FaceA review today of a women’s watch from Casio’s Baby-G series that does it all. The LWA-M140-7ACF is quite the powerhouse, packed into a casually-styled look that belies its inner geek:

  • Tough solar power (the dial is a solar panel).
  • 5-band atomic timekeeping (US, UK, Japan, Germany).
  • Water resistant (depth not specified).
  • Mineral crystal.
  • 34.6mm by 11.5mm, 25g.
  • LED backlight.
  • World time: 29 time zones, 48 cities.
  • Alarm.
  • 60 minute countdown timer.
  • 1 hour stopwatch.
  • 12 month power reserve with low-power modes and low-battery warning.
  • Casio module 4739 (PDF of manual).

Please read on for the full review.

BacklightThe watch is cased and banded in matte-finished white plastic with a stainless steel cover for the watch and buttons, and another steel plate for the caseback. The steel is brushed finish, with a polished bezel and edges. Quite nice, and should increase the durability of the watch quite a bit.

Seen here is the LED illumination, provided by an orange-yellow diode at six o’clock. Works well for the hands, and you can read the LCD, too.

The dial is the thing I like most about this Casio. It’s a subtle speckled grey, with sunburst finish in the center section and applied markers. The minutes are indicated on the chapter ring, and the dial text is minimal for a clean, elegant look. If you look closely, there’s also a bit of burnt-orange paint in the center of each marker — almost invisible. Also note how the markers on the bezel compliment the hour markers; this is the sort of in-depth beauty you don’t expect to find on an inexpensive sport watch. Very well done.

Profile I can easily imagine this being an excellent watch for an active woman, as long as she doensn’t require an ultra-formal dress look. In almost any other setting, this watch excels, and with the solar power and radio-set, it defines zero-maintenance. I like how the primarily analog look of the dial understates all of the functions packed into the LCD: timer, alarm, world time, stopwatch.

Angle-full About the only possible nit is that the LCD is quite small for using while in motion. It’s hard to read on the run, so it’s not optimal for a race if you need to see your lap splits at a glance. Not a big deal, though. If you’re a serious runner, chances are you own a dedicated running watch.

Interestingly, this appears to use standard springbars and strap, so you could change the strap for something else. That’s unusual for Gs, which normally have a custom strap on them. This change is a plus in my mind.

Overall, I think this would make a great gift for the active woman/girl who just wants a no-fuss watch that works for any situation. It’s great to see Casio managing to fit atomic timekeeping and solar power into the smaller cases.

List price on the LWA-M140-7ACF appears to be $160, which is a reasonable premium for the addition of solar power and atomic synchronization.

Our thanks to Casio for the review unit.

By Paul Hubbard

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