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    The Good, The Bad And The Ugly....

    Thought we could have a thread where we discuss the good, bad and ugly about Casio and more specifically the G-Shock branch of Casio.

    Maybe discuss the things you think are great about the company, the stuff your not so happy with and the stuff your dirty about ( for some im sure theres nothing they are dirty about ) .. from anything from how and when they release new models, design, brand perception, direction the brand is taking, prices, collabs, service etc.
    Every company has their positives and negatives be it Seiko, Orient, Breitling or Rolex, so just looking for balanced or unbalanced opinions.

    Last edited by Cobia; September 16th, 2015 at 18:54.

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    Re: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly....

    The good:

    I'm glad that most G-Shocks and Casio's are robust and can take a beating.

    Most parts are replaceable

    Most are lightweight

    The bad:

    Poor lume

    Not able, on the lower priced model Ana-digi's to light up BOTH the digital and analog parts

    Cheap plastic straps on lower end models of regular Casio's like the AE, SGW lines

    Prices that are getting out of hand

    Weak collaborations that are phoned in.

    Watch sizes are getting to big, just because another brand makes big watches doesn't mean Casio should.

    Weak alarms, they should learn a thing or two from Timex.

    Most G's not having the CDT that is settable to the second

    Ghosting on solar/Atomic models lcd's

    Sounds liike a Troll's rant doesn't it? It's not, just stating my opinion
    Last edited by Rocat; September 17th, 2015 at 03:33. Reason: spelling
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    Casio/ Citizen/ G-Shock/ Pro Trek/ Seiko

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    Re: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly....

    I would also add:

    No "night mode" - this is really handy on Timex watches that have it, when enabled any button press turns the light on and the light stays on as long as you are pressing buttons (I think you have 3 seconds).

    Sub-par UI - another area where Timex has them beat, adjustable or removable modes (some Timex watches can turn off unused modes so they don't appear in the rotation), it is also nice to have the function of a button that requires holding to display on the screen (my PRG-270 does this, it pops up "HOLD TO SET" or similar when making adjustments).
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    Re: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly....

    I only have 3 casio at the moment. One g and the other 2 regular casio. ae20w and ae1200 in transit. So 2 new new and the other old is AE-20w

    The good
    It still works
    Time is accurate
    The alarm is loud (heart attack loud) lol
    Has 2 time zone
    24 hr format.

    The bad
    The band is dead long time ago so it has a walmart band now
    Not waterproof anymore after battery change

    My Gw3000 jf
    Too new to review
    world time
    I can see the time at 5:00 am because of lume but not too bright.

    Lume is so so to new to review. I hope for it to last as my 20year old seiko lume.

    My ae1200 with stainless band(dont want plastic)
    Love the design
    more function than a-20w
    Cheap is good

    dont know too new and have not received yet till tomorrow. Will compare the alarm when i receive.
    Last edited by casieko; September 16th, 2015 at 19:41.
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    The good:

    -the electronics are very good
    -the watches are super reliable
    -Parts still available for many models
    -enough colors and styles to fit anyone's taste
    -the brand is moving towards better materials for some premium models
    -models still available in all price ranges for all types of customers

    The bad:

    -quality control has taken a dip recently
    -prices out of control for premium models (and the quality control is no better on those)
    -less digital options in the premium models
    -innovative technology takes a back seat to a million color variations of the same old models
    -newer watches are simply too big to be practical

    The ugly:

    -resellers buying up limited editions to profit on ebay
    -casio re-releasing some limited editions (e.g. mastermind frogman, man box 110)
    -fakes are everywhere online. Many people get fooled and develop a bad impression of casio based on how their fake watch performed.
    -sellers passing off reproduction bands and bezels on vintage models as authentic because most people can't tell
    -casio refusing to release new vintage resin when there is clearly a demand for it
    -casio restricting lcd and other internal parts for sale to customers
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    Re: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly....

    kungfusion what are considered premium models?

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    Re: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly....

    @Cobia why not start the thread with a list of your own?
    Last edited by starscream; September 16th, 2015 at 20:39.
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    Re: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly....

    G-Shock... the reigning King of beaters haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by casieko View Post
    kungfusion what are considered premium models?
    The expensive models or top of their class. Like mudmaster, frogman, gulfmaster, rangeman, expensive aviators etc

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    Re: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly....

    I'm a square guy exclusively, so I can only comment on those.

    Parts availability for not too unreasonable prices.
    Electronics that have stood the test of time.
    Reasonable prices for most models.
    Excellent durability and longevity. Plenty of '80s Gs still on the road.

    Lack of an affordable production model screwback.

    Like kung said, restricting the sale of LCDs and watch internals. At least they took a slight step in the right direction by releasing the DW-5600P-4 with the 5030-1 style LCD, but it stinks having to pay $80 to buy a watch for the module when one could buy a whole module for $20 or a LCD for $4 previously.
    No vintage resin. There are a lot of vintage Gs on the road even now. Casio could make some pretty substantial coin if they started manufacturing vintage resin again. People are paying war prices for what few bezels remain. A limited production run @ $50/set would sell like crazy.
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