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To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Casio is recreating its first-ever watch, the Casiotron

By Kenny Yeo - on 2 Mar 2024, 10:36am

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Casio is recreating its first-ever watch, the Casiotron

Note: This article was first published on 16 February 2024.

The Casiotron TRN-50 (Image source: Casio)

Casio is celebrating its 50th anniversary by giving fans a reissue of its first-ever watch – the Casiotron QW02 from 1974.

This is the new Casiotron TRN-50 and the first thing you'll notice is how similar it is to the original. Casio really nailed the look, from the integrated lugs down to the bracelet. What's also remarkable is how contemporary it looks, despite being based on a design from five decades ago.

The old Casiotron vs the new Casiotron. (Image source: Casio)

The original Casiotron was notable because it had an automatic calendar. This meant users need not adjust the calendar on the first day of each (apart from leap years) – the watch would automatically account for the differences. We take this for granted, but it was kind of a big deal back then.

The new Casiotron TRN-50 is obviously much more advanced than that. Not only does it have an automatic date feature, but the new watch also has chronograph functions, daily alarms, and is solar-powered. 

(Image source: Casio)

It also features Casio Multiband 6 technology so it can receive atomic time signals from up to six stations around the world. But if you are a real stickler for accuracy, the watch can also connect via Bluetooth to your phone and sync itself to atomic time up to four times a day using the Casio Watches app. 

Time is read off a super-twisted nematic LCD and Super Illuminator backlighting ensures legibility even in the dark.

(Image source: Casio)

Like the original watch, the Casiotron TRN-50 features a screw-lock caseback. There's a special logo to celebrate Casio's 50th anniversary and the caseback will also have engraved serial numbers to denote that this watch is part of a limited edition run. Casio says it's only making 4,000 pieces of these

For diehard Casio and G-Shock fans, I think there's a lot to like about this watch. To begin, it is a faithful recreation of a historically important Casio watch. And, it has genuinely practical features. Furthermore, diehards will also appreciate the fact that this watch is made in Japan. 

Pricing and availability

(Image source: Casio)

The Casio 50th anniversary TRN-50 is priced at S$699 and will be available to pre-order on 28th February 2024 on the Casio website here.

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