I love atomic watches. In the past 8 years I've bought two from Walmart ... both of them Casio watches. The first one worked great for about 5 years. Then the strap failed ... that is, it separated from the watch. And being made of some composite that's sort of welded (maybe melted onto) the watch, there's no way of getting a replacement strap. When the strap goes, the watch goes. Actually, the watch is in my desk drawer. It now reads Saturday, 4/21 (of 2012). The time is 2:58:33. If you need a watch that you plan to keep in your desk drawer, this would be a perfect watch.
To replace my Casio with the failed strap, I went to the Walmart website and bought another Casio atomic watch. That was 3 years ago. I didn't really like it as well as the first Casio because it had a lot of bells and whistles that I really didn't need .... such as the time in 24 countries around the world. And it didn't switch from standard time to DST as quickly as the first one. But, like all atomic watches, it kept perfect time (and date). But this week the numerals started disappearing, sort of like the Cheshire cat, little by lttle. Thus, at the moment, as I look at the face of the watch, I can't tell what time it is, nor what month or day it is. It shows just a few little pieces of numerals. I took it to a jewelry store figuring it just needed a new battery. The store manager put in a new battery. Still just pieces of numerals, same as with the old battery. He gave it back to me (with the old battery back in place). He said: "Throw it away." He said the circuit was probably faulty.
Two Casio atomic watches, both short lived. Would I get another? No. But I certainly hope that Walmart will buy a different brand of atomic watches ... hopefully a brand that permits installing a new strap if the original one breaks or frays.
That's my 2 cents. If you buy a Casio, just be sure that you know you won't have it for the long haul.
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