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What seems like a good deal becomes an awful one before long
on November 18, 2014
DO NOT BUY THIS WATCH! What seems like a good deal becomes an awful one before long! It goes like this:
Day 1: You receive a nice looking watch. Compass, altimeter, clock, etc. function well. It looks cool enough you may wear it to work even. I did.
Day 5: You lightly scrape against something, and are disappointed to see it left a nasty, unremovable scratch on the crown. This would never happen on a decent watch, and you realize this crown is made of some sort of plastic.
Day 10: You apply mosquito repellant (it's an outdoor watch, right), and it eats the lettering off the bezel.
Day 15: You realize the altimeter and barometer don't really work together if you're outdoors, changing elevation, and would still like to know air pressure. The watch will often interpret your elevation change as a barometer change. Just physics, I guess. Sorry about that.
Day 30: You have frequently reset the compass, because flights and things screw it up. But this time, it takes a long time, seems off.
Day 50: Total failure of compass and altimeter/barometer functions. Compass reset no longer works. It just spins around and around. If you're luckier than me, this happens not during a wilderness trip. If it does, I hope you also have a backup analog compass around, because by then you have zero trust in the watch.
Day 55: Back from your trip, you learn that the Pyle warranty is garbage. $10 or 15 to send back a 45 dollar watch, so you can what, get a new one, which you'll also never trust? You realize you've been had, sorta like when you gave some money to a panhandler that clearly didn't need those dollars for gas after all. You just became a little more jaded, a little wiser.
Day 60: You decide the least you can do is warn other potential customers before they inflict this piece of trash on themselves or others (it's nearly Christmas, after all). You briefly consider one of those nice Casio watches, which may actually work longer than a month, but ultimately decide you were better off with your old digital Timex, your very un-fussy and reliable analog compass, a paper or digital map to tell you elevation, and an occasional glance at the sky for hints about upcoming weather.