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Finally... no more batteries.
on November 12, 2011
I hate replacing batteries in watches. It's not so much the actual replacing of the battery, but that the watch always seems to die at the most inopportune time (pardon the pun). However, with the last watch that I purchased this past spring, it died after 6 1/2 months. And try as I might, I couldn't get the back off to switch-out the battery. I even took it to a watch shop and they had just as much luck as I. So I decided that enough was enough. Either find an old wind-up watch with springs, and coils and gears or something "hi-tech".
Then lo and behold a Costco flyer came in the mail and I saw advertsied two Casio watches - both solar powered. Neat! I then checked on eBay, finally Amazon for pricing and of course finding the best price here on Amazon.
The Casio watch is really great. Exposure to light charges an internal battery. A full day of charging via direct sunlight will give you 3 months of battery life if the watch is not exposed to light again in that time. This works for me. I don't live in the Arctic Circle where it can remain dark for months and months so this watch is perfect. Every time I wear it, it's charging. I haven't tested the darn thing to see if the manufacturer's claims are accurate. I didn't buy the watch to play with it. I just want something that I can wear and forget.
The watch face is a decent size. There are no numerals on the clock face. The three smaller dials for the date, month and a 24 hour clock which are smaller and difficult to read. I don't know why Casio included a 24-hour dial. Unless you're calling the time of death for a hospital patient - who would really use a watch feature that had a 24-hour dial? "Hey sweetie! What time is supper?" "1715 hrs. So you better get off the couch and wash up!"
I shortened the metal watch band myself. Be forwarned, the pins are really in there. They won't just push out. I used a tiny nail with a light tap of a small hammer to push the pins out.
Other than that, it's a cool looking watch. It can pass as an everyday casual watch, or even as something a little dressy. I like it.