A dress watch is briefly explained a wristwatch that not only serves as a timer, but also as a piece of jewelry. That way, appearance often comes to play a bigger role than functionality.
Here at Great Wristwatches we have no category called “Dress Watches”, but Casio does, and since we love Casio – a love we share with none other than Bill Gates btw! – this time we will take a closer look at this collection to find out what Casio has to offer in this genre.
Related Article: What Is a Dress Watch?
Functionality Versus Appearance
Another good thing about Casio is that even if you go for a nice watch that has to fit with a particular garment, Casio rarely compromises on the functional part for that reason.
And it is precisely this particular ability to combine an attractive look with usable features that really put Casio as a watch manufacturer on the world map in the 80s.
This is probably also why the models that Casio has classified as “Dress” actually come from other well-known series, including not least the “Vintage” series, a legendary series that is strongly inspired by many of the classics from that time.
What Is Important When Choosing a Dress Watch?
It is very individual which parameters to go for when choosing a dress watch. The choice depends, among other things, on personality, clothing style and purpose.
In this context, we just want to draw attention to three issues that may be good to consider before buying.
In Casio’s “Dress” series you will find watches with analog dial as well as digital.
Many people choose analog dial because it visually appears more architecturally and aesthetically accented, but those who choose watches with digital display typically do so because it provides a better opportunity to include a lot of functionality.
Often the combination is the most balanced solution where the emphasis is slightly on the analog expression.
That’s the reason why many choose a watch with analog dial that also has a digital display, or even 2 such as the Casio LCW-M300D.
An alternative may be to look for a chronograph that basically has an analog dial, but also has features that are desired by many, including a sophisticated stopwatch.
If you want to go that route, the “Edifice” series is a really good option.
Many of Casio’s “Dress” models are made of stainless steel, where either the steel’s natural appearance has been preserved, or it has been surface treated to produce a gold color tone.
Thus, one can choose between models that give a visual feel of silver or gold.
The choice is not only important in relation to whether you generally prefer gold or silver, but especially in relation to which style of clothing you want the watch to match.
In fact, the third parameter also includes the first two, because it deals with the question of how ‘universal’ the watch should be.
In other words: Should the watch match with clothing in connection with both work and leisure, or should it be included in a more specific context.
Which clothing style or styles should the watch match?
If you go for an all-round dress watch that is to be used in many different contexts, you are more limited in the choice of colors, shape and appearance in general.
But it could also be that you have a rather special – maybe even unique – clothing style, or you might want the watch to be part of special situations and events, and then you should of course take that into account.
The Dress Collection From Casio
It is quite interesting that Casio has chosen to have a category called “Dress”, because in fact the models from this series come from other collections, including the popular “Vintage” line.
This applies, for example, to the classic octagon-shaped beauty A168WG which offers a simple, streamlined design and several vital functions including EL Backlight, Daily Alarm, 1/100 Second Stopwatch, Net Time, Split Time, 1st – 2nd Place Times, Hourly Time Signal and Auto Calendar.
The watch is very accurate and differs by a maximum of 30 seconds per month.
In addition, it has an approximate battery life of 7 years.
The A168WG is water resistant to 30 m, which basically means that you should avoid exposing the watch to direct contact with water.
It can easily withstand rain and light splashes from dishwashing for example, but it can not withstand being immersed directly in water for very long time before the watch takes damage, so swimming and bathing with this watch on your wrist is no go.
Dimensions: 37.5 mm x 33.5 mm x 9.5 mm.
Weight: 58 g.
Price Range: $40 – $65
The model here is exactly the same as the previous one. The only significant difference is that this model is made of stainless steel without surface treatment and thus appears with its natural appearance.
Not everyone is into ‘gold’ watches, so if you think the A168W is the right model, just know that it is available in several variants.
With a list price of about $50, this variant is actually $15 cheaper than the gold edition.
The print on the resin glass is a bit different from the gold edition of this watch, but it’s basically the same watch.
The perfect complement to any outfit.
