I needed a tough watch that didn't need any maintenance, and that also looked bad-ass. So last September, I went for the GW2310FB-1CR (Tough Solar + Multi-Band 6), imported one from the US and shipped it to my country (the Netherlands).
The watch is just perfect. It looks awesome, is sturdy. The negative display is very readable. The multiband time sync works perfectly, even with the DST switch we had recently. Doesn't even need to be near a window.
But the Tough Solar has some issues. When I just got the watch, the indicator was on "High". It dropped to "Medium" the day after, never to recover. Now that winter is coming, that is becoming an issue. It frequently drops to "Low", which disables the beeper and the illuminator. And because this has a negative display, not having the illuminator makes it impossible to use at night.
The manual states that I need to roll up my sleeves, but that's somewhat impractical when I'm outside and it's freezing. And it's also impractical when I'm inside wearing a thick sweater, so I usually take the watch off and put it near a window. But we only have 8 hours of sunlight a day, and behind a double or triple pane window it doesn't get enough sunlight to get back up to "Medium" let alone "High".
Auto-EL is disabled and PowerSaver is enabled. Do I live in the wrong climate from Tough Solar? Because taking the watch to the shop every three years for a battery replacement is way less of a hassle than constantly rolling up my sleeves and taking it off to put it next to a window.
Thanks in advance!