I decided that today is a good time to take out the ProTrek Tough Solar and give it a chance to recharge.
This PRG-510GB is one of my oldest watches. I used it extensively when I was backpacking, which was a time when its 47-49mm diameter didn't bother me because I was enamored with the multitude of functions offered by the various sensors it had, all of which were supposed to make me a better land navigator and amaze my friends. I thought that this extensive experience should make setting the time that was stuck on DST a snap, but it wasn't. Not even by a long shot. In the passing years I forgot how to use it and had to rely on the user manual, which is both difficult to find and confusing.
Just finding the correct section in the 12 pages of densely printed text was a chore. And trying to remember if I have to press the D, after a long press on the E, or maybe the A to go forward and then the B, but never the C button was just too exhausting and completely de-motivated me from finding out if I had to re-calibrate the compass and barometer. This was simply too complicated to remember and it's probably the reason why at some stage I switched to a smartwatch and an app for navigation and forgot about the ProTrek.
So, the PRG-510GB became too complicated for an old fart like me, but complicated watches existed even before someone had the bright idea to turn them into mini-PC. Some mechanical watches are super complicated and setting them is possibly even more difficult. Do you own any watch that you don't use because it's too difficult to remember how to set or operate it?