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Seiko Men's SNE179 "Classic" Stainless Steel Solar Watch
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2013
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The adjustable expansion band (Seiko sizing clasp system) is quite diabolical. A few reviewers here state that it can be adjusted. So I took them at their word and set about doing it. There are no instructions in the box and none that I can find using Google search. So I will attempt an explanation here. Once you figure it out it only takes a minute and NO tools are required.
The clasp can be popped open by pulling on the side with the Seiko label. On opening, it can be seen that the band is set for maximum length; the interior of the clasp is empty. Adjustment occurs on the end opposite the clasp hinge; call this the adjustable end. Superficially it appears that the band is affixed with pins on both ends of the clasp. Not so. Bend the watch band slightly 'backwards' and have a look at the adjustable end. You can see a little metal tab which is part of the clasp and which sticks up into the expansion band and hooks onto it. The band has to be pulled away from this tap by lifting up and toward the clasp. The adjustable end will pop off the clasp. Now you can insert the band further into the clasp, bend it backwards, and hook the tab back onto the band at the desired location. Then it takes some pressing to seat the band back into the clasp (and tab) properly and tightly. Note that you can not just open the clasp and slide the adjustable end further into the clasp as some other reviewers suggest. I have only had the watch for 90 minutes. At this juncture, the band is not as comfortable as a regular Speidel expansion band (because the clasp is rigid and non-expanding). So I may get a Speidel band anyway. I hope this helps maintain your sanity. If so, just sent $3 to my pay pal account :-).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2013
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Pros:
- Accuracy within 9 sec./month. (Better than the 15 sec. claim.)
- Band is EASILY adjustable. (Pull up on "Seiko" side of clasp and store excess length in hidden compartment under clasp.)
- It's a no nonsense man's watch, not some glitzy trinket. Quality build. Easy to read. Realistic size.
- Expansion band keeps watch from flopping around on the wrist but is still easy to take on & off.
- Band is of excellent quality. (I prefer expansion bands but some folks find them annoying.)
- Very nice packaging suitable for gift giving.

Cons:
- Those with large wrists will need to send away for additional links. (Shame on you Seiko!)
- Instructions don't cover band adjustment. (Double shame!)
- Red second hand hard to read in dim light.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2012
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This watch is almost exactly what I was hoping for. I wanted a mens Seiko watch, to replace an existing Seiko watch that I have been wearing for 10 years. A defective replacement battery had leaked and destroyed it. I shopped for the simplest, smallest, watch that I could find with numbers on it. I had no desire, for the date window, as watches that I have owned in the past, the date window was too small to read. I was concerned ordering the expansion bracelet, as I had been very pleased with the conventional link bands on my previous watch. I was also skeptical about an expansion band because of the previous comments that I had read here. As it turns out, all is well. The dial face is easy to read, including the date window. I have a 8 inch around wrist, and the expansion band fits me perfectly with no alteration. I guess I lucked out, but I am very happy with all aspects of this watch. The only item that is questionable, is the psuedo latch in the band. It appears to be totaly cosmetic, as it doesn't really even open all of the way to provide ease in taking the watch off, but is not needed, because of the stretch nature of the band.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2013
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The watch itself is really nice: the lines, colors, and shapes of each component are perfectly balanced with each other, so that the whole dial is extremely legible while still being quite attractive. The appearance is functional but classy: it's obviously meant to tell time and look good while doing so. The case is on the small side by modern standards (38mm); personally I wouldn't like a smaller watch, but this is still in the size range that works on my wrist.

As usual with Seiko, the luminescent areas are bright -- but since these are only the inner sections of the hour and minute hands, and the small pips by each hour marker, the watch is not exactly a lume monster. The upshot of this is that the hour numerals and the edges of the hands are a brilliant white (instead of the whitish-yellow-green of the lume), so the contrast against the black dial is strong and readable.

It's hard to tell from the stock photos and renders of this watch, but the dial itself is actually a glossy sunburst pattern, not matte black. It's very subtle, even in person. At first I thought it might be a bit dressier than the rest of the watch, but I'm now of the opinion that it's subdued enough to give the dial some character without overpowering the rest of the design, which a more metallic dial might.

