60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Watch
This is one of those watches that I had to have as soon as I saw it. I bought this watch almost a week ago from an Amazon Marketplace seller and have to say I am very pleased with the purchase, no regrets whatsoever. I wanted to check all the functions thouougly before rating, a task which I've finished. First of all, the photo on the website makes it appear the watch has...
Published 15 months ago by Fred
3.0 out of 5 stars it's difficult
very hard direction to use the compass and other features. but the very nice design and colors. perfect fit for my daddy^^
Published 28 days ago by nathanlover012
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Watch,
This review is from: Seiko Men's SSC081 Adventure-Solar Classic Watch (Watch)This is one of those watches that I had to have as soon as I saw it. I bought this watch almost a week ago from an Amazon Marketplace seller and have to say I am very pleased with the purchase, no regrets whatsoever. I wanted to check all the functions thouougly before rating, a task which I've finished. First of all, the photo on the website makes it appear the watch has a dull or matte finish. Actually the entire case minus the tops of the lugs are a shiny yet quality stainless steel. Personally I would prefer a matted finish, but it still looks great, the glossy metal will give it a dressier appearance to wear with a suit or whatever.
The watch has two buttons and two crowns. The main crown is for setting the time and date basically as any other analog. The crown at the upper left is only used to move the compass besel directions one way or the other. One negative about this crown is that it won't "lock" into place and cannot be pulled out, it merely spins freely, actually too easily or freely so you will find it moves the compass points around while wearing it. I believe it would have been wiser to have a clicking rotating besel rather than fixed for this function and eliminate the crown. Not a real big deal.
The upper right button is used to start and stop the chronograph. The lower button is used to reset the chronograph and to set the alarm time. The alarm is 12 hour based and is not very loud, it may not wake you but you might hear it if used as a reminder. The alarm graph at the bottom of the face is also used as a duplicate current time, the small minute hand moves, actually "jumps" once every minute, this is a cool function. So, if the alarm is "set" the alarm time will appear, but if the current time is showing the alarm is "off", so you know at a glance, no guessing.
The small graph at the left inside the "9" position is a very small second hand, it's kinda cool but it would be better if it had more reference points other than the top tiny triangle indicating the "12" position for setting with a time tone. The other graph is the elapsed chronograph minute hand that measures up to 60 minutes then stops. What on a conventional watch would be the (large) second hand is merely used as a seconds chronograph, so it's stationary when the chronograph is not working. When it is working it sweeps like a mechanical watch.
The minute and hour hands are luminous as are the numerals, they glow quite well and maintain the lume very well. The hardlex crystal is non reflective and only VERY SLIGHTLY domed, not entirely flat, so distortion from an angle is minimal. The watch is solar and you can't see the solar panels as you can in some solar watches. It is extremely attractive and sporty. The calf skin band seems well made and is VERY water resistant. I held the watch under running water for at least 5 seconds and the band shed the water and never showed it was wet after I towel dried it.
I have rated the watch four stars only because of the compass function by the crown that drifts, the tiny seconds indicators lack of additional reference points and the slightly too quiet alarm function. Other than that I would not change a thing.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Cool!,
This review is from: Seiko Men's SSC081 Adventure-Solar Classic Watch (Watch)This watch is absolutley gorgeous. The photo does not do it justice. It looks much more expensive on my arm. It is a blend of the classical flight chronograph, but with updated features not found on most watches in this price range. The typical Seiko craftsmanship, and materials are what one would expect from this manufacturer; Second to no one. In this price range you won't find a better watch in my opinion. The band looks really cool in brown. However, if you wanted you could easily change it to any other color or material. Such versatility, comfort, and beauty. The displays are easy to read and the lume is great. You can wear this watch with your best suit or a pair of jeans. I love it.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great looking, but minor problems,
This review is from: Seiko Men's SSC081 Adventure-Solar Classic Watch (Watch)This is a fantastic looking watch that keeps time very well. I haven't tested the battery life in darkness, but just in normal wear I haven't ever found it to slow down or go into "power saving mode."
The band is thick and sufficiently stiff while being comfortable.
The reasons for the 4 star review instead of 5 star review are twofold. First, the alarm feature is totally unnecessary and perhaps a little confusing to use. The instructions don't specify how to disable the alarm so that it never goes off, but they do specify how to activate it. I just didn't touch the alarm function out of the box, and luckily it hasn't ever gone off. I wear this for work, so I don't want the alarm to sound at an inopportune moment. The tone of the alarm is pretty quiet, so I wouldn't count on it to wake me up. The other issue is with the "compass." It's not a compass in the sense that it rotates freely to point North. It's a tool to allow you to dial in a heading. For people who fly or who orienteer with maps this may be a useful feature; however, the knob that turns the "compass" is so easily turned that any contact with skin, clothing, etc will cause it to move out of alignment. Even typing this review the "compass" has gone from N to NNE.
