Bill Gates’ Casio Duro

February 25, 2020
Andre Wallace

One of our favorite tech tycoons turned philanthropists, Bill Gates, has an eye for value. For a man that could easily buy any luxury watch company, nevermind a few Rolexes, it's quite refreshing to see him continually sport quality watches that anyone can afford. 

Bill Gates' Casio Duro has made numerous public appearances. One such occasion was on the Stephen Colbert show whilst he and wife Melinda gave their views on taxing the wealthy. The Casio Duro Marlin MDV106-1AV can be seen throughout the interview. Watch below:

The Casio Duro Marlin 

We've previously covered other watches worn by Bill Gates, including his $10 Casio. Whilst the Casio Duro is slighly more expensive at around $50, few would argue that it's not an affordable watch that delivers great bang for buck. 

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Casio Duro Marlin MDV106-1AV

A homage to the classic Submariner, there are few other watches that can deliver these features at this price. 

  • Japanese quartz movement
  • Unidirectional diver's bezel
  • 200m water resistance

The minimalist design of the Casio Duro MDV106-1AV has allowed this watch to maintain it's place as a popular, affordable alternative to more expensive dive watches

The 200m water resistance is a great feature at this price. Whilst I've no proof that Bill Gates has ever worn his Duro diving, I would be happy to take a bet that he's submerged it a few times at his Lake Washington house. 

The movement is Japanese quartz and comes a battery that lasts 3 years.

Other features are luminous markers and lume covered hands, making for impressive visibility at night and underwater. 

Like the Submariner, the Casio Duro features an easy to read day window at 3o'clock. 

All in all, for $50 there is very little to not like about this watch. If a man with the disposable income of Bill Gates is happy with it, that's good enough reason for me to add one to my everyday collection. 

Pros

  • Super affordable
  • Clean, minimalist design
  • Japanese quality
  • 200m water resistance

Cons

  • Resin band is a little boring and sweats during summer

Specifications

  • Movement: Japanese Quartz
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 44mm
  • Band material: Resin
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)
  • Crown: Screw down
  • Bezel: Unidirectional diver’s 

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Casio Duro Marlin MDV106-1AV

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