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beautiful watch with unique design
on April 8, 2015
This is indeed a beautiful watch! When I initially set out to find a watch that I can wear with work clothes, I had intended to get one with the minimalist style but with second marks. When I stumbled upon this watch, I was immediately drawn by its design. But obviously, this watch is more than just looks.
Case body size----the size of the case is smaller than I expected. It is listed as 27mm diameter, but that's actually the diagonal measurement of the case. I measured its width to be 20.5mm, and length 22.5mm. I have a small wrist (5.75in or about 14.5cm circumference in the part just below the bony prominence of my wrist. See picture), so I actually find that the small case body fits my wrist better.
Case shape-----Being someone who values individuality, I really like how this watch is all of unique, simple, and elegant. Another reason I was drawn to this watch is because its "asscher" shape bears a resemblance to my cushion-cut engagement ring. To me, the circle/round shape seems more traditional, and the square/rectangular shape seems more edgy, less friendly, and more like what fashion divas wear. I find the cushion/asscher to be a friendlier yet unique shape.
Dial Color-----I like the black and gold contrast between the dial and hands. I wanted a watch with black dial so that when I get fatigued at work from looking at screen or papers (both are mostly white), the black dial will be easier to look at. The contrasting colors will also help me read the watch when there's too much light/glare. Besides, black and gold are easy to match any outfit.
Straps---The watch straps look better than I expected. They don't look like real leather though. The watch strap is made in China, and the watch case/movement is made in Japan. I made sure I wasn't buying the important/delicate parts from China….
Function-----Now I've only had this watch for a couple hours, so I can't tell you how durable it is yet. But I'm hoping it'll last many years. I learned from someone who works at a watch store that this Seiko watch has its own kind of battery (not sure if it's special because it's a solar battery or because it's made by Seiko…), and its replacement (at that specific store) will cost around $25, although this new watch should last a couple years before needing a battery change. I'm just glad I don't have to worry about changing battery once a year.
The only downside I can tell so far is that there's no second-hand and second marks, so I can't using it for exact timing purposes.
The price is higher than I'd like (initially wanted to buy something <$60), but I think it's unfair to complain about an item's price after you already purchased it, because by purchasing is you're essentially saying you agree with the price you see. If this watch turns out to be of poor quality/durability, then that's a different question. But to find that out, only time can tell. ;)