Casio MTP-V003, the one everyone missed
I grabbed this one before it disappeared.
Back in 2020 I bought a Casio MTP-V006. I like it and still have it, but I wanted something more classy and that's the MTP-V003.
The MTP-V003 is functionally exactly the same as the MTP-V006. All the difference is in the dial and hands. On the MTP-V003, the hands are flat and the hour markers are raised and shiny, making for a very elegant look overall.
I'm genuinely surprised more people didn't buy this watch, as for many it is the "perfect" size. The perfect diver is known as a 40/20, meaning 40mm diameter and 20mm lug width. The perfect everyday casual dress watch is a 38/18, which is exactly what the MTP-V003 is. The exact dimensions are 45mm lug-to-lug, 38mm diameter, 18mm lug width and 9.4mm thickness.
In addition, the second hand is precise, hits every marker properly and it's a silent ticker. Both the MTP-V003 and MTP-V006 are like this.
Better than other similar offerings
When it comes to an analog quartz, this is what people want:
- All markers installed properly
- Seconds hand hits all the marks and isn't jittery
- Crown turns smoothly with no grinding
- Day-date lines up properly and works smoothly
Shockingly, Casio is one of the few watchmakers that actually satisfies all these requirements. There are tons of quartz analog watches out there, and the vast majority of them just don't measure up.
There are Swiss quartz watches selling well north of $300 right now that tick loud and have a seconds hand that doesn't line up with the markers. That's ridiculous. Casio, with a watch that sells for well under $50, doesn't have those problems at all.
The only two watchmakers I know of that truly get it right with quartz analogs are Casio and Citizen. Citizen has some nice day-date offerings including the BM8240-03E and BM8180-03E, but where price is concerned, Casio is obviously the better deal.
The day-date complication is still one of the best things ever invented
Rolex made the first day-date wristwatch watch back in 1956 (appropriately called the Day-Date) and still manufactures it to this day. Theirs has the day complication at the 12 o'clock position and the date at 3 o'clock. As far as what company first put both the day and date at the 3 o'clock, that I don't know, but it is faster to read compared to the Rolex layout.
What I do know is that the Seiko 5 model has always had a day-date complication, with most if not all of them having it at the 3 o'clock position. This watch has been around since the 1960's.
The day-date complication is one of those things where once you wear an analog watch that has it, you then understand how convenient it actually is.
Every time I wear an analog watch that doesn't have a day-date, it feels weird because I expect day and date information to be there whenever I look at the dial. Having that info at a glance is something you get used to real quick.
Discontinued, but totally worth getting
The MTP-V003 is now a discontinued model, so I grabbed one now before this watch vanished.
When it comes to a quartz analog where everything works the way it's supposed to, Casio is the only one that does it for the lowest price while still getting a great quality timepiece.