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[Baby-G Review] BGA-250-7A1 — azure sea and bright backlight

It is always a pleasure to write about watches that somehow appeared on the world watch exhibition Baselworld. Despite the fact that today the review will be about the female model, her presence at such a grand event speaks volumes. The lack of advanced functionality here does not bother at all, because the female half pays attention mainly to the pretty “wrapper”, but the BGA-250-7A1 has no problems with that.

As already mentioned above, Casio showed the BGA-250 series at the watch exhibition in Basel in March 2018. The model did not make much furore, and from a technological point of view, it has nothing to brag about – there are only basic capabilities [about them a bit later]. But in terms of style and design tricks, I personally consider the BGA-250 one of the most elegant and feminine among all the representatives of the Baby-G line of women [well, except maybe MSG].

I got a model with a blue dial for review – so friends, you won’t believe it, but even this color attracts me. The manufacturer said a few words about the substrate of the dial – they say, it is made using some special laser technology to most accurately repeat the sparkling surface of sea water. I don’t know about water, but the blue layer of plastic under the glass is very saturated and juicy.

Take a closer look at the blue part of the dial – the surface here is not even, but engraved in the form of separate rectangular blocks with a “hair” texture. Such official details are not visible on the official promotional photos, so now it becomes more or less clear what the Japanese meant by a special style. Each of the blocks has its own shade of blue, due to which there is a “transfusion” in the sun.

The designers did not pass over the outer ring of the dial and also distinguished it with a laser texture. In general, all this blue and white design causes [my wife’s] wild nostalgia for the summer season and the beauty of sea water, which the Japanese relied on in their BGA-250 advertising campaign – the watch is designed for beach lovers.

The dial is notable for its hour markers and hands. Alternating rectangular and round marks very much resemble the design of a ship’s helm. Arrows with wide tips and figures in the form of anchors at the opposite ends fit into the same image – almost like the male GN-1000 and GWN-1000. True, there all this was confirmed by “marine” functionality [sensors, moon phases, ebbs / flows], here everything was limited by external beauty.

I liked the processing of the material of the case and strap. Yes, it’s the same polyurethane with high strength, but the matte finish turned out to be a bit different from that of other similar models – the surface became more rough, and clearly more resistant to mashing. Given the whiteness of the BGA-250-7A1, any additional protection against discoloration will not be superfluous. In any case, it takes time to evaluate the effectiveness of such coverage.

The case design and the strap fastening mechanism do not raise questions – everything is standard here for the Baby-G direction. Case dimensions [45.1 × 41 × 13.3] are fully consistent with women’s preferences, and traditionally watches can be recommended for children [girls, of course].

In addition to the analog zone, there are two digital windows on the dial. What I appreciate ana-DJ for is the information content and the convenience of display. The bottom window in the form of a circular electronic panel serves as such a multi-stage indicator for the status of the alarm clock, hourly signal, daylight saving time and split-mode stopwatch.

The window on the right side [at the 3 o’clock position] is responsible for displaying the time and the result of the rest of the functionality. In the current time mode, the lower right button allows you to switch between 4 modes – time in the form of hours-minutes, seconds, day of the week, month-day.

In stopwatch mode, you can see only minutes and seconds – a little upset by the absence of at least a fraction of a second. On the other hand, the watch is not running, therefore, in the sports plan, stars from the sky will not be enough. The measurement limit is 60 minutes, split time [division into separate segments] is present.

With a timer, everything is exactly the same – a step in one second and measures a maximum of one hour. Of course, there is an auto-repeat for “restarting” the timer program after the end of the current count. There can be up to eight such repeats, after which the countdown automatically stops.

“Specifications of BGA-250”]

  • Case / bezel material: Resin
  • Resin Band
  • Neobrite
  • Shock Resistant
  • Mineral Glass
  • 100-meter water resistance
  • Neon Illuminator (Black light LED)
    Selectable illumination duration (1.5 seconds or 3 seconds), afterglow
  • World time
    29 time zones (27 cities + coordinated greenwich mean time), daylight saving on/off
  • 1-second stopwatch
    Measuring capacity: 59’59
    Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
  • Countdown timer
    Measuring unit: 1 second
    Countdown range: 60 minutes
    Countdown start time setting range: 1 to 60 minutes (1-minute increments)
    Others: Auto-repeat, time up alarm
  • 5 daily alarms (with 1 snooze alarm)
  • Hourly time signal
  • Auto-calendar (to year 2039)
  • 12/24-hour format
  • Regular timekeeping
    Analog: 2 hands (Hour, minute (hand moves every 20 seconds))
    Digital: Hour, minute, second, pm, month, date, day
  • Accuracy: ±30 seconds per month
  • Approx. battery life: 3 years on CR1220 Size of case : 45.1×41×13.3mm
  • Total weight : 33g

The BGA-250 has five independent alarms [one of them with a snooze function], an automatic calendar, world clock for 27 cities and an hourly beep.

I would also like to say about the backlight – it is simply gorgeous here. A powerful LED is installed in the lower left part of the dial, which together with the azure substrate gives a bright neon glow. The arrows and marks do not light up – this is not the Neon Illuminator, but the analog zone is fully illuminated.

Water resistance of 100 meters is not the top solution, but this indicator is enough for carefree swimming and diving. Battery life – up to 3 years with moderate use of sound signals and backlight.


BGA-250-7A1 turned out to be very bright and memorable. The stylistics of azure water and the beach positively affected the perception of the “summer” look of the watch. I was pleasantly surprised by the special laser treatment of the dial substrate, thanks to which the dial “plays” with colors against the background of sunlight, resembling the blueness of sea water. You should not wait for an advanced filling – a simple stopwatch with a timer, alarm clock, world time and a calendar will satisfy only basic needs. One of the main features of the series can be considered backlighting – the Japanese definitely have no problems with this.

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