I ordered one that was inexpensive, simple, analog, without an altimeter, barometer, heart rate/cholesterol/bone density monitor, and without the ever-popular transmission diagnostic repair capability. Simple. Like me.
What got rave reviews was the fact that it was solar powered....no more battery replacement....and "atomic accurate" (?). It seems there's some facility in Colorado that regularly broadcasts the exact time to the nanosecond, and this watch can pick up that signal and correct itself as needed.
It will automatically adjust for Daylight Savings Time, short months, etc. All I have to do is strap it on and wear it till I die. No maintenance, ever! Yep, that's the watch for me.
Not so fast, Goober. First you have to choose the time zone you're in. "Push button A, little window B will blink, then you scroll through until you find your zone. Push C, and you're set."
Umm....little problem. Another tiny window shows the digital time (hour, minute, day, date) for my selected zone, BUT THE HANDS SHOW THE TIME FOR A ZONE FARTHER EAST. Lemme check that book again:
The instruction "manual" is about the size of a book of stamps, but 200 pages thick. (OK, 100 of them are in Spanish.) And the print requires one of those little magnifiers jewelers strap to their glasses so they can see the tiny little letters.
This thing is written in a language only a super-geek could think up. I was hopelessly lost right after it said, "Thank you for buying a Casio G Shock". I solicited K, my in-house techie, to try and make some sense of it. Nope....in about 2 minutes she was cursing like the sailor she once was.
Time to turn to the World Wide Web. All I got was an explanation by the same guy (I think) that wrote the #$^& manual to begin with. "SUP, dude?"
I set the hands to show Dallas time. Screw it! I'm just gonna have to accept the discrepancy between what the hands say and what the digital thingy says.
But if you ever see me walking around the streets of Halifax, Nova Scotia and want to know what time it is, I have this little window on my watch that can tell you within a nanosecond. Just ask. :)