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May 7, 2012
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Tech I love – BE Broadband competition: Casio F-91W digital watch

Casio F-91W digital watch

Casio F-91W digital watch

Smart phones have taken over. My HTC Desire means I no longer carry an mp3 player, camera, or a console (DS/PSP).  I feel for those markets, and while cameras are apparently holding their own the others must be wondering what happened. And there was a time when I wouldn’t leave home with out a paper back stuffed in a pocket. Now my reading is now done almost entirely on an Amazon kindle – or the kindle app running on my phone or iPad.




I also stopped wearing my Oris watch bought when I worked for a Chauffeur company (and time mattered) because I now work with computers (and the time always there on the screen) and I’m either where I should be or not: knowing the time can’t change that. Also, playing in a band, I’m not sure the Oris would handle the being banged about handling Marshall amps and PA systems.  And if I’m out and about and need to know the time now, I’ll pull out my phone.


But as handy as phones are, all the apps you can install hammer the battery, and with a few gigs in France coming up and the chance my phone battery might die I decided to buy a watch with an alarm so as not to miss my flight home. And being the contrary type that I am, I opted for the hipster and terrorist’s favourite: a Casio F-91 W. According to Wikpedia:


“[T]he Casio F-91W digital watch was declared to be ‘the sign of al-Qaida’ and a contributing factor to continued detention of prisoners by the analysts stationed at Guantánamo Bay. Briefing documents used to train staff in assessing the threat level of new detainees advise that possession of the F-91W – available online for as little as £4 – suggests the wearer has been trained in bomb making by al-Qaida in Afghanistan.” – Wikipedia.


Bad idea

This would be a really bad use of the watch

Now I can assure you I haven’t been trained in bomb making by anyone, here or abroad, nor do I have any plans to do so in the future. And I probably should have shopped around as I paid £7.95 for mine (although despite Google showing it available for £4, click through and it’s generally £7+). But ignoring how useful it may or may not be in crafting a bomb, I can see how such a simple watch has become so ubiquitous: cheap, simple to use, simple face, and weighs next to nothing.


As I mentioned, the Casio F-91W is light. I barely notice it on. My only complaint is that the strap is not that flexible and the watch tends to swivel round your arm rather than sit on top of your wrist. Tightening the strap helps, though. Other than that, it’s a pleasure to wear. I’m not the kind of person who needs a 2lb platinum over-sized time keeping bracelet, and other watches I’ve had get taken off when I get home. The Casio just sits on your wrist till you need it.


Casio F-91W digital watch
Setting the time and date are easy, and to change from 12 hour to 24 hour you simply press the button on the bottom right of the watch, and setting the alarm is a no brainer as well; the button functions are marked on the face of the watch: Light, Mode, and Alarm On or Off / 24hr.


The alarm isn’t the loudest thing I’ve heard, and given that I bought the watch to make sure I don’t miss a flight that might be a problem. But for £7.95 I can’t really complain. Unless it triggers a TSA type terrorist alert when I board the plane and I find myself in Guantánamo Bay. I won’t look so clever then.



  • If you’re looking for a cheap robust functional watch, and don’t mind being a bit of a hipster, I can testify to the fact that this has survived playing in a punk covers band


  • This is not a dress watch, and only the most Emo of children would probably appreciate one as a 21st birthday present
  • I wouldn’t want to be caught wearing one in Afganistan by a snatch squad looking for terrorists


[Update] See also: 10 Watches That Tell The Time Stylishly, and Won’t Cost an Arm (Or a Leg)


An entry for Be There’s tech I love competition