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Old Wednesday 29th August 2018, 08:50   #1
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Dear all

Spending quite a bit of time in mountains, I wear an altimeter watch. I started with a Casio but I got fed with the high cost of getting a battery fitted -it had to be sent off to retain the waterproof seal. I then swapped to a Suunto due to the rave reviews - apparently it was the brand and the fact that a new battery could easily be fitted without it losing its waterproofness. However, for sometime now, the altimeter has been very erratic to the point where it has become pointless. I am pondering swapping back to Casio - which now have a number of solar-powered models. This being the most likely one https://www.amazon.co.uk/Casio-Pro-T...ywords=prg-270.
Anyone got any thoughts on Casio vs Suunto. I actually prefer the looks of the Suunto Core, but a bit reluctant to buy it, as it's the updated version of the faulty one I have.

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Old Wednesday 29th August 2018, 11:02   #2
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Hi Steve

This guy does incedibly detailed performance tests of what you are looking for..

.https://www.dcrainmaker.com/

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Old Friday 31st August 2018, 13:23   #3
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I went for a Casio.
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I went for a Casio.
How are you getting on with the Casio? I had a Protrek years ago and quite fancy another but have also been considering the Suunto Core.
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Old Friday 5th October 2018, 15:45   #5
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Whilst not scientific - I've owned both a Casio Protrek and a Suunto Core All Black...
(I wanted the Altimeter function for the opposite reason as you - I do alot of Caving and anted to know how far DOWN I'd gone :) )
Anyway...the Suunto Core is a better watch overall...comfier, easier to read, easier to use the functions...but the Casio Protrek was MUCH better at giving a (semi) accurate altitude reading...
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Old Friday 5th October 2018, 17:16   #6
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I've been in flat Suffolk for a while so the watch hasn't been used in anger yet so it's hard to say. I will say my Suunto wasn't that old when its altimeter started giving erratic results. The new model may be an improvement and I have to admit I preferred it asthetically but that expereience put me off. The Casio I had before never went wrong; I just got fed up of paying to replace the battery but that problem was solved by the solar watches.

For some reason I got the watch 40 cheaper than the link I originally gave so dig around if anyone is tempted.
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Old Thursday 11th October 2018, 17:52   #7
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Have had both over the years. I had to abandon my Suunto when the plastic of the battery compartment dissolved due to exposure to DEET! I have had a Protrek for several years (solar) and have been really pleased with it. Over the winter I occasionally need to put it on a sunny windowsill to keep the battery topped up, but otherwise delighted. I have one of the models which reads a time signal so I never need to adjust it.

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Steve,

I have worn a Suunto Vector since right after 9/11. I had a good friend in the National Guard Special forces unit and they all got those watched right before they deployed. Right after seeing his, I had to have one for myself. I have been wearing one every day since. In fact I have 2 Suunto Vector watches in black. I have had 2 problems over that time span and each time I called Suunto America and they told me to send it to them and about a week later, the watch arrived back at my house working perfectly.

Now I also really like Casio G-Shock and Pro-Trek watches, but have never had the chance to get one of the really nice models that I like that's in the MUDMAN category. The one I like runs about $500 and I just can't see myself paying that kind of money for a digital watch.
I also like a couple of the Suunto CORE models, the Dusk Gray in particular.

I too prefer the digital watches with all the gizmos on them.
Here is one that I'd really like to have, but it's just too much money. Heck, I could buy a sweet, new CCW pistol or a pig hunting rifle with that kind of money and still have a bunch left for practicing.

Show off your new watch...please.
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Here is one that I'd really like to have, but it's just too much money. Heck, I could buy a sweet, new CCW pistol or a pig hunting rifle with that kind of money and still have a bunch left for practicing.

