Reviews for Casio Men's Vintage CA53W-1 Calculator Watch
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I have worn an original Casio calculator watch for something like 15 years. It’s light, and slim and super water proof. Plus you can write HELLBOOB (which is the most awesome thing you can write with upsidown numbers. It’s a fact. Trust an expert.) on the calculator function. So these new colors are all the way up my alley. My only complaint is they are NOT waterproof anymore. The back is just screwed on. But it’s cool. It’s cheap. And HELLBOOB lives.
For years I have exclusively kept time with the black Casio calculator watch. The practicality is unequalled. Unfortunately, it wasn’t always the most fashionable accessory. The only color option was black and that just didn’t add up. Casio has finally resolved that issue by multiplying the color options. The numerical panel on the new colorful watches are a bit more difficult to read (the background is black, exactly opposite the normal LCD display you’re accustomed) and that subtracts from the experience, but that’s a small price to pay. This is the watch that will stand the test of time and now it comes with color coordinating options. Have the undivided attention of everyone in the room; get the watch that will bring you incalculable joy.
The Best Watch
this is literally the best watch. ever. no debate there. i've worn it every single day since i bought it 10 months ago and it still brings me immense joy whenever i look down at it. the functions are relatively easy to use and it's durable and secure. i adore my casio and get a LOT of compliments about it; i absolutely recommend this glorious watch. it has gotten me through dark times and helps me calculate tax in even the most difficult of situations. also it's really fun to make it say 8008135 and then show it to my friends and family. you would think that would get old after 10 months straight but it's still hilarious and nobody can tell me otherwise. if you want a high-quality, affordable, and surprisingly entertaining timepiece, my professional opinion is BUY THIS WATCH. you will NOT regret it. Edit: I’ve been wearing this watch for 5 years now and it still holds up- I wear it every day. 8008135 has still not gotten old.
It's just as awesome as you expect it to be. Classic Casio!
What a cool piece. I'm 33, so I'm just old enough to remember this watch being the coolest thing in the mid 80s, then progress to something only nerds and dorks would wear, then fade into obscurity. But since it's now 2017 and it's cool to be a geek again, this is now so nerdy it's awesome. I put it on a cool NATO style strap, and this watch gets as many compliments and is as fun to wear as my nice, conventional watches. It's the best style statement you can make for 17 bucks. Functionality wise, it's awesome. Calculator, stopwatch, and dual time zones. No backlight, however. But overall, what a quality piece. I love it!
For years I have exclusively kept time with the black Casio calculator watch. The practicality is unequalled. Unfortunately, it wasn’t always the most fashionable accessory. The only color option was black and that just didn’t add up. Casio has finally resolved that issue by multiplying the color options. The numerical panel on the new colorful watches is a bit more difficult to read (the background is black, exactly opposite the normal LCD display you’re accustomed) and that subtracts from the experience, but that’s a small price to pay. This is the watch that will stand the test of time and now it comes with color coordinating options. Have the undivided attention of everyone in the room; get the watch that will bring you incalculable joy.
Casio CA53W Calculator Watch Review
This is a review of the Casio CA53W Calculator Watch. Back in primary school in the 80's, this was one of the watches that everyone wanted to own. Since I was more active with sports and swimming, my parents only got me a Casio that was 100M water resistant or more. Close to 30 years later, I am finally able to fulfill this desire. It does so in great success. Features: - Time with hours, minutes, and seconds. Also displayed on the main screen are the AM/PM indicator and the day of the week. - Basic calculator. - Alarm. - Dual time zone. - Stop watch. Wishes to add to this watch: - Electroluminescent display. - At least 50M water resistance. This would be the perfect watch with an electroluminescent display and at least 50M of water resistance. Other than that, I am completely pleased with this watch as it fulfills that vintage charm, has so many features, and has a very attractive and symmetrical display. Best of all, I am glad to have this one after finding out on the Casio website that this is being discontinued. A 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPDATE July 11, 2016: Attached are pictures of the Casio CA53W Calculator Watch compared to couple of affordable alternatives that are also from Casio, the Casio W800H-1AV ($12) and the Casio F105W-1A ($13). I wish the Calculator Watch had the Electroluminescent light of the F105W, which is the most attractive watch light in my experience. The F105W is just too small for my wrist, though the Calculator Watch is the perfect size.
