on June 9, 2011
I am retired military and law enforcement... been through a lot of watches. I have a few Pathfinders and a Suunto, but I really like this watch - it has everything I need. I do some land navigation and survival instruction and use this watch exclusively. The only thing it does not have that my Pathfinders do, is the compass feature... but I honestly never use the compass built into the watch. You'd be hard pressed to find a better watch, even at twice the price.
on February 16, 2013
Are you kidding me?
Nope, not kidding. Thanks Casio, you've come through again. This is an awesome watch and rivals others hundreds of dollars more. I'm wearing it right now and have been for several months. And I don't even like watches!
I bought this to go backpacking in, hated no knowing exactly what time it was. I got way more than I bargained for. The Barometer is priceless and very accurate. When a low pressure system is approaching the watch will tell you how fast it's coming in 5 gradations. If it's on 4 or 5, take cover quick!
Yes, of course, the altimeter needs to be calibrated often and with regularity, especially if the barometer is not steady. But that is the way with altimeters, even the ones in airplanes. It denotes altitude in segments of 20 ft. That is plenty precise for me. The thermometer works accurately but you must take it off your wrist first and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Wish it went further down than 15 degrees F, but oh well. That's the way most of these watches are, even the expensive ones.
The looks are nice too, you won't mistake this for a pretty boy watch by ant means. It's rough and rugged. It's not as huge as some of the watches you see, I'd call it mid-size. Supposedly water resistant down to 100 meters which means you can swim in it, bang it around in the water and it will be fine.
Love the green synthetic woven material they used for the band. Better than leather or plastic/rubber. It doesn't stretch. Holds fast.
Best of all, for 43 bucks you can beat the hell out of this thing and not worry about it. If you're like me, that's a big plus.
on April 5, 2012
Watch is nice, no doubt. You can't go wrong with Casio afterall.
I wanted a watch with an altimeter and got one for a cheap price.
* Aesthetic, nice, no complaints about the look. Definitely does not feel cheap
* Pretty cheap price, but as I said does not feel cheap
* Has the nice function of altimeter, barometer and thermostat - the things I needed
* Altimeter is never accurate but this one does a good enough job (just as good as the $200 watch equivalent)
* World time is nice, lets you view the time in different timezone locations (with or without daylight saving)
* Daylight saving aware, new for me, maybe it's standard already in most watches...
* 5 alarm clocks
* The thing that annoys me the most is that the alarm rings just once (10-15 seconds) and then shuts off. I'd like to see something that would ring until you shut it off & perhaps then nag you again. Can be solved though by setting a few alarms (you have 5)
* World time interface lacks a bit, clicking the wrong button and you have to cycle through all the timezones to get back to the timezone you want. In addition the interface includes only 3 abbreviations which are not always very clear. The interface in that screen is just bad as it shows the abbreviation of the timezone near the local time and the time in that timezone below it in a different "window"
* Some people might complain about viewing angles. I'm not.
All in all it's a good watch, just not perfect. I like this watch altogether and thinks it's a good bargain.
on March 11, 2014
I love reading reviews on the web. So entertaining.
Folks, this is a $42 wrist watch. And I think it is an incredible value for $42. So here are some thoughts and comments:
First, the nylon band is quite comfortable, much more comfortable than the resin bands found on most of the Casio G-Shock watches. The band seems stiff at first, but in short order it will soften up and contour to your wrist. The best part is the nice tight spacing between the adjustment holes, allowing much finer adjustment than the resin bands. My wrists swell slightly when I am working hard, when it is hot, or by the end of a long day, and I can loosen the band just a teensy bit so it isn't tight. The nylon band will get dirty, especially if you sweat a lot, but it cleans nicely with a little liquid hand soap and an old toothbrush or a bristle brush. The leather ends attaching the band to the watch itself hold up pretty well, much better than the resin band ends.
The face of the watch is easy to read. The main screen shows the time, day and date. The backlight is sufficient to read all the info on the screen. There are some reviews that gripe about the short duration of the illumination, but having it short saves battery life. And yes, this is a battery powered watch, not a solar powered model.
The crystal is pretty tough. Much better than a plastic crystal. I beat the crap out of mine, but have yet to put a significant scratch or ding in it. Welding splatter will definitely damage the crystal, but that is the case with virtually any crystal available.
The watch is fairly large, but not as thick or bulky as an older (original) G-Shock model I had 10 years ago. The watch is nice and light, lighter than you might guess from its appearance. Compared to many of the "Wrist-Clocks" that seem to be in vogue these days the watch isn't over-sized.
