I bought the Casio Sport Watch W800H-1AV on Amazon in 2011 just before my first backpacking trip abroad. I knew I needed a reliable watch to keep track of time for train and bus schedules while I was traveling in Europe. Since then, I have worn this watch in almost 60 countries on 6 continents. Needless to say, I’m really happy with it. Here’s my full review.
This watch is excellent for travelers. Features include:
- Dual time- You can know the time at home with the press of a button. I love this feature because I no longer have to count hours to know what time it is back home so I don’t call in the middle of the night.
- Alarm- I mostly use my smartphone for this now, but if I absolutely must wake up at a certain time, like to catch a flight, for example, I will set the alarm on my watch as a backup.
- Rugged- I have worn this watch for 7 years and traveled to 56 countries with it and it still functions perfectly.
- Water resistance- I have dived to 30 meters with this watch. I have also showered and washed my hands countless times while wearing this Casio. It is water resistant to 100 meters.
- Long battery life- According to Casio, the battery lasts for 10 years. I have never changed mine. So far it’s going still going strong after 7 years of use.
- Back-light- Great for checking the time in the dark of the night in my tent or hostel room. I don’t need to be blinded by my phone screen at 3 am.
- 12 and 24 hour time settings- Depending on where you are traveling, one system may be more useful. Many transportation schedules work on 24 hour time. I also prefer 24 hour time for setting alarms because you don’t have to worry about am or pm.
- Date and day of the week indication- Sometimes when traveling, you lose track of the days. It is really handy to be able to just look at your wrist for the date when applying for visas.
- It’s not flashy- This watch will not be a target for pickpockets or thieves. There is no flashy gold band or anything fancy.
- It’s cheap- If you break it, lose it, or it gets stolen, you’re not out too much money. It can easily be replaced.
What I don’t like about the Casio Sport Watch W800H-1AV
My only complaint about this watch is that the face is a bit too thick for my liking. I prefer smaller watches. After accidentally bashing the face on various objects dozens of times, it still looks and functions fine, but it is kind of annoying. I also have thinner than average wrists so a small watches look better on me. With that being said, I will continue to use my Casio until it dies and after that, I will replace it with the exact same watch.
More from Where The Road Forks
- Sawyer Mini Water Filter Review
- ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent Review
- The Best Money Belt for Travel: The Eagle Creek Silk Undercover Review
- 17 Free Airline Stopovers and How to Make Them
- The Best Debit Card and Credit Card for International Travel
- How to Make an Accurate Budget for Long Term Travel
- The Best Travel Backpack: Osprey Talon 44 Hiking Backpack Review