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CHEAP BUT NOT NASTY
on September 8, 2010
If you think you're going to get a Real McCoy military watch for a bit over $20, you must be very optimistic. But having said that, this is still a "real" watch in that it looks good, is made of steel and is very accurate. (That's the beauty of a quartz movement - it doesn't have to cost the earth to be accurate.)
As you'd expect with a watch with a push-on back, its waterproof rating is modest, but adequate for everyday use. Just don't tempt fate by showering with it or wearing it while changing the course of mighty rivers.
The three canvas bands are VERY robust, with sewn double layers of canvas. However, the buckle looks a little fragile. Some may find the bands a little stiff at first but they will soften and "bed in" with wear. Unlike NATO type bands that have a keeper sub-strap, you can adjust the watch on these simple one-piece bands until both the watch and buckle centre perfectly on either side of your wrist. And if you don't like canvas, there are plenty of cheap after-market nylon bands out there.
The olive green watch face looks good although the hands are a give-away: decidely "budget" in appearance but acceptable. The time and date are easily readable at a glance. The case is coated in a matte silver finish, something that may not appeal if you're expecting bare satin steel. In my opinion, the black version looks better, particularly with the sand-coloured band. (I also have that model.)
If night-time readabilty is important to you, forget it. There is some token lume on the two main hands only but it's very weak and next to useless at night. As I said, token. On the positive side, the red second hand indexes nicely with the second and hour markings.
Despite its shortcomings, this is a good choice if you're looking for a cheap but not nasty watch with a rugged outdoors look to it. The size is neither too big nor too small - very comfortable. It would also make a perfect gift for a youngster with a liking for gear with a military look - cheap, but definitely not a toy.
If this watch cost $80+, I would give it three stars, but at its very modest asking price, it deserves four. It would cost you more than $22 just to buy the three canvas bands from a specialist supplier, assuming you can find one!
Okay, it's not a Hamilton Khaki or Fortis Flieger. But it's accurate, readable, seems durable, is rugged looking and won't make you cry if you break it. What else do you want for 22 bucks?