Just back from 2 weeks in Spain with my girlfriend. She was quite taken with the luminous display and swimming pool resistance of my offensive-looking Casio HDA-600, so some of you will be pleased to know that I gave it to her and, therefore, will not be posting it here again. Here's one final picture on a rubber/orange stich strap:
So, given that she had adopted my watch, she felt compelled to get me a new one. She has shown zero interest in watches until now, so I was interested to see what she would pick. I suggested a budget of €50 and she chose the Casio MRW-200H. We picked it up for €30 and this, she said, is a real man's watch, laughing at various smaller dress watches which I might have looked at had I been alone. I had seen the pictures of the MRW-200H on here before and didn't think much of it. Even in the shop when she pointed at it I was concerned ! However! It's a fantastic watch. Very light for a start. It's also quite big, about 42mm across without the crown, 45 with. I'm of the smaller wrist brigade (~6.5), but, in real life, this looks good on me and I think would suit any wrist size.
It's a lightweight resin case, with a resin crystal - which I always like as it can be polished. The hands are clear, dial surface is matte and makes for easy reading. The luminous paint extends to the hands and numerals but, despite Casio's boasts, it is very weak lume. Neither bright nor long lasting - the HDA-600 was far, far better. I know some people have taken to reluming these watches and I might do the same. The rubber strap is thin and comfortable. The bezel is unidirectional.
Ideal beach watch. The 100m WR means you don't have to worry when jumping into the sea/pool. The resin case/band means you can wash it easily. And, for those of you who, like me, choose to embark on a few too many cocktails (I don't normally drink), the 'day' feature comes in handy..!
So, overall, for $/€20-30, this is a fine holiday/beach watch which looks more expensive than it is. I doubt it will stand the test of time, but for summer - it's perfect.
Thanks for reading!