One downside: the bracelet it comes with is pretty meh. I don't think expansion bracelets ever look particularly good, and this one is not exactly a gorgeous example of one anyway. The first thing I did was swap it out for an olive green NATO strap -- the colors looked great together, but the case is thin enough that it looked oddly sunken in profile. I've got it in a nice brown leather strap with white contrast stitching, and it looks great. Worth noting: I saw this watch listed somewhere as having an 18mm lug width, but it is in fact 20mm.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2014
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Keeps time within 2 seconds/month. No worries about changing battery. Maybe the white faced version would be a bit easier to read when not in bright light. Worn it to work (yeah, I'm a train driver) for two month, and it hasn't got a single scratch. This is a definite keeper. Marvelous value for money at this price!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2013
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I do not have a good track record with watches in general -- I'm tough on them and they usually never last for more than a couple of years, so I don't like buying expensive timepieces and my wife knows not to try to get a fancy one for me as a gift. I don't like cheap or trendy looking watches (...such as the recent fad for watches sized like manhole covers...), so I was happy to find this model offered at under $100. In my opinion, it's a good value at this price.

It has a clean and pleasing interface. The watch face is modestly sized and includes a day/date window and 24 hour European/military hour markers in understated size and font, so as not to distract from the easy-to-read main numerals and hour and minute hands. The overall color scheme -- silver tone band and case, black face, white main numerals and hour/minute hands, and red 24-hour clock and second hands -- is practical and masculine. I can wear this watch with anything from a suit and tie to jeans and t-shirts; it doesn't stand out or look out of place.

I've only had it for a little over a month, but so far it's kept time perfectly. It feels solid and reliable. When it arrived, I let it sit in the windowsill on an overcast late afternoon for a couple of hours and it was charged up & ready to go.

Other reviewers have commented on the band. First, it is adjustable -- but only to make it smaller. It came out of the box at max length. I have skinny wrists and I like the band to fit snugly, so I needed to shorten it by a couple of links. This can be done by opening the clasp and moving it down the band, which takes some fiddling to accomplish, but probably will only need to be done once. Re-sizing is the only function that the clasp serves. Second, the band does expand. This was irritating initially, because it kept plucking at my arm hair. After a week or so of wearing the watch all the time, this problem goes away. I used to wear expanding watch bands years ago, but I'd forgotten that I kind of like them. It's the only type of watch band that I've ever been able to get tight enough to stop a watch from sliding slightly back and forth -- without being uncomfortably tight.

Overall, I'm highly satisfied so far.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2014
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I purchased this Seiko solar powered expansion watch, because every watch I had previous needed a battery. And when I replaced the battery, the rubber seal around the back cover, which was to seal out water would never reseal correctly. And eventually the watch would get moisture inside. Now that I never have to replace a battery I should not have that problem.
One of the things I like about this Seiko watch, other than never needing to replace the a battery, is the expansion bracelet. If you have a very large wrist the watch might feel tight, but if you have a smaller wrist it is very easy to make the watch bracelet smaller. All of my other watches required the removal of links to make the bracelet smaller, but this bracelet slides in and hooks in place, very simple.
After letting the watch charge a few hours, it has kept perfect time. Changing the day and date was a little complicated, but I figured it out after a little trial and error. I would recommend this watch, and will purchase another when and if I need another watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2013
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Once charged the first time, the watch has worked well, is easy to read day or night.

There are a couple issues that aren't obvious from the ad copy:

1. Even though the band has a clasp in the back, the clasp doesn't do anything other than opening and closing. You might be able to use the clasp cavity to store a few stamps in case of a postal emergency. Although it looks like a standard clasp-type band, the band is a spring scissors-type band (think Spiedel Twist-O-Flex). I thought it was a little tight and tried to adjust it, but could not. I've gotten used to the veins sticking out on my hand.

2. The manual says the watch may lose or gain 15 seconds per month. I thought that was pretty sloppy for today's technology, but the watch is very easy to adjust, so I guess that's not a huge deal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2014
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The face is easy to read and it is comfortable. The Solar power is a real plus. Of course, as a train fan, it is Railroad Approved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2014
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I was excited to receive this watch, however it is not so great when you actually receive it. The black face has some sort of starburst pattern which makes is very difficult to see in light, inside our outside. The red markings against the black background are also very difficult to read in any light . Finally, while the band is very easy to re-size it was just plain uncomfortable. Nice idea, bad in reality. If you want a railroad type watch, try the Pulsar white face, which I also bought, and has a significantly better band, and is much better to read.
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