Guide: Top 5 Best Casio Watches (2023)

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I love watches, but have a special place for Casio because they’re affordable quality watches that look great. I have all of the watches on the list below and sometimes even multiple variations of the same watch. If you’re looking for the perfect Casio watch to gift to someone in your life, these are my Top 5 Casio watches for those on a budget. I’ve narrowed this down to affordable Casio watches, so they’re mostly under US$50. To stress, I own each of these Casio watches and this is my personal selection.

Best Casio Dive Watch

Casio BatmanThe Casio MDV 106-1AV is the best Casio Dive watch and the black version is under US$50. It’s also affectionately known as the Casio Marlin thanks to the Marlin logo on the watch face. I own a few variants of this Casio watch. There are versions with a Pepsi Bezel and a Blue Bezel variant, that really pop and are worth considering. I have the Casio Batman (Black/Blue) variant pictured, my favorite out of the Marlin collection. I own every variation as you can often find them on sale as they all look great.  This Casio watch looks much more expensive than its price point. You can dress up the Marlin by swapping out the black resin band for a metal bracelet and on occasions, people have mistaken it for a Rolex (I was wearing the Green Casio Marlin aka Rolex Hulk homage model). If you’re looking to do the same, you need a 22mm stainless steel bracelet and I found a genuine Casio one on eBay that was easy to fit.

Key Features

  • Model Name: Casio MDV-106
  • Case Size: 44.2mm
  • Band Type: Resin
  • Band Size: 22mm
  • Water Resistance: 200m
  • Price Point: under US$50
Best Casio G Shock

Casio G ShockIt’s hard to pick the best G Shock, as you can go budget like the Casio DW5600E-1V for about US$45 or completely overboard on price and spend over US$3000 on high-end G Shocks (not a joke! but if anyone wants to get me one, please do! haha). My preferred G-Shock is the Casio G-Shock GBA800UC-2A it is also known as the “Power Trainer” series,  At US $120, it is one of the more expensive watches on this list, but it’s tough, functional, and comes with Bluetooth and enough added features to warrant the price. This includes an auto backlight, pedometer (step counter), and the time will sync to your phone (for greater accuracy) when you use the G Shock Connected App (iOS version or Android version). You can even use the watch to find your phone. I also like that this G Shock has an analog and digital dial for dual time zone support. The color may not be to everyone’s taste, but I feel it’s appropriate for a rugged outdoor watch. If you’re a fan of the color, you can also get it in battleship grey. Size-wise, it’s large at 48.6mm but I personally don’t see the point of having a rugged watch that doesn’t look the part.  If you do want something a bit more budget and basic in the G Shock range, I also have the Casio DW5600E-1V which is frequently under US$50 but it looks like a basic Casio watch.

Key Features

  • Model Name: Casio GBA800UC-2A
  • Case Size: 48.6mm
  • Band Type: Resin
  • Band Size: 18mm
  • Water Resistance: 20m
  • Price Point: under US$120
Best Casio Retro Watch

Casio RetroThis is a tough category and everyone has their personal preference. The most common retro recommendation is the F91 or F84 import version. There’s also Casio’s vintage collection, which is clearly targeted at Casio retro lovers. But for my money, you can’t go past the white graph-paper-faced Casio AQ-800E-7A. This Casio watch retails for under US$45. This is a simple, clean, timeless (no pun intended) design. Why is this my best Casio retro pick when there are so many alternatives? There’s some personal history to this choice of Casio watch. A very old version of this watch was worn by my Grandfather, then handed down to my Dad, then one day I will sport the original. Until then, this is the Casio retro watch I personally wear when I want a retro look because I know, for a fact, that the design is from times past. Aside from personal history, my favorite feature of this Casio watch is that it’s dual time, making it useful when traveling.

Key Features

  • Model Name: Casio AQ-800E-7A
  • Case Size: 32mm
  • Band Type: Stainless Steel
  • Band Size: 21mm
  • Water Resistance: Water / Splash Resistant only
  • Price Point: under US$45
Best Casio Data Bank Watch / Best Casio Calculator Watch

Casio Data BankThere are a lot of options from Casio, but my favorite is the Casio DBC32-1A. Why? It gives you the best of everything, you get a calculator (elementary school me would have loved this!) and a multi-lingual phone data bank. At under US$35 the price point is amazing! The databank supports 25 names with numbers, which is more than enough for “must-have” contacts. It also has dual time, a currency converter, and a backlit display. I like this model because the calculator buttons are larger and easy to press. Most people are more familiar with the Casio CA-53W Calculator Watch for US$20 but I find those buttons unusable. Even with all the features, the battery is rated for 10 years. The case is 41mm wide (smaller than the Marlin) but it is taller at 50.4mm, but it does look nice on the wrist and the display is easy to read.

Key Features

  • Model Name: Casio DBC32-1A
  • Case Size: 41mm
  • Band Type: Resin
  • Band Size: 22mm
  • Water Resistance: Water / Splash Resistant only
  • Price Point: Under US$35
Best Casio Budget Watch

Casio Budget WatchYou could argue forever on this one, but for my money, you can’t go past the Casio A168WA. This watch can be found as low as US$17 which is incredible value for a watch with a stainless steel band. The watch case itself is resin, but with metallic tones. Yes, you can get a more classic black resin Casio for about the same price (like the Casio W800H) but if you want a budget Casio watch that doesn’t look cheap, this Casio watch is a perfect choice. The dial is only 32mm, which makes the stainless steel band a better choice, as it doesn’t look cheap on the wrist. I know some people reading this will disagree with my pick and want to argue at length about the best Casio budget, surfacing the F91 or F84 as options which is fair, as they are on average about US$5 cheaper but I personally think a budget watch doesn’t mean you need to compromise on looking a little premium. I always get compliments when I wear this watch and it’s a fun conversation piece because people expect it to cost 2-3x the price.

Key Features

  • Model Name: Casio A168WA
  • Case Size: 32mm
  • Band Type: Stainless Steel
  • Band Size: 18mm
  • Water Resistance: Water / Splash Resistant only
  • Price Point: Under US$20

Final thoughts

There are a lot of great Casio watches to choose from, and you can’t go wrong. The above are my personal favorites that I have in my collection and wear in rotation the most. The price points are all very attractive, so I also don’t feel guilty if I have a few variations on a design, as is the case with the Casio Marlin. The Marlin is particularly fun because there’s an active modding community, and you can change the bezel, glass, and really make it your own.

2023 is also an exciting year for Casio, marking the 40th Anniversary of their G-Shock watch. There are rumors of something great coming in 2023, a DW-H5600, a take on the 5600 series but with a heart rate monitor. I have summarized everything I currently know about the Casio DW-G5600 watch here.

PS. You can find all my watch-related blog posts here. If you want a list of useful websites for owners of traditional mechanical watch owners, this blog post is useful.

Important: I am not affiliated with any of the manufacturers, brands, services, or websites listed on this page and this is my personal experience.  If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or take a look at my book on Amazon. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you!

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