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Casio Multilingual Data Bank DB-360 Sierra Leone 2005 Entry Visa edition
Today is another mysterious watch. Actually, the watch itself is pretty normal, but it has been printed to commemorate an event that I can't find.
The watch is by Casio and is the DB-360. It is one of the high spec Casio Data Bank models, with many of the Casio features: Casio Illuminator, Multilingual Data Bank, and 10 year battery. It works in 13 languages which all appear European. The module inside is a 2515, and this gives it a 30 slot data bank, 5 alarms, stopwatch, timer, and dual time.
The display is an LCD panel with 3 lines. The time is in large digits (about half the total height) across the middle with the full date in tiny digits along the bottom. At the top is a dot matrix array which shows the day on the current mode.
I've featured a normal version of this model in a previous post. However, this model is a special edition marked with Sierra Leone 2005 Entry Visa on the back, along with the phrase "Capturing the moment. That's what life all about.". This is printed on the back over the normal engraved text making it look like an after fabrication mod to the standard watch. The strap is covered with a flowery pattern etched into the surface, and the top of the face has the number 232 marked into it (which is the same across all of the watches, not the limited edition number as I'd first thought). As far as I can tell, there were only events of note regarding entry visas and Sierra Leone the country in 2005, and there is just mention that this was the year that the UN peacekeeping force pulled out. The other option is that it is related to the Kanye West song Diamonds from Sierra Leone which was released in July 2005. This seems a more likely basis, but the entry visa text is still a mystery (and neither that or the phrase on the back are part of the lyrics).