Casio Forrester Wristwatch

If you are looking for a good field watch here are my experiences with the Casio Forrester.


Review: Casio Forrester Wristwatch

Published 13:59 pm

Having been a lifelong, dedicated Timex man I was disappointed, about three years ago, to have to purchase something other than a Timex. I tend to put my watch through the proverbial "wringer" and Timex had been with me a long time. I have had one strapped to my wrist while jumping out of aircraft in Alaska, working with high explosives, arresting bad guys, and cutting people out of wrecked cars in central Virginia. At one time I trusted my Timex Expedition without thinking about it.

About five years ago I broke the Timex Expedition I had worn for many years and, without thinking, I purchased an identical replacement. It died in four months. I tried replacing the battery but the watch itself was dead. I figured I had a bad watch and purchased another. About six months later it began losing significant time and then it also died. I tried once more with the same results before reaching the conclusion that Timex must be having "quality issues" these days.

This left me in a quandary, if I cannot trust Timex, what affordable watch manufacturer can I trust? I laid out my requirements and went watch shopping. I wanted a simple watch, analog with a calendar feature, a backlight and it had to be water resistant to at least 100 meters. Additionally, I preferred a "sports" type watch as opposed to a dress watch, especially considering how much I tend to bang one around. Oh, and I wanted one I could actually afford without taking out a second mortgage on my house.

After much looking, the Casio Forrester caught my eye. While it is bulkier than the Timex it still looked sturdy and it met all of my requirements. I had never considered Casio to be a serious watch maker but a friend told me that he had owned one for some time and it was giving him good service.

I purchased one, set it and strapped it to my wrist. I did not consciously think about it again for almost three years until I noticed that I needed a new watch band since the old one was wearing out. At this time I took a hard look at my Casio Forrester and came to the conclusion that it is a pretty good watch, especially considering the price I paid for it.

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While the words and logo have worn nearly away and there are scratches on the body of the watch, the face remains crystal clear. Further, the Forrester keeps excellent time and the green backlight is perfect for reading time at night without ruining my night vision.

While I no longer do many of the exciting and demanding activities I once did, this Forrester has still been camping, hiking, kayaking, orienteering and swimming with me. Through it all it has held up quite nicely and I have every reason to expect it to continue to do so.

It may not be an expensive, named brand, fancy watch but I have never gone in for those anyway. We prefer our gear to be more down to earth and we value functionality and reliability over style and trendiness. Especially the functional item is more affordable.

Perhaps the highest praise I can pay the Casio Forrester is to say this, if I broke this watch today, I would buy an identical replacement without hesitation. I always encourage people to shop around but, if you need a good field watch, I urge you to take a second look at the Casio Forrester which has served me so well.

Bestselling Casio Forrester Wristwatch Products in 2020


Casio Men's Sport Watch Quartz Nylon Strap, Beige, 20 (Model: FT500WC-5BVCF)

Casio Men's Sport Watch Quartz Nylon Strap, Beige, 20 (Model: FT500WC-5BVCF)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Rugged watch featuring round dial with Arabic hour markers, 24-hour time on inner dial, and date window at 3 o'clock
  • Also features three-year battery life and accuracy to 20 seconds/month
  • Water resistant to 100 m (330 ft). date display, 3-hand analog and accuracy: +/-20 seconds per month
  • Quartz Movement with analog display
  • Nylon fast-wrap band with hook-and-loop closure

Casio Men's FT500WV-3BV Analog Sport Watch

Casio Men's FT500WV-3BV Analog Sport Watch
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Quartz movement
  • Protective mineral crystal protects watch from scratches
  • Case diameter: 40 mm
  • Stainless-steel case; cream dial

Casio Men's FT600WB-5BV Ana-Digi Forester Illuminator Sport Watch

Casio Men's FT600WB-5BV Ana-Digi Forester Illuminator Sport Watch
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Round watch with beige dial featuring silver-tone pushers, dual analog-digital display, and skeleton hands
  • 36.5 mm stainless steel case with mineral dial window
  • Quartz movement with analog-digital display
  • Canvas band with buckle closure
  • Water resistant to 100 m (330 ft): In general, suitable for swimming and snorkeling, but not scuba diving

Casio Men's AW80V-5BV World Time DataBank 10-Year-Battery Watch

Casio Men's AW80V-5BV World Time DataBank 10-Year-Battery Watch
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Multifunction watch featuring LED light, world time (30 cities), 1/100 second stopwatch, and countdown timer
  • Additional functions include three daily alarms, hourly time signal, auto calendar, 12- and 24- hour formats,40 mm stainless steel case with mineral dial window
  • Quartz movement with analog-digital display
  • Canvas band with hook-and-loop closure
  • Water resistant to 50 m (165 ft): In general, suitable for short periods of recreational swimming, but not diving or snorkeling

CASIO Men's FT500WC-3BVCF Forester Sport Watch with Nylon Band

CASIO Men's FT500WC-3BVCF Forester Sport Watch with Nylon Band
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Rugged watch featuring round dial with Arabic hour markers, 24-hour time on inner dial, and date window at 3 o'clock
  • Also features three-year battery life and accuracy to 20 seconds/month
  • Water resistant to 100 m (330 ft). date display, 3-hand analog and accuracy: +/-20 seconds per month
  • Quartz Movement with analog display
  • Nylon fast-wrap band with hook-and-loop closure

Casio Men's Sport Watch Quartz Nylon Strap, Black, 22 (Model: FT500WC-1BVCF)

Casio Men's Sport Watch Quartz Nylon Strap, Black, 22 (Model: FT500WC-1BVCF)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Rugged watch featuring round dial with Arabic hour markers, 24-hour time on inner dial, and date window at 3 o'clock
  • Also features three-year battery life and accuracy to 20 seconds/month
  • 41 mm resin case with mineral dial window
  • Quartz movement with analog display
  • Nylon fast-wrap band with hook-and-loop closure
  • Water resistant to 100 m (330 ft): In general, suitable for swimming and snorkeling, but not scuba diving

CASIO Men's HDA600B-1BV 10-Year Battery Sport Watch

CASIO Men's HDA600B-1BV 10-Year Battery Sport Watch
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • 10-year battery
  • Luminous hands
  • Second hand
  • 3-hand analog
  • Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving

Casio Men's Forester Dial Stopwatch, White

Casio Men's Forester Dial Stopwatch, White
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Rugged watch featuring round dial with Arabic hour markers, 24-hour time on inner dial, and date window at 3 o'clock
  • Also features three-year battery life and accuracy to 20 seconds/month
  • 41 mm resin case with mineral dial window

Casio Men's FT500WC Forester Dial Stopwatch Black & Cooling Towel Bundle

Casio Men's FT500WC Forester Dial Stopwatch Black & Cooling Towel Bundle
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Bundle includes HDO Sport Cooling Towel
  • Environmentally friendly solar technology.
  • Shock resistant structure that includes a hollow-structured case & all-directional protective covering.

Casio FT500WC-1BV Men's Forester Illuminator LED Light Black Dial Velcro Band Analog Watch

Casio FT500WC-1BV Men's Forester Illuminator LED Light Black Dial Velcro Band Analog Watch
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • 100M Water Resistant, Orange LED Backlight
  • Date Display, 3-Hand Analog Display
  • Accuracy: +/-20 seconds per month, Battery CR2016, Approx. battery life: 3 years
  • Module 2312, Size of case / total weight: 42.0 x 40.0 x 11.5mm / 30g

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