Aposon’s Skmei Men’s “S-Shock” Outdoor Digital Quartz Watches

 

As much as Hubby loves his watches, he also needs a few “beaters” that he isn’t worried about getting, well, beaten. The tough part about that is finding a nice cross section between affordability and quality so that it doesn’t fail the first time it’s used. Aposon’s digital watches seem to fill that niche nicely.

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The fist thing you notice is they have completely ripped off Casio’s venerable “G-Shock” look. I mean, if you’d told me they bought one from Casio and completely copied almost every design feature, I’d believe you. There are some tell-tale changes, in that some components are of much lower quality than the Casio they copied, but all in all you get a cheap digital watch that kind of looks nice and tells the time. Hubby wore it for yardwork two weeks straight, and while he didn’t beat it against a wall, the watch still took a beating and can still tell him the time. The watch also has a stopwatch and alarm function, as well as an LED backlight for nighttime and darkness. What’s also neat/odd is that you can select one of 5 different colors for that backlight, or a sixth, really weird option for a rainbow effect of it cycling through all the colors, or as hubby started calling it “Disco-o’clock”. The main face of the watch tells you the day, date, and time, along with some superfluous dials that serve no purpose whatsoever. The brand name “Skmei” is at the top of the face, just below the puzzling “Japan battery”. It also claims to be water resistant to 5 ATM, but warns you not to push any buttons while wet or underwater. The strap is a very malleable plastic, not a softer silicone or rubber, and the stainless steel caseback is smooth against the wrist. Short of disassembling the plastic case, I don’t know how or if one could change the battery when it dies, but I suspect at the $11.69 price point, one might be better off just tossing it and buying a new one. The face from edge to edge looks to be in the 48-50mm range and the strap is also wide, probably 23-24mm. I’m guestimating here because Aposon didn’t provide these measurements.

For the gym, shop, or heavy work environment where a nicer watch is sure to be destroyed, these Aposon watches are just the right intersection of affordable, reliable and disposable. It keeps fairly accurate time, but oddly I’ve had to adjust the day (not date) once each on separate occasions, and I would put any stock whatsoever in these watches shock resistance, despite what’s on the face. But for under $12 shipped, it’s great for a beater, or for kids, as long as you’re aware of it’s limitations.

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