Dimensions: 37.5 mm x 33.5 mm x 9.5 mm.
Weight: 58 g.
Price Range: $40 – $55
The design is rougher than what we know from the “Classic” and “Vintage” series, but this model offers a number of great features at a very reasonable price, only approx. $55.
The case is also bigger than you would normally expect from a dress watch and the watch may not sit well on small wrists. On the other hand, it is relatively light, only 53 g.
The watch is Water Resistant to 100 m, which is a plus in relation to the price.
It also has LED Light and Afterglow and then it is quite accurate. This model loses / wins a maximum of 20 seconds in a month and it is better than most quartz watches Casio offers.
Dimensions: 50.6 mm x 50.6 mm x 13.5 mm.
Weight: 53 g.
Price Range: $50 – $65
The AQ-230A is the ‘safe’ choice of dress watch with the main focus on the analog expression. Beautiful and elegant. The model is available in several variants and is available in Gold Edition (AQ-230GA-9BVT) and with white dial and numerals (AQ-230A-7BMQ).
The watch has a number of useful functions including Dual Time, Daily Alarm, 1/100 Second Stopwatch, Hourly Time Signal, Auto Calendar and 12/24 H Format.
Perhaps the best thing about this watch is the price, which is around $30.
That’s a lot of watch for that kind of money!
I myself have owned several variants of this model and one thing I really like about this watch is that the analog dial and the small LCD display have its own physical space so that they do not overlap.
Dimensions: 28 mm x 9 mm.
Weight: 45 g.
Price Range: $30 – $40
The watch differs from other Casio models in that it is equipped with a Milanese band.
Another important feature is the mineral glass which is the best crystal material after sapphire.
The watch also offers a number of features such as LED Light, Daily Alarm, 1/100 Second Stopwatch og Auto Calendar.
It is only 6 mm thick.
Dimensions: 35.5 mm x 6 mm.
Weight: 50 g.
Price Range: $25 – $60
Edifice is available in many different variants and both features and prices are very different from model to model.
With a list price of $85, the Casio EFA119BK does not belong on the expensive end, but it is still a solid choice for most people.
The watch has an analog dial, but Casio has basically made the whole watch face into one large White-on-Black LCD with plenty of space for information.
It is a really smart way to utilize the space, where despite the much information, you can do it in a discreet way so that you maintain the analog look and feel.
The watch is Water Resistant to 100 m and offers a wide range of functions including 1/100 Second Stopwatch, Dual Stopwatch Mode, Lap Time, Split, Alarm, World Time, Illumination and Thermometer.
Dimensions: 38 mm x 13 mm.
Weight: 141 g.
Price Range: $65 – $90
Casio makes beautiful dress watches for the ladies as well, so why not finish off with a couple of strong candidates that made it to our list, even though this article primarily deals with mens watches.
The first model is a timeless classic with a black analog dial and stainless steel band.
If you are looking for a stylish, elegant and simple ladies watch, this may be the one.
It would have been the icing on the cake if a date window had been implemented, but then again, a lot of people looking for a dress watch want it to do only what it was supposed to do in the first place – tell time and not much more than that!
The watch has numerals at the 12 and 6 o’clock position, mineral crystal, an accurate quartz movement (module no. 1330) and a fold-over clasp closure.
It should be mentioned that this watch looks so much better in reality compared to the picture.
The overall polished silver-tone surface makes this a really beautiful dress watch.
Dimensions: 22 mm x 9 mm.
Price Range: $25 – $35
Square stainless steel case and band with one-touch push clasp closure and spherical mineral glass.
Featuring a silver metal band and white face.
This model is quite popular not least due to the price. With a list price of $30 this lovely timepiece is within reach of most consumers.
Again we owe to mention that the polished, silvery surface makes this watch so much more beautiful to look at for real and the photo here can in no way live up to this wristwatch’s stunning appearance.
However, you can get a good impression by watching the video here.
Dimensions: 21 mm x 8 mm.
Price Range: $25 – $35