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Casio MTP4500D-1AV Tough Chronograph Watch Review: Revamped for the Modern Timekeeper

November 10, 2021

For a while, I have been looking for a chronograph set for the modern era. When the good folks at Trendhim sent me this watch, I had to give you the heads up.

Stopwatch function? Check, stainless steel case? Check. What about a slide rule bezel, three sub dials and a Quartz movement? You got it.

Step forward Casio MTP4500D-1AV. It’s perfect for the dapper gents’ watch collection, so sit back as we bring you the ultimate review.

Product Specifications

Brand NameCasio
Model numberEAW-MTP-4500D-1AV
Part NumberMTP4500D-1AV
Model Year2011
Item ShapeRound
Dial Window Material TypeMineral
Display TypeAnalog
Clasp TypePush Button Foldover Clasp With Safety
Case MaterialStainless Steel
Case Diameter42 millimeters
Case Thickness10 millimeters
Band MaterialStainless Steel
Band sizeMens
Band Width23 millimeters
Band ColourSilver
Dial ColourBlack
Bezel MaterialStainless Steel
Bezel FunctionSlide Rule
CalendarDate
Special FeaturesChronograph, Slide rule
Weight100 Grams
MovementQuartz

The Watch - A Review


Aesthetics

Priced at $159, you might consider Casio as retro as platform shoes...but you’d be wrong. Both smart and stylish, add a dash of panache to your closet thanks to this masterful mineral crystal chrono. Featuring a stainless-steel case and strap, I do like the multi-faceted dial in black.

Offering durability and excellent transparency, check out its scratch resistant properties that include the dial window. Just 10mm thick, it oozes as much elegance as Sophia Loren. It is even better on the wrist and is easily interchangeable with all manner of outfits.

Ideal for lunching with friends, key business meetings and even smarter affairs, I’m a big fan of its all-round versatility.

The Dial

Both form and function go hand-in-hand, and that’s clearly demonstrated in the super sleek 42mm black dial. The hours, minutes and chronograph seconds hands are located within the main dial.

The smaller subdials feature the chronograph hours to the left. Situated at the 9 o’clock mark, it will count up to 12 hours. The minutes subdial is on top at 12 o’ clock and the seconds subdial is positioned at the 6 o’ clock mark. However, there are some cons as far as the dial is concerned.

Firstly, the design is a bit of a letdown as the minutes and seconds subdials are not uniformed. This is due to the oversized 30 and 60 markers located at the top and bottom of the dial.

Furthermore, when the main hand moves around the dial, it covers the sub dial markers making it impossible to decipher the minutes. Another thumbs down goes for creating this model with silver hands and chunky minute markers.

Silver on silver isn’t ideal especially if you need to know what time it is in a hurry. With a little maneuvering on the wrist, it has proven to be cumbersome and somewhat irritating. The main hands cover the subdials as it goes round meaning that seeing them clearly is rather obscure.

Close up of the crown - CASIO MTP4500D-1AV

The Bezel

Slipping and sliding your way, the bi-directional elapsed time slide rule bezel on this unique timepiece is one of the highlights. It can rotate both ways which does make it a hassle-free experience.

Having the opportunity to convert distance such as miles to kilometers is kind of nice, allowing great functionality.

However, the one complaint is the inability to read the numbers clearly on the inner ring of the watch. If you’re new to using the slide rule, why not get up to speed here?

Close up of the dial - CASIO MTP4500D-1AV

The Chronograph

The chronograph setting on the Casio MTP4500D-1AV is as consistent as getting up in the morning. I found the clicking of the chronograph to be solid with not much force exerted when pushing down. Pulling the crown to set the time is just as seamless.

The top chrono button is for start and stop while the bottom has the ability to reset the hand markers. Pull the button out and you can even set the starting point of the chronograph.

If you are as old school as Run DMC, then a one second chrono gives you all the benefits of a stopwatch without going digital.

The chronograph is excellent, if a tad too intricate for me. If you are looking for something simpler, check out other price competitive brands such as Timex or Seiko. On the whole it’s smooth and quite precise...heck, what do you want for under two hundred bucks?

The Strap

With a lug width of 22mm, the Casio MTP4500D-1AV offers a shiny silver toned metal link with fold over clasp. The lugs curve down and the Casio branding is signed on the clasp which is a nice touch.

Throw in four micro adjustments and you are good to go. I did find locking the fourth one a tad difficult, though.

Want some good news? As it’s not a solid-end link watch, you can exchange various straps to suit your style. From NATO to leather, the possibilities are endless when it comes to elevating your wrist. For bigger arms, this watch can fit up to around an 8-inch wrist.

Wearing it is almost perfect, and it lays flat on the wrist with barely a jiggle or rattle. Plus, it doesn’t drag or pull on your hairs which some Casios do.

CASIO MTP4500D-1AV

Water Resistance

Water resistance is up to 50 meters or up to a depth of 165 feet on this shiny silver Casio. Thanks to its mineral crystal face, it does provide better-than-average robustness and reliability. 

Suitable for light swimming, we don’t advise that you venture anywhere near these specific depths. Let’s put it this way, I won’t be going deep sea diving or snorkeling with this bad boy on.

Tick Tock...The Final Word

For the metropolitan man who wants to inject a sprinkling of razzmatazz into his wardrobe, the Casio MTP4500D-1AV is not one to underestimate.

Utilitarian, with three sub dials, it’s one to watch especially for the price. Together with the one-second chronograph and stopwatch, this timepiece is a genuine corker.

Don’t forget its first-rate precision of +/-20 seconds every month. The screw-down case back means you can swap out batteries but there are some minus points. Despite its attractiveness, the slide rule bezel is hard to use with the inner ring figures hard to look at.

However, if you are not that fussed on utilizing the slide rule bezel, this timepiece might be right up your street. It does look better than a sub $200 model and in my view is overlooked for the $159 price point. Talk is cheap but this watch can certainly hold its own.

Author
Simon Lazarus
As an avid watch fiend, Simon Lazarus isn’t any ordinary watch collector. Since the dawn of time (well almost), his obsession with timepieces has seen him establish a bijou collection across his extensive travels with his wife and two darling daughters including in the US and Dubai. With an extensive back catalogue of published work on timepieces for numerous sites globally, watches are moments in history. He certainly makes time to capture the true essence of watchmaking with an eye for impeccable detail showcased in his plethora of watch articles across numerous sites. With a well formed selection focusing on Swiss made as well as emerging microbrands that will no doubt gain in value, time is almost as precious as his two young princesses!
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