Casio F-91W: A Watch Through Time

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Casio F-91W: A Watch Through Time

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Most of us may not be so fortunate during our younger years to own some things we may have craved so much but owing to the state of our pocket or school allowance (assuming most of us were bound to fulfil the requirements of getting educated as the majority are) we simply found fulfilment in seeing those gadgets worn or being owned by our peers. A digital wristwatch is one of those gadgets we may take into consideration and as for the purpose of this article, the author wish to share the strange fact that some things of the past remained to be in production maintaining their physical features and you will be amazed to realize most of them doesn't even cost a fortune to buy.

Webshot from Argos website

The Casio F-91W is just one of the many digital timepieces Casio manufactured over the years since its first introduction in 1991 but still enjoying the attention of watch fanatics. The main reason of course is the price, retailing at just £ 8.99 at argos in the UK and as low as $10.76 at amazon in the US. Featuring a resin strap, the user avails for himself a water resistant, micro light watch capable of telling time in 12-24 hour format, daily alarm, auto calendar, 1/100 digital stopwatch and a battery with charge that lasts for approximately 7 years. User reviews indicate that the resin strap doesn't hold long enough to keep the watch in place until the battery runs out and finding a replacement is more difficult that buying a new one seem far easy. Something you won't regret of course considering the price, if the watch managed to hold on to your wrist after 6 months or a year before breaking up.

Despite the minimal price, one could still get a bit in fashion to wear a watch which earned the attention of US authorities, something which may not be a good thing when you are travelling in the US and for some reason met some problems checking in for your flight at the airport. As cheap as it may seem, the Casio F-91W earned a reputation for being a terrorist's most wanted brand of watch since it had been linked as a digital timer in most IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) owing to its price and design simplicity. At one time, prison authorities at Guantanamo Bay judge their prisoners by knowing who owns the watch assuming that they are more likely involved with terrorist activities associated with Al-Quida and so deserved longer detention until proven otherwise.

A tempting gadget to wear of course, light on the wrist and so cheap that doesn't put you out of fashion, this watch had been here for 20 years. Just be careful of course considering this gadget's reputation, good enough if you don't stay long at prison in a few years before the battery last, too bad if you stayed long before this watch remained in production for another 10 years and you had been part of the prison's statistics.

References:

http://world.casio.com/corporate/history/chronology/

http://www.casio.com/products/Watches/Classic/F91W-1/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/25/guantanamo-files-casio-wristwatch-alqaida

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-13194733

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casio_F91W

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000GAWSDG/ref=sr_1_1_olp?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1325018948&sr=1-1&condition=new

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