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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2009
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As of May 2009, I've owned this watch for a month, and I'll be interested to see how well this watch holds up over the years. It cost me around 100 bucks, and at that price, I don't expect perfection, but I'm hoping if I take care of it that it might last a decade. It certainly looks like it is of solid construction.
I spent two weeks researching skeleton watches on Amazon and other sites, and this watch stood out as being stylish and refined without being too expensive or too large, as others can be. Some other models have 2 or 3 extra dials for date, hours and minutes, but I really focused on enjoying the cleanest display of the inner workings, and this watch rose above the rest.
The outer number face is a handsome, brushed ring that looks elegant and manly, and leaves lots of room to enjoy viewing of the inner works. Unclear in the pictures, the backside of this case is glass, so you can see all the way through, which really pleased me. The front viewable works is 31/32", and the back is 3/4". I was very pleased with it's size, very similar to digital watches, just shy of 1 5/8" diameter.
The band is a wonderfully soft leather padded affair, even though my experience with leather is that it doesn't age well and ends up odorous no matter how careful you are with it. Yet it really does fit the overall look and I may begin a new policy to replace it exactly when it does expire.
It seems that the automatic winding works very well if you wear it continually. If you take it off you have about 40 hours before the spring unwinds, but you can't expect any more from mechanical movements.
My only criticism is that the Kenneth Cole signature is printed on the glass front, slightly obscuring the spring winding. It just ever so slightly blemishes the perfection of the face.
For me it's the perfect watch, a wonderful fit for dressier occasions, without being overly precious. The gunmetal face is wonderfully masculine and understated, while the movement is shiny and captivating, with one gold wheel drawing your eye with its accelerated movement.
An exceptional watch that perfectly bridges the gap between casual and dressy. I look forward to re-reviewing this watch in a year to see if it holds up to my expectations. I sincerely hope that it does.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2009
My wife got this watch for me for our anniversary and it is the most attractive watch that I have ever seen. You can see the inner workings from both sides. The coolest thing is that it is an automatic watch and it doesn't need batteries every year or so too. If you want something that stands out from the crowd, get this... even if you can afford something 5 times more expensive. It just looks like it was built in another time and has a great look to it.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2011
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This watch is very nice looking but unfortunately when I ordered it from Amazon it was obviously refurbished. Since it was meant to be a special Christmas gift - it was quite embarrassing when the receiver politely pointed out that there was a large tooling scratch on the back & fibers internal to the gears - as if it had been refurbished. Embarrassed, I took it back and promised to order a new watch.

I had to wait until the watches were back in stock and then quickly ordered a replacement. And again - this watch was obviously used or refurbished. The leather band had sweat and stretch marks. And again tooling markings on the back, the back was slightly misaligned - like it had been removed and replaced. And the internal spring had a slight kink in it. What a disappointment!

Thinking - third times the charm - I contacted amazon for another replacement. Who then - without my consent - canceled my order and refunded my money. They said - "I hope you understand that this action is being taken so as to avoid the inconvenience you would face to returning a package, if you receive another defective or damaged Watch....I understand that the "Kenneth Cole New York Men's Leather Strap Watch" you ordered was meant as a Christmas gift, and we sincerely apologize for the disappointment this may have caused you....Best regards, Toka.K"

Honestly - I was very surprised at Amazon's customer service. I understand they have to limit a potential loss situation - but I and the Giftee have been Amazon and Amazon prime customers for years. I think everyone knows how inconvenient it is to find another gift for a friend.

My guess is that Amazon's supplier is selling them refurbished watches as new. So buyer beware if you order from Amazon or another online source.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2010
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I've seen both versions of this watch, the darker peripheral face with stainless steal gears and the lighter face version with brown strap which makes the gears look lighter as well. Both are really amazing to look at from the top or underneath as there is a window there too, really a personal preference. I was pretty torn but bought the darker faceplate. I think the white faceplate may look a little bit classier if that is what you want.

Before buying this watch I had bought the Rougois XL Skeleton Automatic Dual Time Zone Watch RGSA47 which in all respects is a better skeleton watch on its own. The problem with that watch was its size, it was really a "just look at me" watch. This watch here has a great size and look.

Very pleased with its workings, keeps great time, have had it for six months now. Just have to set it if I haven't used it for a couple days as it is an automatic.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2009
Got one as a Christmas present. Fully wound it and wore it but it intermittently stopped & lost ~30 minutes a day. Took it back to the store for a replacement, ran fine at the store but then the second hand ran but the hour/minute hands didn't. Got my money back. I liked the looks of the watch.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2012
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To say I love this watch is understatement. It was given to me as a gift years ago and is still my daily use watch. I decided to purchase a new one from Amazon since my old one was scratched. When I received the watch I instantly notcied the face was slightly different. The gray circle with the roman numerals on it is covered by chrome rings. I sent it back for a replacement and was sent back the same error. I spoke to Amazon and they said they would remove this page as it is not the watch that is illustrated.

