In short: yes. Yes, I think you should definitely add the Casio A159WAD-1D to your collection. why Well, it has a lot going for it, and it’s not just its affordable price at $70 — it settles even lower at around $35 at Walmart, Amazon, and other places. Introduced in 2018, the Casio A159WAD-1D is a diamond-set variation on the A159 line from the brand’s “Casio Retro” collection of vintage-inspired watches. (Hey, if you care about the construction and pedigree of a luxury watch collection, why shouldn’t this A159 get the same love?) Let’s see, then, how this “little watch” stacks up and why I can’t stop wearing it lately.
Watch enthusiasts – not all, but most of us – gravitate towards enigmatic brands and watches as we develop our watch collecting habits and desires. At some point, a quick look at a watch will tell you more than once it’s used – you’ll be able to quickly and accurately assess the refinement of its case and bracelet, dial and hands, and learn about its movement. the heart It is at this point that we may want to find out something more about the why and how behind a particular reference, collection or brand.
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Interestingly, in this case, both the brand and the reference are very secretive. Briefly, let’s start with the former. You see, in 2016, Ariel had the privilege of visiting Casio’s amazing G-Shock manufacturing and testing facilities in Japan, revealing impressive automation, production and testing procedures. But Casio is different from Casio G-Shock because Casio makes millions of watches like the A159 – this lightweight, square, battery-powered digital watch that costs in the low tens, even low hundreds of US dollars. Sure, we can imagine massive machines stamping bezels and cases from cheap, tin-like “resin” and casebacks from stainless steel, but millions of circuit boards and bracelet links and tiny buttons put together for $35. The watch is a mystery to most of us who work outside the glamorous realm of mass production of consumer goods. So, from the way these are made to the number they’re made, there’s a lot of wonder at the brand level – but it’s really just the beginning.
Then, there is also the watch and this is where the fun begins. First things first — let’s clarify what we’re looking at. The Casio A159WAD-1D measures 36.8mm and 33.2mm, is just 9.7mm-thick and weighs only 45g or 1.58 ounces. Take it off and the apparently five-piece link bracelet rattles loudly around the open clasp, not only at its loose ends but also between the lugs. The endlinks are made to such generous tolerance levels that the entire bracelet jiggles between the lugs as it slides over the spring bar. While cheap rattles and a single link from a Rolex Oyster bracelet make this whole contraption feel sturdier and more expensive, you still don’t get the impression that it’s going to break off your wrist anytime soon. It feels like an old Rolex that has already been worn for 20-30 years. The plus side? Like most loose bracelets, this one is also very comfortable because it follows the curve of the wrist more willingly. Your mileage may vary, I didn’t experience any hairpulling during wear – surprising news, to be honest, I was expecting a lot. Putting on a watch can occur momentarily, but also once when wearing it.
The square LCD display is as retro as it is crisp and clear. It’s surprisingly clear (although in some photographs it may appear that there is little difference between the active and passive parts of the display). In fact, it’s the clearest watch I’ve ever owned, winning this important competition by a considerable margin. At night, the ridiculously bad “LED” light placed to the left of the display serves as a stark reminder of the 35-dollar price tag: its dim green light doesn’t reach the hour display, with some light-bleed that makes up for it. minutes To be fair, the time is perfectly readable when the display is too dark to read without the aid of light – but at dusk or in a poorly lit stairwell, you’ll probably miss out on some good old Super. -LumiNova or, better yet, some Timex Indigo goodness.
Furthermore, the Casio A159WAD-1D is packed with redeeming features. Again, the brilliance of its daytime clarity cannot be overemphasized, an essential element of a decent watch at any price point. Luxury watches costing a thousand times more often come with reflective dials, crystal and hands, requiring a migraine-inducing effort to separate the hands and their reflections from the fancy dial textures. And, thanks to its light weight and comfortable bracelet, it’s easily more comfortable than 300m or 600m (desk) diver watches, which literally weigh five times as much and move painfully around the wrist with every movement. This little Casio is comfortable and readable, and it’s still close to being the perfect watch for everyday wear.
Well, it’s time we come to diamonds already. Because the most interesting thing about this watch isn’t its surprisingly great clarity or agreeable wrist feel. This is what this particular Casio A159WAD-1D reference (and three other models, its gold-colored replacement, the A159WGED-1, and two smaller versions, the LA670WEAD-1EF and LA-670WGAD-1D): featured two diamonds prominently above and below the display, Under the front glass element to simulate a diamond.
Diamonds on watches are usually associated with prices in the low thousands, but usually with five- and six-figure price tags. For some, they mean status, added value, expertise or… did we mean status? Finding precious stones in a Casio watch, and especially one that is so cheap, is as fun as it is mysterious. If you’re familiar with diamond-set (factory-set, that is) Casio watches from before 2018, I’d love to see them — but it makes me wonder if this is just a fashion move by Casio. Hoping to attract the bijoux-fiend customer — or, thanks to my decade-long involvement with the luxury watch industry, it’s Casio teasing high-end watchmakers and their often stratospheric price hikes on the diamond — watches set.
If you don’t already like diamonds you probably won’t like it, in fact there are no two ways about it: the Casio A159WAD-1D is a factory diamond-set watch. As such, there’s a solid chance you’ll brag about a couple of diamonds over the luxury watches your peers wear at any given time, and at a time when watches are often relegated to bragging rights, bragging rights have been reduced to $35 to see a prominent weapon. Sure, cheap natural diamonds are used on various cutting and drilling tools, and these two little stones are definitely more “industrial grade” than “investment grade” – but to talk about it, at this price, isn’t really a joke at all.
Casio clarified on its official home page: “Natural diamonds: The diamonds used for some models are natural products purchased in accordance with United Nations resolutions, from legitimate sources that do not participate in conflict financing. No synthetic diamonds are used. So, unlike many Swiss watchmakers, Casio is open about at least some details about the origins of its diamonds, as well as their natural origins. A Watchseek forum user also claimed to have downloaded a diamond certificate based on the instructions that came with his watch. There may be some market-specific differences, as I can’t replicate this, so take that for what it’s worth, especially on a watch at this price point.
When carrying the Casio A159WAD-1D around, its front glass (forget sapphire crystal, it’s scratchy “resin glass”) is almost as much fun to look at as it is trying to catch and hold light at an angle. Diamonds. Although they sit behind glass at the bottom and front, there is still the possibility of catching a reflection not only at the top (called the table), but also at the row of angles called the crown. The relatively small case feels good against my 6.8″ (17cm) circumference wrist, but the balance between reflections on the glass and bezel as well as between the black display surround and text is well maintained.
Made in Japan, with an accuracy of +/-30 seconds per month and a battery life of seven years in CR2016, the Casio A159WAD-1D is a gem that has the potential to be a fun addition. to your collection. The retail prices of various diamond-set Casio watches range in between $70 USD And $90 USDBut are usually available at a lower price. You can find out more on the brand’s website hereAlthough this piece is not available in every market.