I find the buttons quite easy to use. They are protected from accidental bumping and activation by the side sensor housings and the screw housings, and you definitely have to want to push them to activate their functions, but I see that as a plus. I use my timer regularly which requires pushing all of the buttons (getting to the timer function, starting, stopping and resetting the timer etc) and I find it easy to use. Several reviewers have commented on the buttons being difficult, especially when wearing gloves. OK, I guess the buttons would be difficult if I was wearing heavy gloves, but I don't think I've ever seen a wrist-watch that was glove friendly.
The Barometer/altimeter function seems to be generally misunderstood by many reviewers. I've found the barometer to be fairly accurate when compared to a calibrated unit. I've checked mine numerous times against the Automatic Weather Observation System (AWOS) at the airport that I fly out of as well as other airports, and it generally within a few percent of the indicated current pressure. The altimeter is only as accurate as the watches calibration to the current atmospheric pressure, and folks, the atmospheric pressure changes constantly, and often by quite a bit. The watch has no automatic way to adjust for the constantly varying pressure, hence the indicated altimeter reading is often inaccurate. If you care to learn the process, you can calibrate the watch using a known altitude for you exact location, and then keep track of your elevation changes for a short while, but the calibration will only be accurate until the pressure changes. Too much work for my purposes. I find that the altimeter is nice to get a general idea of what your elevation is, not for navigating using the contour lines on a topo map to determine an exact location.
The alarm on both of the units that I have had is very sufficient as a wake-up alarm. I don't have the best hearing, and have no problem hearing it in normal noise level environments. If you get one that is hard to hear, or seem muted, send it back and get a different one. Ya gotta remember, this is a $42 watch made over-seas, packaged, shipped across the ocean to a distributor, then shipped again to your house all for the cost of a couple of movie tickets, sodas and some popcorn.
The cons? For one, the watch will out-last the watch-band and the battery. My bands seem to last about 3 years until the leather ends are shot. The nylon part appears to be indestructible. The only replacement band I can find is $29. A battery is $10 to $15 at the cheap watch-shop in the mall, and that does not include a replacement gasket for the watch-back. So, when the band wears out it is cheaper to order a new watch from Amazon that to get a new band and battery. Hopefully I'll find a more reasonable replacement band one day. For now I can put a $5 resin-band on my old unit and keep it as a backup (18mm band width at the pins).
The thermometer is affected by the heat from your body, and really does not give you any idea of the outside temp. As others have noted, you can take the watch off and set it in the shade for 10 or 15 minutes and it will give a fairly accurate ambient temperature. Nice if you are asleep inside your tent and wake up wondering just how cold it really is, but not really useful for taking a quick check of the temperature. But......I've never heard of a wrist-watch that was any different.
Bottom line? This is a very nice, accurate, rugged, and feature filled watch for $42. You can get one, wear it, beat it like a kid's Christmas drum, swim with it, stick it in the dish sink and not worry about ruining a heirloom-grade time-piece. Like all Casio's and most digital watches, it will keep accurate time, remember what day and date it is (programmed for longer than I'll live), wake you up when you need it to, time your bread in the oven, workout or flight time and more.
on October 14, 2012
1) Barometer is highly accurate
2) Altimeter is accurate
3) All functions are easily navigable
4) Strap is strong and comfortable
1) Thermometer is terribly inaccurate, due to its proximity from your skin
2) Frame is bulky on a medium sized wrist
3) Strap clamp is cheap and slides
With a strong durable design, and functions straight out of a James Bond film; this watch has the feel of Military issued gear. It has all the positive attributes of Casio's Flagship watch "G Shock", but has even more functions, and a more comfortable strap. All metal is made with allergy friendly stainless steel, the watch frame seems very durable, and the strap is made of a strong fabric with a stainless belt latch. This watch is ideal for both an outdoor adventurer, and a techy nerd.
on March 31, 2011
This is a fantastic value...Great quality...Very accurate...I bought it because I have a G shock model I have worn snow skiing, water skiing, diving....Absolutely bullet proof...I bought it 26 years ago...been through 4 or 5 bands but the watch is still super accurate...I am a retired Police Officer...Every watch I ever bought for work broke except this one...My new watch does everything and has a better band...Believe it will outlast me!!
on May 16, 2015
I chose this watch to fulfill several requirements:
1. A watch I can wear on the job and not worry about durability, without being so pricey I worry about losing it due to a sudden strap break.
