, even when I dropped one in the car & then put the seat down on it (oops).
You can buy this design at High Street jewellers for around £15. Alternatively if you shop around online you can get it for around half that, including delivery.
Question: What do the following have in common?
An astonishing amount of Mexicans from supermarket bag packers to Citibank execs
The Director of Finance and Head of Estates at a large Manchester hospital
The model in a Pedro Meyer photograph currently on display in Quito's Centro Cultural Metropolitano
Pretty much every teenage boy at some point or another
The left wrist of a globe-trotting, review writing cheerleader called Zoë
Answer: they're never without their Casio F-81W.
Yes, I know it's a boy's watch, and yes I tend to tick the 'female' box on forms (though I was quite tempted by the 'Unknown' one that cropped up on a recent job application) but hear me out, because for the last 20+ years I have never gone more than 12 hours without this watch on my wrist. That means I've worn it while surfing in Australia, zip lining in Costa Rica, swimming with dolphins in the Bahamas and climbing the world's highest equatorial volcano. I even wore it to a recent gay wedding at a super swish Manchester hotel. The official photos seem to suggest it doesn't go that well with the strapless gown I had on, but given the guest list, I'm sure someone would have pointed it out to me if that were the case.
I love my Casio because it has an ALARM. No need to worry about carrying a travel alarm clock or ensuring your mobile's charged when you have this baby with you. You can set it for any time within the next 24 hours, and if you want a regular wake up call, you can just let it finish beeping (it goes on for about 15 seconds) and then leave it, and it will ring out again the same time tomorrow. The beep is distinct and loud enough to wake me up, but without being too much of a disturbance to people sleeping nearby.
I love my Casio because it is WATER PROOF. I like to know the time...always. So I keep it on while swimming, and I'm happy. Actually, I tend to put it ON for swimming when I'm on holiday - I take it off and lay it next to me on the lounger so I don't get a tan line, but then slip it back on for a dip in the water. It's waterproof to 50m. This used to confuse me. Did that mean if I swam two lengths of the pool without a break it would stop working? Humour me, I was 7 when I first got one of these. And it was at least, y'know, 4 or 5 years ago that I figured out the truth. Waterproof is better than splashproof, which some models offer. To be honest, splashproof would barely last a day in Manchester anyway, but I like the promise that it will hold up in bathroom showers as well as rainy ones.
I love my Casio because it EMITS LIGHT. Remember I like to know the time...always. That means day and night. At home in my bed I'm fine as I have an LED clock radio, but when I'm away not everyone is as hospitable. So, if I'm sleeping on a beach or in a hotel, or even on a plane, I can keep my watch on and press the light button to light up the time momentarily, so I know whether it's getting up time or not. It works in cinemas too - always helpful during long boring films about hobbits and/or Hogwarts.
I love my Casio because it has a STOP WATCH. You'd be surprised the things I've timed with it: the 11 minutes the pasta needs to cook for; 30 seconds to see how many sit ups we can do in that time. It is accurate to the millisecond and simple, and you can stop and restart the counter, or stop and re-set it with the touch of a button.
I love my Casio because it is not OSTENTATIOUS. It is quite discrete - thin black plastic strap, medium-sized face. It looks cheap (and, to be fair, it is - about £7.99 in the UK) which means that as valuable as it is to me, no one would want to cut off my arm to steal it. Which is, y'know, a useful feature to have given my penchant for moving to quasi-dubious countries (next stop, Sierra Leone!) where the chopping off of arms is probably not totally out of the question.
I love my Casio because it tells me the MONTH, DAY and DATE. You'd be surprised how often people at work want to know what day it is. We work off Groupwise, so idiotic poor man's version of Outlook, but even so it takes only a second or two to click onto the calendar but, when you want an answer twice as fast, you ask Zoë and her oracle of truth that sits on her wrist. The day and date and shown on the watch face at all times, and you can get to the month if you really can't remember by clicking onto the adjust screen and surfing through to find it. You never really need to, though, because it knows. It just knows. Today it may be saying SA 31 but by the time I wake up it will be reassuring me that it's SU 1 and time to take the next probably-going-to-drive-me-insane dose of Mefloquine.
