The Casio AE1200 is another watch from Casio’s Classic range. It is a watch with a storied history that has led to multiple nicknames over the years. Some refer to it as the Casio World Time, due to the world time functionality and prominent case branding. Others prefer the Casio Royale moniker because of its resemblance to the Seiko G757 that was worn by James Bond (played by Roger Moore) in the 1983 movie, Octopussy. Ironically, the Casio Royale name was intended to be a play on the famous Bond movie, Casino Royale, even though the watch it resembles does not appear in that movie. Strange, but true. Casio, as you may expect, has not endorsed any of these nicknames, but it doesn’t seem to actively discourage them given the ongoing popularity of the AE1200.
The case on this watch is available in a number of different colors but no matter which one you choose, it will be made of painted resin. This includes the model with the stainless steel band. To the casual observer, it looks like it is made from stainless steel, but is in fact made from plastic. However, that does have some advantages. It keeps the price low, and also the weight low.
The dial is what gives the Casio AE1200 its charm. It has a divided display that helps showcase the various functions of this watch. Dual time, five alarms, a countdown timer, and a stopwatch are pretty much what you would expect from a digital watch but you can also display an additional world time zone in place of the day/date. In the top left-hand corner, there is a digital-analog clock. It will always display the time in your home time zone and is handy to have as a reference if you have dual time activated.
- Case Size: 42mm
- Case Thickness: 12.5mm
- Lug to Lug: 45mm
- Strap width: 18mm
- Movement: Casio 3299 quartz module
- Power Reserve: 10 years
- Water Resistance: 100m
- Crystal: Acrylic
Overall, there is a lot to like about the Casio AE1200. Yes, it has a retro, nostalgic vibe, but it remains a practical choice even today. The ten-year battery life is somewhat rare in an era of increasingly disposable electronic devices, and what globe-trotting traveller couldn’t take advantage of world time for 31 time zones? It’s not for everyone, but it speaks loud and clear to millions of fans and at less than $30, it is easy on the pocket too.
Video Review of the Casio AE1200
The Casio Computer Company was founded in Japan in 1946. In addition to making watches, it is also known for producing calculators, digital cameras, electronic musical instruments, and more. Casio released its first digital quartz watch in 1974 and has been producing a variety of analog and digital watches ever since. It’s a popular and affordable watch brand that appeals to all kinds of collectors. Learn more here.