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CASIO Introduces the Official 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ Referee Watch
 January 27, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CASIO Introduces the Official 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ Referee Watch
Sporty New Timepiece PHYS RFT-100WC Specially Selected by FIFA

January 30, 2006, Dover, NJ – Casio Inc. in conjunction with CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. is pleased to announce the development of the PHYS RFT-100WC, a special sports watch for soccer referees. The watch was selected as the official 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ referee watch, which gets underway this coming June. It will be supplied to all referees officiating in the event. This is the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup™ that a timepiece has been chosen as the official referee watch. CASIO intends for this watch, selected for the ultimate soccer competition, to be used by 2006 FIFA World Cup™ referees as well as referees of all levels of soccer competition, and therefore will offer this model to the general public on April 25th at the suggested retail price of $79 through select sporting goods stores.
 
In creating the PHYS RFT-100WC, CASIO brought together expertise cultivated through the development of a broad array of sport watches, incorporating the opinions of leading soccer referees and FIFA. The watch was designated as the official 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ referee watch on the strength of the following functionality:

1) With its ability to record stoppage time, the stopwatch function is ideal for soccer games.
There are two stopwatches at the top and bottom of the LCD. Press the button and the two watches will start to count the time simultaneously. If the game is stopped, the top watch can be stopped simply by pressing the button, while the bottom watch will continue running. The stoppage time is indicated by the difference between the top and bottom watches, when the bottom watch reads forty-five minutes.
2) The Start/Stop button is easy to operate and is designed to avoid error.
3) The large LCD enables the referee to check the time at a quick glance even when on the move.
4) The vibration function ensures that the referee is alerted when forty-five minutes have passed, even when the crowd is roaring.

CASIO is proud to offer exclusive officially licensed watches for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ through its product license agreement with FIFA. In addition, by offering the general public the same official timepiece loaded with all the optimal functionality used by 2006 FIFA World Cup™ referees, CASIO hopes to convey its support of soccer to the millions of soccer fans around the world.

Specifications

Water Resistance: 50 Meters
Stopwatch: Add time timer for injuries, timeouts, etc.
Measuring unit: 1 second (upper and lower displays)
Measuring capacities: Upper display: football match timer up to 59'59"
Lower display: elapsed time timer up to 99'59"
Preset Timer: 9 preset timers
Preset start times: 10, 12, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 minutes
Measuring unit: 1 second
Other: Auto-repeat, lap measurement counter
Timer: Timer to measure intervals
Measuring unit: 1 second
Input range: 59' 55 (1-minute increments and 5-second increments)
Other: Auto-repeat, lap measurement counter
Vibration Alert: Selectable for stopwatch target alarm, timer alarm, daily alarm, hourly time signal; beeper disabled when vibration alert is selected
Alarm: Daily alarm / Hourly time signal
World Time: 29 time zones (48 cities), city code display, daylight saving on/off
Light: Electro-luminescent backlight, Auto light switch, afterglow
Time display: Auto-calendar (to 2099), digital display
Accuracy: ±15 seconds per month
Approx. battery life: 5 years on CR2025 battery
Measure: 52.5mm × 36.6 mm × 12.8 mm
Total weight: 41 grams