CASIO MCW-200H (5490) Retrograde Chronograph – HANDS ON REVIEW – Is this massive Casio any good?
In the above video review, we’re taking a break from digital watches and diving into the world of analogue Casio timepieces with the Casio MCW-200H. This happens to be the first analogue Casio Chronograph that we have featured on both our YouTube channel and website.
Below we are featuring an overview of what was mentioned in the above video, and we will start by highlighting the watch’s materials, design, and sizing options. Later, in both the article and video, we’ll explore the various functions this timepiece offers, share our experience of wearing it on the wrist, and even provide helpful links to instructions and where you can find it.
Design and Color Options
The Casio MCW-200H is available in four attractive colours: black, blue, gold, and red. Each colour has its charm, but personally, the black version is a top favourite as it complements the watch’s overall aesthetic and doesn’t distract from telling the time, especially with the presence of smaller sub-dials.
Sizing and Build
Right off the bat, it’s clear that the Casio MCW-200H is a sizable watch. The black plastic case measures a substantial 52mm in width, making a bold statement on the wrist. It boasts a lug-to-lug distance of 55mm and a thickness of 14mm, where the plastic case slightly protrudes from the dial window. The combination of plastic and a satin metal effect ring adds a touch of elegance to the watch, creating a slim bezel-like appearance around the main dial. Two right-hand plastic pushers and a metal effect crown, as well as pusher-like features on the left side, balance the case design beautifully.
The watch comes with a 28mm resin plastic strap, tapering down to 21mm at the plastic pin and buckle. It weighs in at 63 grams, ensuring a comfortable wearing experience. The flat acrylic resin glass, while sleek, may be prone to scratching, so some care is advisable. The polished stainless-steel back guarantees durability, while the 100 meters water resistance ensures it can withstand splashes and brief submersion.
Dial and Features
The dial of the Casio MCW-200H is an impressive sight, adorned with three sub-dials and a date complication between the 4 and 5 o’clock hour markers, marked by a white arrow. The hour markers are large and possess a shiny silver metal finish, while the minute markers on the chapter ring don’t, unfortunately, glow in the dark. However, the main hands on the watch do have a luminous coating, making them visible in low-light conditions. The dial features a unique chequer effect in the background, adding to its sporty appeal.
Functionality and Retrograde Chronograph
Apart from the standard timekeeping and date display, the Casio MCW-200H boasts a retrograde chronograph, a feature worth highlighting. The left-hand sub-dial is dedicated to this function, counting up to 10 minutes before resetting back to zero. This retrograde chronograph adds a touch of sophistication to the watch, making it stand out in a sea of ordinary analogue timepieces.
On the Wrist
While the Casio MCW-200H looks impressive on the wrist, it’s essential to mention that its size may not appeal to everyone. On a 6.5-inch wrist, the watch feels large and a bit cumbersome, potentially causing issues with shirts or jumper cuffs. Despite its size, the sporty appeal and remarkable chronograph feature make it an excellent timepiece for those with larger wrists. However, individuals with smaller wrists may find it a bit too imposing.
In conclusion, the Casio MCW-200H Chronograph Watch is undeniably attractive, boasting a well-incorporated retrograde chronograph and a unique dial design. While its size may be a turn-off for some, others will appreciate the sporty aesthetics it offers. Priced to be affordable, it presents excellent value for money. If you’re up for a bold and striking watch, don’t hesitate to give this one a try!