I love my Casio because it is EASY TO USE. It has to be really seeing as it's designed for men (boom boom) but seriously, the booklet that comes with it is pretty obsolete as it takes barely 10 minutes to figure out. There are 3 buttons, which pressed in certain combinations take you to the various features. Changing from AM / PM to 24 hour display takes one press, starting the stop watch takes 2 of one, and 1 of another. The light comes on with just one press, and the alarm can be switched off in two little pings. The display is clear and neat, with the hour and minute larger than the seconds, but the latter still easily readable, and the most winning feature of all is that it is silent. I can't stand ticking clocks or watches. If I wanted to surround myself with that kind of noise I'd become a bomb disposal expert. Come to think of it, silencing ticking devices would probably give me supreme job satisfaction, but I digress.
So there you have it. My Casio's features:
Easy to use
I love my Casio because it is A-W-E-S-O-M-E
Buy it from Argos (it's been a catalogue staple for a few decades now) or from a seller in Chapultepec park in Mexico city. It's your choice.
I don't care if it makes me an 'ape-descended life form so amazingly primitive that I still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea'. I think these are fab, and wouldn't be without mine.
My husband has had this watch for years, and I used to frequently borrow it for swimming in.
When I first asked to borrow it, he was dubious that it would still work after I had been swimming in it as it was only water resistant, not waterproof. I persuaded him that waterproof meant that you could go deep sea diving and press the buttons at the bottom of the sea it in, that kind of thing. Water resistant meant it was fine for shallow water use so long as you don't press the buttons under water. As I would only be going a maximum of an arms length deep with it and if I promised to take my arm out of the water to press the buttons (I wanted it for timing myself) he let me borrow it. It worked fine, neither of us worried about it, and life was good. Then he lost the watch! We were distraut, searched high and low, to no avail (I think we left it on holiday), so went to H.Samuels and bought a new one (only a tenner, so not bad), exactly the same model. Then he read the instruction book! This cleasrly stated that watches marked only as water resistant, without a depth mark meant they should not be use for swimming, but were OK for washing the pots in and going out in the rain in. Hmm, he now has no excuse for not washing the pots, but he did not want me swimming in it any more. I persuaded him that the other watch had been fine for swimming in, and as this was an identical watch it would also be fine for swimming in. He let me borrow it once, with the promise that as soon as I could get in to town I would buy my own watch, which could be as waterproof as I liked. I did that, and bought a very similar watch, which was marked as 50m water resistant. Not sure why I paid the extra 5 pounds, when the cheaper one would have been fine. I guess that is the power of marketting for you.
OK, so a bit about the watch. It is a fairly basic watch, with a timer and a back light, but nothing fancy. It is cheap, and its water resistance way outstrips what casio claims. The battery on it lasts for ages (my husband had his forst one for about 5 years, but my dad bought one for swimming in, he doesn't believe in reading instruction manuals, so is happy to use his as such, and his is still on its original battery after about 10 years). As I say, nothing fancy. It tells you the time, and how fast you can do a length of your favourite stroke, but then those are the 2 main uses of a digital watch are they not? Over all very happy, although would have been happier if my husband had not have lost his first watch!
What a find from Argos eh? and thank goodness for the recent hype of 1980s fashion accessories!
I had one of these watches when I was about six years old in the 1980s but on a recent night out, I seen a guy wearing one and it looked pretty cool and funky so decided that I should also get one, especially considering how 'in' retro is at the moment.
Leaving fashion aside, this watch does pretty much what you would expect an £8 watch to do, it tells the time in 12hr or 24hr format, it has a very simple stopwatch/times and an alarm (however, it's not very loud so I wouldnt reply on it waking you up in the mornings). And displays the date which is also handy. Thats about the height of it in terms of special features, but to be honest, what else does one need a watch for? I have had this for almost a year now and it hasnt needed any extra spending on it, compared to some very expensive branded watches i've had in the past which have stopped, had batteries die and needed expensive repairs!
If its basic, and fashionable you're after then this could be the watch for you - the amazing price is an added bonus!
This Casio watch is probably one of the most simple and basic watches that you can actually get hold of. I bought this watch from Argos for £7.99, so no extra delivery charges to endure from ordering online, and I've got everything I expected out of it.
The watch has very limited functions (as you would expect for change form £10!) which are as follows:
Time - with option between a 12hr and 24hr clock
Alarm - a single daily alarm can be set, although for any deep sleepers out there I wouldn't rely on this to wake you up as its not very loud!
