The folks over at Wrist Dreams have picked up on the new vibrating Casio G-Shock GW-400CJ-1JF marine sports watch. I was just commenting the other day on how Casio is really pushing the limits of digital watches, and as if to prove my point, they announce one of the most interesting and feature-rich digital watches I’ve ever seen. The most unique feature of the GW-400CJ is that the countdown timer, alarm, and time signal can use a vibrating alarm rather than an audible one so that it can be effectively used in high winds, while in the water, or in other situations where it’s difficult to hear faint high-pitched beeps. The other thing that really caught my attention about this watch is the sheer number of features they packed into it:
- Waveceptor. That means this watch is automatically calibrated through radio waves transmitted by atomic clocks. Works in both Japan and the US.
- Tough Solar. Solar cells around the face keep the watch’s battery charged, and a sophisticated power-saving function will keep the watch powered for up to 19 months with no light.
- Water-resistant to 200 meters, or over 600 feet, which makes it suitable for diving.
- Thermometer which measures both air and water temperatures between about 14 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Tide graph.
- Moon phase indicator.
- Vibrating alarm.
- World time supporting 32 cities in 30 time zones.
- Stopwatch with a resolution of 1/100th of a second and a max time of 100 hours.
- Four alarms.
- Countdown timer. Goes up to 60 minutes and has an auto-repeat function.
- Automatic calendar.
- Electroluminescent backlight.
A truly amazing watch. Read the press release in English, thanks to Google’s translation tool. The Casio GW-400CJ should go for around $225, not counting shipping from Japan, and a generous tip for your Japanese connection.
By Christian Cantrell
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