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Seiko hit the target with this model for me. 5 stars all the way...
on December 5, 2013
I begin this review with my personal preference for a watch as a reflection of why I purchased this particular watch. The watch has to be subtle (not flashy like LOOK-AT-ME! ARE YOU LOOKING?), is consistent with timekeeping, has chronograph functions, displays some form of contrasting color scheme for my visual perception, and affordable (under $250) with the features it can offer. This watch met my preference.
Absolutely a great watch for both everyday wear and special-night-out wear. The design of the watch is very strikingly masculine yet subtle, unlike the flashy watches with huge faces nowadays. I'm glad the affordable brands such as Seiko, Citizen, Timex, and Casio are still following the traditional route and not too caught up with extreme fashion trends.
Functionality, this watch is very versatile as it has ways to help you calculate and estimate measurements such as basic math to unit conversions. (That is all I have tried so far, although I know there are way more functions than just those I mentioned.) It is low-maintenance due to the solar capability. No need to worry about replacing the battery for a long time. The numbers on the bezel and around the outer dial are visible enough, despite the crammed look due to having too many sets of values, for the sake of versatility. The bezel can be rotated in either direction to help you calculate certain things. The manual is where to learn all of those calculation methods. Note that the instructions are somewhat scientific; therefore, you need to have some patience or be diligent to research what you don't understand. I scanned at one section and was reminded of 'scientific notations,' 'significant figures' and 'exponents' back in my college years in physics and chemistry classes.
Timing is perfect enough for me. I use the chronograph more for my nursing profession. The buttons seem solid and feel sturdy to the touch at each press. No mushy feeling to them. The seconds hand is red to help contrast the black dial and catch your attention in case you need to follow that hand for any timing purposes, besides the 'seconds subdial.'
Looks wise, the watch is not huge for a 45mm. For my small wrist, it is a tad larger than my current watch collection. A 43mm diameter would fit perfectly. But no complaints whatsoever with the 45mm. The illumination of the markers and hands last pretty long, long enough for you to gaze at the watch in a theatre or changing environment from a well-lit area to a dim area. The glow also conveniently catches your attention at a glance without much effort to stare at the watch to see what time it is. For both formality and accommodation, I have the stock metal band switched out to a Corvette band in dark brown/mocha suede leather in size 22mm. The new band helps accentuate the watch more elegantly and still can be worn for both formal and casual events. I no longer wear metal bands since I have been appreciating the lighter weight and snugger, uniform fit around the entire wrist from leather bands. Furthermore, if you're the type who does not like the weight of the entire setup, still buy it and replace the metal band with a leather one like me.
You won't be overwhelmed with this watch. And you also won't be disappointed with it either. It is a perfect daily accessory for any person in any work field without room for complaints. Upon holding it for the first time, my first thought of it was very masculine, good weight, subtle and classy, and detailed. I am very happy I made this purchase. 5 STARS for Seiko for this model.