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REVIEW: Pyle Snorkeling Master

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Wait a minute – isn’t Pyle an audio company?  As a matter of fact, they are, and that’s likely how you’re the most familiar with the brand.  However, we’re a little more interested in watches here, so we’ll take a look at one of their Snorkeling Master models.

The specific model we were provided was the PSNKW30GN, which features the following:

  • Water resistance to 100 meters
  • Automatic water depth (0.1 ft increments)  and temperature (F or C) measurement
  • Sea or Lake diving “modes”
  • Automatically activate/deactivate Dive mode
  • Dive Alarm when emerging faster than 6m/minute
  • Automatic Dive log memory
  • Current Dive Duration, Depth and Water temperature display dive Recall
  • Recall up to 100 records containing: Starting Time and Date, Dive Duration, Maximum Dive Depth, Minimum Water Temperature and Dive Site Indication Chronograph
  • Chronograph function (1/100th of a second; up to 100 hours)
  • Countdown timer
  • EL Backlight

So, while you might be tempted to dismiss this as some cheapo digital you’d pick up at the dollar store, you can see that a closer look at the spec sheet reveals a watch that can do some serious diving.  While I can’t personally vouch for the automated dive recording, I did validate that the temperature, time, and timing functions worked as advertised.

And while the watch does pack in a lot in it’s case, it was fairly simply to figure out and operate via the clearly labelled pushers on the sides of the case.  While having a look at the case, you’ll notice a large circle on the left-hand side; I believe this is where the water depth is being measured.  Over on the right side, you’ll have the temperature sensor (works well for the air as well, provided it’s off of your wrist).

Those sensors do necessitate a thicker case than you might expect, but the clear external case helps make it not look quite as large on the wrist.  I found it comfortable for daily wear, both in terms of the strap and the weight of the watch.

Frankly, if I were to head into some deeper waters, something like this makes a lot more sense, in terms of usability, than a mechanical of some sort.  If you agree, head on over to Amazon, where you can find some of the varieties for under $100.

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