2. A watch to replace my previous watch, a Redline branded unit that I enjoyed, but was basic.
3. A watch with features that would be useful to someone that enjoyed hiking and backpacking.
Work, Casual, Outdoors. Likewise, I wanted a watch that WASN'T the rubber/plastic molded strap, could be illuminated with a light, not just glow-in-the-dark, and as a bonus, take temperature readings. This watch has met or exceeded my expectations!
This watch is great for:
Beginner outdoors men and women
People that need certain features, such as localized temperature readings
Budgets that restrict you to <$50 for your watch
Wearers that need a balance between durability and features.
I find the watch comfortable to wear all day and night. When I come home from work, I wash my hands and arms, and don't mind getting the wrist strap wet as well with soapy water to sort of rinse it off. It's rugged enough to see me through a work day, but I think it has a pleasant styling that allows it to accompany me on a night out.
The menu is fairly easy to navigate, but of course reading the manual, and keeping it for reference are the biggest reasons for this. Setting the time, date, and timezone are effortless. Setting reference altitudes* for hiking is also easy. The barometer* and thermometer can also be calibrated. *The barometer works sort of based on altitude. When you are planning to use it and have a known altitude, perhaps from an information kiosk or station on a trail, it's advised that you set your watch's altitude manually, both for accurate altitude readings, and accurate barometric readings, which are interpreted based on altitude. Temperature can get a bit wonky, because it will read the air around it, and that may include your very cold, or very hot wrist.
4.5/5 based on setup, feature set, accuracy of various functions. In particular, barometric readings rely on your altitude being correct..and that's mostly possible with outside information, such as a map, prior knowledge of your area/location, etc.
**A quick aside on the barometric readings: Its use is recommended mostly to confirm prior assumptions. You checked the weather, and expect a big storm. Your altitude's calibrated for your journey, and you check the reading. The pressure seems to be dropping rapidly. That storm's moving in and it's time to make some quick decisions about the rest of your day, hopefully with enough time to prepare... **
1. My watch has taken several months of working around steaming, high pressure, soapy water and cleaning chemicals without getting fogged up inside (good seal). Times where it has been directly hit with water, whether that be from work or simply washing hands, the nylon strap breathes well and dries quickly compared to other strap materials. Further, I've had watches that have broken from snagging on objects like a wall or corner and it just destroys the strap. This thing has taken these hits, and while I worry and look down, I have yet to see any damage.
5/5 Based on its ability to handle somewhat harsh conditions
2. I've had watches with various features: in high school( 06-08) I had a WiFi detection watch. It was fun, but I wouldn't find it as useful today since wireless net has expanded and gotten more mainstream. others have had the alarm, backlighting, glowing symbology, lap timers, and my previous Redline had the analog 30 day calendar. This watch's face is, in normal operation, neatly organized between month/day dating, a graphical barometric scale, and the time, given in the HH:MM, with seconds displayed in smaller size underneath. When switching to other functions, the time is generally moved to the upper portion, while the various functions are displayed in the bigger section. Barometric readings are given numerically and on the scale. Neat, logical menu layout, comfortable to use buttons that are well spaced and set to comfortable pressure( don't need to mash, but not easily triggered by accident) make the watch and its features a true pleasure.
5/5 based on total features, ease of access and use of these features,
3. The truth is that I use this watch mostly during my work week and as a casual piece. I rarely have a true need to use its temperature, barometer, or even altitude settings. I'm not huge into running, so lap times aren't too important. Thanks to online gaming and having friends in different areas of the United States, world time can be convenient, but if I am near a computer I can simply google this info. When I do get to hike, it's usually under 7 miles, though I am planning a few overnight adventures, culminating in a 3-5 day trip to the Smokies later this year in the fall/winter. I enjoy using the features as trivia at the moment, but they are definitely useful to the more experienced people within the outdoors community. Personally the most useful feature I miss is a compass. I don't need it at all for what I do right now, and a compass is cheap and small enough that carrying one isn't a problem. However, when this watch eventually gives out, I may simply get one of Casio's higher priced units with the compass, and possibly solar powered. For what I paid however, this watch has done more than I could have ever expected, and it does it all so well.
A serious 5/5 based on the usage I have been able to get from it.
I realize a 5/5 score may seem high sometimes, and many people tend to review only for a perfect or excellent product, or the absolute worst. I'm not suggesting this watch blows all other watches out of the ballpark, or even that it's somehow superior to watches in its own price range. I simply don't have that experience to make such a judgement. I am saying that I have no problems using this watch, and should a friend or coworker ask for ideas on a watch at the $50 price range, I will definitely point to my wrist and say "Get one of these". It has proven durability, well handled features, and is priced where anyone seeking its specific features won't have to worry much about choosing this over another piece of equipment during checkout. This watch may very well have a massive problem. For example, the length of ownership precludes me from speaking on battery life and endurance, but if there is some sort of issue, I've yet to find it in my months of ownership.
on February 4, 2016
My girlfriend urged me to replace my watch altimeter as I was planning an 8 day 150 mile trek across the San Gabriel & Santa Monica Mountains. Initially I thought I could do without it but it actually was extremely useful to help me navigate by consulting the watch and comparing my location to the maps I had. I always knew exactly where I was because I knew my altitude when consulting my maps.
