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This review is from: Casio Men's EFA134SB-1A1 Edifice Solar Powered Stainless Steel Bracelet and B... (Watch)
Great watch. The watchband is high quality and I like how the clasp works. Keeps excellent time (<1 sec drift in 2 wks, relative to atomic clock). Controls are logical and easy to set/use...which is not the case for all Casio analog/digital watches. The instruction booklet is clear.
To illuminate the watch face, there's a single orange-ish LED that shines from the 6 o'clock position. Thus, the entire face is not uniformly illuminated as with a Timex Indiglo. The LCD displays are not backlit so you can't see them in the dark, even with the LED. The hands luminesce OK and you can see them fine if your eyes are accustomed to darkness (e.g., waking-up in the middle of the night). However, if you leave a lit building and step into darkness, you'll need the LED to see the hands. Bummer that the tick marks do not luminesce at all.
Never had a solar watch, but love using the LED indiscriminately and not worrying about battery consumption or replacement. It's advised not to keep the watch under a shirt sleeve for long periods, but with colder weather ahead, that's not practical. My first three days, I hardly exposed it to light, kept it under a shirt sleeve, and forays outside did not help as it was rainy. The battery indicator fell from HI to MED, which worried me since the charge is supposed to last for months in darkness. The next sunny day, I put the watch on my car dashboard for 20 minutes and it's remained in the HI state ever since (~2 weeks), shirt sleeves notwithstanding. So, I'd suggest starting your new watch with a 20-30 minute soak in the sun.
I love the Auto Calendar and never having to reset the day/date every other month or on leap years. While there's a Daylight Savings Time offset feature, it's disappointing that automatic adjustment is not built into the Auto Calendar. However, you can easily toggle between Daylight and Standard time, and the watch hands retreat or advance one hour, which is cool.
So, overall a great watch, with a few minor nits to pick on.