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The 5 Cheapest Casio Watches for Men

Casio is world renowned and undeniably associated with high quality and low prices. It is almost impossible to find a Casio watch that does not live up to the very special Japanese sense of quality.

So here’s the question.

If we allow ourselves to be a little biased and assume that the quality of any Casio watch is satisfactory regardless of the price, which Casio models are by far the cheapest on the market in 2020?

We have found 5 candidates.

Casio – A Way of Thinking

Quality follows price. The more you pay, the more you get, including better quality. That is not always the case, but it is a good rule of thumb.

Of course, the rule also applies to Casio, but Casio is still an exception because the company has been investing in a very broad customer segment since the 1980s and this is reflected in the many different types of watches that Casio offers today.

Variation is one of the main reasons why the company was able to capture large market shares in the established wristwatch market in the 80s.

At that time, Casio chose a strategy where all collections must live up to a minimum level of quality in terms of durability, robustness, precision, waterproofness and other essential properties.

Even the cheapest models have to work perfectly until the point of disposal.

The Supreme Collections

Before going to the list of the cheapest watches available from Casio, let’s briefly review a few of the best watch collections by the Japanese company.

You can skip this part and go directly to the list at the bottom if you want.

1. Wave Ceptor.

The common denominator of the Wave Ceptor line is the built-in radio receiver which enables the watch to synchronize with radio time signals by various government time services around the world.

The time signals are connected to an atomic clock accurate to one second in millions of years.

Wave Ceptor watches synchronise daily up to 6 times during the night and use a quartz crystal to keep time between synchronizations.

In addition, many models are solar-powered supported by a rechargable battery that will last for about 10 years.

6 Best Casio Wave Ceptor Watches in 2019

2. G-Shock.

The first G-Shock watch was launched in 1983 and is an excellent example of how Casio has been thinking in quality during The Quartz Crisis and why they became so popular so rapidly.

The G-Shock line is in fact the result of an unfortunate accident.

When Casio engineer Kikuo Ibe was given a pocket watch by his father, he accidentally dropped the pocket watch and it broke.

The heartbreaking experience gave Kikou the idea of “creating a watch that never breaks” and a series of experiments were initiated to develop a solution.

Best G-Shock Watches for Men

3. Pro Trek.

Pro Trek is Casio’s answer to an outdoor watch developed for outdoor enthusiasts.

The first Pro Trek was introduced in 1994 and the collection has been developed and expanded ever since.

These watches are technologically very advanced and equipped with a number of sensitive instruments designed to make measurements on location such as digital compass, altimeter, barometer and thermometer.

Most models are solar powered, water resistant to at least 100 m and radio-controlled.

7 Best Casio Pro Trek Watches in 2019

The Cheapest Casio Watches for Men in 2020

That’s Casio when Casio is best, but let’s quickly rush back to the main question!

What are the cheapest Casio watches on the market today and what do they offer.

Let’s take a look.

A popular classic that has been around for decades.

Casio is marketing this model as a water resistant “sport watch”, but don’t expect the watch to survive for long if you submerge it into water.

The watch will handle rain and accidental light splashes, but it is not designed to wear while swimming or bathing.

The reason it’s called a “sport watch” is because of the stopwatch funtion, the resin band and its light weight making it a great watch to wear while running or exercising other physical activities that doesn’t involve prolonged contact with water.

Features:

  • Alarm.
  • Night light.
  • Quartz movement.
  • Mineral crystal.
  • Stopwatch (1/100 s).
  • Hourly time signal.
  • Auto calendar.
  • Day / Date.
  • Accuracy of 30 seconds per month.
  • 33 mm resin case.
Amazon Rating: 4.6 / 5 (9,998)

Price Range: $10 – $15.
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Pros
  • Inexpensive.
  • Light.
  • Thin case.
  • Accurate.
Cons
  • Water resistant only to 30 m.

If you prefer a casual, analog style of wristwatch, the MQ-24-7B may be the perfect model for you.

Compared to the previous model on our list of cheapest Casio watches, this model has an analog dial and very few features.

You will be able to set the watch and it will measure and show you the time and that’s it.

