The modest Casio F91W watch has become iconic ever since it was first made in Japan in 1989. The spread in the market of this model was due to the fact that it was relatively inexpensive and cost only $ 20. This made them one of the world’s first affordable digital watches.
Casio still produces over 3 million F91Ws per year today. Terrorists have chosen them for their reliability, unpretentiousness and accuracy. Thus, this watch, along with the Kalashnikov assault rifle and Toyota technical pickups, became their brand. In addition, they are used as components for making bombs.
Aside from the iconic weapons, the Casio F-91W is the only signature accessory that Osama bin Laden has worn openly. Al Qaeda handed this watch to recruits at its terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan throughout the 1990s and early 2000s.
Back in 2011, American intelligence drew attention to the fact that the captured militants, who had Casio F91W on their arm, were dealing with explosives. Basically, they were trained as suicide bombers, and the watch was part of the IED.
Despite the lukewarm relationship between al-Qaeda and ISIS, the terrorist fashion has also affected this organization. Casio F91W was worn by Tariq al-Kharzi, a Tunisian who was a high-ranking emir of the Islamic State, renowned French jihadist Kevin Chassen and many others.
However, IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did not like cheap watches. He preferred more expensive Rolex or Omega Seamaster models that cost more than $ 3,000, which contradicted his statements about the need to be modest.
Due to its strength, reliability and long timer, which is designed for 24 hours, the Casio F91W has proved to be very convenient for making bombs by various terrorist groups around the world from Afghanistan to Chechnya. During the “war on terror”, Pakistani intelligence officers found over 600 copies of this watch in a cache of militants in Karachi, after which everyone who had the F91W in their hands was subject to arrest and interrogation. However, given that these models cost US $ 4 in the Pakistani market, this practice was soon canceled.
In September 1999, bombs were detonated in four Russian high-rise buildings in Moscow, Volgodonsk and Buinak. As a result of the attacks, 367 people died and more than 1,000 were injured.
It was found that the IEDs used for these explosions were made from ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder, with plastic serving as an intermediate link. A Casio F-91W and a Krona battery served as a detonator. Several dozen more examples on this topic can be cited, but they are already superfluous.