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Really good, no-nonsense, tough watch.
on 23 March 2010
I bought this watch a few weeks ago, and I really like it. Appearance-wise, I find it very attractive in a tool-watch kind of way. The basic time readout, with large clear hands on a dark grey dial is very pleasing - and very easy to read at a glance. The subdials and the digital displays do take a bit more studying. The reversed LCD displays are probably the only downside to this watch - they do need reasonable lighting to read them easily - but they do look very cool. (There is another variant of this watch, with non-reversed displays, which I imagine would be easier to read - but probably not as cool looking. You take your choice!)
The watch does have a lot of functions and does need some initial setting up - which takes a little bit of time, and a good read through of the manual - which I like: for me, reading the manual is part of the ritual of getting a new techie toy. Once the initial setup's done though, the basic operation of most of the functions of the watch are pretty straightforward - and probably reasonably familiar to those who've had a Casio previously. The sychronisation with the atomic time signal worked faultlessly - and it's fun watching the sub-dial hand move from ready to working as it picks up the radio signal. Synching only takes a couple of minutes, and where I live (West Midlands) is perfectly reliable - no need to put the watch in the window, just wear it, or put it on the shelf.
The full auto backlight is neat to. It turns on with a rotation of the wrist - but only when the ambient light is low - it doesn't come on when it's not dark enough (neat). The only downside to the light is that it doesn't backlight the LCD displays - which is a shame - the watch would be really improved if the module had a few more little LEDs in it to light up the LCDs - it would really improve its function. The hands are nice and luminous, so in some ways, the backlight in its current design doesn't add a lot of function - you can read the time easily in the dark without it.
In use, the watch is light, comfortable to wear, and nice and rugged-feeling. The solar power charges up pretty quickly in daylight too - when I first got the watch, it was on medium charge, but a few hours outside and the indicator hand was indicating high.
There are a lot of features to really like about this watch, and the only thing I would like to see improved is the backlight. For the money I paid for it, I have no complaints.