Nevertheless, this model is quite popular as you can see from the Amazon Rating.

The watch is quite slim, only 8 mm and weighs only 20 g.

Features:

  • Analog dial.
  • Resin glass.
  • 35 mm resin case.
  • 8 mm thick.
  • Band length 8.5 inches.
Amazon Rating: 4.3 / 5 (9,948)

Price Range: $10 – $15.
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Pros
  • Inexpensive.
  • Quartz controlled for high accuracy.
  • Big, clear numbers.
  • Minute markings.
  • Has a second hand.
Cons
  • Water resistant only to 30 m.
  • No additional functions.

If you are willing to spend a few extra bucks, you can get a much better watch by Casio.

The Casio W-201-1AV has a price range of $15 – $20.

It’s water resistant to 50 m, meaning you can wear it while bathing or swimming. It’s not recommended to do that on frequent basis with a watch of this WR classification though, but if you happen to wear it while swimming by accident, the watch certainly should survive.

Another thing worth mentioning about this particular model is the battery life of 10 years.

Since we are still in the price range of disposal watches, the extended battery life means that you never need to worry about a battery replacement.

Features:

  • Display shows the time with seconds, day, month and date.
  • LED light with afterglow.
  • Auto calendar.
  • 12 / 24 hour format.
  • Dual time setting.
  • Stopwatch (1/100 s).
  • Daily alarm.
  • Hourly time signal.
  • Mineral crystal.
  • Battery life of approx. 10 years.
  • Resin band.
  • Case made of stainless steel.
  • Case diameter 36 mm.
  • Case thickness 9 mm.
Amazon Rating: 4.5 / 5 (637)

Price Range: $15 – $20.
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Pros
  • Inexpensive.
  • Quartz controlled for high accuracy.
  • Informative display.
  • Battery life of 10 years.
  • Water resistant to 50 m.
  • Mineral crystal.
Cons
  • None really.

This is one of my personal favourite watches by Casio in the price range of $15 – $20.

It’s reliable, has many nice features, looks great and sits well on the wrist.

The print saying “Water Resist” is a bit misleading though as it is only water resistant to 30 m.

This classification basically means that you should try to avoid contact with water.

That being said it’s an extremely popular model that has beeen around for decades.

It has a number of key features and the battery will last for approx. 10 years.

Features:

  • Display shows the time with seconds, day, and date.
  • Indicators for alarm and AM/PM.
  • EL Backlight.
  • Auto calendar.
  • Stopwatch (1/100 s).
  • Daily alarm.
  • Hourly time signal.
  • Battery life of approx. 10 years.
  • Protective mineral crystal.
  • Size 37.5 x 33.5 x 9.5 mm.
  • Weight 58 g.
Amazon Rating: 4.7 / 5 (9,443)

Price Range: $15 – $20.
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Pros
  • Inexpensive.
  • Quartz controlled.
  • Informative display.
  • Battery life of 10 years.
  • Protective mineral crystal.
Cons
  • Water resistant only to 30 m.
  • Plastic case with stainless steel case back.

We have reached the end of the list with another simple, yet stylish analog wristwatch by Casio, the MW-240-7EVCF.

The main difference between this model and the Casio MQ-24-7B is the water resistance rating. This one is classified water resistant to 50 m meaning that the risk of water ingress is reduced significantly, even if you wear it while bathing or swimming.

Again, it’s not advisable to expose a watch of this classification to frequently prolonged contact with water, but for short periods of recreational swimming, the watch should do fine.

The case is 44.85 mm which is bigger than average, so if you have a slim wrist, this model may not be for you.

Features:

  • Analog dial.
  • Second hand.
  • Quartz movement.
  • Dial window made of plastic.
  • Case made of plastic.
  • Tang buckle clasp.
  • Resin band.
  • Water resistant to 50 m.
  • Size 44.85 x 21.45 x 10.44 mm.
Amazon Rating: 4.7 / 5 (4)

Price Range: $15 – $20.
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Pros
  • Inexpensive.
  • Quartz controlled.
  • Light.
  • Second hand.
  • Water resistant to 50 m.
Cons
  • Plastic crystal.
  • Plastic case.
Image credit: Casio.

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