As you can see the webpage is still up and the images havent been changed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2012
I purchased this watch and after less than a year of normal use is stopped working. It began working again for another couple of months and has since completely stopped working. I have read countless reviews of this watch and most people have experienced the same thing. Be prepared for when it fails, you'll be left with an expensive bracelet. I called Kenneth Cole and spoke to an automated robot man who directed me to call their manufacturer. So, basically you get nowhere with the company and nothing from the manufacturer, which is located in either Malaysia or Indonesia. Trust me, steer clear of this brand as far as watches are concerned. If you like the style, pay a little more for a better quality.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2010
Just got this watch and really enjoy it. I paid $100 at Macy's for it even at 25% off so the deal here is good. The skeleton workings are very neat to look at- there is a gold gear on the bottom that turns perpetually and the workings on the back are also visible. If I had to do it over again I may have opted for one of the identical models but with a larger face to make more of an impact, but that's probably personal preference. It should also be noted that the Kenneth Cole name and "New York" are printed on the glass face in black which is not directly in the way of anything on the watch but do distact the eye briefly. In response to the comment that said he had 2 that were broken out of the box even after he wound it: This is not a wind up watch but rather operates on movement therefore he either has a different watch or may have damaged in his attempt to wind it. Another customer noted the roman numeral IIII instead of IV. The "4" does appear as IIII, however this is common for watches and clocks. Arguments suggest that it gives the numerals greater balance,mirroring the VIII on the other side while some other's say it's a throwback to earlier Roman numbering, but you can look that up with a google search.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2011
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The first one I received looked great and looked like it worked - with the huge exception that it lost about 8 minutes AN HOUR! So, of course, it was returned (which was really easy, thank you Amazon).

The 2nd one came in the mail and it has worked really well. It loses about a minute a week - which is really good for an all mechanical watch. Set it 2 or 3 minutes ahead and I don't have to set it more than once a month.

It's a good looking watch and is easily worth the money. (<$100) If you try to compare it to $1,000 watches, it'll fall flat... but, for it's price range - it's awesome. The entire movement is skeletonized and it's marvelous to watch it run. There's also a nice window on the back that allows you to see the automatic weight and some of the movement from manual winding.

It was annoying that the first one didn't work - but I don't know if that's a 1 in a 1,000 problem, or a 1 in 2 problem... but, now that I have a working one, it looks great with jeans or cufflinks and a suit.

I recommend this watch - but, hope you don't get a bad one... but, if you do get a bad one, Amazon makes it nearly painless to return.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2011
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I like the style of this "skeleton" watch quite a bit. It's simple and to the point functionally but getting to see the inner workings is definitely eye candy for a guy. Unfortunately, this watch has several severe faults that have made me question my purchase.

First, this is listed as an automatic movement watch, but that's being a bit generous. Though it does have a pendulum power generator mechanism in it, you cannot expect it to power the watch for very long. Essentially think of this watch as a mechanical watch. If you let it sit unworn for more than 24 hours, the power runs out and you have to set the watch again. This, thankfully, is a simple and quick process, but it's annoying to have taken it off the day before and find that 36 hours later the watch has completely stopped for lack of power. While you wear it, it will continue to work fine, though, so that aspect of automatic is acceptable. My Seiko, though, will run for months on stored power from a single day's wear, and it cost about as much as this watch. Fortunately, you can wind the stem (10-15 times) to get it going right away rather than having to shake the watch around for a while to generate power.

Next, as one other reviewer mentioned, "Kenneth Cole" is emblazoned in white script letters on the face of the watch. It is over the skeletal area, so it's not as obvious to a casual glance, but upon looking at the watch and admiring it, it's very poorly placed and way too large to the point of obstructing the view of the mechanicals. Somewhat defeats the purpose of having a skeletal watch.

Lastly, and this is the only one that can be fixed, the included black band is very short. My wrists are not particularly large, and most metal bands require 2-3 links to be removed for me to wear it. This band, though, requires me to wear it on the very last hole and even then it's a bit too tight/uncomfortable for me. Fortunately bands can be replaced. I just have to go through the trouble of finding one to replace this one with. I'm not sure why they put a ladies' length band on a men's watch (I'm guessing).

This is a light, inexpensive, and mostly functional watch that will go well with a lot of outfits, both dress and casual. I just wish they had put a little more effort into the execution.
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