Image of Casio MRW-200H
Casio MRW-200H

In the fight to claim the right to the title “Best Value Watch in the World” a watch is going find itself up against some very stiff competition.  Firstly the watch is going to have to be very far into the ‘low cost’ end of the price spectrum.  A watch that costs more than a fast food meal for two is never going to make the cut as there are just too many examples below this threshold that tick a lot of boxes.   But whilst inexpensive the watch will also need to be resilient and reliable.  In being both of these things it will stand out from the many thousands of competing models that can be acquired for the same price.

The wining watch must …

  • Cost less than a fast food meal for two.
  • Be Accurate
  • Be resilient (includes adequate waterproofing)
  • Be reliable.
  • Have adequate functions
  • Be easily maintained.
  • Looks good on the wrist

In this article I give my selection for the watch that deserves this very important title.

The Best Value Watch in the World – The Video

I also did a full video on this watch for my YouTube Channel.   

Casio MRW-200H

So, here it is, the watch that in my view as a watchmaker is the best value watch in the entire world.  Drum roll  … the Casio MRW-200H.

For a full description of where you can pick one of these up see the end of this article but if you have already seen enough and just want to get one then go here.

Check price in the United States

Check price in the United Kingdom

 

The ‘Low Cost’ Threshold – A Kentucky Fried Chicken Meal for Two

KFC Receipt
Kentucky Fried Chicken Receipt for a Meal for two in 2019

Over the years prices of things change; inflation tends to drive them up.

That’s why I like to compare the cost of something to the cost of something else common and familiar rather than to a specific monetary value fixed in time and with a short shelf life.

For this comparison what better than a healthy, delicious meal for two at Kentucky Fried Chicken.   At the time that I did this review the cost in the United Kingdom for such a meal was  £17.38

Looking Good on the Wrist

This watch looks great!  I especially like the the version with the matt black dial with white hands and indices.  On the wrist it does look like a watch orders of magnitude more expensive.  The 42.8mm resin case sits nicely on the wrist and the dial to bezel proportion is practically perfect.  Everything is clear, bold and confident looking.  All this is very important as to be the Best Value Watch in the World these things need to be very impressive;  the competition is just so great.

This Casio MRW-200H does so a very good job of looking very business like. The resin finish is smooth and the minute markings on the bezel are nicely indented for longevity.  The high contrast look is excellent.

To be this good looking the standard of printing on the dial needs to be very high and Casio (who do a lot of this type of work!) have absolutely got this down to a very high standard here.  Getting in close with some magnification we can see just how sharp the printing is.

Image showing printing on a casio dial
Great contrast and sharp printing on the dial

Accuracy

The Casio MRW-200H has a quartz movement and is hence accurate to about 20 seconds (plus or minus) a month.  Now I regularly service Rolex and other high end watches which are largely mechanical automatic watches and these cannot really be made more accurate than  plus or minus 5 seconds a day!  This watch, the best value watch in the world, is hence comparatively a very accurate piece.  The quartz movement that powers it is actually made by Miyota which is a Japanese movement manufacturer with a very good reputation for producing accurate and durable movements.

Image of a Miyota 2305 Quartz Movement
Miyota make great movements (2305 Quartz)

Reliability and Resilience

The watch itself is I think more resilient then the strap.  In the video I explain why this is so in some detail so if you want the full answer I recommend you watch it.  In short I would expect the resin strap to last somewhere between about 2 years and 6 years and the watch some where between 5 years and 25 years with most pieces lasting about 10 to twelve years.  It’s all to do with a thing called Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF).  Check it out on the video.

WaterproofingImage of the Casio in the Pressure testing tank

In my review of this watch one of the first things I did was put the watch in a pressure testing tank to see if it would stand a pressure equivalent to 50 meters worth of water pressure. It does not have a screw down crown and I am always a bit dubious about the ability of watches that do not have this feature to keep water out.  I was very pleased to see however that the watch passed the pressure test without any issues.

Easy Maintenance

With a very common battery driving that Miyota 2305 engine and a super simple to remove case back keeping the Casio MRW-200H running is an extremely simple task.  The battery is a 377 watch battery (also SR626SW) which is extremely common and changing it does not require any fancy tools, just a small cross head screwdriver

The 377 /  SR626SW  can be picked up at Amazon very cheaply.

Changing the battery is very simple (377 / SR626SW)

Summary

The Casio MRW-200H is the best value watch in the world because it ….

  • is very accurate.
  • looks great on the wrist
  • will last about 10 to 12 years and maybe up to 25 years
  • is simple to maintain
  • is waterproof

and it does all of this for less then a fast food meal for two.  That’s pretty incredible!

Where to get The Best Value Watch in The World

Rolex devotees are often bemoaning the lack of supply of stainless steel sports models.  They often spend years on waiting lists to part with £9000 for a Submariner.  No such difficulties here getting hold of one of these highly functional, more accurate than a Rolex, little beauties! Procurement  is simplicity itself.  They ship from Amazon and are very often ‘on Prime’ so should be with you within 24 hours of you making an order.  The difficulty if there is one will be deciding which dial colour combination you would like.  Here is a typical selection.

The fuller selection of models looks some thing like that shown below.  The see the current prices please use these links …

In the United States

In the United Kingdom

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Best Value Watch In the World

2 thoughts on “Best Value Watch In the World

  • March 27, 2020 at 12:33 am
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    Richard, I picked this watch up a couple of months back based purely on your recommendation, and I am delighted with it. Everything you say about the watch is 109% valid. My only very minor disappointment (and it is very minor) is that I wasn’t able to throw on one of my nato straps (unless of course you know different!),

    Anyway, many thanks again for the video, article and recommendation. I am very far from being a watch “nerd”, but I have gone in the last year from owning 2 watches to about 10 including a couple of Vostoks – and my “original” Rolex date just bought in 1987 is seeing very little “air time”.

    Keep up the great work!
    Mark

    Mark FROGGATT
    markmadrid71@gmail.com

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    • March 27, 2020 at 10:26 pm
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      Hi Mark,

      Thank you so much for this feedback and I am very pleased that your experience corroborates my findings of this great watch. Pretty sure you can fit a NATO strap. It should slip under the spring bar in the normal way … I need to go and check!

      Thanks again,

      Richard

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