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Bad Band on Good Watch
on October 8, 2014
I got mine at Macy's in 2011. I like the thin design of this watch and that my shirt cuff doesn't get hung up on it. I think it has a classic understated look - not too much going on. I like that the leather strap is brown and in terms of performing its most important function as a timepiece it does a great job. The date feature is pretty much a throw-away in my book because it's not large enough to be of much use, plus, I got tired of trying to remember to adjust it for the five months of the year that don't have 31 days.
However, this watch now lives in the forgotten watch drawer and the band is the sole reason. The band that came with it disintegrated within the first year. I took the watch back to Macy's and they gave me a number to call for Skagen. This watch has to be sent to their repair facility in Dallas just to get a replacement band because its design incorporates the leather band to the body of the watch by little screws and it is not a replacement you can order from Skagen.
I sent it in, paid for it of course, and they returned it to me a few weeks later with a new band. The watch looked as good as new but within a month's time the band began to split. Three months later the replacement band was frayed and sad looking. That's when this watch joined my watch graveyard. I pretty much gave up on watches at this point and have since come to rely on my smartphone to keep time.
I can't recommend others buy this watch due to the proprietary nature of the Skagen band and its lack of durability.