I already had counterfeit A168s sent to me and got really good at identifying them. Ebay and Amazon are full of them, not just shipped from "outlets", but also from watch stores and second hand. Issue being, while I could get the A168 in a store in town, the A158 is sold out everywhere but online. I got sent an A158 from Amazon today and need help with it. I was immediately suspicious because of the packaging, which I know many faked watches come in. Photos below. Various Amazon vandors have terrible reviews because of these two watches and so I bought from their warehouse directly. They mostly said that the buttons stopped working, the screen developed black spots or that the light stopped working. All of them lose and gain multiple seconds a day, too.
I will try to upload photos in the next post, if the forum lets me (says my post count is too low for now)
When I hold the 24h/12h button, the Casio logo does pop up. But the counterfeit A168 had that, too. Back of the sliding clasp says Stainless Steel China (previous fakes said Japan or Cambodia), back of the case says made in China and has the correct module and model number, bracelet has the serial number S-515DV. But I only have an A168WE to compare it to. The little cardboard piece with the logo and serial number appears to be legit or a really good fake. My other counterfeits just had a bar code and a different logo on them, without the serial number. But like with all of these counterfeits, no matter how good the aesthetics are, they don't keep the time well (cannot judge, just got the watch) and there is always a flaw in the module. On two A168s I returned, the daily and hourly alarm appeared in the wrong order. And when I pressed the light, often the watch would switch between 24 and 12h mode. On this A158, that doesn't happen (yet, I keep testing it) and the daily and hourly alarm appear in the right order. Manual and warranty card say Japan, but the manual has a Turkish phrase underneath the stamp field. Google Translate says it means "Complies with EEE Regulation". My German and US bought Casios don't have a counterpart to that on their respective manuals.
As you can see, I am slightly paranoid after having been sent so many counterfeits. I just adore my F91 and other Casios and wish I could have this stainless version of it.
If someone could please compare their packaging and watch details with my photos and let me know their thoughts... I cannot keep buying and returning counterfeits, I would like to actually buy a genuine Casio for once again. I'm in Germany. I'd be willing to order from Japan. But for that, I too would need to know what packaging and manual to look out for, as I'd be ordering online again. I have to decide over the weekend whther I will need to return this or not, so I will be very grateful for any input.