I know of one or two more threads of the same subject as mine, but I would like to point that I did not find an answer to my questions (especially in the "POLL" one, where 52% vs 48% voted for GW-9000). My questions are mainly for the GW-9000 OWNERS - I am mainly concerned about the solar battery and is it reliable enough. If the G-9000 had Atomic Time, I wouldn't hesitate, because it definately looks much better.
1. How long have you had the watch?
2. Did you have any problems?
3. How long did it take to charge the battery from "no charge" to full (and I mean full full ;)?
4. Under what weather conditions did you charge the watch?
5. Is the solar power of GW-9000 reliable?
I've seen the Manual for the GW-9000 and calculated that it would take approximately 14 days for it to charge to full (with no charge in battery, as I expect it to be on delivery) in cloudy days (worst conditions). Is that correct? When fully charged the Manual says that you can use it for 9 months (under the conditions specified), but I recon that with Auto-EL on, it'll last 4 months. Is this a realistic assumption?
Also, in Bulgaria, there isn't a customer service for Casio FROM Casio and therefore - if I have a problem with my solar battery, I would have to send it back to the USA (that's where I'm purchasing from) and that is very costly.
Which one would you suggest?