I should have probably thought more about what I was doing when I made an impulse decision to purchase a "sundial wristwatch." It's becoming and less and less appealing as the days go on.
I'm not going to mention the store or brand name. That's not as important as what I would call the poor design in general of a sundial replacing a standard watch movement. I should have also paid more attention to the salesman's unusual facial contortions, sometimes he looking away entirely during the transaction. That should have been a red flag. But at the time I didn't care. Nothing could have stopped me. "No batteries needed" first drew me to the display case. "Never needs winding or shaking" hooked me in.
But, believe me, there are many downsides to the sundial design.
To begin with its general qualities, it has to be done outdoors usually. And it has to be on a flat level surface. So, in other words, you actually have to TAKE THE WATCH OFF for it to be effective. I didn't know that when I bought it. You also have to place the watch with the marker "N" on the case facing north. So, unless you know the direction you would also need to be carrying a compass with you.
It's easiest to find the time when you are near a brick ledge or short wall. Something with a solid flat and level surface. Otherwise you would need to place it on a sidewalk and crouch down to see the time.
CONS: It would not be useful for "timing" short things, such as cooking. It's also very difficult unless it is completely sunny outside. I think if the entire dial and structure were just larger (too large for a wrist) it would be a better design. Also, it would be best if it could just be built permanently into a fixed place.
It has caused some stress in my relationships. I have asked my boss (and his boss) to have a small post built into the employee smoke area just outside the building, preferably a very simple rectangular structure with a side pointing true north. But each time I ask, they just seem to be more and more irritated. I've stopped this appeal entirely, but the negative effects are still there between us.
In conclusion, this watch works the way it is supposed to... BUT, it requires too much time and effort that I'm beginning to question my decision in making the purchase. In short, just take time to consider these things before purchasing a sundial watch.