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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2009
Pros:
*Accurate. Haven't had to adjust it since I set it 6 months ago.
*Excellent quality. At this price, the quality and finish are very good. Haven't really tested the water resistance.
*Black Ion Finish. I am really surprised at how well the black ion finish has held up after 6 months. I thought for sure it would be really dinged and scratch up by now. Rubbing against metal doors and desk, it's held up well. You can see the dings up close, but the black finish is still intact. Haven't yet tested concrete, as I'm sure it would get gouged, but hopefully I won't have to.

Cons:
*Chronograph fun to watch, but don't use much
*No perpetual calendar

Overall, I'm very happy with the watch, and am surprised at how well the black finish as held up. Great looking timepiece.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2011
This is a great, manly watch with good size (big watches are "in"), excellent build quality and nearly perfect time keeping. I haven't lost a second against the atomic clock since I set it a week ago. My automatic self-winding Baume & Mercier loses about 5 seconds per day for comparison.

The Seiko SNDA65 looks a little like an IWC Top Gun, but also has a fast moving chronograph sub-second hand that behaves like a tiny Tag Heuer Mikrograph that makes one revolution per second. With this watch's 1/20 second resolution, you can say your car goes 0-60 in 5.75 seconds and I love how resetting the chronograph makes all the hands quickly spin clockwise back to a vertical position. The sub-dial at the 6 o'clock position looks like another clock so I'm guessing the chrono can time up to 12 hours. Sorry, I did not RTFM.

The strap is actually pretty nice considering it's made of backpack strap stuff and it fits well on me along with the big case, even though I don't have the largest wrists in the world. The luminous markings and hands stay glowing dimly for hours as I woke up at 3am and was surprised to see them in the dark. The small second hand for the time is in a sub-dial at the 9 o'clock position and "ticks" once per second as it is a quartz after all. Although some of the hands don't quite line up all the time, it's not bad, especially at this price range.

My favorite things about this watch are the 1/20 second chronograph accuracy, even though I will rarely use it, the perfect timekeeping, its durable, all-weather ruggedness, and its casual utilitarian, military good looks.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2015
The Seiko SNDA65 is a great watch and I think represents awesome value for money. The build and finish are excellent. The only drawback is the strap which is easily resolved with a simple upgrade. I chose a black high-performance, Lorica lined similar to canvas or nylon (pictured). In my opinion the strap upgrade really elevates the watch.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2013
As a consumer, I take pride in the type of watch that I wear daily. I haven't reached the social status of being able to drop $10k on a Rolex, but I will spend anywhere from $50 - $500 for a decent watch. Just giving you a background on me as a consumer.

To put it in simple terms, this watch is the PERFECT watch for daily wear. I have thinner wrist, so I don't like small watches that make me look like a 15 year old, but I also don't like the huge watches that body guards wear. This is the perfect size and weight for everyday wear, and has been extremely durable considering the bumps and bruises that come along with wearing a watch daily. I've received a ton of compliments on it, and it honestly has the look and make of a watch that would cost much more than $180. The nylon strape is fine, although I wouldn't be opposed to a change at some point in the future.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2011
I've had this watch for about a year. No problems only tons of compliments. I'm not a flashy watch guy so this watch is perfect. A mix between military and business.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
Overall I like the watch for fit, feel, and style. It is substantial in weight, but not too bulky. I feel like I am wearing a watch that has some resilience. I would like to have tritium for the glow-in-the-dark hands/marks, but it would cost more. It shows up well enough for seeing at night though.

Pros:
- Looks. Love the dark grey/black case. Black canvas band is nice.
- Easy to set.
- Canvas band is easily adjustable for comfort on the wrist (plenty of holes & 2nd around the band strap for extra band).

Cons:
- Band is a bit less rugged than what I like. The buckle on the band is not very thick, post that goes through the holes is small, holes are small.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2013
Great watch. I find myself staring at it throughout the day, ditch the stock strap. It's not that the strap is terrible it just isn't the best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2014
I needed an everyday watch that looked like it belonged everywhere, from the golf course to the office and from the bar to a hockey game. After lots of searching, I decided the SNDA65 was the right choice.

I've got dinky wrists (6" circumference), so at 43mm, this is about the largest watch I can wear without looking like I attached a wall clock to my wrist. The dial is busy but legible, the chronograph needles do quite the dance both when timing and when resetting, and the dark finish looks great with both t-shirts and suits. As this is a quartz watch, it keeps near-perfect time, and setting the time/date is relatively simple. Make sure to rotate the hands past midnight so you can see whether you're setting AM/PM time, particularly when setting the date.

Seiko is largely considered the gateway drug of watch brands, offering tremendous bang for the buck. I replaced the strap with a traditional NATO strap a few days after purchasing the watch and have found that changing the color of the band really makes the watch pop. You can dress it up with leather and dress it down with tan nylon, so invest in a couple straps to keep the watch fresh for any occasion.

The SNDA65 is relatively heavy as far as quartz watches go, but the on-wrist feel is solid and doesn't impede typing or a golf swing. The lume is great, with a few minutes in light providing hours of legible glow at night.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2010
it's a good watch for the money. I've switched out the band & now really like the look..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2015
I needed a watch that could take an absolute beating. I work as a cook 40 hours a week and a bartender on the weekends its spent a lot of time submerged in water. So many variables went into the purchase of this watch. 135$ is a lot of money to spend but it equates to a hell of a value if you ask me.

I bought this watch because I needed something something water proof I wash a lot of dishes while I work at both jobs. I needed something light weight, waterproof a must I didn't want to be taking this off every time I had to put my hands in a sink which is a lot. I needed it be smooth and fairly slim I go in and out of my pocket with ease I don't want it catching or getting caught up on anything this couldn't be something that gets in the way. Had to be easy to read in low light. Really wanted to have all digits 1-12. This wasn't a a purchase I made to make a fashion statement it needed to be functional if I'm going to have this on my person 24 hours a day it better not get in my way.

I'm going to start with the cons. But to me these aren't deal breakers I'm just trying give a fair judgment.
The black Finnish has been fairly abused, it's starting to show signs of wear,
if you look closely at my photo you can see, that's not deal breaker for me. Then there is the calendar its small I suppose one may consider it difficult to read, Again not deal breaker to me. Finally the pin to set the time every once in a while finds its way out and the date will adjust not a deal breaker doesn't upset me in the very least.

Now the PROS.
Keeps time very well.
Numbers are easy to read.
Glows adequately the bar I work it is a low light environment.
Yeah she's water proof I've spent hours having this submerged wether it's at work on on vaca. I just got back from a week pretty much spent in the hot tub or pool with my watch on.
The chronograph is convenient really nice to not have to pull out my cell phone to time something silly like a lunch break of when I give customers 5 min on the back deck at the bar. But for the fact that the watch had a chronograph have little to do with my decision to buy this watch.

It's appropriately sized the weight it good it's really not heavy As some one who never wore a watch I can say I hardly notice it's there. I've found many watches at the end of the night while cleaning. Why because from time to time a spring bar comes out and the watch just comes off generally with out the customer even realizing. So I got a NATO strap because it runs through the back and if I loose a spring bar I'll still have my watch. And last but not least I get a lot of compliments on it. I'm very pleased with this purchase.
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