The watch has two features I don't need, one of which doesn't work very well. Otherwise I really like it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautiful and eye-catching watch,
This review is from: Seiko Men's SSC081 Adventure-Solar Classic Watch (Watch)I have been admiring this watch for a few months - it is by far the most eye-catching and unusual Seiko watch I have ever seen. I have had multiple Seiko's and they are all ultra-reliable, so I had no qualms about this one. It usually is priced around $239, but last week, I couldn't believe my eyes when it appeared for $181, so I bought it.
It arrived well packed, and upon opening the box...IT IS EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN THE PICTURES!
The watch inst especially large. I have a 7.5" wrist and it fits perfectly. It is quite deep, with a highly polished finish. The black face is deep dished, and the glass is slightly domed. This looks like a much more expensive, specialty watch. It is very very striking, and I am constantly getting comments about it.
I am not sure how useful the compass function really is, but I absolutely don't care. This watch simply gives me pleasure whenever I look at it. Highly recommended.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very nice looking watch - and an explanation of the compass function,
This review is from: Seiko Men's SSC081 Adventure-Solar Classic Watch (Watch)I got the watch yesterday - it looks great, will keep essentially perfect time and will last for decades without the need of a battery replacement - all for under $200 delivered. What more could you want? Some have been complaining about the "compass" feature - and that it's really not a compass. Duh... If you've ever had to navigate using a compass, either path-finding/orienteering on the ground or in a plane or boat without GPS, you know that if there are multiple course or heading changes while you're underway, it can get confusing. THAT is the function of the 'compass' feature. If it's time for you to change your heading, dial it into the watch - it takes only a second - and you'll always know the direction you're supposed to be going on this leg of your trip.
Some will still think it's silly - who really needs that anymore? But is it really any sillier than having a rotating bezel on a "diver" watch to remind you of how much air you loaded into your tanks? Yet no one complains when Breitling puts that functionality into a whole class of their watches - that hardly anyone actually ever uses...
The other nice thing about this watch is the alarm - if you're navigating on sea or in the air, course/heading changes are often made based on x minutes flown at heading #1, then change to heading #2 for y minutes, and finally heading #3 for z minutes. Using the 'compass' feature in conjunction with the alarm you can set both direction and timing of the course you're supposed to follow. A WWII bomber navigator would have loved a watch with this functionality...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great looking watch,
This review is from: Seiko Men's SSC081 Adventure-Solar Classic Watch (Watch)This is a great looking watch, its comfortable, and the face is interesting. The compass is just a rotating dial but its still nifty if you like to play with things. The lume is strong while it's charged. The watchband is pretty close in color to the amazon picture, a solid tan. It looks good with both black and brown.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful..Dependable..Different,
This review is from: Seiko Men's SSC081 Adventure-Solar Classic Watch (Watch)This is a striking, elegant watch with the expected quality of a Seiko. There is a learning curve
based on the quirks that make this watch different. As said in other reviews, the alarm is difficult
to hear and cannot be set as a daily alarm. The second hand is a very small arrow in the 9 o'clock
position; and the hand that is the customary sweep hand is used for the stop watch.
However, most watches are used primarily as time keepers, and they don't get any better than this.
Definitely love the watch.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Looking Watch,
This review is from: Seiko Men's SSC081 Adventure-Solar Classic Watch (Watch)I love this watch. I wear it every day and it looks great. Easy to read dials makes it easy to tell the time from a distance. Looks more expensive than the actual cost.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mixed bag,
This review is from: Seiko Men's SSC081 Adventure-Solar Classic Watch (Watch)good:
you probably wont another one on someones wrist
alarm uselessly quiet - seriously its like it's under a pillow
no indicator for fractions of a second for chrono - not an issue for me though
compass knob not locking, also a compass bezel isn't very useful
strap buckle difficult to use without messing up the holes on the strap
the 2 buttons have different feels, top is smooth, bottom clicks in
nonradioactive lume is useless, don't know why any watchmaker uses the stuff
glass seems to smudge easier than my other watches
overall i bought it for the looks not the usefulness and it's looking good
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have watch.....,
This review is from: Seiko Men's SSC081 Adventure-Solar Classic Watch (Watch)Want to have this watch since saw it. Awesome watch available for such a price . Good to wear with formal as well as casual dress. Good elegant looks.....loved it
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