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Casio Men’s AQS800WD-1EV Slim Solar Multi-Function Analog-Digital Watch

(10 customer reviews)

$59.95 $35.92

Imported
Solar powered eco-friendly ana-digi watch
1/100 second stopwatch
Countdown timer; 5 alarms
Auto calendar; world time (31 timezones/ 48 cities)
Water-resistant to 100 m (330 feet)

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“Necessity is not the mother of invention, invention is the mother of necessity.” These are the words of one of Casio’s founders. The people who created Casio were determined to ‘invent necessity’- to create products that met latent needs with groundbreaking capabilities no one had ever seen before. Ever since, Casio has been doing just that, bringing new discovery and delight to people around the world. This is Casio’s way of building an even more prosperous, richly rewarding world.

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With the launch of its first watch in November 1974, Casio entered the wristwatch market at a time when the watch industry had just discovered digital technology. As a company with cutting-edge electronic technology developed for pocket calculators, Casio entered this field confident that it could develop timepieces that would lead the market.

Today, Casio is focusing its efforts on solar-powered radio-controlled watches: the built-in solar battery eliminates the nuisance of replacing batteries, atomic timekeeping means the users never have to reset the time. Recently, Casio launched a series of Bluetooth watches that sync to the users cell phone to automatically update the time. Casio is always moving time forward.

 

10 reviews for Casio Men’s AQS800WD-1EV Slim Solar Multi-Function Analog-Digital Watch

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    Ramon

    I have had this watch for three days now and I really like it. To my surprise, it was extremely light, especially when I compare it with my other Casio watches. For me it has all the options that I need (Solar powered, Month, day, year, stopwatch, countdown timer, world time, 5 alarms, and 100m water resistant).This watch works for me for four reasons A) It has analog and digital display. B) It is solar powered. C) It has a stainless steal band. D) It is not expensive.I think it is a smart investment (I do not have to worry about buying batteries ever again, or worry about the watch not being water resistant after the battery has been replaced). With all these options, and price, I think Casio found a market niche.Extra information: Goes 10 months when fully charged without further light exposure (as per the catalog – again, I’ve only had it for three days). I think the window is plastic, but it does not scratch easily – no scratches so far at least.

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    Seamaster

    A good-looking combination of bells, whistles and retro-tech styling in a 21st century size. The case is medium-large at about 42mm (44mm including the pushers) but, at a slender 10.5mm, is not crazy thick like a lot of Casio analog-digitals or the G-Shock line. The dial seems designed for easy reading in all light conditions, with plenty of contrast between the dark, slightly shiny slate-color dial and off-white, partly skeletonized hands, and very little dial clutter such as lettering or logos. Luminous material on the hands and markers around the dial is generous, and maintains a visible, if dim, glow all night. The small digital readout will be hard for older gents to see without specs, but the digital functions are great and include a battery-charge indicator, two countdown timers that can be linked to function in sequence, and the usual “time in 31 cities around the world” feature found on many Casios. The watch hands set themselves when the digital time is set, and there is a separate function that allows fine-tuning of the analog time that results in very accurate setting of the hands. And while the minute hand partially obscures the digital readout for about 5 minutes per hour, the hour hand is short enough not to block the view of the digital window. In short, Casio designers seem to have put some real thought into this watch’s design. Major bad stuff? Yes, the steel bracelet is cheap, folded metal you’d expect on a watch in this price range, and can be difficult to size if you haven’t had experience with this type of bracelet before, but once sized, it is not totally uncomfortable and not too bad about hair-pulling, is actually fairly good-looking and visually well-matched to the watch. And the “lighted dial” is in reality a dim, sepia-color LED that illuminates only the front surface of the digital screen, not the whole watch dial. I give this Casio five stars because the buyer gets a cool, stylishly designed, highly functional watch for not much money. In this case, the price-quality trade-off common with low-end watches seems to work in the buyer’s favor.

