Casio WVQ-570E Wave Ceptor Watch Review

Like me, all my male mates are watch fanatics, comparing features and modes (and how much they’ve spent) on their latest Longines or Rolex. But none can compete with the accuracy on offer from Casio’s WVQ-570E Wave Ceptor watch.

Casio is famed for innovation in its digital watches and calculators, so it seemed fitting that Casio’s WVQ-570E Wave Ceptor watch should kick off Best4Reviews watch review section. And so, it’s not every day you can say you have a watch that is accurate to +/- 0.1-seconds every million years.

But thanks to the radio controlled link (hence the “Wave Ceptor” moniker) to an atomic clock in Rugby, England and/or a similar atomic clock in Mainflingen, Germany up to six times a day, it magically connects to the atomic clocks and resets itself to the “very” correct time. However, without a connection, accuracy is around +/-20-seconds a month, still not bad.

So, accuracy is not an issue with the 570E and neither is a dearth of features. The watch is equipped with mineral glass that helps to ensure waterproofing to 10-BAR (that’s 100-meters to you and me) so it’s fine for snorkeling and diving but not Scuba work.

You dual time for up to time zones around the world and a 1/100th-sec stop watch that can measure elapsed time, cumulative elapsed time, lap times and you can also use it as a Velometer for visual speed indication on a tachymeter function.

This is all powered by a lithium CR1616 battery pack that is good for around two years constant use. However, the neat LED illumination that backs up the luminous hands and indices can suck more power particularly in the auto illumination mode. If active each time you move your arm to view the watch, it will automatically activate the ethereal orange backlight that rings the face.

The watch has hour, second and minute sweep hands, plus three smaller dials that help combine indication for the stopwatch (the topmost small dial), which also indicates the alarm and dual time status. Then there’s the stopwatch minute hand in it’s own small dial to the left side of the face and at the bottom we find the 24-hour hand.

Each of these smaller dials are not easy to read on the move, say, if you want to check the stopwatch when jogging so don’t try to read ‘em on the move or you risk tripping. Three A, B and C buttons orbit the face and each has multiple functions with varying button presses depending on the function you need to choose.

But due to the level of features at your disposal, you need to keep the manual to hand for quite a while for setting the thing, particularly the stop watch features or you risk resetting it and not getting the measured stopwatch timing, which is very frustrating.

The vinyl strap I thought would be uncomfortable and sweaty to wear but it is not, even when running, so a pleasant surprise and there’s no nasty 'niff of rubber from it either. However, the 570E did have one slight issue with the sweeping second hand.

After about a week, the second hand no longer pointed to the right place. In stopwatch mode, it would adjust to around two seconds before the 12-oclock position. When confirming correct atomic clock updates, the second sweeps quickly round to either a “Y” (for yes) or “N” (for no”) on the face depending on the last update outcome. It no longer points to these properly being a couple of indices out.

Okay, not a major issue I’m sure but a bit disappointing as there’s nothing like the satisfaction gained from watching an accurate indication of the time or feature... or is that just me?

Verdict: 
Reasonably priced and well-featured watch that’s supremely accurate – if a little complex to get the hang of at first.