Show off your new watch...please.
Please, we need a link to the one you'd really like to have.
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Old Saturday 8th December 2018, 06:19   #10
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Hey etudiant,

SURE!! I'll be happy to give you a look at the Casio that I am currently craving. It is in the group of watches called MUDMASTER and there are several different looks and colors and variations in that group. It is also part of the "MASTERS OF G" group too. I hate how Casio does their naming though. It's confusing as can be. I wished they'd just give each different watch a DIFFERENT NAME. That would make it a whole lot less aggravating and it would also give a person the ability to look at the watch and see what model it is and go look for it. They way it now, a picture only gets your pinky toe in the door to try and find out what model it is that you are looking at.

This one is the G-SHOCK MUDMASTER GWG1000-1A3
https://world.g-shock.com/asia-mea/e...mog/mudmaster/

I really don't care much about the color, I like 'em all.

Sometimes Casio does a "Special" run of watches that are collaborations with artists, athletes, DJ's, whatever, that results in more models to take into account. The price on these "special" collaborations goes UP really quick, ending up near $1,000 for a Casio DIGITAL watch. I like some of these collaborative efforts, but I don't think I'd ever fork over that kind of money for a DIGITAL watch. Just my thinking. I appreciate and think it's cool that there are those out there that are able to spend that much and a company willing to cater to their core customers.

Here's a SUUNTO CORE that I am really wanting too. It's in the Suunto CORE family. There are all kinds of different color variations in the CORE line. Check them out and see what you think.
https://www.suunto.com/en-us/Product...ore-Dusk-Gray/

There's the 2 watches that I would really like to have SANTA drop off for me on Christmas morning. I'll leave out nice choco chip cookes with a glass of milk and of course, some treats for his reindeer.

What's your thoughts on these 2, or any of the others that were in the links that I posted?

Have a great weekend!

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Seem like really fine watches, just overkill for me.
I'd like a simple watch that just does altimeter, solar power and auto time.
GPS is a bridge too far for a watch imho, too power hungry. Likewise, a lot of the very rugged wear features go right over my head, they add value in situations that I would pay money to avoid.
Still would like to retire my current basic Casio in favor of something better, but have not found it yet, so hoping to learn from others.
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Here is a watch I have been considering , I just need to get past the sticker shock. It's solar powered , has altimeter, compass , touch screen and a few other basic features.

https://www.tissotwatches.com/en-ca/...t-solar-5.html
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Here is a watch I have been considering , I just need to get past the sticker shock. It's solar powered , has altimeter, compass , touch screen and a few other basic features.

https://www.tissotwatches.com/en-ca/...t-solar-5.html
Nice set of capabilities, even if a tad very pricey.
More broadly, this seems like a logical set of features for a modern watch, especially as it is now cheap to add atomic time, plus heart rate and related features.
I'd think that the people who make FitBits and perhaps even Apple would be looking at the idea of a ruggedized model, so there may be new options coming.
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Old Wednesday 12th December 2018, 03:30   #14
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Wow, love the Tissot...But couldn't bring myself to pay anywhere close to that.

I've get several altimeter watches, couple of faves are the Casio Pro-trek triple sensor, and Casio Tough Solar in Titanium--also a triple sensor with Atomic time calibration!
I'm partial to Titanium/sapphire crystal watches when I can find them.
My dress faves are the Citizen Titanium/Sapphire Promaster SuperChrono, and Citizen Master of Complications in Titanium.

NOS alti watches are out there and reasonable, eBay is a good source. I picked up two new old stock Casio titanium tough solars for $160 for both from a dealer parting with old stock. Both only needed a good solar charge and they were perfect, and of course new. I gifted one to my son who is a watch buff and he loves it. Those watches retailed at $375 each, saved about $600.... Shop around!
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Old Thursday 13th December 2018, 11:03   #15
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I went through two Suunto Vectors, the electronics were wonderful. One was lost when the strap broke and it fell off whilst climbing and one died through salt water ingress whilst sailing. But they were accurate and reliable.

I then went for a Suunto Core but that was different beast altogether. It ate batteries at an alarming rate, one per 3 months, a Vector would do 12 months minimum. It also occasionally reset itself. Then a couple of months out of warranty it started resetting itself virtually everyday, making it useless. I contacted the shop and Suunto directly but neither wanted to know.
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