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    My first review of a recent purchase: "The Poor Man's GA-1xx"

    Just got this a week ago and loving it!
    This is the new solar powered AQ-S810W mentioned by Triton9 in a recent thread: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/casio-nice-681074.html
    There're 4 variants available of which I bought the black with white accents:
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    The numerical 12, 9, 3 and 6'o'clock markers, along with the hands are luminous, and I've found them to be above average considering the weak lume one normally finds on most Casios. Functions are identical with its predecessor the AQ-W800W, as they share the same 5208 module. Aesthetically they're quite different though:
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    The case is larger and chunkier with raised edges projecting 3mm above the acrylic crystal on top and bottom of the face, giving it some protection if it hits face flat against a surface. Along with the 4 decorative screws seen on top, the overall impression is of an outdoor activity/work watch as compared to the slimmer, sportier, more streamlined look of the AQ-S800W. The straps are fitted firmly with 18mm springpins and immovable, projecting at an angle that would suit larger wrists, unlike that of the AQ-S800's which allow the strap to swing slightly on the pins allowing a more comfortable fit for smaller wrists. That being said, I found the watch fairly comfortable to wear despite having a small 1/4" wrist, sizing it to the 4th strap hole enables me to put my index finger in between the strap and wrist, just the right amount of freeplay without the watch rolling about too much.
    Here's a size comparison with a proper ana-digi GShock:
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    As I do not own any of the GA-1xx series currently, Iv'e used a AW-582 to do a size comparison. Visually the AQ-S810 looks very slightly larger than the G.
    I will finish off this little write-up with an obligatory wrist-shot:
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    With similar chunky looks, Tough Solar, a good set of functions, but at a fraction the price of its more rugged Casio cousin, I would certainly find this to be the poor man's GA-1xx GShock.
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    Re: My first review of a recent purchase: "The Poor Man's GA-1xx"

    Looks a lot like my G-100 so i like it and i think the size is good too added together with the tough solar make this a possible buy for me. wondering if a module swap would be possible with the G-100 have a tough solar G on the cheap lol.

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    Re: My first review of a recent purchase: "The Poor Man's GA-1xx"

    That is a pretty good looking watch!
    I think it would look VERY good with black screws and no lettering.

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    Re: My first review of a recent purchase: "The Poor Man's GA-1xx"

    Quote Originally Posted by captain kid View Post
    That is a pretty good looking watch!I think it would look VERY good with black screws and no lettering.
    If the lettering could be obliterated would pass as a G like the sound of that.

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    Re: My first review of a recent purchase: "The Poor Man's GA-1xx"

    I did some Photoshopping.
    I love cheap watches and also some light modding which cheap watches are perfect for.

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    Looks so much better with just the screws blackened.
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    Everything blackened but something is missing here.
    And the watch seems to have the text a bit recessed in the bezel so it's not an accurate mock up.
    I think it would look much better for real with the text still visible because of the cut outs in the bezel

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    Looking at the OP's pictures it looks like the text near the buttons is recessed but the "tough solar" and "illuminator" text is not.

    This should be a more accurate mock up:
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    Re: My first review of a recent purchase: "The Poor Man's GA-1xx"

    FYI,
    the letters are 'printed' onto the case, so if you had the case some how stealthed out the letters should not show at all, even the small letters above the buttons.
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    Re: My first review of a recent purchase: "The Poor Man's GA-1xx"

    Ah thanks. The small letters looked like they were recessed on your picture.

    Bytheway are there parts of the watch blue(ish)?
    The letters on the dial seem light blue, and on another picture I saw the dial and even the case seem blue.
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    Re: My first review of a recent purchase: "The Poor Man's GA-1xx"

    Oooh - very nice - the 1st real life pics of that model on the forum! I think it's pretty cool although the display could be slightly bigger but the chunky design is great and the LCD is even backlit (please Casio - do that again on the ana-digi Gs!). The timer is also pretty nice - the same timer as on the GWX/GRX-5600 and W-S200/220, STW-1000. The green version looks amazing - think I might cave in soon and get one .

    cheers, Sedi
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    Re: My first review of a recent purchase: "The Poor Man's GA-1xx"

    Captain Kid - The watch is entirely in black, no blue whatsoever.
    Sedi - The light is only for the lcd display, just like its predecessor, the AQ-S800. It would have been nice indeed if Casio made the light to light up the entire dial.
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    Re: My first review of a recent purchase: "The Poor Man's GA-1xx"

    I know that the LED lights the display - that's exactly what has been missing from all the newer ana-digi Gs.

    cheers, Sedi
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