For the record, I do not own the featured image on this page, it is property of Casio America, Inc.
I have been fascinated by calculators since infancy.
I am also pretty adamant about wearing a wristwatch, especially one that is accurate.
So, you, the reader, are probably not shocked that I own a wristwatch with a built-in calculator.
I first bought a knock off calculator wristwatch in early 2015, but it didn’t last.
Then in, January of 2019, I bought another one, a Casio Databank CA53W-1, of which I still have over a year later.
This piece will be a review of that said watch.
First of all, let’s go back to January 2019.
I was going out for a night time drive. I drove all the way to the Gulf Coast in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana.
There is something about cruising those roads in lower Terrebonne Parish that I find good for my soul.
I drove State Highway 56 all the way to its terminus at the Gulf of Mexico in Cocodrie, Louisiana.
Then I turned around and started up Highway 56 again, but turned onto State Highway 57 and drove it all along the lower parts of Bayou Grand Calliou.
Highway 57, especially in the lower parts of Terrebonne Parish is very curvy like a beautiful woman!
I stopped at a convenience store well below Dulac, Louisiana for a bottle of Starbucks Coffee and a Mister Goodbar, which was a frequent snack for me. Well, my peanut allergy has gotten worse, so I no longer eat Mister Goodbar or any other peanut product and I miss them terribly. However, I don’t like breaking out in eczema or any other adverse reactions that will result from me eating peanuts. One other family member of mine has had a peanut allergy since the age of two, but I gradually developed a peanut allergy in my late teens to early twenties but it didn’t get that bad until my early thirties. Peanuts used to be one of my favorite foods and I miss eating them.
After getting the snack and coffee, I drove Highway 57 all the way to Houma. I wanted to do a little shopping because I had some extra cash on me. First I stopped at a truck plaza but didn’t find anything worthwhile.
Then I went looking around at the Wal Mart on Highway 57 AKA Grand Calliou Road.
I looked around at the sporting goods, then the men’s clothing then finally the jewelry.
I was looking at watches in particular.
There were three watches I previously had in rotation.
My Casio G-Shock DW-5600E which was starting to go on the blink.
My Victorinox Original whose nylon band was tearing.
The Wenger that I only wear on special or formal occasions.
There, I saw a Casio wristwatch with a built-in calculator for ~$20.
I’ve owned several Casios prior to that, and I will say that they are more accurate than the Swiss models I’ve owned and they are built well.
So, without much thought, I purchased it then went home.
As soon as I was home I set it up and synchronized it with the Atomic Clock.
I would end up wearing it for most of the year 2019 and extremely early 2020.
In addition to telling the time quite accurately, it features:
An 8 Digit Calculator with the four arithmetic functions.
A Stop Watch-this came in handy when timing the four-minute intervals to flip my pieces of chicken when frying them.
A Calendar-In case I forget the day of the week or date of the month.
An Alarm Clock-I sleep to heavily to hear it but I suppose I could use it as a reminder to take medication.
An Optional Hourly Chime-Great to know when a new hour is upon me.
A Secondary Time Zone-I set it to UTC because of my amateur radio hobby.
Even though I bought this watch because it has a calculator, I rarely used that feature. This is mainly because the buttons are too small for my fingers. Also, I regularly EDC a calculator anyway. I wore it because it was accurate and to show off my fondness for calculators. It was as if I was making a statement!
Aside from the buttons being a bit small and hard to press, my only other complaint about it is it has no backlight. But maybe that is to make the battery last longer.
It also is not waterproof aside from maybe a little rain, but this isn’t the type of watch one would want to take swimming or diving anyway.
However, for light home or indoor work use, it is perfect!
I wore it until January of 2020 when I bought my second G-Shock, a G100-9CM, which I currently wear.
However, I may still wear this one, especially if I want my inner nerd to come out!
All in all, I give this product a 4.25 out of 5 stars because of the lack of a backlight and difficulty to press the buttons. But the timekeeping is very accurate and makes up for what it lacks.
I guess this, therefore, concludes my review of the Casio DataBaank CA53W-1 wristwatch.
I hope you, the reader, have been informed and maybe even entertained.
Thank you for reading!