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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A good value
on December 19, 2012
If you are reading this review, stop after this next sentence and just make a decision. Flip through the other tabs you have open with the other ultra-affordable watches and choose the one that seems most aesthetically pleasing to you and just buy it.
At the time of this review the watch is priced at $4 ($3.99 to be exact) and is eligible for Prime shipping--all by itself, even (i.e. not as an add-on). I bought this watch for just under $10 about a month ago. At its current price, it's borderline irresponsible to not buy this watch if you are in the market and the spartan style doesn't turn you off.
The watch is nothing special. It is a very cheap timepiece and acts as such. That said, I am remarkably happy with it considering its cheap price.
Few people wear watches these days. I didn't until I started having to constantly write the time down for my job and got tired of pulling out my cellphone. Most people wear watches now more for form than function, as is evident through the garish monstrosities that some men wear these days (and the overly ornate and ultra-tiny watches women wear). Having not worn a watch for many years, I was originally quite torn between analog and digital, but ultimately went with analog for its classic style.
Aesthetically, the watch is nothing to write home about. It is a very simple looking watch. The watch band is made of non-reflective rubber which almost looks like something less cheap if you aren't looking directly at it and are partially blind. The numbers stand out quite well and the face's bright white backing make it almost luminescent in dim lighting (although without the added cost!). You won't win any awards for fashion with one of these clunkers.
Function-wise, the bold letters and white face make this a very easy watch to read. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the seconds-hand does not make that barely audible tapping that some more expensive watches do--that noise was one of the many reasons that I stopped wearing an analog watch some many years ago, actually. It has quite consistently kept accurate time for the month-and-change that I've had it and I expect it will for a while until the battery starts to run down.
My only real complaint with the watch is that the timepiece part seems slightly thick, mostly due to the faux-glass plastic face cover protrudes from the rest of the body and forms a considerable lip. This wouldn't be an issue except that it makes it difficult to fit my shirt cuffs over the watch. Because of this, I find that the cuff winds up shoving the watch into the crook of my wrist and can become somewhat irritating. At that point I usually take the watch off and set it on my desk so as to have easy access to the time still. So bonus points for being a makeshift clock, I suppose.
If the body were thinner I would rate this five stars. As it stands, I would not hesitate to recommend this to a friend or family member for the low low $4 price at which it currently stands. For those of you with paler skin, though, the black is quite deep and will contrast very starkly with your skin tone (I know this because it happens with me). So be sure you're okay with this attention drawn to it since the watch isn't exactly a beauty queen.
For four dollars and Prime shipping, though, skip going out to dinner and buy four or five of these for the same price (or one and spend the rest of the money on other stuff you don't need--you earned it!).