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Quite happy with this watch
on December 31, 2014
Fantastic watch, overall; I bought it mostly because I liked the amount of noise on the watch face. I mean, what the hell is the point of the time zone indicator or the digital analog clock face? Kind of a waste of LCD, if you think about it, but it looked kind of neat, so I bought it. That horizontal line at the top-left is where various states, such as "ALM" (alarm), are displayed. And rest assured: for all the functions the watch has, switching between them is simple. You don't have to cycle through all five alarms while changing modes; you use the "search" button to switch between alarms and time zones and other extensive lists. The main mode and world time mode are separate, but the main mode lets you select a fixed number of cities that you can then switch between easily. Perhaps too easily, to be honest, but I don't see it really being a problem.
The watch looks fantastic in person, if that was your concern. It actually looks much more like plastic in the photo than on my wrist; it's smooth and charming even up close. The wrist strap could be better, but it doesn't pull hair like some and it won't get damp and stinky like others, so that's good. The only bad feature is the light, which is a single bulb in the bottom-right corner of the watch. It's the most hideous, cheap-looking lighting fixture I've ever seen in a watch, and it only stays lit for a single second (you can change it to three seconds in one of the mode settings, which will otherwise totally confuse you when you see it because you'll have no idea what mode could possible have settings "1" or "3"). Regardless of the light duration you select, it *will not* remain lit when you hold the light button, or even if you repeatedly press it. In order to get another full second (or three) of lighting, you must wait for the light to disengage, and then press the button again.
That said, I'm still very happy with this watch, overall. No one needs to see how junky the light is but me, so everyone else can just be amazed by my funky space watch with weather maps and a strange digital dial. We'll see if it lives up to this "ten year battery life" promise, or if it dies or breaks long before then.