The one I always wanted in the 80s then never got around to it.
This is a cool part of Casio's history. I wanted one as a kid but never had one, then later got a small collection of G-shocks, and multi-sensor Pro-Treks, always buying giant technical ones for their cool styling. I finally ordered this one as a fun every day watch and I love it. It's super light weight and slim, but the feel is still high in precision. It's got Casio's classic styling but understated with the reversed display and only has the calculator markings and no face markings and "WR." It may cost the same or even less than it did in the 80s, and the navy blue looks great. It's hard to go wrong for the price, and every function works perfectly with tiny but usable control buttons. The reversed display is difficult to see in low light but always seems visible when angled to the nearest light source. A back-light would be nice, but it's an excellent classic watch at an unbeatable price. Perfect! Edit: The description lists the band's width as 24mm, which is the overall width. The width at the Spring Bars if you are replacing the band is 20mm.
This is my 3rd watch of this type.
I've been wearing this same type of watch for over the last 30 years or so and when this one dies I'll buy another one. The thing lasts about 10 years before the batteries give out. When that happens, I just buy another watch. I tried replacing the batteries on the first one that died but that didn't work for some reason so I just get another one of these. You'll replace the band several times before you have to get a new watch. I'm keeping the velcro wrap band from my last Casio watch and I'll just put it on this one once this band breaks and I know it will. The band that comes with the watch is cheap plastic. If this thing has a built in light, I've never seen it. I first bought this years ago because it has the built in calculator but I don't even need that anymore because my cell phone has a larger calculator that's easier to use. I'm just used to how this watch works and how to set it so I stick with it.
Hello, old friend
The size is the same as the version from the 80s. In fact, it seems identical in every way. I think the other reviewers complaining about size aren’t realizing their wrists are just bigger now after 30 years. I had one of these when I was around 10. That would’ve been 1990. I remember I had the alarm set to 7:10 am to remind me to get to the school bus stop on time. For a few years, a family member had a job where every spring he had to open up and prepare things at a boys’ summer camp before the season began, and there were a few years where a bunch of us went up for the weekend and helped. It was a great time, I have a lot of memories from the years we went. One memory is how I lost my original Casio calculator watch. There was a small lake so the camp had canoes and kayaks. It was the type of kayaks where your legs go inside it and you wear a sort of rubber skirt that snaps to the kayak to keep water out as you paddle. So knowing my watch was only water resistant (not water proof), I took it off and kept my watch on my lap under that kayak skirt to keep it safe. Out on the lake, 100ft from shore, I got unbalanced and the kayak rolled over. I was stuck and panicking because I couldn’t undo the kayak skirt from the kayak. So I was trapped and could barely keep my head above water. Luckily a family member was out with me and was able to swim over to release me. He got me out and I was ok, but the watch fell to the bottom of the lake. I always wondered how long the water r... Read More
Same excellent value and quality that I'm used to, but the inverted screen is definitely weird.
To avoid confusion, I use aftermarket silicone bands from Ritche, purely for the aesthetic and not because there was a problem with the ones included on the watch. I've worn these style of Casio calculator watches for most of my life, and despite some shortcomings that I will detail below, I really do love them. The first thing to wear out is usually the bands, especially if you bring your watch into the shower. My bands typically last about a year, give or take a few months. I do bring mine into the shower, loosening the bands to clean my wrists, and I believe the hot water and soaps cause the plastic bands to become hard and brittle over time. I'm going to continue doing it, because I suck at time management and an easily replaceable timepiece is invaluable to me. Some people replace the whole watch after the bands break, since they're so affordable. My grandfather would stick the old watch bodies in places with glue, Velcro, or adhesive pads. Handy to have a tiny calculator clock in all of your working spaces. If you replace your bands, here's some information. These use standard 20mm pins and straps, though there is a bit of a protective lip overhanging each of the pins. Those lips may block thicker bands from fitting, so maybe reconsider if you plan to use a thick leather or metal band for some reason. The Ritche bands that I use have quick release pins for easy installation and removal, but it was actually quite a squeeze to get them in despite that. I imagine over t... Read More