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    Vector was not chosen for navigation
    From: J Cora
    Date: 2005 Apr 27, 21:19 -0700

    Greetings,
    
    I thought that I would mention a few things about the vector which I
    have owned now for around 5 or 6 years perhaps more.
    
    The main requirement I had at the time of purchase was user
    replaceable battery.  My previous watch was an Avocet which I liked a
    lot, good barometer, nice size, very easy to manipulate buttons, but
    the requirement to send the watch to the factory for battery
    replacement became tiresome and I destroyed the watch trying to do the
    replacement myself.
    
    The vector does have a way to  display seconds digitally but it
    requires a button push and the display only shows the seconds and if I
    recall it falls back automatically after a short time like 30 secs.
    Overall the vector is a reasonable comprimise but I expect that with
    time there will be much better watches out there.  For one it is damn
    complicated and I never have the manual with me when it counts.  I
    would like to be able to instantly change units, millibars - in/Hg  C
    to F ,  feet to meters, etc. but rarely do as I forget how.  The
    compass is pretty nice but recalibration is the same story hard to
    remember how it is done.  I have used it as the primary compass while
    kayaking in fog and it was very easy to use, just lift my arm!
    I set the barometer to millibars and using the 6 hour history is
    particulary helpful when a front passes.  Setting time and date is
    something I have memorized but forgot on occasion.
    The battery generally lasts about a year and is changeable by the
    owner but the o-ring has be handled carefully or replaced.  It is also
    a bit difficult to open the seal and when Suunto was called they said
    the correct tool was a nickel as it had an edge on the circumference.
    I use the altimeter frequently while hiking and like the avocet shows
    rate of climb so you know how hard you are pushing. Also like the
    avocet it has to be recalibrated frequently.  While kayaking the watch
    is doused in salt water and often not washed off afterwards but I have
    not experienced any problems yet. The manual says dont manipulate the
    buttons under water and I have followed their recommendations.
    In the future Suunto  should consider making a watch that displays the
    seconds , has zero set and is not so complicated to adjust or work the
    functions.
    
    Still I wouldnt trade the watch for any other that I have seen to date.
    If I had the money I would get a marine chronometer but it would sit at home
    on display.
    
    
    

       
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