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4.0 out of 5 stars 10:58:50, 21 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Casio F-91W-1YER Men's Resin Digital Watch (Watch)
I've spent the last decade or so using my mobile phone as a timepiece, but after a couple of lengthy meetings at work I decided that an old-fashioned wristwatch was a good idea. I'm just old enough to remember when Casio watches and credit-card-sized calculators were dead cool - around the time of the first Adrian Mole book, back when that pan pipe record was in the charts and Peter Davison was Dr Who - and so the F-91W appealed to me. It actually came out in 1991, but looks much older.

Which prompted me to go through an old 1985 Argos catalogue that I found on Flickr - it seems that the early-80s model was called the F-87W, which has a slightly different faceplate but the buttons do the same stuff. Argos sold them for £7.95 back in 1985, which is almost the same as it costs nowadays! As a kid I remember wondering why there wasn't a fourth button in the top-right corner. Still, the basic design seems to stretch all the way back to 1982 (earlier Casios were posher-looking).

But what's the watch like? I'd forgotten how naff the light is. On a practical level the electroluminescent models are superior, although the F-91W has more nostalgia value. In the hand, it's smaller than I expected, the rubbery strap feels very comfortable although it doesn't feel particularly strong. The time is slightly fiddly to set and the buttons are tiny but beyond that it's a perfectly functional piece of equipment. It gets four stars because it is what it is, a slightly iconic mass-produced digital watch, but *really* Casio should improve it. Making the buttons flat pieces of plastic would probably bring the cost down by a fraction of a penny, which could be used to fund a *second light* on the right-hand-side of the screen.

I haven't tried dunking it in water. After two days it's still in sync with Windows Time to the second. I imagine that you could use an array of them as a cheap electronic trigger for your fireworks display on bonfire night, it would only take a bit of soldering and a steady hand.

Mine has a little "u" beneath the word RESIST, which apparently means it was made in China. For the most part it's inconspicuous, and if anybody asks you why you're wearing a naff old watch you can tell 'em that you're a hipster.
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