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Big, Hard to Use, Easy to Read - A Study in Contradictions
on March 30, 2006
First of all, it works, but it's almost like it has to learn where the radio tower is before it can set the time -- took several days before it began to receive a strong signal.
According to the mileage calculator at:
I'm about 1200 miles from the transmitter as the crow flies. This could have been sun spots; who knows? After "training" the watch has updated every night as per claims.
It's a BIG watch. It doesn't look too big in the mirror, but it looks big to me when I look down. Also, my shirt cuffs won't pass over it.
If you have ever worked on your car with a digital watch on, you will know why the push buttons are protected on this watch. There is absolutely no way you can press a button accidentally. There is almost no way you can press one intentionally, as well. Whoever designed this watch had tiny fingers. I suspect that part of the klutziness is because the buttons protect a water proof seal in order to meet the depth rating claimed.
I keep a specially shaped thumb nail handy in case I want to push a button to find out something in addition to the time and date. This is unfortunate because the watch is full of special functions that could be useful if one could get at them easier. The functions are in reverse order of how I would use them. First comes time zone, then stored times, followed by alarms, then the timer. You can't use most of these without the manual, so the difficulty of pushing the buttons is almost irrelevant.
The blue color is a nice touch. The strap and case are what I would call "midnight blue" with just hints of powder blue around the silver colored bezel. The blue lends some class to a plastic covered watch, in my opinion.
A big plus is that the digital display is easy to read without reading glasses because of the BIG numbers. For this reason alone, I will keep it.