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Suunto SS014809000 Review

This Suunto Core watch, is made for both men and women, with a Quartz movement, 50 mm. Composite material case, LCD dial and a Black Rubber strap. Suunto Core watch model number SS014809000 is brand new , and comes in the original box with a Dexclusive warranty.

Product Details

SKU SUU-SS014809000
Collection Core
Condition Brand NEW in box
Gender Unisex
Reference Code SS014809000
Name Variations SS014809000, core
UPC/EAN 45235901104
Asin B002CIR4CK
Watch Brand Suunto
Display Analog
Case Material Composite material
Case Diameter 50 mm.
Band Material Black Rubber
Movement Quartz
Crystal Mineral
Dial Color LCD
Water Resistance 30 mt. / 100 ft.
Watch Features Alarm, Altimeter, Barometer, Chronograph, Compass, Date, Day, Dual Time

Product Description

100% NEW in box factory Original Suunto. Includes 1 year Dexclusive warranty.

Customer Reviews

Excellent watch- so far so good! Review by David
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I decided to purchase this watch after considering the Casio versions which are available. My primary reasoning was that it looks so much cleaner and is easier to operate than the others. My concerns were that it wouldn't work right and it would eat batteries. It has only been a month since I've had it but so far I'm enjoying it quite a bit. It certainly gets attention, that's for sure! No problems with any functionality and although I'm not out scaling mountains on a regular basis, I feel that a basic understanding of how the technology works and it can be pretty accurate. At this point none of the issues that other people were experiencing has happened to me, it is working great. (Posted on 10/7/11)
great Review by peezy
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Just received my light green Suunto Core and it is everything that I wanted. I read a lot of the reviews and new what to expect and it is exactly what I wanted to buy. The buttons are a little hard, the system is complicated but very indepth and learnable. I love the watch and for something that can calculate barometric pressure, altitude, time, and still do much more it is well worth the money and looks the part. I love this watch so far and even if I do have issues with battery life and functions, it will be worth the money to exercise the warranty and get the thing fixed. (Posted on 10/7/11)
Great watch Review by Chris Bartolo
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I'm mostly a mechanical watch guy, but for travel and hiking, this is a great alternative. Some of the features take a little reading to figure out, but it isn't anything overly complex. The interesting thing is that it's fairly large in diameter, but the shape and strap are very comfortable on my average size wrist. I'd definitely buy another one, and my wife was asking if they made it in a smaller size (she's very petite), which, unfortunately, they don't. (Posted on 10/7/11)
Not as good as I'd hoped Review by John L. Wamble
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I gave the Suunto Core a try but I ended up having to return it. This made me sad; it's a good looking instrument that seemed to fit my needs. But here's the main problem: the altimeter is not accurate enough for my purposes, which is navigating while climbing or hiking off trail.

I contacted Suunto and told them I was having accuracy issues even when I carefully set the reference elevation before each use. I asked them to provide an accuracy spec so I could determine whether or not I had a defective unit. The response they gave (after a delay of several days) was their standard admonition to "recalibrate". Here's an excerpt:

"The watch will need to be recalibrated from time to time, especially after large changes in the weather of if you have been in a pressurized environment (eg. an airplane).
You can calibrate your watch by entering the sea level pressure or the reference altitude, normally it is easier to use the reference altitude as this can be found fairly easily for any location (visit google earth) and always remains constant.
Even small changes in the weather will result in a small change in displayed altitude."

To which I say a great big "duh". Of course you have to set the elevation every time you intend to use the altimeter for navigation. I had been careful to let them know that I knew this so I was somewhat irritated with their response. Clearly they didn't bother to read what I wrote. This was just the first of several gaffs by Suunto. Let me cut to the point of this part of my review: Suunto customer service is terrible and their website is a train wreck that will have you pulling your hair out. That's all I'll say there.

But back to the Core. I was consistently seeing errors on the order of 4 to 5 percent of the difference between my starting elevation and my destination. For example I'd start at a known trailhead elevation of 4000 feet, set the reference to ~4000 feet, climb to a known peak of 8000 feet and observe the Core to read ~7800 feet. In a white out in the mountains two hundred feet is plenty to get you lost, friend. And it wasn't a single instance, where the sea level air pressure might have been rapidly climbing, it was consistently off. I started carrying an older Suunto altimeter (X3) along for comparison and that did fine. So I'm convinced it was the Core that was the problem. I'd have gotten a replacement Core but Suunto customer service could not give me any reassurance that it wasn't a problem with all Cores. That performance problem alone is enough to render this instrument inadequate but there's one other detail that's troubling. When setting the reference elevation you can't set it very precisely. On my X3 for example, I can set the reference to within one foot, even though that instrument measures only to the meter so the displayed elevation changes in three foot increments. The X3 will then show you your elevation to the nearest three foot increment as measured from your starting reference. That works well. With the Core you can try to set the reference to within three feet (it won't let you enter in one foot increments) but as soon as you leave the setting routine it rounds your starting elevation to the nearest millibar, which translates to about 30 feet. Which is really annoying. In short this is unacceptable to me.

Other aspects of the Core are nice. The watch and various timer functions work well and are easy to learn. The compass works surprisingly well, better than other electronic compasses I've tried. As other reviewers have noted, the thermometer is useless when it's on your wrist. Gee, it's always 85F. I didn't test the thermometer off wrist. And as I said at the beginning, I think it's a good looking piece. I had the "regular black" and even that one was acceptable to my wife. I wouldn't wear it out to a formal occasion but it doesn't scream "geek" as loud as some of these other wrist instruments. (Posted on 10/7/11)

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100% NEW in box factory Original Suunto. Includes 1 year Dexclusive warranty.

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