Casio Watches Complete Guide-Review: G-Shock, Edifice, Waveceptor, Pathfinder
Casio and Watches
As the second decade of the 21 century sets in, it becomes clear that Casio will be a major player in the market of technologically advanced watches. The Japanese company established itself as a serious electronics brand during the last two decades of the previous hundred years; it continued to expand worldwide, and today rightfully claims its place as a truly global enterprise.
Casio's path to success in the field of watches can be easily envisioned through a comparison with Swiss automatic watchmakers. Though both industries list technological innovation, utmost precision, and design quality as all-important guiding precepts in their manufacture, they are nevertheless fundamentally different in one crucial aspect. Swiss companies make high-end luxury timepieces, and are predominantly exclusive; Casio, on the contrary, is a “peoples” firm that strives to be as inclusive as possible.
In many ways, this distinction can be seen as a manifestation of a profound cultural difference between Europe and Asia.
Japan never had a mechanical watchmaking tradition such as Switzerland nurtured for centuries. They skipped the stage of automatic micro-engineering, and adopted quartz and digital technology right from the start, becoming among its fastest and most daring developers. These natural advantages gave Casio the freedom to invent timing technologies the sheer scope and breadth of which, today, allow the company to dominate entire spheres of the watch market.
Casio watches liberally combine analog time measuring with digital one, and they are just at ease with strictly one of these display methods. Both the engineers and the designers enjoy the deep patent pool of the brand when planning or improving watch collections – LCD screens, which are used in digital pieces such as the legendary G-Shock, are a good example.
In order to secure modern precision standards, Casio created watches (Waveceptor and other collections) that synchronize themselves with atomic clocks, and employ sophisticated solar battery systems to power the movements. These enhancements allowed Casio not only to bring complex technology to the people, but also to challenge Citizen, in particular Eco-Drive and Sky-Hawk watches.
The range of functions that quartz, solar, and other post-mechanical movements can host is limitless. Casio step over such complications as dual time, alarm, chronograph, world time, and moon phase – all the hallmarks of automatic calibers – and offer a new set of utilities: digital compass, altimeter, barometer, thermometer, tide graph, and others. Many of these functions appear in the same watch; a sample Pathfinder will on top of that include an LED background light (with afterglow), to make the information available in the night-time.
Perhaps the most surprising of Casio's accomplishments is achieving the status of a designer, and even fashion brand. Rubber, plastic, color, and asymmetrical bulky shapes and warts become components of sudden aesthetic value, most often of futuristic, steam-punk, or avant-garde spirit. The company usually schedule new models according to seasons, securing unceasing interest from fans and collectors.
Casio categorize watches according to collections (such as G-Shock and Pathfinder), but also distinguish between specific sub-collections, for instance Dress LTP or Dress MTP. In our reviews we additionally take into account the popularity and familiarity of the various lines on offer (for instance G-Shock Frogman or G-Shock Mudman), and the functions and technology incorporated in each watch.
G-Shock: Casio's best selling, ultra popular collection that by now has become iconic in the world of watches. Famous lines include , Frogman, Riseman and Crazy Color to mention just a few. Movements contain Atomic Solar, Tough Solar and other technologies that accommodate such functions as several alarms, world time, moon and tide data, chronograph, and more. The watches boasts a revolutionary design to which we dedicate more words in this G-Shock review.
Baby-G is essentially a more fun and play oriented G-Shock: a watch designed for teenagers, but will also suit young ladies and men with a taste for expressive color. Ana-Digi movements and rectangular cases make this collection among Casio's most versatile.
Waveceptor offers dive and casual watches, round and rectangular, equipped with Atomic clock calibrating system, chronographs, perpetual calendars, and other functions. Design tends to show more formal qualities than the rugged, outdoors oriented G-Shock, and focuses on silver, black, and gray tones – though an occasional splash of red and blue decorates the dials in some of the models.
Pathfinder presents the ultimate traveler's watch: shock resistant, muscular case protects it from knocks, while various weather measurement functions (compass, barometer, thermometer) provide the owner with vital environment information. Standard Casio solar battery and atomic synchronization, and the use of titanium in various watch parts contribute even more to Pathfinder's reliability.
Classic watches summarize Casio's short but exciting history of watchmaking. This collection features slimmer, calmer watches with distinct vintage visuals and an occasional hint at fashion; analog and digital dials are powered by regular 5 to 10 year lasting batteries.
Dress collection introduces formal timepieces (suitable for business occasions) that reveal some G-Shock and Pathfinder durability characteristics, in particular the thick, powerful bezel. Separate models shed entirely the protective parts, and demonstrate a different, lightweight Casio.
Databank is the unofficial geek Casio watch, featuring either a calculator or a multi-lingual day of the week function. Perhaps Databank watches lost some of their appeal in postmodern computer age, but Casio continue to update their look, rightly confident that a calculator timepiece will always find an appreciative owner.
Edifice offers racing watches outfitted with two must have professional utilities: a tachymeter scale, and a versatile chronograph function. This line exhibits a more restrained, sleek design, suitable for more formal occasions as well.
Sports watches combine functionalities appearing in other Casio lines and repackage them to fit into a well organized athlete's time measuring instrument. New features include lap memory and pace signal. Among Casio's most tightly focused timers.