Casio Cachalot solar watch reviewed. Verdict: "Great vacation watch."

CrunchGear's John Biggs reviews Casio's $900 Ocanus Cachalot, a watch for people who know exactly what they want.
I’ve seen a few Casios in my day and they’ve finally nailed it on this version. The outer timing bezel clicks with a satisfying majesty and the face is readable - except in certain situations, which I’ll describe below. This model is also made of titanium making it the lightest man-watch I’ve seen in a while. It’s water resistant to 20 BAR and features 5 band radio auto-setting, solar powered batteries, world time settings, as well as a countdown timer and stopwatch.
Review: Casio Oceanus Cachalot OCW-P500TDJ-1A1JF solar radio watch [CrunchGear]

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10 Responses to Casio Cachalot solar watch reviewed. Verdict: "Great vacation watch."

  1. indiecognition says:

    You don’t want that Casio. You want the Citizen Skyhawk A-T EcoDrive:

    It SETS ITSELF to radio broadcast atomic clocks in the US, Europe, and/or Japan, is solar-powered so it never needs a new battery, has backlt LCDs for a second time zone or the date, has countdown timer, stopwatch, second analog world time presetting, and two alarms. Plus it’s about half the price of that Casio Crapalot.

    The link shows a black bezel/stainless band…I have it in black stainless all around, which looks sweet against the white and orange dial and hands. Admittedly, it hasn’t been setting itself for me in DC with all the city radio interference. But at +/- 15sec/month accuracy it’s still better than many timepieces anyway.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It’s still way too big. I haven’t found any “men’s” watch small enough for me, why would I want a giant round metal thing strapped to my arm? I want to buy a “women’s” watch but my girlfriend won’t let me! What is gender-specific about reading the time, anyway?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I keep thinking of planes, trains, and automobiles – John Candy trying to get a room by paying with a Casio watch.

  4. RandomMarius says:

    Yea, I can attest to the Citizen Skyhawk Eco-drives… I bought that very model about a year ago now. I *love* it… got all the features of the Casio at half the price.

  5. texasroute66 says:

    Isn’t “vacation watch” a bit of an oxymoron?


    Link to review is wrong.

  7. Rob Beschizza says:


  8. snackcake says:

    “…making it the lightest man-watch I’ve seen in a while.”

    Is there someone else making watches, other than man? Are they making them lighter?

  9. beyondmp3 says:

    As a general rule, I want to experience satisfying majesty with all things in life. This may just be the watch for me.

  10. sirwebster says:

    not sure why this watch costs so much, i have a casio watch with all those features except solar power and it cost 1/4 what that one costs

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