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Comfortable, rugged, and looks nice. Fast communication from the manufacturer as well. Recommended!
on July 23, 2014
My wife wanted a new, nice-looking watch that she could use while at the beach, while exercising, and while working also. A hard order to fill - but we think this one met all her criteria.
She used to wear Baby-G watches by Casio. The Baby-G's do not have user replaceable batteries, so when the battery runs out you have to either:
1- Send it to the manufacturer to have the battery replaced at a ridiculous cost for the battery and 2-way postage, or
2- Buy a new watch.
As option 2 costs less than option 1, we were buying new Baby-G's every 18 to 24 months.
Bearing that in mind, we emailed the SHARK company before purchasing this watch to find out if it had a user replaceable battery, and if so, what type of battery it required. SHARK responded to our email within an hour and told us that the battery was user replaceable, and the Freestyle Unisex Model 102245 contains battery size CR2025. This is a very common and inexpensive battery.
My wife loves the watch, she says it looks better than any of her previous Baby-G's. The different colors on the face and band make it match with almost any outfit. She has taken it down to about 10 feet deep in the ocean, swam in a chlorinated pool, went running, weight-lifted, played volleyball with it on. When it gets dirty, she just washes it in the sink with soap and water and then air dries it. It keeps on functioning perfectly and still looks nice as new.
Many digital watches have 100+ page instruction books and are very difficult to figure out (or remember) how to use. This one is much more intuitive. It did not come with instructions. We figured out how to set the time, time zone, alarm, etc. just by looking at the buttons. We downloaded the instructions from SHARK's website - they are only 4 pages long and are very easy to understand/remember.
The display is clear and easy to see, there is no "shark logo" covering it as other reviewers have said - maybe they got a different watch? Our watch is 102245. The watch is comfortable to wear. The dual Velcro wrist strap is not difficult to use, and it is very secure. Would hate for it to fall off while in the ocean! Velcro usually lasts a long time, but if the strap does wear out eventually we plan to just get a new strap (not a new watch).
Highly recommended! By the way, for those who may be curious - no, we do not work for the SHARK company or have anything to do with them. This is the first SHARK watch we have ever purchased, and we're just very satisfied with it.