Digital watches – spend your money well
We usually don’t recommend people buying cheap men’s digital watches, there is simply so much junk and if you don’t take are you end up throwing your money directly out the window. Instead, I recommend spending some extra money and investing in a men’s watch in the mid-range prices. The price difference is usually not very high, but when it comes to quality and design, the difference can be incredibly noticeable. The money is usually much better spent on buying a mid-priced men’s watch and you will most likely find greater pleasure in your watch for a long period of time.
If you absolutely do not want to spend extra money, in this blog post I would like to highlight the watch brand Casio, which is known for producing budget-friendly men’s digital watches with average quality.
Digital watches – Casio history before they end up manufacturing the coolest most affordable and durable digital watches
First of all, the Casio G-shock has been the most popular digital watches for men from Casio today. They are affordable, stylish, and most of all durable. If you are looking for a timepiece with genuine street cred, there is no better place to start than with Casio digital watches- they are, after all, a favorite of fictional action heroes, staples of celebrities in real life, and incredibly durable and sturdy companions built to withstand whatever life throws at you, and they look good as well.
From the Japanese company’s humble beginnings as a manufacturer of the electric calculator to its foray into the watch world, let us trace the brand’s trajectory and find out why Casio digital watches are what all the cool kids are wearing.
Digital watches – Casio watches history: from calculators to quartz watches
In 1946, factory worker Tadao Kashio founded a small subcontractor company called Kashio Seisakujo in Mitaka, Tokyo. It started out as a producer of microscope parts and gears, but soon Tadao’s younger brother, Toshio, who worked as a technician at Japan’s Ministry of Communications, decided to join his brother’s business and employ his electrical know-how toward invention and innovation.
The company’s first breakthrough can in 1954 when it completed Japan’s first electric calculator. It took a few more years to refine it, but by 1957, it eventually introduced and successfully marketed the all-electric compact calculator, the Casio 14A
This spirit of innovation was once again seen when the company, by then known as Casio Computer Co., Ltd. Tapped into the growing digital watchmaking market with the launch of its first digital quartz watch, the Casiotron, in October 1974. For this, the brand capitalized on its technological expertise from developing electronic calculators to create a machine that essentially, showed a running calculation of each second as it passed. Apart from telling time, the Casiotron was also the first watch that could automatically determine the number of days in a month, all of which were visible on its small computerize LCD screen. So, this means that NO it was not Apple watch who invented smartwatches.
Digital watches – the invention of G-shock
Casio’s watch category experienced exponential growth in the 1980s, a chunk of this was due to the introduction of the world’s first shock-resistant watch, the G-shock DW 5000C, in 1983. It was unique for its time as thinner, lighter watches had been gaining popularity, yet here was a hefty, rugged timepiece that was built around the concept that it could be dropped from the top of the building and yet still survive the fall. By the time Baby-G arrived in 1994, the brand had cemented its reputation as a producer of quality digital watches.
Digital watches – the invention of Baby-G Casio
In the early 1990s, many companies already releasing watches with an emphasis on their products’ tough-looking appearance. As the trendsetter that got it all going, the Casio G-SHOCK had already become essential in young men’s fashion. On the other hand, there was a rugged watch for women, and then more and more women were even wearing men’s size G-SHOCK watches. This led the company to invent a slimmer watch to fit women’s wrists. So, in 1994, Casio created the DW-520, the first-ever Baby-G, which featured a smaller, lady-sized case and pop colors, while retaining the shock-resistance and toughness of G-shock. This was the first step in the history of Baby-G, the fashionable women’s digital watch that is both tough and cute and clad in a surf fashion look that was popular among teenage girls.
The launch of DW-520 helped usher in the digital watch as a women’s fashion accessory. The name BABY-G, the G of course from G-SHOCK and combines it with “baby”, a term of endearment for a person one loves and holds dear.
Today, more and more Baby-G models are available for women, in different colors and different designs. Some have the appearance og G-SHOCK but slimmer and smaller in size, there are also Baby-G in a more modern look with more features.
Below is the DW-520, which just had its 25th anniversary.
Digital watches – Casio watches in Movies
It’s no coincidence, then, that Casio digital watches have been favored by some of our favorite fictional characters on the silver screen. It was the watch worn by Michael J. Fox’s Marty Mcfly when he went back to the future, his classic CA53W Twincept Databank was water-resistant up to 165 feet and also featured an alarm, stopwatch, calculator, and naturally, a calendar. That is all the proof you need that this watch will look cool in any era you might find yourself in.
Another man who famously wore Casio was Keanu Reeves’ LAPD officer Jack Traven on hos most stressful day at work, the one where he had to figure out how to get all passengers safely off a bomb-rigged bus, movie SPEEF. His Casio G-shock DW5600C-1V no doubt helped him pull it off, and yes, he also got the girl. Unfortunately, Casio G-shock DW5600C-1V, is no longer available it was discontinued in 1996
Another celebrity who wore Casio on-screen is Tom Cruise, from the movie Mission Impossible III was released in 2006. Tom Cruise wore Casio G-shock DW290.
By the time Rogue Nation came out in 2015, his tech guy Benji played by Simon Pegg was the one with the G-shock on his wrist, sporting the GWA1100-1A3 Aviation. Needless to say, this is definitely the watch to conduct impossible missions in.
Digital watches – Casio watches in the future – ahead of the Smartwatches
Even before Apple made its bid for wearable tech ubiquity by launching the Apple Watch in 2015, Casio was already introducing features to that predated many of the ones smartwatches would boast about bringing to your wrist. The VDB-1000, dating back in 1991, was a touchscreen watch that came with a built-in phonebook, organizer, and notepad. The JC-11 (Casio Work out) from that same year already monitored steps and calories decades before the very first Fitbit debuted, while the BP-400 had other healthy features, like keeping track of your blood pressure and heart rate.
As early as 1994, Casio perhaps anticipated a time when everyone would have a phone permanently attached to their bodies by coming out with the VivCel VCL-100, a watch that detected a ringing phone via an antenna and alerted you by setting off vibration on your wrist. By 1999, the brand launched a watch that came with GPS functionality, as well as one that used infrared to communicate and transfer data from your PC.
Digital watches – Affordable watches for men
It used to be the case of “you get what you pay for” when it came to watches, both in terms of quality and kudos. But if there is any cheap watches yet durable, fun, cool, and reliable, I would say if you want an affordable watch, go for Casio digital watches.