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Great Watch But...
on January 6, 2012
I received this watch as a Christmas gift this year. The watch is robust a feels great. The band is made of some type of cheap-feeling, but comfortable, rubber compound. It's a bit odd paying this much for a watch and receiving what feels like a cheap band. That said, it does the job and I'm not certain which alternative I would prefer.
The watch looks fantastic. Everyone that sees it comments about how good it looked. One friend said, "This is a Timex? I had no idea they made such nice watches." Another buddy mentioned, "That's a sweet looking time piece, it looks like an aircraft instrument." I agree whole-heatedly. There are a lot of watches out there that provide the tools we like to have, but this is the only one of two I've seen which is completely analog. Casio has one similar, but it looks half as interesting as this Timex.
Something that will be a negative for most people will be the tide feature included in this watch. If you're a person who needs to know the tide, you're an avid sailor and probably know the tide schedule already. For the average person, it's a novelty. I actually use it as a joke with my wife at time. I'll push the button to see the tide schedule and remind her that "high tide is just 2 hours away.". It's a bit pointless. An altimeter or stopwatch would be much more valuable in this instrument.
As for the other two gauges, the temperature and the compass. Both work, but not very well. The compass needs to be completely flat to be accurate. This involves taking it off and setting it on a flat surface. This is fine in an emergency, but not practical when wearing on a wrist. The temperature gauge, as noted in every other review online, is made horribly inaccurate due to body heat. Despite this, I still like having it on my watch. I can hang it in my tent at night, or place it in my front jacket pocket when I'm walking outside. Also, if I'm at home, I leave it on my nightstand and glance at it as needed. All in all, the gauges are more of a novelty than accurate measuring instruments.
Just two weeks after receiving this watch as a gift, I picked it up from the nightstand and the temperature gauge was reading 40º warmer than the actual temperature. I checked out the compass and it was roughly the same amount off kilter. It's anyone's guess how much the tide was off. The return process was painless on Amazon.com. When I get the replacement unit, I'll spend a few weeks with it again and update my review as needed.
Conclusion: I think this is a great watch and can recommend it as a stylish-accessory. It does a fine job keeping time and in the end, style and time-keeping are why we wear watches. If you want the other instruments, consider purchasing a device that is meant for those measurements.