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Which budget Casio to get?

Discussion in 'Watches' started by UCChris, Dec 11, 2014.

  1. UCChris

    UCChris Loaded Pockets

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    Looking for my first decent watch (read, not Wally-World special) and I'm looking for opinions. I've heard that the budget Casio's are decent and can take a beating. I work 16 hour days (two manual labor jobs) so all my stuff gets beat up.

    I like analog watches since they are more "elegent". Even though my stuff gets beat up and used, I do like simple elegance in my EDC systems. Which, out of the following, would you choose? I realize they are across a wide range of dollars (~$20-$80) but I don't know how much I should spend on a watch. I don't mind spending up to $100.

    Thanks!

    Edit: I forgot about the link blocker. The models are as listed below and can be found at BladeHQ so you can see what they look like.

    Casio MRW-200H-1BV
    Casio AQ-S800W-1B2V
    Casio AQ-S810W-1AV
    Casio G100-1BV
    Casio AMW-330-7AV
     
  2. Anson

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    I purchased the Casio MDW-106-1AV dive watch for a backup at the firehouse, and I've yet to put it in the locker for its intended use. It's a nice looking watch and has been keeping great time. The Marlin line of Casio has been around since the '80's and has a nice history as well.
    I bought mine on-line for $40. It was worth it. I have been looking around for it at the box stores, but have yet to find that model. It destined to be an underground classic.

    [​IMG]

    I also highly recommend the G-Shock line. A G-Shock is my primary watch. They have analog versions, and are a great value.
     
  3. UCChris

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    That dive watch looks great. I much prefer the looks over the G-shock I have listed in my OP.

    When I typed it into Google it auto-corrected to "Casio MDV106-1AV". Is that the same watch?
     
  4. Anson

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    Same watch...
     
  5. UCChris

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    Ok, awesome. I definitely like the looks; more so than the watches I linked. I will see if I can find a way to check one out in person.
     
  6. Kryptonian

    Kryptonian EDC Junkie

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    Second the gshocks. I have two. Also work manual labor. The top one is my at work watch. They hold up well. They are comfortable. Shock, and water proof. The top one was $40, the bottom was around $90. Good luck!
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    G shocks
    by Krytonian, on Flickr
     
  7. MCPOWoller

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    I've owned and worn a G-shock of some sort since 2001. My last two were a Solar Pathfinder and another Solar powered watch. I hate worrying about a battery going dead. Especially in the middle of a deployment. I'd go with one of the Casio AQ-S8xx models. Solar powered and they get great reviews on Amazon. Amazon might not have the best prices, but that is where I go to get reviews on something I am looking to spend my hard earned cash on.
     
  8. UCChris

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    How often/long does a solar watch have to be in the sun to remain ticking?
     
  9. A4VC

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    They just have to be exposed to light to charge, although sunlight is the best. I have several solar watches and have never had one run out of juice. They've gone into sleep mode but when I've hit a button, they've lit right up. That's after months in a drawer. I really don't think it's something you need to worry about.
     
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    I've had watches go without sun for weeks. A4VC said, they'll go into sleep mode and wake right up when needed. 2-3 hours of sun and you are charged for a few weeks easy. 8 hours on the window seal and you good to go for months. After an initial charge, if you are outside 3-4 hours total a week you will never have an issue.
     
  11. Pavement Pirate

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    [​IMG]

    I own 2 Casio, 3 Pulsar, a Bulova, a Seiko, a Galaxy Gear 2, this Timex Expedition and a few cheapie watches. This one is my favorite EDC watch. It is a heavier watch (I like my watches heavy, but not cumbersome). I have been wearing this one to work for over a year now and it has held up very well. Watch plus stainless band in under 50 bucks. Think watch was 35ish and band was around 14.00.

    Thought I would toss this at ya for an idea.

    Drawing a blank. Something clever may get put here!
     
  12. OldRakkasans187

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    Great watches! Will never have a battery powered watch again.
     
  13. Elathan

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    I love my g shock, I'd waited over two years to get me one, and I will never look back, my g shock cost me £70, I got it reduced in a sale, so keep looking around and get yourself a bargin, pics of mine are in the g shock thread.
     
  14. Sharaz_Jek

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    I have a Casio MDV106-1AV as well. $40 on Amazon. I have nothing but good things to say about it and it is the most accurate watch I have ever owned.

    [​IMG]
     
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