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    Re: Digital Watch for CN
    From: Greg Rudzinski
    Date: 2013 Nov 23, 05:11 -0800

    Carl,

    As you say:

    "In my experience,the bands usually break off or the spring pins pop before the battery ever dies. I've lost several over the side when they've gotten caught on something and ripped off, but better that than taking my arm with them."

    This appears to be the Achilles heel of many Casio models. Ten year battery life and one year band life. The band on G-shocks are not conventional and require adaptor links to use other bands.

    I have just ordered a W96H model Casio ($16 same cost as the replacement band) to see if a band jury rig link can be fabricated.

    Greg Rudzinski


    Re: Digital Watch for CN
    From: Carl Herzog
    Date: 2013 Nov 23, 03:35 -0800
    I'm curious how much shorter the life expectancy of the battery is on a radio-synced watch vs. the non-radio watches. Anybody have any comparative experience?

    I've used plain old Casio G-Shocks for years. I have not used the radio-synced ones, but there's always access to WWV via the SSB, and the first thing I do when I get a new one is spend a couple days checking the rate of error (which, with one lemon exception, has never been more than 1/2 a second a day and usually less for the Casios I've owned). After that, I just track the error each day and adjust every couple weeks or so underway.

    The more important nav feature for me is strong illumination (Casio's indiglo is great) and quick access to the illuminating button so I can read the time quickly.

    In my experience,the bands usually break off or the spring pins pop before the battery ever dies. I've lost several over the side when they've gotten caught on something and ripped off, but better that than taking my arm with them.

    As someone else indicated, if you do manage to keep one 'til the battery dies, it's not worth trying to replace the battery. They're pretty disposable.

    Carl Herzog

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