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    Re: recommendations for wristwatch "inexpensive"
    From: Carl Herzog
    Date: 2005 Apr 26, 14:50 -0400

    Casio's are really popular. I've owned a bunch.
    They're cheap enough that you're not too upset when the wristband breaks
    and they go over the side. I've lost three of them from getting snagged
    on rigging. (I figure it's better they break off than take my arm.). But
    none of them have ever leaked, and a couple vastly outperformed their
    specs. For all I know, the ones I've lost are still keeping time on the
    bottom somewhere!
    They have lots of digital  models with all the functions you're talking
    about. Big buttons to illuminate the display make it easy to check at
    dusk. Stopwatch functions included. Countdown timers on some, great for
    racing. Multiple times on some of them, keeping utc and local. Seconds
    displayed and easily reset. Date and day of the week.
    The biggest downside to them is that their ability to keep time can vary
    widely from model to model. (I don't know why. Mostly 'cause of cheap
    construction, I'd wager.) I've had one that lost a couple seconds a
    month, but another that gained a 1/2 a second a day! Keep a watch log
    when you first get it, and track the error over a couple weeks. If you
    need it and can't check it against a time signal, you'll at least know
    the correction since you last set it.
    coralline algae wrote:
    >I am planning on buying an inexpensive wristwatch that will be set to gmt, uct
    >and would like to hear what others on the list recommend.  My current wristwatch
    >is a suunto vector but is a pain as it has no zero set for seconds and
    >really doesnt
    >display seconds anyway instead they use a moving 3 block thingy which
    >is only an approximation.  One specific thing the watch should have is
    >the button
    >to start seconds at the wwv minute tone.  Display of time to the
    >second is required
    >and date is  also desirable with digital display the preference.
    >Any other opinions would be welcome but I cant spend
    >a lot at this time (under 1 or 2 hundred dollars)
    >I use the sextant alone so a stopwatch function would be great but may just get
    >that as a separate instrument.
    >Note: I have gps but that would be cheating.
    Carl Herzog
    Editor, Reed's Nautical Almanacs
    Providence, RI

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