Totally Retro: Casio Databank Series

You might call them a thing of the past, but you would be wrong. Calculator watches are still going strong, especially those by the company that practically made this segment famous – Casio. Their Databank collection offers a wide variety of these technologically impressive timepieces that will not only appeal to the tech-savvy folks, but also anyone fond of retro styling of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

And “retro” might be just the right word to describe the shiny green DBC32C-3B model. This watch boasts an impressive battery life of 10 years. Amazing! It has an 8-digit calculator on a display which uses 13 different languages. Other functions include Auto Calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2099) and alarm. Of course, like all models from the collection, it has the Databank function which allows you to store information such as telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. From the visual point of view, this is one quite large timepiece, with case dimensions being 47.5 x 35.0 mm.

Subtly black CA53W-1 model

Next in line is the more classic (if you can call a calculator watch that) CA53W-1 model. Like the previously mentioned watch, this one also incorporates digital display with a numeric keypad. Smaller in size and weight, this timepiece offers less battery life  (5 years). The overall styling of the watch is a bit more compromising, with its dark color that will appeal to those who find green to be too bold of a choice. As far as water damage is concerned, you have nothing to worry about – this watch is water resistant. Don’t expect miracles though, but it should perform well under occasional water damage, such as rain.

A personal assistant on your wrist

If you want the feeling like you’re carrying a personal assistant with you all the time, then the DBC310-1 model will definitely please you. Equipped with an 8-digit calculator with constants for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and a 300 page Databank, as well as World Time function, this timepiece resembles more of a smart phone than a watch. While it can’t brag about its battery life (2 years) it well makes up for it by the abundance of functions.

Phone or a watch?

Finally, how about some metal? The EDB610D-8C has a metal band, which sets it apart from its plastic buddies. Advanced functions include password-protected E-data memory with 50 entries and an auto-sort function. World Time feature is also present here, shown on the screen with Auto EL Backlight with Afterglow. Another peculiar thing is the numeric keypad which resembles that of a phone, rather than a calculator.

These are just some of the choices prepared by Casio. The styling and functions of these watches evoke memories of the earlier decades, but some models add a dash of modern technologies which makes them quite versatile. Even in this era of smart phones, these calculator watches are still relevant, and it seems like they’re here to stay. Best part – they’re usually very affordable so you can have a technological marvel on your wrist for a reasonable amount of money. Now, that’s a deal!

1 Comment

  1. Frustrato the Sad says:

    You know what would be awesome? If somebody actually sold this watch! My decades old Databank 150 is getting a little long in the tooth, but even Casio itself does not sell the Databank 300. I’m starting think it’s imaginary.

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