Do you own watches that are just too difficult to set?

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?

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I can usually figure it out. 

If not, I Google the instructions. 

But for a non digital, my Forsining 'Tattoo' is a bear to wind & set with a crown that's just too small and a bezel that sticks out too far. 

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UnholiestJedi

I can usually figure it out. 

If not, I Google the instructions. 

But for a non digital, my Forsining 'Tattoo' is a bear to wind & set with a crown that's just too small and a bezel that sticks out too far. 

Setting the ProTrek was the closest thing I did this century to use the bizarre key strokes combinations that I had to learn for WordPerfect.

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Well I'm one that never even sets the date. But I did set up a citizen eco drive chrono for a friend (never again) spent hours on the damn thing,luckily found a u tube tutorial,success. But then two of the indices fell off ( how, I've not a clue) whilst in my care. Like I said never again.

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hides my Eco drive away from the wrecker, @Stricko. 

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Stricko

Well I'm one that never even sets the date. But I did set up a citizen eco drive chrono for a friend (never again) spent hours on the damn thing,luckily found a u tube tutorial,success. But then two of the indices fell off ( how, I've not a clue) whilst in my care. Like I said never again.

That's unfortunate. My ProTrek is old and its strap is slowly disintegrating, aside from that and the dings and scratches it accumulated, it still work perfectly well just like on the day when I bought it new.

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I have that problemsolving mindset that can almost always trial-and-error through it. But I have to say that the one-button Nixoid Next is a baffler. I've had to set it twice and I still can't explain how to do it as I just brute forced through till it finally delivered the desired results. The instructions totally overlook some necessary nuance.

I forget who here has one of those drum roller watches, but when I had one it required googling to figure out. It had four buttons and the mechanical rollers had to be aligned to 12:00 first, then each individual digit set separately. Good luck cracking that code without the primer.

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My Casio is a weekend project when the battery dies. It’s Google and you tube videos followed by calluses on my fingers. 

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cornfedksboy

My Casio is a weekend project when the battery dies. It’s Google and you tube videos followed by calluses on my fingers. 

The ProTrek has a solar powered movement but I can imagine what's involved if it needed to be reset and reconfigured from scratch.

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Actually all Casios are a nightmare!

But the problem are not the watches itself. It's the horrible manual they send with the watches.

First time I was reading in german:

Me: "What? Is that german?"

The translation was worst than google could do. Words, meanings and contextes didn't matched at all.

So I've checked in english:

Me: "What? Is this rnglish?"

Same problem.

But it's not only the language. The manual misses many parts of Informations or are wrong informations for another watch type.

But thankfully there are helpfull youtube videos.

ProTrek as a subsidiary of Casio will have the same problem I'm afraid and even worse at it might offers more functions 😱

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I have a Citizen perpetual calendar alarm watch with the Calibre 8700. I always have to reference the manual to do more than change the time or alarm.

I also have a first gen G Shock Gravity Master that's all analog, is atomic, dual time zone, alarm, chrono, etc. I have to use the manual for that one too.

Fortunately they are both solar, so I rarely need to mess with them.

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Yeah, the Speedmaster....what a pain on that watch to wind it and pull out the crown to set it...always hurt my finger(nails)....I sold it