In the five years that I have been in the possession of Suunto Observer, it
worked smoothly and has served me perfectly, especially while I was in the military. One of my most favorite
features is the backlight because it is very unique, in the sense that it isn’t the back screen that lights up
but the display itself – something that helped me a lot while I was on missions.
Its compass feature is also quite reliable
in providing direction and proper vector, though granted it is not as accurate as my pocket compass. The
thermometer also gives a nicely accurate reading, though I’m sure that my body temperature gives it some room for
error. I cannot fully comment on the barometer and the altimeter since I had no previous experience on using it.
But overall, this is really a great watch.
The only thing I dislike about this Suunto Observer is that its strap is somehow brittle and it can break easily. My watch’s
strap broke yesterday, even after I replaced it some year-and-a-half ago and now I can’t find my watch. So if
you are a new owner of this watch, I suggest that you inspect your strap once every month or so and look for any
signs of damage. I heard that a replacement strap will cost you around $100 though it should be noted that there
isn’t any easy replacement available for the titanium version of this watch.
With more or less 10 years of experience of using the Observer, I have developed a certain fondness for its
style and functionality. I’ve tried using its altimeter while riding a small plane and while on a hike towards the
Grand Canyon, and was amazed that it really works! Along with the altimeter, the thermometer, compass, and the
barometer work perfectly as well. It is not only shock-resistant, but it can even function well even as I took it
to 80 feet below sea level. I can also say that he Observer’s battery life is incredibly enduring for in the 10
years that I owned one, I only had to replace the batteries around twice or thrice.
What is unfortunate is the fact that the watch band breaks easily and only has a lifespan only of around 18
months. I guess it is only natural, but taking it to the jeweler every time this happens can be quite a hassle.
Bands are available for around $40 dollars each but maybe through persistent research you can find some online for
half the price. Another tip: if you’re thinking that that the Suunto titanium Observer is stronger and more
durable, you’re mistaken. The truth is the titanium Observer is made of the same stuff as the original one and the
strap will still break after a year or so. So is it worth the hassle? Some say it is; some say it is not. As for
me, with the 10 years of comfort and efficiency it gave me, I’d say it is.