Watch ninja Chris Cantrell over at WatchReport got a nice write-up in the New York Times today.

I caught him reading articles at a watch review site called

Confronted, he pointed to his rubberized wristband.

“It’s ripping apart,” he said.

Upon inspection, this proved true. But the model I saw on screen was no mere replacement. According to the review, the new $200 Casio G-Shock GW-400J came with features like a vibrating alarm, a countdown timer, a thermometer and a moon-phase indicator. To synchronize daily, it received radio waves transmitted by atomic clocks.

The only thing that stood between my husband and that watch was that Casio had released the GW-400J for sale only in Asia.

“I bet you could find it for me on the Internet,” he said.

Probably. If I could read Japanese. After a Google keyword search for the model number turned up a few Asian online stores, I ran them through Google’s translator tool, ascertaining that they appeared to sell the watch. (“It is the New the G which corresponds to various marine sports from surfing to the yacht,” I learned at The only problem was I couldn’t figure out where to click to buy anything.

Instead I phoned Christian Cantrell, the reviewer who started a few months ago, to thank him for his detailed descriptions and enticing watch photos.

Read the rest here.

ByJohn Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.

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