At first glance, the most obvious diference between the “sport” model and the non-sport variant is the super-bright, eye-catching red color. (Black, White, Orange/Black are also available). Instead of leather or polyurethane, the matching strap is silicone. I’ve also been told by Phosphor that the crystal is plastic, not mineral crystal.
Case width: 38.0mm
Edge thickness: 5.0mm
Overall case thickness: 9.3mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM – 30m
Display: 12 hour large; 24 hour small
The watch comes in a velvety-lined black box with a pouch in the lid for the folded instructions.
The instructions fold out into a single sheet. You can also find the instructions here.
Since the buttons are “swipe” sensitive (not mechanical buttons found on the stainless World Time) setting the date/time is a little tricky at first. Be patient and read the instructions carefully!
When viewed from the side, the World Time Sport is curved, except for the flat battery compartment.
The watch is listed at an overall thickness of 9.3mm.
Closeup of the battery door. It says “Made in China” at the bottom.
I measured the strap width at 22mm.
As the name implies, the watch can display world time as well as local time. There are five display modes:
Time of Day + World Time
Time of Day + Calendar
Time of Day Large
Time of Day Small
To change display modes, simply swipe from the Mode (three dots) to Set (half moon) buttons (right to left).
I found the watch very comfortable to wear, thanks to the curved case and the ultra-soft silicone strap. I did notice the silicone strap is a real dust magnet. I could never seem to keep it clean.
Legibility is, as you would expect, excellent. Except in the dark, that is. No backlight. This could be a dealbreaker to some.
One of the minor quirks about e-ink displays is that they leave some faint ghosting behind. This eventually corrects itself the next time the pixels are “refreshed” but it was worth mentioning.
In all the Phosphor World Time Watch has a high geek factor with excellent readability. You’re sure to find a color you can live with if red isn’t your thing. I had some trouble with the finger swiping control method- it’s certainly not a smartphone, and it took me a few tries to get it right. But once I had it set just right, I had little need to ever use the buttons. This might be a good thing if you’re really active and you’re prone to accidentally pushing buttons.
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