I picked up the new WR62 GPS watch manufactured by Expresso Satellite Network (ESN) who is a relative newcomer to the golf gps market. I placed the order in April through TGW.com. The product delivery date was changed several times until it finally arrived today. Needless to say, ESN's knowledge or management of it's supply chain was less than stellar. Nevertheless, let's take a look at the product. I will conduct my review in stages with the first being it's packaging and overall appearance.
The product arrived well boxed and packaged. No issues here. There really isn't that much to this...a watch, a charging cable, and small booklet.
The watch is sharp looking and looks like a typical sports watch. The buttons are large and easily depressed...even with golf gloves on. The most "controversial" issue seemed to be ESN's choice to go with a designer-style watch band with metal clasp rather than the typical sports watch band. I'm glad they went with the watch band they did. We all know what happens to sports watch bands in a relatively short time frame (year +/-). They get brittle and start cracking where the band and buckle meet. There is a small button on the side of the clasp that releases the clasp and opens the band. You can see it in the photo that shoes the clasp and underside of the watch. My only concern here is the durability of the post used that inserts into the socket on the metal clasp. That's visible in the photo showing the open clasp. Only time will tell if the WR62 band and clasp are more (or at least as) durable than a typical sports watch band. The band is easily adjusted by removing the number of band segments needed to get a snug, but not too snug, fit. This fitting is a minor inconvenience and certainly does not require a jeweler to do this.
I was wondering how a charging cable could be attached to a watch and still maintain a high degree of water resistance. I don't know how other watch gps manufacturers do that, but ESN simply has a charging "clamp" that attaches to the watch and then plugs into a USB port on a computer. One side of the clamp has a pad while the other has an alignment tab and pins that fit into slots and contacts on the underside of the watch. I plan on checking to see if there is an AC adapter that is compatible. Maybe the ones we use for my kids' ipods? More on that later.
I hope to get this on the course later this week....Sunday at the latest. So far the ESN WR62 watch looks to be a great bargain at $179.00 but I'll reserve final judgement until I've tested it during a few rounds of golf.