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Very Durable, Great Performing Watch for Active Lifestyle!!
on October 13, 2017
First, let me tell you that I'm not an Ironman, nor do I run for any extended period of time. HOWEVER, owning this watch for the better part of a decade has resulted in me loving this thing. It seriously has proven to be my favorite watch over that time because of how it performs. I originally purchased it as my "work watch" for offshore construction and maintenance work. But it quickly became my "daily-driver". It's one of those products in life that you buy....and you just keep using it because it fills your needs and you don't have to worry about it because it's not super-expensive. You can throw it around and beat it up and it still does everything you need. This thing has been that type of tool for me. I love it. OK, enough with that, let's get to the good and bad summary:
Price - for the amount of use and durability of the product, my opinion is that the price is a very good factor.
Watch Size - The watch overall is a smaller type dial, but larger number readout. This is perfect because bulky watches snag on things and are an overall burden to me. It's the main reason why I can't do the G-Shock watches...they are too darn big! So this watch doesn't snag or catch and is also nice that it doesn't interfere with long shirt sleeves. For every-day activities, I don't have to worry about my watch snagging or banging off something due to size. Also, when wearing a jacket and gloves....you don't have to move alot of material to check the time.
Readout Size - The watch may be small, but the numbers are large enough for easy and quick viewing. I don't have to squint to see what time it is.
Watch Material - Plastic with rubber strap. This thing can take a beating. I wore this while working on offshore robotics. I was constantly reaching in and out of machinery for maintenance work. This thing may have scratched, but never broke and didn't harm anything it came in contact with. Also, it doesn't get cold like metal watches. So when I wear this hunting, it's not freezing on my wrist.
Indiglo Light - The dial light is enough to read in dark scenarios and not blinding like some others. It's the right amount of light when just waking up or checking the time in the deer stand.
Chrono - I use the chrono constantly. For everything...from cooking a steak on the grill....to timing how long I've been watering my grass. It's easy to get to and use.
Time Zone - When I was travelling alot for work, time zones changed alot. This watch can have 2 time zones stored at one time. For example T1 would be set for Central Time and T2 would be set for Mountain Time. As soon as I would land...I would hold the button on the watch for a few seconds and the time zone would switch over. I didn't have to take it off and adjust the dial or anything like that. I know this may not be a factor for most, but if you need it to change time zones....it's super convenient. OH....you can also just view it briefly if you just want to check. For example When calling my brother....I can just quickly check to see what time it is for him by checking my watch.
Battery Change - The back of the case has small screws and if you have the screw driver, you can replace the battery yourself. This is much more convenient and cheaper than taking it to someone.
The Bad: (Not much, but had to come up with something!)
Strap Pins - While working offshore, this watch was subjected to a decent amount of salt water. Over time, the metal pins that keep the strap to the dial corroded and had to be replaced. I always tried to rinse with fresh water, but could only do so much. I understand that this will probably not be an issue for the majority.
Battery - Personally, I like that I can replace the battery myself. Unfortunately though, sometimes the battery craps out without warning leaving it useless. This isn't much different from any other battery powered watch, but it still sucks when it happens. I guess this isn't really a bad thing more as it is a fact-of-life.
In conclusion: I'm a big fan of this watch, mainly for reasons outside of running or doing Ironman races. I'm sure this thing is awesome for that too! I believe that if you are an active person that doesn't require a massive G-Shock or Garmin, buy this thing. You'll be very satisfied.