LAUGHING TO THE DATABANK
Written by: Neph.
There’s something really dope about rocking a watch from the 80’s, that still makes you feel futuristic. None of the gadgets are really relevant, and by todays standards, there’s definitely nothing ergonomic about this watch. But the Casio Databank 610 Series still manages to turn heads and receive praise from not only the fashion-inclined younger crowd, technology-impaired older crowd, but also all the people who received a free one in their cereal as a youngster.
In my honest opinion its timeless. It’s ‘Back to the Future’ Delorean cool. About a year ago, I was fortunate enough to receive a special edition Casio x In4mation databank watch in silver; in which only 20 were made, along with only 10 in gold. It will always be one of my most prized possessions, not only because of who gifted it to me, but also because of the fact that it’s off the Richter scale of awesome. The moment I put it on, I felt smarter…well…I didn’t, but I felt like I should’ve. It actually looks like a mini laptop on your wrist, and comes with ALMOST all of the features a Macbook Pro would come with. It has a calculator function, memo, phonebook entry, calendar, alarm, stop watch, and of course even tells the time! Okay, so maybe not quite almost all of the functions of a Macbook Pro, but for a watch it will do everything you need it to, and even some things you don’t.
Sarcasm aside, Casio has been picking up on the recent demand for their Databank series, and like any good business, they’re coming through on supply. Along with re-issuing the classic silver and gold colorways, they’re also re-releasing the more ‘recent’ black Databanks with the poly-urethane bands. Depending on which model your trying to scoop up, and where you are in the world, you can delve into the realm of Databank for less than $60; and unless your looking for the limited releases, you’ll top out somewhere around $130. Not budget breaking by any means, which in todays world is a rarity…and also means you may be able to compete with Captain Jean-Luc Picard for the most futuristic time piece.