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Just what I wanted, maybe not what you want
on August 2, 2013
I've just received this Pulsar Men's PXDA80 wristwatch and it appears to be just what I wanted for an attractive price. However, it has some features that may displease others. (Some comments that follow are in comparison to another Pulsar watch I just received, a Men's PXDA84.)
Here's some of what I wanted:
FUNCTION. Does it keep time? Of course it's too early to tell. However, both watches arrived set (more or less) to the correct time in my time zone, US Eastern. This one was actually a minute and some seconds ahead. Oddly, both had wildly different dates showing, neither near correct.
USE. Can I read the time when I look at it? This one beats the other hands-down. The contrast between the black face and gold hands and markers is easy to read in most any light, even when overhead lights are glaring directly on the crystal. The gold almost seems to sparkle against the black, as if it were jeweled (it's not).
FIT. Does it fit comfortably on my wrist? I have narrow wrists, which is why I chose strap-band watches. I generally can't get any metal bracelet type bands snug enough to stay in place. Both of these fit me well. Of nine prepunched buckle holes I find I'm using the fifth. I can't imagine who would have wrists narrow enough to need the first; a teacup Chihuahua, perhaps. If you have very large wrists, this band might not reach.
I also wanted slim watches that I could easily button shirt sleeves over (or slide such back to see the time). This watch is claimed to have a case thickness of only 6.8 mm, among the slimmest of over 100 I looked at on Amazon, comparable to many Skagens and some few far more expensive watches. I've no way to measure it so precisely, but I don't believe it is all that remarkably slim. However, it's pretty slim indeed, and suits what I wanted.
STYLE AND APPEARANCE. This watch just looks dead-on classy. 'Elegant' is the best word. I like the simple, uncluttered face. The design might be minimalist, but how can you go wrong with black and gold? It became my default evening-wear watch as soon as I opened the box. Again, though, as with the strap, if you have very large wrists, it might appear too 'dainty' to suit you.
Now some other comments. The Date window, located at the 6 o'clock position, is positively microscopic. That suits me fine. I wanted a watch to tell the time, not what date it is. I already know that. So I'm glad the window and the date therein are so tiny that casual glances from others two feet away would never even recognize they were there, instead of yet another gold hash mark. If, however, I actually needed my wristwatch to tell me today's date, I'd be fu....well, I'd be out of luck, here. If a Date function is important to you, neither this nor the PXDA84 is what you want.
The band is stamped "Leather." (It's also stamped "China.") I seem to recall another reviewer wishing the band were "more supple," either this or the other watch. I have to agree for both, and this one seems stiffest. I'm assuming that natural leather will relax and form-fit with use. I do like the fact both watches feature both a fixed and a floating strap loop. Not only are both useful, even on my narrow wrists, but I think they look stylish too.
I'll be traveling four time zones in the next week and will update this review regarding the ease of resetting time and its ability to keep time accurately after that journey. For now though, I have to give a hearty recommendation to this fine-looking wristwatch -- unless you are a fellow of very husky build who doesn't already know what day it is.
UPDATE: Pulling out the crown to reset the time proved as simple as it sounds. The watch continues to keep time accurately as far as I can tell. I might add, the measured second hand stops with the crown out, enabling one to set the time with precision. I've still not bothered resetting the date, which is too small for me to see anyway. Also, after a week's use, I believe the leather strap has indeed relaxed a bit.