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Great value, good functionality
on 31 October 2012
Firstly, this watch is great value. I have a history of breaking watches so have decided to go for low cost & function over "bling".
This watch has all the functions I require:
* Time (12 or 24 hr)
* Day & date
* Hourly beep (optional)
* Second Time - useful when travelling abroad
* Countdown Timer
The watch display is very clear, making it easy to read the time in a variety of light conditions which can be assisted if required by the backlight.
When in stopwatch mode, it only displays the digits that are necessary, e.g. only the seconds, 10ths & 100ths if less than a minute has passed, etc., no zeros for the minutes and hours. This takes a little getting used to but not a big deal.
I coach an U9 football team and the countdown timer is really useful for timing each half, to exclude stoppage time.
I wore the watch while hiking recently and the watch glass has come through completely unscathed, as has the rest of the watch. The strap is comfortable and the loop to hold the strap tidily when it is done up has a neat "bobble" to plug into one of the holes on the strap, which stops it slipping off, making the strap very secure. I have not tested the 50m waterproof claim by swimming while wearing it, but it has been soaked when caught in a storm at the top of a mountain with no ill effects.
It would be nice to have more than 1 alarm, but maybe this is too much to expect at this price.
The watch appears sturdy, but it is light which means you are not conscious of wearing it and aesthetically it looks good. It is a good size, big but not huge and generally looks more expensive than the <£20 price.
My previous watch a Casio G-Shock - which I bought based upon the reputation for being tough & also cost 5 times as much - proved to be faulty after only a few months (blank display), I returned it and the replacement suffered the same fault, it also had no countdown timer.
The only real (and minor) item is that when a button is pressed it beeps and this cannot be turned off, so if you're doing this at night, it may disturb anyone else in the room (an issue when sleeping in the dorm' of a mountain refuge) - hence only 4 stars.