Well, maybe it’s because you’ve seen my article comparing the F-91 alternatives a while back. My pick ended up being the W-86; which is similar to the F-91 but better in almost every perceivable way. It isn’t quite so small but features improved water resistance and a much better backlight system, which is readable in low light.
It’s still comfortable on-wrist and also features an improved default strap for a slight price increase over the original. If you like the F-91 but want something that does the job even better, this could be it. It doesn’t yet have the same cult following; though it may in a few years fausse montre.
Want to cheat in a maths test? Ben’s Watch Club has you covered. Slip one of these under your shirt sleeve and you’ll be getting full marks in no time.
Of course, I’m talking about the legendary calculator ‘databank’ watches. These give you the iconic Marty McFly 80s look, along with the 8 digit calculator occupying the lower half. You can either grab the original 80s styled models, including the famous gold-tone version, as well as some modernised alternatives; though currently, these vintage options are retailing for a premium, possibly due to COVID shortages.
As far as I can tell, they all utilise the same type of resin construction, though it’s worth noting that the newer models (CA-53WF) feature improved backlight technology and more responsive buttons.
Let’s begin with a great all-around set of watches that I covered a couple of months back on the blog. That being the Casio Edifice EFV-100 series. If you’re after a single analogue watch that you could wear for virtually anything, this is one of the best cheap options out there. You get a sporty overall appearance, somewhat resembling a budget Rolex Explorer, with a set of striking faceted indices and hands that give great legibility.
Over the dial, this has a mineral crystal but more impressively houses a 100m water resistance rating and screw-down crown. When paired with the fully stainless-steel construction, this really doesn’t look or feel like a sub-￡100 watch, yet remarkably it is!
It even features a half-decent steel bracelet, which was better than I expected, considering I paid under ￡60 for the watch.
This is a great pickup and interestingly it comes in two sizes and three colours. There’s the smaller, unisex 110D, which I have; that comes in at just over 35mm. You could also opt for the traditionally men’s 100D, which sits at just over 40mm if you have a more average-sized wrist. My favourite is the black option with the yellow-tipped second hand.
LINEAGE (RADIO CONTROLLED)
If you’re willing to drop a bit more money in the pursuit of accuracy, it could be worth looking at some of the radio-controlled Casio’s.
I’ve been testing out the LCW-M100TSE, from the Lineage line-up. Not only is this solar-powered, ensuring no battery replacements, but the multi-band technology ensures pinpoint accuracy at all times, across multiple time zones montre chinoise copie; using the world time function. This precision is also echoed in the alignment. The unit I tried had a perfect second-hand alignment, with the least wobble and variance in any affordable watch I’ve tested before.
Not only that, but this watch is incredibly lightweight and comfortable, thanks to the full titanium construction and is a very crowd-pleasing size, at a shade under 40mm across and just 9.5mm in thickness.
When paired with the sapphire crystal, 5bar water resistance and the impressive level of finishing, this undoubtedly had to make the list. For under ￡200 at the time of writing, this is possibly the best Casio I’ve come across.
The mini digital display at 6 o’clock provides an appropriate way to see the functions the watch provides and the titanium bracelet is serviceable for the price. It features an unusual and convenient link removal system, which involves simply rotating a screwdriver 90 degrees to remove or attach links. While I’d like to see this system on more watches, unfortunately, the 2 micro-adjustment holes aren’t enough for me to find a perfect fit with this bracelet; which is a shame. It’s either a touch too tight or too large.
Either way, I still think the watch is still a bargain for the money and it looks awesome on-wrist too, with the multicoloured sunburst effect when under direct light.
Some of you may have heard of the ‘CasiOak’ Octagonal G-Shock; which you can modify to give a look that pays homage to the AP Royal Oak. The only issue with that watch is that it’s very hefty indeed, so much so that I could never wear it.
However, I tracked down an alternative that gives a similar look in a much slimmer package. The EFR-S108 comes in at just 8mm in thickness paired with a sub-40mm diameter; making it much more wearable for thinner wrists. Despite being smaller, it still packs multiple punches; including full stainless-steel construction, sapphire crystal and 100m water resistance.
The dial houses a surprising level of detail including a vertical grained texture, a raised chapter ring and applied faceted indices that combine with the handset to give a surprisingly upmarket look fausse rolex pas cher. The case also features a well-finished mixture of brushed and polished surfaces, which you wouldn’t expect from a sub-￡200 watch.
If that sounds a bit on the small side for your wrist, it could be worth looking at the alternative EFR-107. This is a near-identical watch to the previous but comes in with a 42mm diameter, whilst maintaining the same slim profile. While the overall look is very comparable, this model features turquoise accents instead, alongside standard 20mm lugs; allowing you to swap the default option out for something of your choosing.
You can grab this watch either on a bracelet or a leather strap, but like the previous edifice, it also houses the same sapphire crystal and solid 100m water resistance rating.