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I see more and more people ditching their watches in favour of their smartphones. While I tried the trend myself, I have to say a watch will always feel more natural to use for telling time than any other 21st century gadget, which is why after sending back to Amazon the Casio F91W1XY, which unfortunately died on me light-years earlier than expected, I decided to give Casio another chance and get the wee bit more expensive, but a lot higher-end Wave Ceptor.
Now, you will find this watch sometimes regarded as the Casio Atomic Watch, a rumour which I would like to dissolve once and for all. First of all, this is not the only timepiece issued by Casio that could be called an atomic watch. Secondly, none of these watches are actually atomic. What in fact creates the confusion is the fact that these radio signal-controlled watches do get their accurate-to-the-second time from atomic clocks placed all around the planet, especially in bigger cities. So yes, the Casio Wave Ceptor, as the name also suggests is a radio-wave controlled watch which while not absolutely guaranteed, it is meant to tell time to the second. While I do not fancy myself as being Swiss, I do like my timepieces to tell time as accurately as possible, especially if I pay £35 for it - which is how much this watch costs on Amazon (sold by Casio, despatched by Amazon).
The Wave Ceptor comes in a rather small and compact blue box with white bold Casio logo on three sides and the top, as if trying to reassure you, it's not a fake. Opening the box will unveil a nicely and tightly packed watch, a two-piece user manual which you will need, and a two-year warranty certificate, alongside a registration leaflet through which you can win other Casio products. Don't hold your breath though. This will also ensure that you will get an email from them, asking you a ton of questions about your latest purchase. If you don't have at least 15 free minutes, then don't even bother registering.
The watch itself is a combination of silvery metal and mid-dark grey, featuring on each side 2 rather large dark-grey, almost black buttons. The entire build feels generally quite sturdy and shock-resistant, even if not advertised as such. It is however 50m water-resistant. The metal wristband is of polished silver colour with a shinier 2-3mm line in the middle of each link. Of course, for shortening you will need at least a few tiny screw-drivers which you can get from Poundland for £1 a set. One thing you might need to know about the wristband is that for some reason it plucks out the odd hair, but interestingly enough only for about 2 weeks, and no I did not become hairless in the meanwhile...
The watch comes unset, that is most probably not set to the current time-zone you're in. You can (while using the user manual, which is a total of around 300 pages - not kidding) set it via calibration or just choosing the pre-set time-zone (London of course) like I did. It does not have many functions but being a digital watch, certainly offers more than any other regular timepiece, so accurate date, stopwatch and alarm functions are also there for you to take advantage of. The screen which is relatively large, featuring also relatively large digits, is entirely backlit by a green-almost blue light.
The watch I believe does a brilliant job given its price-tag. I have managed to test it against internet time, and it always gets it right to the second. Smart, stylish and comfortable, just what a man needs.
Casio Wave Ceptor mens radio controlled watch (WV-59DE-1AVEF) / Shape of the case: Square / Glass type: Mineral crystal / Casing material: Stainless Steel / Wrist band material: Stainless Steel / Colour of the dial: Black / Silver coloured strap/bracelet / Digits: no digits / Clock mechanism: Battery (quartz) / Radiocontrolled: yes / Water resistant: yes / Water resistance: max. 5 bar