The cheap, simple digital
watches Casio made in the 1980s have in recent years transformed from overlooked and under-appreciated to straight-up stylish. They never stopped making this
type of watch, but the company has doubled down on their nostalgic value with more vintage reissues and variations than we can even keep up with. The latest, called the Vintage A100, is
of particular note for its role in the Alien movie franchise.
That franchise is most associated, however, with a different watch: the Seiko
x Giugiaro collaboration well-known to collectors as the Seiko "Ripley" after the character (played by Sigourney Weaver) who wore it in the 1986 film Aliens. Ripley wore a few watches in the franchise, but the watch you're looking at featured in the 1979 movie, Alien, and you might call it the "Casio Ripley." It was fitting for a sci-fi film at the time and today, even without the Hollywood connection, it
looks wonderfully retro-futuristic — wonderfully, that is, if this is the type of nostalgia that speaks to you.
It's not just the movie that makes the watch interesting, however, as this is a modern remake of the F-100 watch that's also historically notable as the brand's first resin-cased watch. For
Casio, that was a major milestone, as the brand would go on be known for its use of plastic — not least with its famously tough G-Shock
The look is like a variation of the the brand's basic digital watch formula with an LCD display and four buttons for various functions, but this one takes the buttons usually found on the
case sides and places them right on the front. Further, rather than labeling them (as many Casio watches do), each button is simply identified by a different-colored bar next to it. There
might be some practical benefit to having the buttons on the front of the watch, but most of all it lends a slightly funky, gadgety (reminiscent of the
brand's calculator watches) and more colorful aesthetic.