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Broke suprisingly easily
on June 11, 2011
Bought this watch b/c of all the good reviews and i needed a new watch for scuba diving... I had it for about 2 weeks before i dove in the Florida keys, the deepest we got was a whole 60ft, though this is likely not what broke it. The day after the 60ft dive, i was flipped through the modes in the morning getting ready for the next dive, with no shock water or otherwise, all buttons quit working. It was sitting on the time screen and that continued to work but all other functions and backlight were inaccessible. When i returned from the trip i pulled the back off to see if sand or something had gotten a button stuck down, no such luck. There was no physical intrusion or damage inside the watch, yet it continued not accepting button presses. So at this point i decide it's prob a software glitch and pulling the battery is about the only option left. So after pulling and reinserting the battery, the watch would not come on at ALL, i now have a blank screen and nothing to do but pay for return shipping.
Prior to the problem above, i would have given it 3 stars, its very rugged and should be a decent watch for diving, but these are my other complaints:
At the joint where the wristband meets the watch there is a thick rubber lip to keep the wristband curved. this squeezes the rubber of the wrist band to the metal on the back face. If you push the watch down onto your wrist a small gap opens up which can allow hair into the joint (quite often for me). You then feel like someone got a Leatherman and decided to pull the hair out of your wrist, not fun.
The circles at the top are pointless and a waste of space, they darken and lighten as seconds go by, looping every minute. its fairly hard to tell the seconds from the 3 circles and thus, meaningless (you'd be better off looking at the second numbers).
Third and last complaint... My old Timex Ironman Triathlon from 1994 had every feature this watch has and more. It cost $50 in '94. The only advantage this watch would have is the thick rubbery shell and 200m instead of 100m depth rating. I knew this before buying it, but i still feel i need to knock Casio for this.
From the other reviews, it looks like a ok watch, so maybe i just got a dud?