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The F91-W, an icon

The F-91W



If you hear the words "digital watch" then there's a very good chance that the watch that comes to mind is this, the venerable Casio F91-W. Released in 1989 (a very good year for things to be released in) this has been in continual production since with annual production rumoured to be in the region of 3 million units a year.

This little amalgamation of circuitry and resin can be found everywhere on the planet from the scorching heat of deserts to the frigid exapanses of antarctica quietly and unobtrusively doing its job.

While the stated water resistance is lower than would be advised for taking it diving, people have, and it kept working. While it has no rating for g-force Michael Schumacher used one glued to his steering wheel for timing laps. While it isn't in any way designed for the task people have used them as effective... ahem... one-time-use timers.

The small size and light weight make it incredibly comfortable to wear and it's both rugged and cheap enough to not have to worry about damage while wearing it. The restrained styling will fit any outfit, but if you wanted something fancier there are variants that either add a little class with a chrome finish or a little colour with the neon versions.

They even included a fun litle easter-egg. Just hold down the bottom-right pusher and it'll display "CASIO" on the screen.

It's cheap, it's reliable, it's just a watch. And most of the time that's all you need.