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Military style watch that's a WINNER!
on June 6, 2011
As I've been getting older, my eyesight has gotten worse and I'm too vain to wear my reading glasses all the time. So I've been looking for a watch that meet these requirements:
1. I wanted a military-style watch with a plain black face which had white numbers (no dots or dashes for the hours). I didn't want a "busy" face or one with a chronograph since I can't read the small dials of a chronograph anyway. It also had to have W-I-D-E minute and hour arms to be easily readable without my reading glasses.
2. I have a skinny wrist (7.5"). I found lots of military-style watches that I liked, but most of them were 44mm. The current trend is to go for large watches, but a 44mm watch looked like a wall clock on my my wrist. I needed a watch that was no bigger than 40mm.
3. I wanted a watch that was no thicker than 11mm which makes it easier to wear under a long sleeve shirt. I also found thick watches (like diving watches) are too heavy and I kept banging into things with them.
4. It had to be water resistant to 100M since I'm always around water. I also found watches that are water resistant to 100M are better built and more durable.
5. It could NOT be powered by a replaceable battery. From my experience, the battery always fails when you're in a remote area without access to a new battery or the means to replace it. My ideal watch had to be an automatic or solar powered.
6 The watch had to less than US$150.
It took me awhile to find a watch that met all my requirements, but it was the Seiko SNE095P2 solar powered quartz watch. It might be too plain for most guys, especially the younger ones, but it met all my needs.
One of the first watches that I ever had was a Seiko when I was 10 years old so it felt good to get back to one after 45 years. I also felt confident that the Seiko quality wouldn't fail me. I almost considered a similar Citizen Eco-Drive Watch, but Seiko has been making solar watches for almost as long as Citizen. In a side-by-side comparison, I liked the look of the Seiko over the Citizen.
I did replace the green canvas band with a Zulu one-piece "James Bond" nylon watch band which I find much better looking and more comfortable to wear. If you decide to replace it with a Zulu watch band, be sure to get an original and not a knock-off from China. If you want more "bling", you could replace it with a metal bracelet, but I find metal bracelets too heavy.
Overall, I'm very pleased with my watch. It's very readable without me having to use my reading glasses although I can't read the weekday and day function. The minute and hour hands and the 12, 6, and 9 hours are luminescent after exposure to light for a couple of hours. It's also very accurate. After a couple of weeks, I haven't notice any loss or gain in time.
If you need a military-style watch and you have the same requirements that I have, I highly recommend that you consider this watch.