The previous watch altimeter I owned was a casio with hands and a metal strap. I like this watch much better because the strap is canvas and can be adjusted to fit over clothing. It is lighter, more flexible and not cold when you put it on. The digital display is very big and I found the barometer and alarm functions very useful, in addition to the altimeter. The accuracy is not perfect, but it is enough for me to be within 100 feet. This watch is more accurate than that though but it does need to be recalibrated at known altitudes periodically as some mention.
For navigating in the backcountry, this watch is perfect and plenty accurate. It will get you in the ballpark for altitude.
on February 16, 2016
I've not owned a watch in some years, but as a hiker I have noticed that sometimes without cell phone coverage I can't get the time, either, and that's an important thing to keep track of in terms of daylight, esp. with not-so-well-marked trails. Last time I was out, I fortunately discovered that my digital camera had a time feature on it, and as long as I had battery power with that, I could take a picture and note the time stamp.
In the past I've had Timex Ironman watches. They've generally been good for a few years, then when battery replacement time comes around, I try to do it myself, and while the battery part is easy, the buttons never go back to working right. I have considered ABC watches before, but I'm aware of the inherent inaccuracy of altimeter function in changing weather, Plus I already have a compass, one that works well with maps, probably better than a watch.
But I saw this watch and for less than the cost of the Timex, I would have barometer, altimeter, and thermometer functions, the last two of which would at least work under SOME conditions, if not all. Adding compass function would basically more than triple the cost of the watch, use more battery, and not necessarily be all that useful. (one exception - I could probably read the heading more readily and easily with it).
I received the watch and my impressions are positive. The face is larger than I expected, but that's OK. The manual (they include a tiny but thick manual - easier to use the PDF online) is easy to understand and helpful. It didn't take me long to set it up. a couple of things to note that aren't entirely evident from the manual or description:
the world time (sort of a second time zone to have at the ready, say if you have family in Arizona) - well, they give you one city per time zone, and it's not all that likely to be the city relevant to you. But it is just a label for that time zone. So if you have family in Flagstaff but you live in Chattanooga, your world time choice will be DEN for Denver.
it appears the barometer does not take readings when in regular time mode. The "rising/falling" barometric indicator on the front screen just counts off seconds when in regular time mode. It will not indicate a rapidly falling barometer unless you have it in barometer mode. Fortunately the time of day is visible in that mode.
Due to barometric pressure changing with weather patterns, the altimeter is only as accurate as can be achieved through a reference point and the change in barometric pressure since setting it. So if you start a hike, set the known elevation, and the barometer is steady, your altimeter will probably be pretty accurate. If the barometric pressure falls due to weather changes, your elevation gain will be over-estimated, and vice versa. So it is of limited use. You may need to consider re-setting the elevation at multiple points on your hike when it is known for certain waypoints.
As noted in the manual, the thermometer will read high unless it is off your wrist / away from your body for 20-30 min. But for greatest barometric accuracy, it is recommended to keep the watch on your wrist for a more constant temperature (even if it is high relative to the air temp).
If it did nothing else but do what the Ironman watch did, it would be a bargain. That it has a couple other functions that sometimes work, and would be good for hiking, well, I'm happy so far.
on April 3, 2016
No complaints, now the altitude function is more a novelty than an actual reliable sensor. The thermometer function works well if it is not on your wrist, all other functions work as one would expect a casio digital watch to operate. Casio is known for its watches that don't cost an arm and a leg, and this one delivers quite nicely. I don't where it much on my wrist because the nylon braid wrist band absorbs sweat, and after some time it will either need a washing, or replacing depending upon your desire for dis-assembly and re assembly. So, I tend to not wear it when I am warmer that comfort allows. The back-light lasts only for what seems to be 1.5 or 1.0 seconds, I find myself pushing it more than once to see the items I am wishing to see. I utilize the world time feature a lot, since I am in the military, I find myself overseas more than I like to admit, so I keep my watch in the world time time, which displays my current world time zone, keeping my home time zone on the top portion of the screen. I would purchase this watch again if I need a good in expensive digital watch.