when I first got my GD-350 I wasn't too happy with the strap (got used to it though and find it not less comfy than other Gs right now) - so I ordered the W-735H which was released at about the same time and which also features a vibration alarm and houses the same huge battery (CR2032). It arrived today and here's some 1st impressions:
When I ordered it I thought it might make a good poor man's GD-350 - however it can not really fullfill that expectation. I't a nice wach all by itself though - I really like the looks and the grey resin in combination with the red lettering - it bears a slight resemblance to the DW-8400 Mudman IMO:
Display layout, color scheme and case design are similar.
A look at the module:
The back tells us it's 3416:
But a look at the test screen reveals the "base module" is 3242.16 which is the same as module 1949 used in the W-93H. So my assumption that the module might be based on the GD-350's 3403 was not true - Casio uses the same base modules for different watches quite often - like the GWX-5600, W-S200, W-S220, GWX-8900 and STW-1000 (probably also AQ-S800/810 and AWG-M100) which all share the same base module but mostly only have the same timer while the rest of the features is not 100% the same.
So in this case the only common feature between GD-350 and W-735H is the vibration alarm. Opposed to what the manual suggested you cannot see current time in timer and stopwatch mode - current time is only displayed as long as timer or stopwatch are not yet started and are then replaced with the hour counter - the timer only displays current time when not started if you don't set a value for the hours.
The watch has timer (24 hrs setable to the second but without repeat), stopwatch (24 hrs), one alarm and dual time - it also features a quick return (if you use one function the next press of the mode button get's you back to time-keeping).
So, just looking at functionality this watch is absolutely no match for the GD-350, but I still think it's a nice piece - the design is cool with it's almost vintage touch - the acrylic crystal is protected by the bezel, the illumination is as strong as on the GD-350 - I was hoping for something a little less bright - like in the W-S200. You can access the vibration alarm with one button press - like on the G(L)-7500/7510 - simply press and hold the "D"-button.
The battery is rated for 10 years with one illumination and one vibe alarm per day.
The nicest thing is the design and color - yet another grey Casio - almost the same color as the GD-350-8
Sorry for the crappy cell phone pics - I'm planning to get a Casio Exilim from my nect paycheck - if I don't notice a watch I "need" in the meantime.
The buttons are easy to press and textured:
Strap features the plastic buckle that became standard for the cheapo Casios - maybe I'll change it for a steel one some day.
Btw: white balance seems to be off - the lettering is perfectly "Casio red" - not orange as on the pics (at least they look orange on my monitor).
So what's the verdict from playing around with the watch for some time?:
- 1/3 the price of the GD-350
- vibe alarm
- has the bases covered functionwise
- 10 yr battery
- nice buttons
- cool looks
- very crisp display
- glaring super illuminator
- no multiple alarms or snooze
- no current time in timer and STW mode as the manual suggested