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spelt !
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
altimeter watches on ebay on 03/14/2013 20:38:09 MDT Print View

There's a lot of these--particularly casios and highgear--that go for pretty cheap. Do the manometers lose accuracy over time or does the altimeter function remain reliable?

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Should be fine. on 03/15/2013 09:33:03 MDT Print View

The pressure sensors in them are solid state. I'm unaware of any degradation over time. I've got a 20-year-old altimeter watch that does fine, still. So does my 30-year-old Thommen mechanical altimeter.

spelt !
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Re: Should be fine. on 03/15/2013 10:19:06 MDT Print View

Thanks, David.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: altimeter watches on ebay on 03/15/2013 10:37:21 MDT Print View

The contour lines on my topo maps show the elevation and I have never had a map lose its accuracy or break :)

My wife bought me a Casio Pathfinder watch with an altimeter. Found I rarely used that function, plus it was much bulkier and heavier than my other watches. Now I only use the Pathfinder on day hikes with my wife.