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Only issue I have with my Optimum, it will not program, it bleeps last 5 seconds of every minute,
had it for years, this is only issue, I have been told it is stuck on 'eventing' ??? presumably something to do with Horses.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote piglet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Aug 17 at 3:18pm
Better than the Sea Pathfinder (in my opinion):
Casio W-94-8A
No longer a UK model sadly but available on Ebay Ex Belgium for 25
Does all the countdown bleeps but not the Optimum style Sync function.

I've had a few of them but the date on the screen seems to have got too tiny.
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Well my SKMEI 6 quid chinese watch showed up today and will be bunged in the van as a back up in case the cold and wet get to the Optimum again this winter.

As cheap crap watches go, I've got to say this one is businesslike enough, nothing flash, simple movement, obviously with no yotti specific stuff but it would work OK in count up mode and it's got instructions in English came in a genuine tin box with a handy window in the top, so for not much more than the price of a pint it's an OK back up.

I have a bit of a watch fetish, went through a period of buying all those crap things that flick up as you're browsing none of which still work.

I also had to try and use the regatta timer app on the apple watch which I have got to say is the worse piece of app design work short of grindr I've ever come across, useless, it just goes to back ground within 30 secs and you spend ages trying to flick your wrist to light it up, hopeless app which could be so much better.
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That's probably an apple imposed limitation, the battery life of an original Apple Watch() is down to a few hours if you are constantly lighting up the display as my Ballet Teacher wife discovered. Her hand gestures while teaching were activating the display every few seconds (as shown by the diagnostic the 'Genius' ran on it) and eating the charge in 5-6 hours. He told us it was the 'wrist raise' response that was reducing battery life bout I suspect the power needed to drive the display is at least as much to blame. He told us to turn it off the and battery life has been fine since.
 
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My SKMEI had a tiny bit of mist in the face yesterday, gone today though.
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I'm putting a "digital kitchen timer / egg timer"in a water proof iPhone 7 holder. 6 for "kitchen timer" and 6 for water proof case from amazon. Plan to wrap lanyard around mast under boom. With 5 people who sail in the household I won't be paying for 5 watches at 50 a go. Funny thing is the "digital egg timer" is the same size as the "optimum" big yellow watch but is 10 times cheaper.
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Originally posted by Andre01

I'm putting a "digital kitchen timer / egg timer"in a water proof iPhone 7 holder. 6 for "kitchen timer" and 6 for water proof case from amazon. Plan to wrap lanyard around mast under boom. With 5 people who sail in the household I won't be paying for 5 watches at 50 a go. Funny thing is the "digital egg timer" is the same size as the "optimum" big yellow watch but is 10 times cheaper.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote piglet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Sep 17 at 10:27pm
Originally posted by Andre01

I'm putting a "digital kitchen timer / egg timer"in a water proof iPhone 7 holder. 6 for "kitchen timer" and 6 for water proof case from amazon.


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Originally posted by Andre01

I'm putting a "digital kitchen timer / egg timer"in a water proof iPhone 7 holder. 6 for "kitchen timer" and 6 for water proof case from amazon.


It seems like a great idea. Is it readable from any angle, and with the sun glinting off the phone case?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Eisvogel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Sep 17 at 10:07am
The main issue I have with that (and the cheap watch, which I also tried), is the lack of sync; it's quite hard to catch the initial 5 min signal, and if you can't sync you're always out by 10 secs or so. Do others find that a problem too?
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