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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Techie watch...but Atomic receiver a little weak., July 24, 2010
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This review is from: Casio Men's GW9200-1 G-Shock Riseman Alti-Therm Solar Atomic Watch (Watch)
The GW9200, along with the GWM5600 series watches are probably the best G-Shocks out there.
You have the STANDARDS:
-World Time
-Stopwatch
-24Hr Countdown Timer (versus 60 minutes on others)
-5 Alarms
-Tough Solar
-Atomic time Calibration (6 bands)
-Full Auto illumination
In addition, you get a Twin Sensor Pressure-based Altimeter/Barometer and a Thermometer.

The style is very sleek and looks great-smart layout of time and other information. The "Red Eye" along with the red Altimeter button brings contrast to the black/gray bezel and the metal (coated?) "G" light-button stands out. The weight is very light and with the double-buckle resin straps, sits comfortably on my wrist. The sensor doesn't get in the way if worn on the left or right hand.

As for accuracy of the sensors: Altimeter is very wonky, and I don't use it much. The Barometer is so-so, which can help you determine if weather is improving/declining/stays the same (I don't have another barometer to compare it to). The Thermometer will pick up the heat from your body, so it is recommended to remove for about 20 minutes before getting a reading. I notice that the reading tends to be 4 degrees C warmer if worn on my wrist versus the temperature in the controlled environment where I work, so I adjusted the calibration to negate that. It's about +/- one degree during normal activities; warmer if I'm working out.

The BEST thing (IMHO) about this module is that the current time shows across all modes (except the last REC mode- recording ascent/descent).

The WORST thing (IMHO) is the Atomic receiver. It is unable to receive the Atomic signal when positioned right beside my GWM5600, AWG101 and GW6900, which receives it nightly. I get it when manually done outside at night. I thought I had a defect and was about to return it because of all the error messages after each attempt. I finally got a successful time calibration on the third night- the trick is to find a spot with a constant signal strength of L3. A little disappointing really, since I could have gotten the Tough Solar, non-Atomic all gray version for a little cheaper.

[UPDATE] 07/27/2010
{After the initial manual time calibration, my watch had no problems syncing overnight alongside my other Solar Atomic G-Shocks. With this issue resolved, there are no longer any shortcomings on this watch!}

But beside the shortcomings, the GW9200 has become my favorite G-Shock watch. I highly recommend it!
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