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Elegant but not perfect
on December 17, 2013
Unlike many people, I only have two other watches and spending $200 for watch is a significant investment. So it was frustrating not to be able to get solid information to be able to make an informed purchase. After reading many "awesome watch, wear it on my wrist" type reviews, I wanted to write a more substantial review.
Substantial would be a good word to describe this watch. I have a small frame with 6" wrists and this watch is big and heavy on me. It required removing two links to get the watch to fit.
Looks: elegant, classy, as other reviewers noted. To me, looks exactly like the picture, so if you like that you will probably like the look of the watch. I looked seriously at the Citizen Eco-Drive watches but they are pretty expensive and wasn't as impressed with their presentation.
Weight: With two links removed, the watch weighs 6 oz, which is significant if you have a smaller build. Definitely not a sports watch. Diameter is 44mm.
Clasp: functions well to date. Makes the wrist band less flexible than a bracelet wrist band. It also locks down on the distal part of my wrist, making it harder to flex.
Components: what would normally be the second hand does not move on this watch, which made me think it was broken. That is the stopwatch arm. You can make it function as a second hand by leaving it on all the time, which I do when taking pulses, etc. but that uses more battery power. The tiny second hand is located at the 9 O'clock position. As another reviewer noted, the date window is microscopic. The hands are luminous for a short time after exposure to light. Alarm can only be set for 12 hours ahead and no hourly chime function.
Time keeping/Alarm: limited experience.
Water resistance: as far as I can tell, it does not have a lock down crown, so doesn't seem to be something I would be comfortable taking to the beach or a hot tub.
Solar: The watch requires 5 hours in full sun for a full charge, which is supposedly good for 6 months. At 10,000 lux, which is about the level of light boxes used therapeutically for seasonal affective disorder, it would take 30 hours to fully charge the watch.
Functionality: very appropriate for professional wear but has some drawbacks noted above.
UPDATE: I have had the watch for 3 months. I loses about 1 minute every two weeks. This could be a) because this watch loses time b) because all watches of this type lose time or c) because I don't put it in the sun more often, like every day, even though it is supposed to be good for 6 months on a 5 hour charge. From the data, there is no way to decide which it is. Since it was my choice to keep the watch, I am not going to lower my rating. But overall I find it disappointingly uncomfortable and barely adequate, would not recommend it in a health care setting, and wear it as little as possible.
UPDATE 2: I have had the watch for more than six months. I went on vacation and left it in the dark for two weeks. When I came back, it had lost 20 minutes of time. So it does seem that you need to keep the watch in the light fairly regularly. Not that it matters that much to me since I barely wear it.