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Tide Graph....Check!
Moon Phase....Check!
Tough Solar....Check!
G-shock....negative!!

Gentlemen, meet the WS-210H, a baby GLX150, an aspiring G, an evidence that a good things sometimes do come in small packages and small price tags.

I just received the WS210 from Amazon, cost me INR 2200 ($35). Those interested in the official spec sheet can view it here. I'll get started with a short photo review.
The watch comes packaged in a box that looks, well, boxy! Nothing notable about the box except that the size of the box is huge considering the size of the watch and comes stuffed with enough foam to make a small teddy!


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Time to take out the watch. If you have been wearing a G-shock or a chronograph, the WS210 will suddenly look puny on your hands. It's not really that small, it's just that your eyes take some time to get used to the size. The case width is 44mm which is just about the same size as my Timex Ironman. It's pretty light too, weighing just 41gms as per the official figures. The watch comes with a clear protective film over the crystal.

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Clear film covering the face.


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The mandatory wrist-shot.


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Size comparison with the GR8900A


The display has moon graph center-left, tide graph in the center and power indicator center-right, with the day/date on top and time below the tide graph. the layout is quite similar to the GLX150. The display is highly readable in all lighting conditions however, the crystal covering the display is not glass - it's a plastic crystal and that's the biggest letdown in addition to the fact that it has a convex surface, making it a magnet for scratches. There are no bumpers to protect the surface of the crystal either.

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Display layout - very legible and nicely laid out


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The Achilles heel - the domed plastic crystal


Coming to the backside, nothing unusual, there is the usual steel plate fastened by four screws. The module used is 3214. Interestingly, the case itself is blue in color, while the bezel is a metallic black. The strap is average at best but again, the plastic buckles are extremely cheap and flimsy - I doubt how long they'd last.

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Nothing extraordinary here...


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Plastic buckle feels extremely cheap and flimsy


Coming to other points about the WS210, the backlight is a single Orange LED. However, it is quite bright as compared to some other models like the WS220 and you'd never need to make an effort to view the time even in pitch darkness. However, lack of auto-backlight is a letdown. 4 alarms + 1 snooze alarm are standard affair. World time and stopwatch are pretty standard as on most other Casios. CDT won't allow you to set seconds, you can set it for a duration between 00:01 to 23:59 in HH:MM format.

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Backlighting is adequate


Being a Tough Solar model, the WS210 does feature the Powersave mode, which switches off the display if the watch is left in darkness. The module also features an option to mute the button tones. Interestingly, beep volume for alarms/hourly chime in this model are much louder than my GR8900.

I haven't found out much about the tide and moon modes except for the fact that the moon age is shown automatically and tide values are calculated based on manually entered values. I am not sure if this is the same process on the G-shocks too, haven't owned any Tide/Moon watches previously.

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Moon age showing as 3.6 days


So that sums up my short review of the WS210H. Here's a short summary of the pro's and con's
Pros:
  • Packed with lots of features
  • Excellent value for money
  • Solar powered with Powersave function.
  • Adequate backlight and beep volume

Cons:
  • Convex plastic crystal with no protection against scratches.
  • No Auto backlight
  • Strap buckle is extremely flimsy.

Hope y'all enjoyed this post!
 

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bbsrailfan:
Doesn't the WS initials mean it's from Casio's "Out Gear" line? I thot so.
Got my eye on a Casio WGS 300 H at the Zon. $45.00. A knockoff of the
Casio Pro Trek PRG270. 300 has no thermometer no altimeter. So like I
need all the whistles n bells of the Pro Trek.

Lou Snutt
 

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bbsrailfan:
Doesn't the WS initials mean it's from Casio's "Out Gear" line? I thot so.
Got my eye on a Casio WGS 300 H at the Zon. $45.00. A knockoff of the
Casio Pro Trek PRG270. 300 has no thermometer no altimeter. So like I
need all the whistles n bells of the Pro Trek.

Lou Snutt
Lou, the outgear series labels start with AMW or SGW and not WGS.:)
 

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Not bad for $35. I like those big buttons.
 
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I like this watch. Think I'll order one today.
Add it to my herd of Casios (6 so far)
SIL Mark has 11 G's of all types
Fave G? The GW3000bb1.

Lou Snutt
 

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railfan
I like this watch. Think I'll order one today.
Add it to my herd of Casios (6 so far)
SIL Mark has 11 G's of all types
Fave G? The GW3000bb1.

Lou Snutt
Nice Aviator there! My fave would be the MTG-S1000D, but again, thats much more expensive than I can afford to spend on a watch right now :D
 

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Offspring and their spouses paid $206.00 at the "Zon" for my Aviator.
Celebration my 50 years of conubial bliss with "Big Tilder" tha better half.
Is the flimsy buckle a "deal buster"? The back lite issue I can live with.
Only G I have flipped (or give away) is the 7900. Just couldn't gee and
haw with that one. Gave it to my SIL Mark.

Lou Snutt
 

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Great review!

I'm going to pick up one of these myself, someone wrote on Amazon that you no longer have to enter the lunitidal interval number, just the next high tide. Looks really nice for the price I think, if nothing else one of my boys would certainly enjoy it.

Edit: Unfortunately having second thoughts after reading a lot of the negative posts on Amazon. Quite a few said they loved it until they took it into the water and ruined it. Several others claimed issues with the bezel breaking where the spring pin attaches due to the inexpensive plastic, more or less ruining it again. Granted, for the price it's hard to go wrong and all said they loved it up until failure but ... now that PRG-300 is back on my wish list, quite a bit more $$$ though.
 
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