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Originally posted by deadrock

The Sea-Pathfinder is well-nigh indestructible. ?
Apart from the rubbish resin strap the case broke where the strap pin locates on mine.

The Ronstan Clearstart looks nice, but at 60 odd quid, is it a cheap sailing watch?

1st weekend out with the SKMEI, stair rod rain squall & capsize saturday, loads of spray & 2 starts yesterday,
verdict: still on my wrist and still works.


Edited by piglet - 07 Aug 17 at 11:35am
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The day I first read this post, think I was in the chippy but it reminded me I needed to sort my Optimum timer which has been playing up and I ordered one of these cheap Chinese watches, the next day I sent my Optimum time watch back.

Heard nothing from the cheap Chinese thing, but today my Optimum time watch is back all clean, shiney almost like new and everything working again, no charge.

That I guess is the difference between a local Brit based company albeit building out East and some cheap Chinese web scam that might or might not ship some time this century.

I can find no fault with Optimum they've always been probably the best purchasing experience I've had in dinghy world.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote piglet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Aug 17 at 2:50pm
Did you not pay the extra for 'delivery via teleport machine?'
I buy a lot of stuff for work from Ebay direct from China, drill bits etc. etc. Usually 2-3 weeks.
Most Ebay problems I've had are with UK suppliers, one bloke still owes me 50 wing nuts!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Aug 17 at 3:09pm
Wing Nuts

dare i even ask..

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Gordon 1430 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Aug 17 at 4:08pm
Sad to say I have had 3 Op watches and all have died very quickly compared to my Timex I used for years.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote maxibuddah Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Aug 17 at 4:46pm
My Casio pathfinder has been going on for about 10 years now. Same strap but the buttons allowing for adjustment stopped working ages ago. Mysteriously started working again this weekend so it's like new. Beeps enough to let me know what's going on. Top watch for the money. I couldn't contemplate spending £60+ for occasional sailing use, it's just too much money to count down from five minutes.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Aug 17 at 6:39pm
Originally posted by Gordon 1430

Sad to say I have had 3 Op watches and all have died very quickly compared to my Timex I used for years.
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You should send them back for refurb see what happens you might be pleasantly surprised, they have the most excellent customer service.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote deadrock Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Aug 17 at 8:30pm
It's NBG if the watch goes AWOL leaving you to sit on the start-line trying to remember how to count down from 60. I bought an Optimum - once: sending it back under guarantee for a second time didn't do it for me. Never again!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote PeterG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Aug 17 at 9:50pm
I know a lot of people seem to have had problems with Optimum, from reading here and elsewhere. But I have to say the only problem I've ever had was thinking I'd lost mine and buying another. I've had the 2 for years now and always found them to do the job really well. I used to use a fairly standard Casio - not a Pathfinder - but I remember capsizing trying to read the digits before the start. Never again - the Optimum digit size makes life so much easier!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote piglet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Aug 17 at 10:00pm
Noticed the poor viewing angle on the SKMEI tonight whilst trying to sneek a look at the time without getting caught by the Yoga teacher.
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