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Stylish, practical and functional! And a well-written user manual.
on June 14, 2012
Not wanting to spend over $100 for a watch, three things drew me to this one. One, it is extremely easy to read, particularly important if you are close-up sight challenged as I am. The hands are slightly larger than most, and they are white over a black background. The second hand is also easy to see. 2. It is stylish. It's a combination of a sport watch and a dress watch. It's not overly fancy, yet,I feel comfortable wearing it on all occasions. I didn't want a leather band or any band I had to buckle. This is really hard to find on watches with these features. 3. The digital readout along with the analog timekeeping. Again, really hard to find. I had a chronograph before because I liked the alarm and timer features and the looks. But after having two chronographs over the past 10 years, both of which I couldn't read without a magnifying glass I never really used it that way. - this is the reason I wanted the digital readout. I also use the light function on this all the time. Ever been to a movie and wanted to know what time it was? What a great feature this is!
I set the time 3 weeks ago to the second to match my computer time. I just checked it and it's exactly on time, right to the second. I know I made a point in my title about the user manual. The reason is that the two chronograph watches I had previously, one was a seiko, the other a relic (which turned out to be the worst watch I ever had), I never really learned how to use the chronographs because there was no owner manual with them. This one has a small book that comes with it that explains all the features in good detail, so even I can understand. Kudos to Casio for their attention to detail! (if there is a negative to the owner manual, it is that there's no instructions on how to remove a link in the band, but fortunately I was able to size it perfectly by changing the pin location on the clasp - it was easy to do).
This watch is solar powered. I really wasn't looking for that, but it just happened to have it. In fact, I didn't really know about that aspect until I opened the user manual. I was concerned at first, but there's no issue with that at all. One of the digital functions is battery condition. It tells you low, mid, or high. At first, it stayed on mid for a couple of days, and I was concerned because I wasn't getting outside much at the time. Now, though it's been on high ever since, without a lot of time outside. So apparently you don't have to spend a lot of time outdoors for this battery to stay charged. It works great.
It's only been 3 weeks, but so far, it's been perfect. No complaints. I'll update this in a year or so if I remember. If anyone has any doubts or questions about this watch, feel free to comment, and I'll get back to you. But, for now, don't hesitate. Buy it.
UPDATE 12/5/2012 Here we are six months later. I'm not as excited about this watch as I was earlier. I had to return the first one to Amazon (no problem at all) because I realized the second hand stopped matching the digital readout (off by 2 seconds) and when you reset the timer the second hand would return to the 58 second mark, rather than at zero. The second watch, which I have now, just started doing the exact same thing.
The timekeeping is still very good. My watch is about 30 seconds fast after nearly 6 months. Not bad.
I downgraded my rating from 5 stars to 4.