Casio Watches: A Buyer’s Guide

When it comes to buying a Casio watch (and lets be honest, why would you buy anything else?) you have five choices that are sure to meet your classy yet quality needs. I outline the pros and cons of each timepiece and offer my sage opinions for the novice buyer.

The F91W-1: This is the pinnacle of Casio watches. The end all say all. The Alpha andĀ Omega. You could stop reading this post now, buy this watch on Amazon for a ten spot, and live a satisfied and punctual life for the rest of your days. The vigilant buyer will read on however as the superlative “best” does not imply that it has the most features nor the right features for your particular needs. The F91’s superiority stems from its balance of classy looks and middle-of-the-line feature set including a stop watch and micro light. It is water resistant as pointed out by its “water WR resist” logo but I wouldn’t count on it resisting anything more than a quick wash of the hands. This is a watch with which you cannot go wrong.

The F28W-1: And you thought watches didn’t get any cheaper. Enter the F28. This watch is essentially the F91 minus the stop watch and with flush buttons on the side instead of the cylindrical metal buttons which are prone to being accidentally pressed. Use this watch in an active work environment where time is money and where accidentally switching to military time could cost you your 24-hour-illiterate ass. Actually, this watch doesn’t even have military time.

The F59-1V: Are you frequently diving to the bottom of the sea floor? The F59 sports a water resistance of up to 50 meters. The lettering and logos on the face are rearranged a little from the F91 and the band is a different pattern but other than that it is an F91 with a tighter seal.

The F105W-1A: Aside from having the longest model number the F105 improves upon the uneven lighting of the micro light with its EL backlight. This welcome upgrade successfully illuminates the entire LCD panel with a elegant blue hue. Marathon runners beware, while a stop watch is included, it resets at 23’59.99 as opposed to the measuring capacity of 59’59.99 of the F91 and F59. I guess it can’t have all the luck.

The CA53W-1: Who needs an iPhone when you have a computational beast strapped to your wrist? This watch is nerd perfection. Let the CA53 help you cheat on your calculus exam with its ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide. All this computing power comes at a cost however; only 5 years of expected battery life. This is a whole 2 years less than the life expectancy of the other watches reviewed. ***UPDATE: While this watch certainly delivers on the nerd factor, over the past few weeks I’ve noticed it’s lacking a couple key features, namely, a light and the day of the month. The awesomeness of the calculator outweighs its shortcomings from my perspective but new Casio owners should consider the tradeoff.***

Need to dress it up? Other watches to consider are the silver or gold metal collections from Casio. All these come with an adjustable (or rather sinchable) wrist strap and a slightly higher price tag to boost your ego. From left to right: A158W-1, A159WGEA-1, A168WG9-1.



9 thoughts on “Casio Watches: A Buyer’s Guide

  • Jeremy Commandeur says:

    Dude, Timex is where its at. Available at REI. :)

  • Wetenkamp says:

    I was gonna read this post but it looked to boring for my simple brain

    • wetjosh says:

      Not everyone is fit to wield a Casio on their wrist…it requires a certain level of intelligence, confidence and downright class. Lawyers need not apply.

  • LR says:

    Is there anything these days like the old W71? That is, the set button is flush, there’s an alarm, a stopwatch, and a countdown timer. It would be nice if it was small, since I don’t have to compensate for ….. also, if it’s small it’s less likely to bash into things. I’ll admit that I’m insecure enough in my masculinity that I prefer a black color, but grey, silver metal, etc. would probably be ok. A metal band is out, though. Sometimes I am around BIG 12V batteries, and I don’t have any extra hands I can afford to lose when the band inevitably shorts positive and ground.

    Thanks for the tip on the F28, though.

    BTW, I recently bought a W59, and it’s already broken. Three of the little ears that hold the watch band pins have broken. I fixed with epoxy, but it’s not water resistant any more. I’ve used W71’s for many years. They’ve kept the water out except that one time in a very hot bath. Swimming and normal baths, showers, etc. were ok.

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