Monday, July 2, 2012


I wanted something for myself, it has been so long....and I had long months since April with the preparation of H4U, my brother in law wedding, work, fall sick, recover, back and forth...I am tired and I feel like rewarding myself. But it is not bonus month, and I am a bit reluctant to spent..

So I look around, and found something really cool that suit my wallet size well. The Casio SGW 400H. For the price, it is one extraordinary watch, and it is not only a watch, it is also a great tool.

The Casio SGW 400H come with great functions like Altimeter, Barometer, and Thermometer. Altimeter, is a function to measure relative height above preset value. For example, relative height above the sea level, or relative height of your position against the earth. It doesn't give out the super accurate reading, but pretty much there. The good thing, like any other measuring tools, you can re-calibrate the watch so you can set where do you want to start with. The watch did not measure actual height, but instead it reads pressure reading at one points, and against the other. With simple science, it calculate the relative height base on pressure differences.If low pressure recorded, represent increment of height from the specific distance and vice versa.
The SGW-400H in barometer mode

The Barometer is the function to measure atmospheric pressure. Differences of atmospheric pressure from time to time is displayed on the top graph, on the dials that will be able to help you to predict the weather. How?? simple. When the atmospheric pressure drop , it will indicate possibilities of rain or at the very least cloudy weather. I tested it, and it is accurate at time of test. So yes, you can come up with some cheesy pick up line with this watch.

The above two function actually depend on the atmospheric pressure reading made possible with the dual sensor come with this watch. The sensor also read ambiance temperature which work out quite cool.
Twin sensor housed in left section of the case.
The above three function alone would have persuade me to pull the trigger. But it is not all that.It has other thing like perpetual calender, multiple alarm, world time with 48 cities, stop watch, countdown timer, altitude recording, and if you push it a lil bit more, it might be able to cook rice for you? I dont know , i think it is quite possible....LOL

I love the overall design and appearance of the watch. The case made of resin, and pretty solid.It is light (of 51grams only) albeit its chunky size. It is about 51mm, and as usual, I love such monstrosity...On the face, it is the Analogue and Digital interface combination. On the digital part that work as background to analogue face , it is being divided into graph section on top, two mid panel, one main display that oddly display date during normal "time" mode, (and display reading of pressure or height depending on mode), and lastly the bottom section that read temperature. The watch also come with illuminated background for you to read it in the dark.Just press top right button and white light will glow beautifully. And interestingly, despite already having that, the analogue hands been painted with lume marker which is good enough to help you read the watch at glance upon sudden darkness. Kindda cool

The overall feel is good. It feel comfortable on the wrist, it has good presence, and I love the overall color theme. Black and Gold , in which remind me of one of my favorite F1 team, the Lotus F1 Team (McLaren still my fav though) Reckon this would suit Kimi well.

Which bring me to the price. Doubt Kimi would want such a cheapo to accompany him on the rostrum? If you ignore the brand, or re-badge the brand with any Swiss brand, with such technology this piece will sell for  easily tens of thousand. But being Casio and mass produced, this magnificent baby cost a peanut ....and this time around you don't get monkey but instead let out the monkey in you...
I love the design of the rubber strap, it is simple but compliment the overall DNA of the watch. But I am hoping for better buckle, but hey....for that price, I really cant complaint anything especially when the other part of the watch are top notch in build, quality and features.
The watch module is from Japan, but the whole watch was cased in China. Well, I don't really care. As long as it is genuine Casio and it work well. But , that explain the price perhaps.

Would this purchase ease of my desire for other watches for a little while? forever ? or not?

Case: Resin/Aluminum
Accuracy per month: ±30 sec
Battery Type: CR2016
Battery Life: 3 YRS
EL: White
Module – 5176
1/100-second stopwatch
Measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99″
Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
12/24-hour format
Accuracy: ±30 seconds per month
Measuring range: -700 to 10,000m (-2,300 to 32,800 ft.) without reference altitude
Measuring unit: 5m (20 ft.)
Others: Reference altitude setting
*Changeover between meters(m) and feet(ft.)
Approx. battery life
3 years on CR2016
Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
Display range: 260 to 1,100 hPa (7.65 to 32.45 inHg)
Display unit: 1 hPa (0.05 inHg)
Atmospheric pressure differential pointer
*Changeover between hPa and inHg
Button operation tone on/off
Countdown timer
Measuring unit: 1 second
Countdown range: 24 hours
Countdown start time setting range: 1 minute to 24 hours (1-minute increments and 1-hour increments)
Daily alarms
5 independent daily alarms
Electro-luminescent backlight
Selectable illumination duration, afterglow
Hourly time signal
Moon data
(Moon age of the specific date, moon phase graph)
Regular timekeeping
Analog: 2 hands (Hour, minute (hand moves every 20 seconds))
Digital: Hour, minutes, seconds, pm, month, date, day
Display range: -10 to 60°C (14 to 140°F)
Display unit: 0.1°C(0.2°F)
*Changeover between Celsius(°C) and Fahrenheit(°F)
World Time
31 time zones (48 cities), city code display, daylight saving on/off
Size of case / total weight
50.8 X 51.9 X 14.9 mm / 51 g

rumors said that the "no oxygen but ____ "is on the pipeline??

1 comment:

walikard said...

Casio bugs are even harder to cure...i bet you dont stop here :) Anyway, nice catch bro...a good beater watch though i dont think you'll beat/abuse it :)