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    Rick

    Given all its features, this baby is some serious bang for the buck! Key things I searched for prior to purchasing were 1) affordability – I’m pretty rough on watches so I wanted quality without a huge dent in my wallet; 2) solar-powered/rechargeable – my last two watches went the way of the dodo due to dead batteries and the ridiculous cost to change them; 3) multi-alarms; and 4) no tiny wheel nubs to turn that might break off or make setting time, alarms, etc. a pain on the fingertips.Style-wise I wanted clean and simple-looking; something that reminded me of dad’s favorite, yet with a modern cut. Luckily I found this Casio model on Amazon for the steal deal of $42 bucks and change (that’s AFTER shipping! well, at the time anyway) but I doubt it will stay that low for long. A pleasant surprise is its nice weight; it’s pretty darn light without feeling fragile/cheap, and its slim profile doesn’t look or feel like a hockey puck sitting on my wrist (something I’m not fond of with the G-Shock line).Same day I ordered the watch, I also took a gamble and ordered a Casio Waveceptor Screen Protector direct from Zagg ([…] I say “gamble” because I didn’t know the exactly diameter of the dial but thankfully it fit to perfection across the 1-1/4 inch disc window. I applied/installed it in minutes even before sizing the watch band and think the added bullet-proof scratch protection was worth the additional $10 bucks.If I had any knock? It’d have to be that the alarm volume and duration could be slightly louder and longer (only 10 secs). They can wake the light sleeper, but if you crash out hard, it’s probably best to use as backup and keep your trusty air-horn screamer alarm handy. Then again, there are 5 of them, yeah – FIVE – alarms! So I suppose if you wanted you could get creative.Lastly when removing links for fitting, check out some youtube tutorials first, as it’s pretty easy to do yourself with care and patience (a small nail and good needle-nosed pliers did the trick for me). Also, start removing the links off the bottom (south) band first. I have average/thin wrists and took out all but the last removable link of the lower band, while the upper (north) band has 3 additional adjuster links (a 3:1 upper/lower ratio). This keeps the majority of the stiff clasp under your wrist and the upper (north) links curving smoothly around it (as opposed to spacing the adjuster links evenly 2:2 on both upper and lower bands, which causes the clasp to ride up uncomfortably on the outer wrist bone). Hope that makes sense but you’ll understand once you wear it.Anyway, provided I don’t lose it, I know I’ll enjoy this watch a long time. Now here are the specs as listed in the manual:Accuracy at normal temperature: +/- 30 seconds a monthDigital Timekeeping: Hour, minutes, seconds, p.m. (P), month, day, day of the week Time system: Switchable between 12-hour and 24-hour formats Calendar system: Full Auto-calendar pre-programmed from the year 2000 to 2099 Other: Home city code (can be assigned one of 48 city codes); Daylight Saving Time (summer time)/Standard TimeAnalog Timekeeping: Hour, minutes (hand moves every 20 seconds)World Time: 48 cities (31 timed zones) Other: Standard Time/Daylight Saving Time (summer time)Alarms: 5 daily alarms; Hourly Time Signal (on/off option)Countdown Timer: Number of timers: 2 (one set) Setting units: 5 seconds Range: 99 minutes 55 seconds each timer Countdown unit: 1 second Number of repeats: 1 to 10 Other: 5-second time up beeperStopwatch: Measuring unit: 1/100 second Measuring capacity: 59′ 59.99″ Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, two finishesIllumination: LED (light-emitting diode); Selectable illumination durationOther: Battery level indicator; Power Saving; Button operation tone on/off; 6 languages for day of the weekPower Supply: Solar cell and a rechargeable battery Approximate Battery Operating Time 10 months(from full charge to Level 4 when the watch is not exposed to light) under the following conditions: – Display on 18 hours per day, sleep state 6 hours per day – 1 illumination operation (1.5 seconds) per day – 10 seconds of alarm operation per dayWater Resistance: 10BAR (10 Atmospheres)

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    Kalip

    I was looking for a slim Ana-Digi watch to use in lieu my 10-year-old Casio Men’s EFA120D-1AV Ana-Digi which needed replacing. The AQS800WD-1EV met my requirements, it is sleek, slim and very comfortable and not heavy on the wrist. The case material and band feels sturdy and durable. The AQS800WD-1EV , carries very accurate time, the time and date changes automatically by just changing the time zone. This watch has the appearance of one that might cost twice the price.This AQS800WD-1EV has the following features:• Solar powered Ana Digi• 1/100 second stopwatch• Countdown timer• 5 alarms• Auto calendar• World time (31 time zones/ 48 cities)• Water resistant to 100 metres.• 6-language day of the week indicator• LED light (LCD part only)• Dimension 47.6×42×10.6mm mm / 89g.• Sporty designI have been using Casio watches for decades now and generally the quality of Casio is very good.The only drawback with this watch is the case is made of resin [looks like chromed plastic].I mistakenly thought it was a metal case. I hope it does not flake or peel with the passage of time.Whilst I have this AQS800WD-1EV for only a week so far, I have had no regrets.

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    Mike Cleary

    I bought this to use as an inexpensive “everyday” watch and to use when traveling, and have been quite pleased. It has an incredible number of features for the price. For example, it gives the current time in 48 world cities–useful for me as an Amateur Radio Operator even when I’m not traveling. Not surprisingly, until you set your local time zone, the default zone is Tokyo! Although the case is plastic, the case back and band are stainless steel and it seems to be quite rugged. I also like the fact that it is solar powered. I’ve had a similar Casio previously that used replaceable batteries, and they must have been awfully hard to replace, because when the first one wore out I couldn’t find anybody who would replace it! The only drawback is that it is so complicated, and has so many features, that I had to study the manual for a few days. But once I got the “hang of it,” the features are really pretty intuitive.