Stopwatch - a basic stopwatch which will also allows you to check lap times (ie freeze the clock so you can read it, whilst the stopwatch counter continues hidden)
Light - a small LED light which is sufficient to light up the screen to read the time, but nothing else.
Since the watch itself is made by Casio, it seems to be very reliable and pretty durable. I have dropped and banged it on numerous occasions and it continues to work fine. I owned one of these watches when I was younger (in addition to my recent "re-purchase"), and it lasted a very long time, certainly a number of years without needing any battery replacing. The watch is so cheap that by the time the battery has died it would be just as cost effective to buy a new watch.
The main reason I purchased this watch, and the reason why I would recommend it, is because its a great item to use as a stopwatch for any runners out there. I am by no means a serious runner, but do like to track my time which this is perfect for. The watch itself is lightweight so should not cause any irritation whilst running, and is reliable and durable to last though any rain, sweat and general thumps it may receive whilst being worn. Also the light feature makes it handy for use during the winter months as well as summer. By the same token I would also recommend the watch to anyone who might be undertaking some kind of adventure activity where you may want to either keep check of the time of day, or time taken. Since the watch is cheap there is no great loss if you do lose or break it, and it easily performs the basic tasks its required for.
All in all, this is definitely a "does what it says on the tin, and nothing else" type of product. It'll tell you the time, but that's about all.
When most people think about Casio digital watches they recall models such as the G-Shock which is very tough and has lots of features or those in the Sports range that are suitable for diving and measure various things such as barometric pressure and temperature. This Casio watch however does none of those things and has no such features! It is probably one of the cheapest Casio watches available and has the fewest features!
*** Who is this watch for? ***
I remember having a very similar watch about 20 years ago when I was at school and the fact that it is very cheap makes it a good watch for kids who have grown out of watches with cartoon character designs and want something more serious-looking. It only has a few features and is therefore easy to use too. It is also surprisingly durable given how cheap it is.
It is also suitable for adults such as myself who are feeling nostalgic about their childhood because it definitely looks like it was designed in the 80s! The real reason I bought it though was to have a watch I could use whilst backpacking around the world. I wanted something that did not look expensive so that I would not get hassled by people for money and to reduce the risk of being identified as a tourist with lots of money and getting mugged. I have to say from my travelling experiences this definitely worked and nobody showed any interest in wanting my watch!
*** Who should not buy this watch? ***
Anyone wanting more from a watch than the time, date, an alarm and a stopwatch! Also, those of you looking for something stylish will no doubt take one look at the watch and decide against it. Unless of course its retro look suddenly becomes fashionable!
*** Features ***
-- LCD Screen --
The time is clearly visible with the choice of a.m. and p.m. or a 24 hour time format displayed. The day and date are shown in the top right hand corner (the month is not shown though). The top left hand corner has 2 alarm symbols shown if activated (see below).
-- Alarms --
There is a daily alarm that sounds at the same time every day when activated. I only need one alarm to wake me up in the morning so this is perfect for me. There is no snooze function though and the alarm is not very loud so it may not be usefully for everyone. It works just fine for me though.
There is also an hourly time signal which gives a double beep on the hour every hour if activated. I really can't see why anyone would want to use this and find it annoying so I always leave it off. Although it is not very loud it carries on throughout the night if activated so if you value your beauty sleep then make sure you switch it off!
-- Water resistant --
I have tested this by wearing the watch when it is raining and it still works. I would not subject it to a torrential downpour however as it is not exactly clear how much water it will resist! It is definitely not waterproof though so don't take it with you when swimming or relaxing in a hot-tub.
-- Micro light --
This is a simple but very useful feature that lights the back of the LCD screen so that you can tell the time in the dark. To use it you just hold down the top left button on the watch for as long as you want the light on and it switches off once you release the button.
-- Stopwatch --
There is a stopwatch that measures times to 1/100th of a second and can measure split times. This is as advanced as the functions get on the watch but I have never actually needed to use the stopwatch. Maybe I will time myself doing laps on my bike one day just to make use of the feature!
-- Other specifications --
The watch is nice and light, weighing in at just 20g. It is also much slimmer in design than all the other Casio watches that have lots more features. It has a black resin strap that is comfortable and durable. The battery life is supposed to be about 7 years which seems great to me. I have had my watch for over 3 years now and have not needed to replace the battery yet.
This watch is currently being sold for £6.62 at amazon.co.uk and if all you need is a very basic watch that continues to work for a long time then this is a great deal!