always on the hunt for the perfect module I spent a very informative night a while ago with reading all the manuals for all the "Casio Collection" models on the German Casio homepage. While doing this I stumbled across the DB-36. However there's a newer version the DB-37. After reading all the reviews on amazon and looking at the pics I decided on the DB-37 (the DB-36 looks really cheap - I had a look in a brick and mortar store). The DB-E30 (solar version) is also already ordered but not here yet.
The DB-37 combines the ultimate nerd style with one of the best modules ever put in a Casio (there are a few more contenders to the throne - like the mentioned DB-E30):
- current time in every mode except databank mode
- 24 hr timer
- 24 hr stopwatch
- 5 alarms with optional snooze on ALM1 setable for a certain date
- dual time
- "quick return" feature similar to DW-5600/6900
- CR2025 '10-year battery'
- green LED illumination
So here come some q'n'd pics:
first a few pics on the wrist to get an impression:
It's not too small and not too big I think - comparable to a DW-5600 considering lug-to-lug size but a little smaller across the face.
Now some details of the different modes:
timer (notice the little sand-clock):
illumination (works perfectly - better than on the AE-1000W for instance):
Now what makes it so special? IMO it's an almost perfect module - better than any G-Shock I know because they lack always one of the above mentioned functions - the G-8000 comes close to perfection but it has no quick return and only 2 alarms + snooze. The GW-9200 shows time in almost every mode but has no date alarms and no quick return either. And all that you get for around 20€. I wonder why Casio never put a module like that in a G. The only thing missing over the DB-36 or DB-E30 is upwards/downwards scrolling on the setting screen - that's because the button layout was changed over the DB-36. The DB-36 had some issues with accidentally setting the DST on/off or changing 12/24 hour format because all that was done with the lower right button which could be pushed when bending you wrist - I think that's the reason for the buttons on the front therefore losing one button and also the upwards/downwards scrolling. The DB-E30 has this feature and 12/24 hour and DST on/off was put into a menu and no longer accessible with the press of one button.
Here's some more basic info:
- acrylic crystal
- PUR strap with plastic buckle
- module: 2524
- 5 bar water resistant
- "Made in China"
The buttons on the front take a little getting-used-to but if you own a Pathfinder/Protrek you know the drill. There's no color on the bezel so nothing can rub off - only the light button has some color on it.
So let's see how it keeps up with every day wear and if the case will live as long as the 10-year battery .