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The 90s was an era of pop culture and new innovations. New gadgets were being introduced at a rate faster than before, there was fascinating new technology around such as implementation of carbon fibre in road cars, portable hand held PCs and weird digital watches. Digital watches were mainstream in this era as they were mass produced at a higher rate. You could find them almost everywhere with features to suit your needs. There was only one problem however, they were made of cheap materials to keep the costs down with the exception of a few high end watches (such as G-Shocks).


The data bank line of watches suffered from the same problem. Use of cheap materials meant that they didn't last for long. Even the "steel" versions of the data bank would consist of a chrome plated plastic case which the coating deteriorated as time passed and the case broke ins come cases. Only a few data banks would benefit from metal construction, that would be the CD40 (the first data bank) and this watch in question, the HotBiz HBZ-100.

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The HotBiz line of data bank watches appeared in early to mid-1990s. A highlight of this line up would be the touch screen watches (such as the VDB-1000 and VDB-2000). They were the more premium watches of the data bank line consisting of some higher quality materials with more elegant and dressy designs, which explains the design of this watch. Just look at the front buttons. They are barely noticeable and integrate into the design of the case. The other buttons are also not protuding when viewing the watch from the front. This is what you call a great, sorted out design.

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The fit and finish speaks of quality. This watch has a solid stainless steel link bracelet, a solid stainless steel case and buttons. The glass used is a mineral glass which doesn't scratch easily. For people who want their watch to be heavy, this is a heavy watch. The caseback has HotBiz written on it in bold letters so you don't forget what line up it belongs to along with module and model number. It has a serial code written on it as well so you the personnel repairing the watch can know when it was manufactured. Something harking back to Casiotrons and something which is reserved for Casio solar watches in the present day. The watch employs a EL back light to give it excellent illumination in the dark and has a blue border around the screen which gives it a great contrast with the shiny stainless steel. The buttons on the side are a little hard to press due to their concealed nature but one gets used to it pretty easily. The watch is comfortable to wear however people used to wear light weight watches would consider the weight to be a problem.



On the home screen we have a clear display with no lines whatsoever for dividing the display into sections. Something the target customers of this watch will appreciate. The display has three sections, the two upper bars are used to display different information which I'll come back to later. Beneath it we have a dot matrix display for the day and year and on the bottom we have a seven segment digital display for the month, date and time. The display is crisp and easy to read. Adjusting the watch is pretty easy and one can figure it out after fiddling with the adjusting screens for a while. While you're in the home screen, pressing and holding the bottom left button activates dual time mode in which the time of the selected city in the world time mode appears. Pressing the reverse button displays the city code of the world time city which is currently selected in the world time mode and pressing the forward button displays the city code of your home city.

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The next mode is the tele memo mode. The watch tells you how much storage is used and how many entries are left out of 200 entries which are the most on any data bank watch I have seen. There are a few numbers stored on this one with Japanese names which some previous user had put in. Other than that, this watch can store email addresses, telephone numbes, credit card calling numbers and fax numbers. You can specify what type of entry you're making when you're entering a record by using the adjust button. A thing to note is that the watch makes a nice animation when you're scrolling through the records.

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The next mode is the world time mode. This watch has a total of 29 zones and 27 cities with UTC time differential. The time of the city you're currently viewing in world time is displayed in the dot matrix display. The row at the bottom has the home time along with the UTC time offset and the time in the current world time city is displayed at the very bottom. When you scroll through the cities by pressing the forward and reverse front buttons, you are greeted with a nice side swap animation. The bar at the very top indicates the UTC time differential of your home time.

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The next mode is the alarm mode. This watch has a total of five alarms which can be set as either a daily alarm, a monthly alarm and a specific date alarm. You are also greeted with a nice animation when you switch from alarms by pressing the front mounted forward and reverse buttons. In the very last is the hourly chime function.

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The next and last mode is a stop watch mode. This is a 24 hour 1/100 stop watch with split time. You can start and stop it by pressing the forward button and reset it with the reverse button.


Overall, its a high quality watch with good functionality while using a module unique to it. The stainless steel construction sure adds a feeling that you're getting worth of the amount you paid for it. Unlike the metal casio digital watches of today which use recycled modules. This truly feels something special. This piece gets a 9/10 from me due to the lack of a timer, otherwise it's a fantastic watch and I think Casio should introduce watches like these when it comes to stainless steel digital watches instead of using the 593 module in different cases.


Note:
For detailed instructions about this watch you can go to the Casio manuals support page, type the module number 1811 and you'd get the manual for this watch. Why does one have to type the 1811 module number to get the manual? I don't have a clue. But that's how you get the manual for this watch.
 
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