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Good looking watch but limited night viewing
on December 30, 2007
This watch looks really nice and the functions work well. The compass is very accurate and easy to read. Much nicer than the HighGear digital that I also have. The temp readings are 'accurate' except that it is the temp on your arm. You need to subtract 10 to 15 deg. to get the real temp or take the watch off for at least 5 minutes.
The tide clock was a bit of a disappointment to me. It is accurate but tides are affected by the sun, coastline, rivers and other geographic conditions so you get an 'estimation' of the high and low at best. Still, it is not the watches fault - I did not understand tides that well until I tried to figure out why the watch was 'wrong'. In the Everett, WA area, the tides are not the standard 6 hours and 25 min. so you have to check a local tide chart and not just rely on the watch.
The biggest downside of this watch is the night visibility. Unlike other Indiglo watches, where the entire face lights up like a flashlight, this watch only has a small band of Indiglo. It is actually harder to see the hands with the Indiglo on. The temp/tide/compass hand is totally invisible at night. The hour and minute hands are almost exactly the same length so it is also hard to tell which is which. You really have to shine a light on it to see anything.
Other than that, it is a great watch for the $. Much cheaper than some others and the analog face is much nicer than a digital watch. I'd still buy it but maybe would go for the white face model instead.