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rare Casio DW 1400 and a short (hi)story of Casio DWs line

Post13 Dec 2015, 19:11

For sometime now, I wanted a quite rare SS Casio DW 1000 or DW 1000C watch to complement the Casio W-150/H101 SS Marlin Watch I already had.
My intention was to have - as a pair - the first watch that appeared in the famous Casio "Marlin" 100M WR line of watches and also the first watch from Casio SS 200M WR series (with snorkel logo).

But it was quite a nice surprise when I found and bought a mint condition Casio DW 1400 which is even much rare and sought after than DW 1000 or even than some famous early Casio's G-Shocks which DW 1000 may be also related to :) (pls read the full story to find why).
Some reasons because Casio DW 1400 is so rare: it was launched only on the Japanese market and only for about 2 years (1985-1986) as the first Casio watch from the series labeled HD (Heavy Duty), SS, 200M WR!
And as a plus, both my Marlin W-150/H101 and DW 1400 have very low serial numbers (Marlin: 039NNN, DW 1400: 037NNN), which put them between the first ones that were produced :)

In the photo below there are the pair of my two SS 100/200 m WR watches presented in the (hi)story below:
dw1400_marlinh101_small.jpg


And now...the (hi)story:
1. In 1980 Casio launched their first line 100 M WR digital watches, known today as the "vintage" line of Casio's "Marlin".
The first interesting thing was that - for the "fish" logo - Casio had not chosen a real Marlin fish (Makaita Nigricans), but instead a Sailfish (Istiophorus Platypterus), thus the entire line is not properly called "Marlin" by the collectors :scratch:
Also interesting, is the fact that is quite difficult to say which watch was the first in this "Marlin" product line, because even if in the Casio's 1980 catalogues W(Water Resistant?)-150/named also H101 on the back plate and with the 106 module appeared as the first, it seems that a W-550 "Marlin" with the module 81 (lowest module number of the entire series) was released in the same time (1980).
But this W-550 Marlin watch is so rare and - as a plus - it cannot be found in ANY Casio's catalogue of the time nor in the Casio PINDEX (1993), thus many years collectors were in doubt that it really exist. And it is considered now as one of the "rara avis" watches among Casio''s collectors.
It is difficult to find even a proper photo of the W-550, but we are lucky to have Adam's excellent site http://www.digital-watch.com, where one may see that this rare watch really exist :).
So, it' may be safe to say that the first commercially available Casio "Marlin" WR watch was the H101/W-150.
http://www.digital-watch.com/DWL/1work/casio_w-550/
http://www.digital-watch.com/DWL/1work/casio_w150_h101/
You may find an entire list of the rarest Casio "Marlin" watches at the URL below:
http://www.casiomarlin.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=63

2. Following the success of their first 100M WR Marlin line, it seems that Casio was ready to launch in 1982 an entire new 200M WR series entitled Digital Water (DW) resistant.
Thus, in January 1982 DW 1000 and 1000C watches - with 280 module - were launched as the first Casio's 200M WR watches of this line. The logo was changed to a snorkler instead of a Marlin/Sailfish, probably to underline the fact that those watches may be used properly for snorkeling and for scuba diving without helium gas.
Those watches were also the first Casios that had a "resin bezel" meant to protect the mineral crystal from scratches, one year before the apparition of the famous DW 5000C - the first G-Shock watch!
http://www.digital-watch.com/DWL/1work/ ... ler-watch/
http://www.digital-watch.com/DWL/1work/casio-dw-1000-1/

3. And now the more interesting part...it seems that people/management at Casio became somehow "confused" by their own success and started to "mix" the "labels/logos" from their different lines :eek: . Thus, in 1983:
i) Probably to underline to the consumers that their already established and successful "Marlin" 100M WR line of watches is not - quality wise - below the new DW line of 200M WR watches , they have decided to launch in January 1983 a very interesting watch: the DW 200 - who sports a Marlin/Sailfish logo on the face :) while was labeled as being from the DW series, making it the only "hybrid" watch of the 2 families :). To underline even more the connection between "Marlin" and the new DW family, the same 181 module was used either in the 200M WR "DW-200" and also in the 100M "W-650" and 50M WR "W-25" from the "Marlin" logo family.
http://www.digital-watch.com/DWL/1work/casio_dw-200/
ii) In the same January month of 1983 a new (sub? :) type of watch from DW series were launched, now the most famous and quite rare Casio DW-5000 - WR 200M and Shock-Resistant - with 240 module, that sports a new and innovative "floating module design" inside the resin bezel, a design imagined by Casio's young designer Kikuo Ibe and labeled also "G-Shock".
According to a 2008 interview with Kikuo Ibe, this design was directed to "workman who worked in tough environments" and that Casio had really no idea how successful and "fashionable" such a design may be :)
https://m.facebook.com/notes/casio-g-sh ... 6073771702
iii) One may easily see some similarities in the inner design (below the resin bezel) between the DW-1000C and the new G-shock DW-5000c (without bezel) and specifications of module looking at the URLs below:
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/restor ... 43352.html
http://watchshock.com/archive/Casio/Spo ... /DW-1000C/
and because of this similarities Casio DW 1000c is considered by many experts and Casio collectors - e.g. Casionerd, as "the father of G-Shock"
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/old-sc ... 494-2.html
and the DW 1000/c appeared in many "G-Shock history" materials as the G-shock line main precursor.
http://www.angelfire.com/80s/ron28/casio/

