Under the spotlight - Casio watches

First published: 20-09-2016

Decades before the smartwatch was created, there was Casio. The Japanese electronics company began producing watches in the 1970s, and went on to build a reputation through futuristic features like calculators, touch-screen capabilities and fitness tracking.

Though not as sophisticated as the modern-day smartwatch, Casio was putting out timepieces that could switch TV channels and track heart rate way back in the early 1990s.

It even experimented with a contactless payment facility known as Speedpass back in 2004.

Fast-forward to today and Casio is as relevant as ever, with popular G-Shock, Baby-G and Classic timepieces selling alongside stylish analogue, GPS-boasting Oceanus line.

If you're interested in getting a Casio timepiece, our rundown of some of our favourite Casio watches here will give you a better idea of the range offered by Japan's best-known watchmaker.

Casio G-Shock Military

If you need a timepiece that's robust, reliable and packed with features look no further than the G-Shock Military. Oversized, its stainless steel and resin case can easily withstand a bit of rough and tumble, making it ideal for sport and endurance.

Casio Men's G-Shock Military Black Alarm Chronograph Watch

Its sleek, jet black colouring gives it more of an understated appeal than your average chronograph, and the built-in light means you can easily access any of its features anytime, anywhere.

Casio Men's Edifice Time Traveller

This handsome analogue watch has bags of style and an abundance of features to please the most tech-savvy of men. Its polished stainless steel strap is complemented well with a striking blue face and matching hands, making it perfect for casual and professional use.

Casio Men's Edifice Time Traveller Bluetooth Alarm Chronograph Watch

But it's the impressive features that really set this timepiece apart from its peers. Downloading the 'Casio Watch+' app to a smartphone allows you to unlock its Bluetooth capabilities, which includes a phone finder feature at the tap of a button.

The watch can also be used to check for new emails, and stopwatch data can be swiftly transferred wirelessly to a paired phone.

Casio Unisex Classic Leisure

Rewind the clock and go back to the 1970s and 80s with this effortlessly cool, retro timepiece made from PVD gold plated steel. The perfect accessory for a number of casual looks, its charming appeal is well suited to men or women looking to channel a bit of old-school style.

Casio Unisex Classic Leisure Alarm Chronograph Watch

The watch is powered by quartz movement and features include a daily alarm, stopwatch, back-light and an automatic calendar with day, date and month display.

Casio Ladies Sheen

Combining elegance, beauty and practicality, this fetching piece from the ladies' Sheen collection has an understated appeal that makes it ideal for work or play. Its silver coloured, stainless steel aesthetic is enhanced by its subtle use of Swarovski crystals, which are woven throughout the face and outer casing.

Casio Ladies' Sheen Watch

The watch also features a push-button clasp and is water resistant, so it can withstand a certain amount of H2O-based mishaps.

Casio Ladies Baby-G

Using black and gold to great effect, this bold design from the Casio Baby-G range can withstand a knock or two whilst holding its own in the urban style stakes. The tough stainless steel and resin body make it ideal for sport, while the gold logo and intricate detail on the face contrasts boldly against the black rubber strap and casing.

Casio Ladies' Baby-G Alarm Chronograph Watch

It also features a world time function, as well as a chronograph, and is water resistant up to 100m. Great for adventures.

Casio Men's Oceanus GPS

Boasting a titanium band and powered by tough solar movement, this premium watch from the Casio Oceanus collection will appeal to the budding Bonds and Bournes of the world. Easy on the eye, with an attractive black face and blue detailing, this watch can sync to local time anywhere within seconds using its powerful GPS function.

Casio Men's Oceanus GPS Hybrid Alarm Watch

With cutting-edge timepiece brands that cover sport, fashion, tech and premium markets, it's no surprise Casio has stood the test of time and lead where others have followed. And with all corners of the watch world covered, there's likely to be a Casio watch with your name written all over it.

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