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    My ideal Casio / G-Shock

    ...well strictly speaking, not a G-Shock specific thread, but all the same - this is what I'd most like from a Casio and / or G-Shock model.

    A year or so back I bought one of these:-

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    That's a WVA-430, solar wavecepter. And very happy with it I was. Found the lume decent enough, and liked the fact that it had a second hand (relevant given the G-Shock I replaced it with...). I found the strap reasonably comfortable, it was robust, yet I got it for a sufficiently decent price (I paid about £66 (UK pounds) for it (delivered)) I considered it my rough-and-ready watch.

    Fast-forward some months, and some international travel (I'll just add for context, I live in the UK), first China, then Hong Kong. The WVA-430 just has two channels, and in my instance, gets a signal in the UK or one from Germany. So in the far east, it was never going to sync time - but I could live with that, I knew it's limitations when I bought it.

    A few months after that, I had a family holiday in Majorca, and it just about managed to receive time signal for sync whilst I was there.

    I'd decided that the next watch I would get, would be a solar multiband 6. Other than the number of channels my WVA-430 could get time sync on, I was more than happy with it.

    Earlier on this year, I bought one of these:-

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    Which I once again managed to get for a thoroughly decent price (only a little more than my WVA-430 cost me, I paid about £72 (UK pounds) for it (delivered)). Which had all the features I wanted - solar, multiband 6, rough-and-ready, not a windowsill queen. I gave my WVA-430 to my son (at 8 years old, he's well chuffed with it).

    And in fairness, I've been happy with it. Although, I have to say, I didn't find it as exciting as my WVA-430. I miss the second hand, don't know why, I just do. And I prefer the single, yet larger LCD display on the WVA-430. I also like the more simple look of the 430, and the way it looks more like a sporty analogue watch, than a chunky G-Shock.

    So I guess my perfect Casio would be, this:-

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    but simply also be a multiband 6. I suspect that's a bit to specific - but is there anything like that?
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    Maybe

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    Re: My ideal Casio / G-Shock

    Quote Originally Posted by laskavy View Post
    Maybe

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    Not that I don't like Seikos, I do, but it's an analogue watch, with the simple look of that WVA-430, but solar and multiband 6 I'm looking for. What would be really cool is if they made the same model as the WVA-430, but as multiband 6.

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    Re: My ideal Casio / G-Shock

    That SEIKOs are solar and multiband 5.
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    Re: My ideal Casio / G-Shock

    Have you seen the GW-2500? I don't own this one personally, but I like it a lot. Might be a little bit more expensive than you want, but it has a look pretty similar to what you want.
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    Re: My ideal Casio / G-Shock

    I too really miss the second hand on the ana-digi models like the GW-2500/3500 and the AWG-M100 (the GA-1000 being a notable exception, but it is not solar/atomic).

    To be certain, the various WVA (and LCW) models offer great value although at the price of somewhat reduced crystal protection. A large number of them are now offered with Multiband 6 capability. I may be wrong about this, but I have noticed that as in the case of the AWG-M100, the Multiband 6 watches are sometimes distinguished from the Multiband 5 ones by the addition of the letter "M" in the model name as in WVA-M490D or LCW-M1600D. Please, someone correct me if this is not quite right.

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    Re: My ideal Casio / G-Shock

    Quote Originally Posted by laskavy View Post
    That SEIKOs are solar and multiband 5.
    Yes, got that - I understand - but what I'm looking for is a simplistic looking analogue watch, like the WVA-430 I posted a picture of, with multiband 6, and a second hand.

    I've already got a multiband 6 solar G-Shock, and I've got a Seiko solar divers (SNE109P1) - what I was really enquiring about is whether any of the simplistic wavecepters like the WVA-430 come with multiband 6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbg7474 View Post
    Have you seen the GW-2500? I don't own this one personally, but I like it a lot. Might be a little bit more expensive than you want, but it has a look pretty similar to what you want.
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    That's not far off - I'm guessing the right-most dial is seconds, I'd really prefer a full seconds hand.

    I suspect my problem is I really liked the look of the WVA-430, less so my G-Shock, just wish I could have the look of the WVA-430 with multiband 6.

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    Re: My ideal Casio / G-Shock

    Quote Originally Posted by Wongsky View Post
    ...but what I'm looking for is a simplistic looking analogue watch, like the WVA-430 I posted a picture of, with multiband 6, and a second hand.

    I've already got a multiband 6 solar G-Shock, and I've got a Seiko solar divers (SNE109P1) - what I was really enquiring about is whether any of the simplistic wavecepters like the WVA-430 come with multiband 6.
    This one should be right up your alley. No nits to pick other than the relatively weak (50m) water-resistance and the customary poor Casio lume. And, oh, availability is mostly limited to Japan.

    Here's the link to my introductory thread: LIneage LCW-M100D-7AJF Weds Old And New


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    Re: My ideal Casio / G-Shock

    Quote Originally Posted by AirWatch View Post
    This one should be right up your alley. No nits to pick other than the relatively weak (50m) water-resistance and the customary poor Casio lume. And, oh, availability is mostly limited to Japan.

    Here's the link to my introductory thread: LIneage LCW-M100D-7AJF Weds Old And New


    Think I've just discovered some similar models on ebay (WVA-M630D-2AJF), here's a couple of pics:-

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    Again, like yours, both look to be Japanese models, offered for import. Spec seems the same as for yours - although I like the numbers better on the one you've found, than the ones I've found (well comparing the white faced ones, anyways).

    Although I'd prefer the 100m rating of the WVA-430, it's not really an issue, I did wear the WVA-430 anywhere, including swimming baths (and now my son does) is that still reasonable with these 50m resistance watches?

    Good find - I guess I just need to opt for one, now, like them all, really - yours is the one I like best, though, with the styling of the numerals.
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