Casio W-87H Illuminator Review

Not a new watch, but the one I wore on my 20th wedding anniversary in 2019. Like most people with a huge collection of watches, I just haven't written a review of it until now.

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I tried to create some "arty" pictures of this Casio while I was in Brighton, but it didn't work too well. Sometimes I wonder why I bother.

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The sunlight was against me, but even in those conditions, the time was still very legible.

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Anyway, here's the usual close-ups on my side table to show you what you get with a Casio W-87H. It isn't that much, to be honest.

I'm not sure what colour the case is supposed to be because sometimes it looks grey and sometimes it looks olive green depending on the light source. The truth of the matter may be somewhere in between.

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There are only three buttons on this watch, 2 on the side and one great big one for the backlight which is presumably labelled for morons.

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I really dislike the huge "LIGHT" text. The button would have been much better left plain, but then Casio wouldn't be able to advertise every feature, would they?

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It's one of the better EL backlights too, not a weedy LED, so it's pretty much the same as the light on the A-168 or W-86 (although softer and not as bright as the latter).

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The back of the case is the usual boring cover plate with 4 screws. I've never changed the battery, so I have no idea what's inside or which battery this takes. I doubt that I'll ever change the battery either as I assume it lasts 10 years like all the others. Probably a CR2016, maybe a CR2025. You can look it up if you want to.

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The 19mm strap is quite decent but with a black plastic "signed" buckle. Replacements cost as much as a new Casio but come with an unsigned metal buckle now because this watch is still in production with slight colour variations.

At 36mm (46mm lug-to lug, and 11mm thick), this isn't a very big watch. The 19mm lug width is annoying for new straps, but an 18, 19, or even 20mm nato will pass through with no problems.

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Not many functions on this Casio apart from the basic timekeeping, 12/24 hour mode, alarm, chime, and stopwatch. The display is a much like the F-94W with the position of the indicators sub-dial on the other side.

There are two slightly upgraded models in the same case shape with auto-backlight, countdown timers, and 2 more buttons on the right side. With hindsight, I probably should have bought the W-93H or W-94H instead, but I still don't have either.

This Casio W-87H a just a basic EDC kind of thing which is slightly bigger and more "manly" than an F-91W, but with a better backlight and nicer strap. It's light, comfortable, and does its job.

Casio W-87H Illuminator Review

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  • It does everything that it claims
  • Light and comforable
  • Very good backlight
  • The big "Light" label on the light button
  • 19mm lugs should have been 20mm
  • Weirdly expensive in some places now
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I love it and remember it with great nostalgia, since it was my beater that I had almost 30 years ago. Special attention to unboxing, in the days when it was not yet fashionable 馃槏馃槄

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I love it and remember it with great nostalgia, since it was my beater that I had almost 30 years ago. Special attention to unboxing, in the days when it was not yet fashionable 馃槏馃槄

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Ahh the days of non-Sony Ericsson.

I have an old W-94h and it's not really much different from yours. If anything the 87h looks a little more 'grown up' than the 94h. One cool thing about it tho is the high contrast 'holographic' green LCD.

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I have an old W-94h and it's not really much different from yours. If anything the 87h looks a little more 'grown up' than the 94h. One cool thing about it tho is the high contrast 'holographic' green LCD.

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I dunno. I think I should have bought the W-93H. The light button annoys me on mine.

Drowning_in_Digitals

Ahh the days of non-Sony Ericsson.

That's how it is!

Great review, good read 馃摉 thanks

I picked a W-87H up recently and like the simplicity of the watch. Also, very light and comfortable.

The only drawback for me so far is using it for grilling in the dark - without a countdown timer, I use the stopwatch for timing. However, if you check the light, it engages the split mode and you have to wait for the light to go out before you can resume the timing... one downside to using the light button for other purposes. The smaller W-93H and W-94H solve this issue in multiple ways - they have countdown timers, separate buttons, and the auto-light feature - but I'm not sure about their smaller size.