First impression of the Suunto CORE All Black Watch Purchased 12 FEB 10:
First of all this is the first Suunto Watch that I have ever owned, I purchased a Suunto product due to the recommendations of friends of mine who have owned different models for years. I am currently in the Military and demand a lot out of my watches as they take a very good beating. My last watch was a G-Shock which was damaged when a armored vehicle door closed on my arm during training getting ready to go to Iraq, I would have broken my wrist if it the watch did not stop the 400 pound door from closing completely on my wrist (still have a lot of respect for G-Shock watches). However I wanted more out of my watches as I am starting to get into climbing and high altitude activities such as hiking and skiing. Suunto has just been known for its accuracy and reliability for outdoor activities. After months of research I decided over the Suunto All Black over the Casio Pathfinder PAW1100-1V due accuracy between the two.
I have owned the Core All Black Watch for a few weeks now and absolutely love it; backcountry has excellent customer service and was able to get my watch to Iraq with no issues what so ever. The functions work great; it takes about an hour or two to really get use to all the menus and to completely understand all of its features. The packaging was awesome however I think I received a watch that was returned/used for some reason or another, the original protective clear labels on the screen and back cover were not on the watch when I received it. Not a big deal but I would have liked to get a brand new watch (again this is just an assumption). I also ordered Zagg invisibleSHIELD to protect the face of the watch from Amazon to help prolong the life of the watch.
The Core All Black looks awesome and is very appealing to the eye when worn; I have had no issues reading the negative face of the watch during all hours of the day and night. I am a bit concerned about the band though, its not as thick as one would expect from an outdoor watch but hey I can live with replacing a band every year or so if it breaks. The menu interface is easy to understand and after a little playing with the features it is easy to get the hang of. I would recommend downloading the user manual and quick start guide from the Sunnto website for ease of reading rather than the one it comes with.
As for the features here is my two cents:
Watch: Has all the features you can expect from a watch, great alarm, dual time, and is very accurate when set (I use a GPS to keep my watch in sync just like every other guy does in the military a.k.a PLGR Time). I like the sunrise/sunset feature very useful for military operations. Chronograph countdown timer stopwatch all work well.
ALTI&BRO: I used a GPS to calibrate the ALT and so far it works great, keep in mind I am in Iraq and dont have much of a difference in ALT in Baghdad area. However it is very accurate when comparing it to a map and GPS ALT for use during operations. I have yet to use the Depth Meter as well as have no way to calibrate the BRO.
Weather: I have this feature set however I have yet to get a warning of impending weather, I am curious if it will be able to warn me before a sandstorm or rainstorm which do occur here during the winter/spring months. Temperature is accurate as long as you take into account your body temp, for me it is +14 °F (just compared the difference between watch on and off my wrist).
Compass: This is the best feature I have used so far and very accurate, I compared it with a military lensatic compass and it was dead on after calibrating it, make sure that when you calibrate the watch compass you stay clear of objects that will interfere with the internal magnet such as heavy metal, power lines, and so on.
Other Features: The backlight works well; I have had no issues with water resistance, easy to use interface and has four different languages to choose from.
Overall I love this watch so far and will be sure to follow up on its performance in a few months, I know this is a long review however I wanted to provide as much info as possible and convey my experience with the Suunto Core All Black thus far.