The summer is almost upon us, and that means hitting the beach. Casio’s Baby-G BLX-100 watch line is targeted at women that enjoy surfing and not spending a ton of money on watches.
So would it be good for my mom for Mother’s Day? Well, maybe—if your mom surfs and can figure out all of the tide settings on this thing.
Indeed, the Casio Baby-G BLX-100 packs a lot of functionality for the water sports enthusiast into a watch that’s well under $100. The specs break down as follows:
- Shock Resistant
- 200M Water Resistant
- EL Backlight with Afterglow
- Tide Graph (tide level for specific date and time)
- World Time
- 29 time zones (48 cities), city code display, daylight saving on/off
- 2 Multi-function Alarms and 1 Snooze Alarm
- Hourly Time Signal
- 1/100 second stopwatch
- Measuring capacity: 23:59â€™59.99â€
- Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
- Other: 5-second Auto-start
- Countdown Timer
- Mearuring Unit: 1 Second
- Mearuring Capacity: 24 Hours
- Input range: 1 minute to 24 hours (1-minute increments and 1-hour increments)
- Others: Auto-repeat, time up alarm, progress beeper on/off
- Full Auto Calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2099)
- 12/24 Hour Formats
- Button Operation Tone On/Off
- Accuracy: +/- 30 seconds per month
I haven’t had a Casio watch since the old G-Shock Ironman I used to wear as a teen, but if you’ve owned a Casio before, you pretty much know what to expect here. Sporty, digital, lots of settings and durability.
However, as I mentioned earlier, this version is designed specifically for surfing and water sports. If you can figure out all the settings, you can get info on the tide level for your specific geographic location. Even the design of the watch has the ocean in mind. The tide graph is shaped like a wave, the crystal cut metal face reminds us of sunlight on seawater, and so on. The watch colors are also are designed to reflect the beach:
Four models in the BLX-100 series come in colors that represent the changes throughout a day at the beach:.white suggests the beach sand in the morning; blue represents the color of a beautiful sea; red symbolizes the setting sun; and black and pink signify the dreamy light of dusk.
Yes, and all of them (except the white version) will make your eyes bleed.
The tide graph seems to work, as do all of the other stopwatch-y features you have come to expect from Casio. It’s also predictably sturdy as you can see from our little water jug test here. After all, water resistance is paramount when you are talking about a watch like this.
I’m not really a fan of watches that need an instruction manual to set up, but if you are the beach-going type and you are looking for a relatively inexpensive, sporty watch, the Casio Baby-G BLX-100 should fit the bill nicely.
Product Page ($59-$75)