User Review: Highgear Alterra
Price Paid: 185 USD
I purchased this watch in January 2008 for a deployment to Iraq. I looked at every high end watch you can spit out, and in the end I bought this one because for the price it did come with a digital compass. For around the same price I could have gotten a few other watches that were available.
For almost 200 bucks after taxes, I expected this thing to last awhile (5-6 yrs?). Within 3 months of owning the watch the Highgear emblem was gone, and the steel face plates on the watch were scratched and some of the numbers were fading. (I was not even in country yet). You can see how this story is going.
Eventually when I was in theater the rubbery-plastic (very cheap design) coverings for the function buttons came unglued (cheap) and sand and grit and water got inside of the watch (not water resistant when glue wears out), and the watch died.
I think I owned this watch for a half a year and went the rest of the time without even knowing what time it was. Thanks, High Gear.