4. Probably to underline the fact that their initially intended "target consumers" was "workman who worked in tough environments", in 1984 the Casio advertised the new line of G-Shock as "Heavy Duty - 200M water resistant", but without a proper HD logo and with only some emphasis on their G-Shock label/brand - very famous today :-) , as one may see in the page below from a 1984 Casio catalogue (G-Shock DW 5100C/5200C)
http://www.digital-watch.com/casio_84_g ... _full/614/

5. In 1985, Casio have launched some new (and now very rare) watches - probably just to test the market and/or to "clarify" their product lines for the customers. But it seems that those new products only increased the confusion between their HD, G-Shock and previous 100M WR product lines :)
(please see the below photo from a Japanese 1985? catalogue presenting the watches mentioned below) :
i). Only on the Japanese Market:
- A watch - DW-1400 HD - module 280, SS with resin bezel/ring very similar with DW 1000 (probably meant to replace it), labeled HD (Heavy Duty) on its Blue dial. But the first Heavy Duty oriented watches (but not labeled HD) were the first G-Shocks, at least according to the 1984 Casio catalogue!!!
It's an educated guess that Casio have tried in 1985 to eliminate some of the confusion between consumers, by starting quite different product lines: HD (Heavy Duty + WR 200m) and G-Shock (heavy duty + Giant? Shock resistant +WR 200m)
So, the DW-1400 is probably the FIRST Casio HD (Heavy Duty) labeled watch, also 200M WR!!!
- 2 watches with a resin bezel and a completely new design of the watch case, compared with DW 1000 (square case - DW-1100C - module 548, without HD label ; round case - DW-1200C - module 548, with HD label, but both 200M WR !!!)
- 1 watch from the DW 5000/G-shock line with a different case design than the DW 5000/5100/5200C - the famous and now rare as hen's teeth G-Shock 5500C watch!!!
ii). On Japanese and the International market:
- a 300M WR resin case watch - labeled DW 300 - with 548 module and HD (Heavy Duty)
- a 300M WR SS case watch labeled DW 3000 - with module 548, but NOT HD
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Post13 Dec 2015, 20:49

What a great article. Thank you for sharing that information. I really enjoyed reading it.

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Re: rare Casio DW 1400 and a short (hi)story of Casio DWs li

Post16 Dec 2015, 01:02

Thanks Mr. Adam for your kind words. Glad that an expert like You enjoyed that short (hi)story.
Meanwhile, I've added also the module numbers for DW-1400 (the "old school" 280 module) and DW-1100C and DW-1200C (both with the new 548 module). This may be one more argument to consider the DW-1400 as the first Casio's HD labeled watch, even if it was launch in the same month with the other HD watch, the DW-1200C, but this later one has the new 548 module installed :).
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Re: rare Casio DW 1400 and a short (hi)story of Casio DWs li

Post29 Dec 2015, 20:20

wow...very nice...love this stuff. I had to find the time to read it all :-D

Great history and i've learned some new things:-) dived in my "Still todo" watch drawer and found...



more then i expected :-D

Even this funny but super quality clone

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Re: rare Casio DW 1400 and a short (hi)story of Casio DWs li

Post31 Dec 2015, 15:55

Wow...Mr. Kasper...for a "Still todo" watch drawer You have there many Casio vintage watches...including, from what I see, some rare "Marlins": e.g. a W-750 and a W-450... :-)
I am almost afraid to ask what You may have in other "still todo watch drawers" You may own, beyond your already famous collection's display cabinets... :scratch:
Anyway, thanks for Your kind words about my short reviews/(hi)stories,

And a Merry and Happy New Year to You and all the friends from newdwf.com!
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