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Pretty Cool, but Not Perfect
on December 12, 2012
I bought this watch as a general outdoor activity watch. Also, I was planning a major hiking trip through high alpine territory,and I thought some of this watch's features would prove useful. I am by no means an electronics geek. But, I am a bit of a watch freak. Here are my pros and cons.
- Looks very cool. I have caught people staring at it several times, and often people ask me about it.
- Light as a feather. Made from Titanium. Feels like air on your wrist.
- Nice, easy to read, analog hands (which I prefer over digital), including the second hand.
- Keeps absolute perfect time, 24 x 365. This watch receives a satellite signal from the US Atomic Clock 6 times/day. Electronic watches are typically very accurate, but this one resets itself to perfect time automatically. I have checked it numerous times against the on-line Atomic clock, and it is always perfect, up to the exact second. ALWAYS
- Waterproof to 100m. Not sure is I would trust this for a deep dive, but swimming with it should be no problem.
- Amazing array of features. This watch will do everything but shine your shoes. Dual time zone, analog clock. Stop watch. Elapsed time clock. Altimeter, barometer, thermometer (F or C), compass. Also has a recording feature, so you can log your altitude, BM pressure, temp, etc at various intervals throughout a trip.
- Never needs winding or batteries. Powered by light. Any light will do. It doesn't have to be sunlight. If the watch lies still for a certain amount of time, it goes to sleep. The hands stops working, and the screen goes blank (to save energy), but it continues to keep time internally. When you pick the watch up, it comes back to life, with accurate time. I have not tested this, but the watch is expected to maintain time, in total darkness, for up to 6 months.
- Some of the functions are not very accurate. The compass is spot-on. The barometer is pretty close to readings from other barometers. The thermometer is not very accurate, especially if it's on your wrist, since the sensor picks up body heat. Even when I take it off and attach it to my pack, it seems to be a little off. The altimeter is way off. I have used it at altitudes from sea level to 15,250'. Even after recalibrating, it never seems to be accurate. For example, at 12,000', it might read anywhere from 11,600 to 12,500. At 1,500 feet, it might read anywhere from 1,300 to 1,700. Standing by the ocean's edge, it might read 20m. It almost never gives an accurate reading.
- Very difficult to learn how to use. The owners manual is small and thick. With my 53 year old eyes, I can only read it in optimum light. It took me a long time and plenty of trial and error to learn many of the functions beyond the very basic. It's not terribly intuitive either. Most tasks will require that you get out your maginifying glass and study the manual. If it's not a task that you perform all the time, you won't remember how to do it, the next time you need to. For example, the task of flip-flopping your current and secondary time zones. Not difficult to figure out with the manual in front of you, but impossible to figure out without the manual, unless you do it often enough not to forget. Most people don't change time zones that often.
- Some of the screen images (graphs) and items on the dial are so small, that it's impossible to see them. I realize that the small size allows more functions, but if I need a magnifying glass to see them, they're not very useful to me.
If you're looking for a comfortable, cool looking, waterproof chronograph that keeps great time and will never stop, you might like this watch. If you're buying it for some of the more advanced features, and if the temp and alt functions are really important to you, you may find this watch frustrating.