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CASIO MDV106 - DURABLE & GOOD-LOOKING [2020 UPDATE]

Casio’s G-shocks are world-known, but they’re not the only great pieces the company produces. The MDV106 is a considerable homage watch and we’ve talked about it below.

mdv106

The Watch - At a Glance

We’ve summarized its specs in the following table.

Preview
Casio MDV106
Casio Men's MDV106-1AV 200M Duro Analog Watch, Black
Water resistance
660 feet (200 meters)
Crystal
Mineral
Bezel
Stainless steel
Movement
Japanese quartz
Case (size)
1.73 inches (44 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Colour
Black
Strap
Resin
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Casio MDV106
Preview
Casio Men's MDV106-1AV 200M Duro Analog Watch, Black
Water resistance
660 feet (200 meters)
Crystal
Mineral
Bezel
Stainless steel
Movement
Japanese quartz
Case (size)
1.73 inches (44 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Colour
Black
Strap
Resin
More Information
Casio MDV106

The Watch - A Review

Design

Casio’s known to produce durable timepieces. The MDV106 certainly looks the part. It comes in a quality stainless steel body that can withstand scratches. There is also a screwed-down crown and case to not let water in.

The device has a rubber strap. The material isn’t the chicest, but it is waterproof. The MDV106 is quite big. Its case is 1.73 inches (44 mm). If you have smaller hands, it’ll look awkward on you.

The timepiece has rhomboid and circular markers on the larger side. They’re full of lume. You’ll notice large watch hands passing them.

You don’t have to look too close to notice indentations on its bezel. They’re a nod to the Rolex Submariner. The Casio MDV106 is one of the many watches paying homage to the Swiss piece.

There’s a sunburst effect on its dial which makes it look stylish.

Heavy watches are superior. Unfortunately, the MDV106 is 2.89 ounces (81.9 grams). It’ll feel like a feather on your wrist – the more weight a timepiece has, the more premium it’ll feel.

Dial & Case

As mentioned, there are large markings on its dial. They’re full of lume, but we don’t know the type of pigment used. Unfortunately, the luminosity on its dial isn’t the best – we found it hard to read in the dark.

The crystal on its window is mineral. It’s not the toughest, so be careful.

If you look at its case, you’ll notice a case crown. This keeps it protected. It’s screwed down tight, so water will not get inside. The crown is in the 3 o'clock position, though. It’ll slam into your wrist quite a bit.

There’s a calendar on its display. We appreciate it, but it’s pretty small. It also only reads the date.

Not only does its bezel have shark-like teeth, but it rotates. This means it ticks as it turns, acting as a timer.

You might’ve noticed the red second hand. It’s petite, so it doesn’t have any lume. Its bright red colour makes it a breeze to spot. It also sweeps as it moves, making it easier for your eyes to catch it.

Water Resistance

You’re getting considerable water resistance. The MDV106 can handle 660 feet (200 meters) underwater. You can swim and snorkel with it, but you can’t dive. The timepiece is not ISO 6425 certified. As it has so much lume, you’d think it’d be easy to read underwater. However, its luminous pigment isn’t very strong.

Its stainless steel face easily resists corrosion and rusting. Its strap is resin. The material is quite waterproof.

Its rotating bezel is great for underwater use. Swimmers use it to time their laps. As it has indentations, it’s easy to grip.

Strap

Resin isn’t the most comfortable. It makes you sweat if there’s a lot of it, and the MDV106 has a wide strap. You’ll notice “ribbings” on it. They keep the timepiece secure on your wrist. They also feel nice against your skin.

Attached to the band is a tang buckle. The clasp type isn’t as secure as its deployant counterparts. Tang buckles are difficult to close. You’ll have to put a pin into a hole instead of snapping a latch into place. Depending on how thick your wrist is, you might not find an opening for you.

Its buckle is made of high-quality stainless steel. This is why it’s so shiny. As you know, the material is great at resisting corrosion and scratches.

Just like any watch, you can swap its clasp if you want. We think a push-button fold-over would work the best.

Movement

The Casio device is Japanese quartz. Quartz watches, especially Japanese ones are more accurate than their automatic brothers. They have fewer parts and are made from an automated process. Let’s not forget they run by batteries and not gears too.