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    Erikcliffor3

    I’ve worn this watch for two years, almost everyday and it’s been on my wrist for almost every day of the past two years, I sleep with it on! I’ve owned one other one of these two years before this and it broke only because I skatedboard and it broke when I had a rough impact and had to replace it only because I broke the glass a little and couldn’t read it well due to scratching, it still worked! I have done dishwashing with it, sea swimming and all sorts of tasks with it on, never had a issue, my best and most favorite watch ever, always accurate and has worked for years.

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    Steve Worley

    Update – Now it’s January 15th 2019. Since I purchased this watch I purchased a Seiko solar watch. I set this one on my desk and forgot about it. About a month ago the Seiko quit working (about 30 days after the warranty ran out – I think the battery is gone). I put this one back on. It still has a full charge, and still running along. Spent less money on this watch and it’s lasted past the Seiko. I’d still recommend it to a friend…….can’t say the same for the Seiko solar.Update – It’s now October 25th. Using the NIST time the watch has lost about 10 seconds in almost 2 months. I think this averages about 1/4 second a day. Still looks and feels the way it was the day I got it.Got the watch almost a week ago, and the other reviews I read before purchasing it were correct. It looks like the picture. I set it to the NIST clock and thus far it has lost 1 second, which would put the accuracy in the 5 seconds a month category if this stays true. If I could change 1 thing about the watch it would be to have the 24 hour numbers printed in a different color that is visible. They are VERY DIFFICULT to see on my watch. If I could change 2 things the second would be to have the day and date visible in the bottom window at the same time. It arrived about half charged. I put it on and wore it around the office for about two days, and it stayed in between full and half charge. Then I went swimming (wearing the watch) and after a few hours in the sun it has been fully charged ever since (even when I’m indoors). I would recommend this watch to a friend.

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    Frank

    This watch is unbeatable for the price. It looks great and it has the legibility of an analog watch with the accuracy of a digital watch without an annoying second hand. It definitely looks like it cost more than I paid and the fact that the battery will never need to be replaced is a bonus. One thing I will say that it must be charged in direct sunlight for the initial charge. It did not want to start working when charging in artificial light, but after setting it in the sun it has worked perfectly. I find myself wearing this watch almost every day and so far I really like it. The only complaint I have is the alarm is not very loud and it does not go off very long. But overall I am very happy with this watch and I am actually considering buying a few more to give as gifts.

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    Oases 7

    (update) In spite of limited exposure to light, the “solar” (light sensitive) charged battery seems to have reasonable capacity, already running almost a month without any sign of problems. Covered by long-sleeves most of the winter, it may still need to occasionally be set under artificial light, but it’s not nearly as bad as I feared. Even though the design is attractive, the display is not quite as sharp and clear as it looks in the pictures.Under a variety of lighting conditions, my aging eyes have trouble with small characters on the deeply recessed digital display, where shadow or glare can make it hard to see the small numbers – even though printing is sharp and clear. At the same time, the back-light doesn’t help that much for the analog dial display under marginal lighting conditions (like dusk and night-time suburban driving).The ‘adjustable’ band is a nice improvement over older metal Casio watch bands, even though adjustment is still a chore. Making it less likely the clasp will pop loose, the spring loaded clasp is another refreshing improvement.Setting up the watch is relatively simple, with the hands automatically setting themselves to the digital set time. Time zone setting seemed to be one hour off, suggesting that I may have missed setting the daylight savings time feature. Otherwise, it automatically set to within seconds of the phone company’s time. Not having to mess with the hands will be nice in moving back and forth between daylight savings time, or moving between time-zones.Personally, I have found navigating between digital display functions awkward, and I would not trust stop-watch and timing functions for critical events.In spite of these reservations, this seems to be a nice watch at a reasonable price, as long as you can live with its limitations.

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    Eric Miller

    I have this watch and purchased another for a friend. While not perfect, it is a great value and nothing similar is available at this price point. I didn’t want a digital watch or plastic watch, but the digital feature ads functionality.To me there are several major pros of this watch:1. Solar. I got really tired of replacing batteries. Over the years, the costs has really added up on my last watch, plus it is always a bit of a hassle to track down a sotre that has the right battery, so solar means no more replacing batteries.2. Time zones. I travel internationally, so being able to set to time zones without having to do it totally manually is nice, though the interface is still a little annoying. (If you have the money, you can get a watch that automatically resets when you arrive in a new time zone.)3. Date. Lots of watches have the date, but it is a must-have feature for me.4. Metal band. I had a leather band before, but those wear out and need to be replaced fairly often, so metal band means I won’t have to do that as often.5. Glow-in-the-dark + light mean it is possible to check the time in the dark.A few things I don’t love:1. No second hand. There is a second digital display, but I don’t really like it.2. The style. It’s okay, but not great in my opinion.3. The controls for all of the features require pushing the buttons to go through menus and isn’t super-intuitive.Overall, I feel that I made the right choice buying this watch. I like features that it has. It is comfortable and the style suits me fairly well. I love it because of the price. Basically, unless you want less features or to spend more, this watch is the only game in town.

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