I've been tearing my hair out trying to buy a watch I find acceptable... My shopping list of requirements includes:
- Clear analogue face (no numbers on face, plain dark background, 12 'ticks', elegant.)
- Good quality case/strap.
- Reliably tells me the correct date and time without requiring regular fiddling with month-lengths or daylight savings.
- Is solar powered
- Has alarm.
Three watches have come to my attention:
- Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Watch Cb0020-50E
- A friend has this watch. I like its quality construction; the solar power design, its radio control correct time/date... The face is more cluttered than I'd prefer. I don't need the names of cities around the bezel and I think the radio-control notification is too prominent.
- Casio LCW-M170TD-1AER
- I prefer the clean appearance of the face, to the Citizen, and like the idea of a titanium case. Features sound ideal.
- Casio LCW-M170D-1AER
- I prefer the black background to the digital display - I think this looks far more elegant in the photo. I'm unsure about whether the steel case is as good as the titanium one of its sibling above.
I've tried to find stockists for the two Casios in the UK - to no avail. I've even emailed the approved vendors - only to be told that there is no intention to make either of these watches available to the UK market. I could bite the bullet and order one of them from mainland Europe - but I'm a little nervous about that- as I'm aware that build quality is, at best, erm... "variable" with Casio watches.
I know that these watches aren't collector-item price-range, but I'd prefer not to waste hundreds buying a timepiece with which I will be disappointed. Can anyone on this forum provide some objective/subjective feedback about the Casio watches (assuming someone owns them) - or, perhaps, you would recommend that I consider a different watch.
Perfection would be a watch built by Citizen with the design of face/functionality from the second Casio.