I guess we all know the following scenario:
There's some watches that are on the wish-list like forever and ever - you just never pull the trigger because there are others that are higher up on the list. And when it's a discontinued model chances are they get rarer and rarer till one day they're all gone and then you regret not getting one while you still could.
On my list there were three ana-digi models with stainless steel cases, all discontinued quite some time ago but still available:
They all have similar features:
- 100hr STW
- 100hr CDT
- world time
- one alarm
AMW-706: fishing/hunting timer
MTD-1058: moon/tide features
So on the day of the big quake I was still kind of in shock and thought: "I gotta buy a Japanese watch." So I ordered the AMW-707 which lacks the extra features of the other two (which I don't really need anyway). And I also thought of having the back engraved with the date of the catastrophe maybe (found out there's no space left however - too much writing).
Even though the circumstances couldn't be any worse I'm still glad I bought this one as it's really a very nice piece - especially because of the steel case and standard lugs (I intend to put it on a Zulu but haven't ordered one so far).
So first some pics:
The camo pattern and the "radar-screen"-design of the display are very nice IMO. Also the brushed upper part of the case - the sides are mirror-polished. The buttons are nice and big. And one advantage over my beloved GW-2500B - the watch beeps when changing modes - I never really liked the permament "mute-mode" of the GW-2500B. I just like to have that acoustic feedback. It also has a EL-backlight lighting up the whole dial. And it doesn't have that flawed stopwatch of some of the AMW-706 models where the STW stopped when leaving the stopwatch mode.
The steel case gives it a lot of wrist presence despite the fact that it's not that big: 38 mm across the bezel - 41 with the side-protectors. It weighs in at 92 gr:
The strap feels a little cheap but is really long - so this is a watch for those people that think the G-Shock straps are too short. And it also has two strap keepers and a little catch at the end of the strap to prevent it from slipping out of the strap keepers.
The back is your usual 4-screw design:
It's a perfect fit for my wrist:
The strap wears actually quite comfy despite the cheap appearance.
Module number is 4392.
So this is once again one of the cheaper Casios that really feels quite solid and offers a great value for money. In case you want one - grab them while you can - it seems they are getting rarer every day - I watched that particular model for quite some time.
Will do some lume shots when I have the time.