User Review: Suunto Core
Price Paid: $399
I purchased a Suunto Core watch in Dec 2007. I selected a Suunto because of my past experience with their dive computers. I needed dependability for a one year deployment in Sudan. Total cost was 399 because of additional band and express shipping costs, I was leaving on short notice.
My first indication of a problem was when I finally received the watch and band it was labeled DESIGNED IN FINLAND MADE IN CHINA. Just to be clear:
****MADE IN CHINA****
After three months I noted that activating the backlight function caused the watch to go blank. This problem solved itself when the watch died altogether two week later. I noted several posts on other review sites indicating battery problems.
I emailed Suunto regarding this and asking if the backlight problem was a symptom of the battery problem. They responded that just because the battery died that did not indicate a battery problem. I guess that other than not working the watch is functioning fine in Suunto land. They suggested that I purchase some batteries and if it happened several times then it may be a problem.
So now I am in Sudan where I cannot get batteries and can not send it in for repair. I have a 399.00 dollar piece of Chinese garbage that is not heavy enough to use as a paperweight.
I have been happy with my dive computers, but the next time I dive I will be wondering if the same quality control was used on them.