The specific quartz movement is unknown, but we think it’s an ultra-accurate Miyota – Casio is fond of the movement.

As the watch is not automatic, it’s no surprise that it doesn’t come with an exposed back. Personally, we’re fans of timepieces with skeleton rears as they look premium. They’re also cool to look at.

Alternatives

Our Casio Duro review is coming to an end. We’ve compared it with alternatives below.

Casio Men’s MTD-1079D

The MTD-1079D is just as big as the MDV106. They’re both giants, so make note if you have smaller wrists. It is much heavier, though – it weighs 6 ounces (170 grams). Its body is made from stainless steel, even its strap.

The device has a mineral window. In case you forgot, the crystal is not that durable. Its whole body is screwed down well. This helps it handle a lot of water. The MTD-1079D is water-resistant up to 330 feet (100 meters).

It is Japanese quartz. We, unfortunately, have no idea what mechanism is in it. However, we know its accuracy, it’s +/- 20 seconds a month.

Its dial has large markers. They’re packed with luminous pigment which is on its hands too.

You’ll notice that its bezel rotates. There are indentations on it, but they’re not ‘shark-like’. They look like fins and help you grip it.

We’re fans of the calendar feature on its display. It’s in the 3 o'clock position and is bolded well. This makes it very easy to read. We especially like that it reads the day as well as the date.

There’s a deployment clasp on it. It has an additional safety mechanism, ensuring the watch will never slip off your wrist.

Like the MDV106, the timepiece is paying homage to the Rolex Submariner. We think the MTD-1079D does a better job.

Casio Men’s MTP-S110-1AVCF

The S110-1AVCF is large. Its case stretches 1.84 inches (46.9 mm) across.

It’s made from stainless steel and rubber. Its strap is resin, so it’s very waterproof. The device is heavier than the MDV106 – it comes in at 5.22 ounces (147.98 grams).

It is water-resistant, but can’t handle as much depths as its brother. You only get 330 feet (100 meters) from it.

The timepiece has a pitch-black dial with red on it. This allows for an eye-catching contrast. The red is on a watch hand as well as its seconds’ hand. Speaking of its watch hands, they’re thick and full of lume. The luminous pigment is on its markings too.

You’re getting a bezel that can rotate. There are indentations on it that are like fins, helping you grip it.

The S110-A1VCF has a calendar in the 3 o'clock position. This angle makes it easy to read. It’s bold and reads the day as well as the date. Something else that’s in the 3 o'clock position is its crown. Unfortunately, you might slam it into your wrist.

You’re looking at a Japanese quartz device. We don’t know the specific movement on it. We know that it’s solar powered, though.

About its strap – there’s a tang buckle attached. If you’re not a fan, you can get it swapped out for a deployment clasp.

Casio Men’s MTP4500D-1AV

The MTP4500D-1AV is not that big. Its case stretches 1.65 inches (42 mm) across. It’s fully made from stainless steel. However, it’s not heavy. It weighs around 3 ounces (85 grams).

It can’t handle that much water. It’s only resistant up to 165 feet (50 meters). Casio says that it’s capable of being used for recreational swimming, not snorkeling, and diving.

Something you’ll notice about its dial is its slide rule. You can do mathematical calculations on it. The feature is a staple in pilot watches.

Not only does the MTP4500D come with a slide rule, but it also has a chronograph. Chronographs are stopwatches. They time the seconds, minutes and hours passed.

The device is quartz. Once again, we don’t know its specific movement. There’s also no exposed back on it.

Its markers are full of lume. This is also true for its hands, but they’re pretty thin.

You’re getting a thick steel bracelet. Steel collects less sweat than rubber, but a lot of it on your wrist will still make you sweat. The timepiece has a thick strap.

What about its clasp? It’s a push-button fold-over type. There’s an additional safety mechanism making it extra secure.

The device sadly does not come with a calendar.

The crystal on it is mineral. Its bezel doesn’t rotate, but there are “edges” on it. They look like fins more than shark teeth.

Final Thoughts

Let’s wrap up our Casio MDV106 review. It’s a timepiece that doesn’t break the bank, yet comes with considerable features. Casio is known to produce quality watches, and we think they deliver with the MDV106. Our only complaint is that it doesn’t have a superior luminous pigment. It looks a lot like the Rolex Submariner, so it’s a great tribute piece too.

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