Last week I passed up a sleek Phosphor World Time watch while doing a little shopping for my sons. As a watch fanatic I always have to check out watches before buying them to make sure I get more bang for the buck. After a little research I found a great review on the Phosphor World Time watch from ablogtowatch.com Check it out!
Phosphor watches can be credited with a very special honor. That being of the brand the officially popularized and mainstreamed e-ink watches. While they didn’t invent the concept, they made them cool enough and affordable enough for mainstream adoption. With prices under $200, now everyone can have a neat looking, easy to read e-ink watch on their wrist. The newer World Time watch adds just that to the mix – a world time complication. In addition the time and a calendar, you can now scroll through time zones of the world. Aside from one minor drawback, the watch is a nice addition to the Phosphor watch collection.
The World Time case is really thin at about 9mm thick, and doesn’t feel like you are wearing a high-profile item on your wrist. The strap comes in polyurethane, leather, or a metal bracelet. While the Digital Hour Clock had a more “mod” look to it, the World Time is a bit more mainstream techie. This is a watch that is meant to compete with other gadgety watches out there (for that large market) and does it well.
Using the watch is pretty simple, aside from setting the time, the pushers are used for two main things. First is switching between function screens, and second is juxtaposing the colors – so you can have a light background with dark numerals or the opposite of that. There are first different mode screens to choose from. Two of those are for seeing the time in another time zones (one with just the world time, another with the home time and the second time zone). This is fine, but the problem I was referring to earlier comes in to play here. If you select a specific world time zone, then leave that display mode – when you return you will have to search for the time zone you selected again. The watch switches back to GMT + 0. I would have preferred that Phosphor retain the selected World Time setting even when you switch between display modes.