Top positive review
What a surprise, Very nice watch
July 25, 2016
I was really surprised how much I liked this watch. I have Casio Pathfinders and G-Shocks, so I walked in with low expectations, and it has exceeded every one. Way, way impressed for a sub-$20 watch. It does lose a little time, but it loses less than my Casio DW6900.
I love the large numbers and layout of the face (Casio really should take note). No extra clutter, or needless blinky stuff. Simple, effective, crisp, just a great watch. 50+ mm across, large, but definitely wears smaller. Band is absolutely fantastic (Casio should take note). Every Casio I have the band adjustment holes falls in between my wrist size, so it is either too tight or loose. This one has two hole locations that work, thought that was interesting.
My main concern walking into this watch was the waterproofness. So I hydro-modded (Google it - filled the case with silicone oil). It makes it waterproof to a depth that I will (should) never go. Shower, Swimming, Ocean...been there done that...excellent. I do realize that this is more work than most want to do on a ‘inexpensive’ watch, but I already had the stuff to do it, so…excellent outcome.
Really like the hour chime. It is not the normal beep-beep that all my watches have. It is a longer, single beep with a nice medium tone. I didn't think that I would like it, but I really do.
I have not abused it, but I have used it ‘willingly’ for everyday life. It shows no signs of wear and still looks great. So it handles the ’normal’ beats and bangs beautifully.
Dislikes - The viewing angle (up and down) to see the numbers is narrow. Viewing the watch at much of an angle (more than 30-45 deg) makes the numbers hard to read. So I have to turn it all the way to me to be able to read it. Not a big deal, but the viewing angle side to side is so much more.
The light is great in very dark. Hard to see, kind of ineffective in anything else. Still not a show-stopper.
One thing I do miss on this watch is a Countdown timer, but Casio dumped that years ago. Well...and the barometer, but that is a lot to ask from a sub-$20 watch.
Again, surprisingly great watch. It is getting a lot of wrist time.