Top positive review
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What I expected and good value at half price.
on 23 August 2013
Solid feeling watch that may be chunkier than you think. It's 12mm thick if that helps
your decision. The leather strap is strong, water resistant and looks good quality.
Not like some of the weedy looking ones that you see that look fragile and you end
up with white threads peeling out of fastening holes.
The compass works ok and seems to read the same as the stand alone compass that
I have. It is affected by large metal objects such as fridge freezers, but you don't meet
many of them in the wilderness. :-) It is easy to set up.
Date is quite small and may be difficult to see if you wear glasses and are not wearing
them when you glance at the watch. Again, easy to change the date.
The tide function works but may need regular recalibrating to keep it accurate. This is
easy to do and there are many tide table sources available on the web.
Temperature reading is accurate when not on wrist, but obviously reads body heat when worn.
The only thing I don't like, which is why I dropped it to 4 stars, is that they've made the lower
half of the 4th hand the same colour and roughly the same size and shape as the hour hand.
This means that you can't just glance at the watch to get the time, because when you do
you initially see two hour hands which makes you pause and check which is which. They
should have made it orange the same as the top half.
A way around this, if you don't need the tide function, is to set the tide times so that the hour
hand covers the lower half of the 4th hand as they go round roughly in unison.
You can leave the 4th hand in either tide or temp mode, the compass mode only stays
reading for approx 30 seconds and then reverts back to what you originally set, either tide
You have a low battery warning with the second hand. If it starts to read seconds in 2 second
jumps it means the battery is low. If it reads in 5 second jumps it means it is about to give out
Quite pleased with the watch. It is solid and well made with a good quality strap. For longevity
only time will tell. I've had my automatic Seiko for 33 years and it still looks like new. So this
Timex will have a lot to live up to if it is going to match the Seiko.
Hope this review will assist you in making your decision as we all look for different things in a watch.