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The automatic setting of the analog hands is cool -- but not worth it.
on July 30, 2013
Summary: This Waveceptor has almost no features and is too delicate.
I own several Casio watches including the metal band version of this model and this Casio Waveceptor is my second least favorite...the metal band version of this watch is my absolute least favorite.
I would not dare get it wet or use it in any environment where it might get slightly bumped. It's plastic case is clearly not meant to survive more than a night at the opera. Granted, I am used to wearing G-shock Casios most of the time but I have other models of fancy style types that are more for aesthetics than functionality and they are fine. This one has too little of either style or function.
The operation is just awful. All my other Casios that are solar powered and atomic clock synching work great. They go into RC mode in the middle of the night and voila! they keep perfect time year round without me having to do anything. If I go into a different time zone for a period long enough to worry about changing the watch, changing the time zone is simple to figure out -- even without the manual -- and again, voila! everything works great.
This watch's interface is not intuitive at all nor is it easily deduced through trial and error. And the analog portion synching with the digital watch NEVER works without having to manually set the analog hands. The second hand will not go to the 12 position for no apparent reason and then nothing automatic works after that.
I have both the metal and resin band version of these watches and they both stink at functionality. Both have the problem of the analog hands not synching. The time zone setting and automatic atomic clock synching only work occasionally also -- and it has squat nothing to do with reception. I am very close to the transmitter and have a dozen watches and clocks that all synch beautifully.
The time zones that you can use this watch with are VERY limited. It is North America -- except Newfoundland -- and Mexico and that's it. Go to Europe and you're out of luck. Go to South America and you're screwed.
The worst part of this watch is that you cannot display time and date digitally at the same time -- unlike all my other Casio watches. But that was my fault, I should have studied the manual before buying it.
Got it, took it out of the box set the time zone, exposed it to the full amount of light long enough to ensure it was fully charged, put it by the window with the other Casio atomic-synching watches and ... nothing happened. In the morning the digital display was off as was the analog and the second hand no longer zipped around to the 12 but stopped on the 4 position.
After a couple hours of manually setting everything, it seems to now reset the digital clock. The analog still does not synch. But meh...
I don't know who wants this watch. It barely has any features and it's not that fancy looking and it kinda works but not satisfactorily. And it ain't cheap. It's the first Casio I regret buying and I got stuck with two! (Shows how much I used to trust Casio!)