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130 of 142 people found the following review helpful
As a collector of watches, I generally look for a design that captures my attention. I am a very big fan of dive watches and usually I buy within that category. This piece however, I received as a gift from my mother. At first when I saw that it was a piece by Stuhrling, I was disappointed due to the fact that I own a few of their products, and all my experiences has been either a hit or miss. The overall look has a resembance to the great Rolex Submariner, however different enough to stand on it's own. One aspect Stuhrling does very well is their packaging. This piece comes packed inside a beautiful case that includes the paperwork and instruction manual, it is great to give as a gift. Now, I will be setting my review up by focusing on three main aspects of the watch, so you can focus and read upon what is the most important aspect to you.

**REVIEW**

Body - The body of the watch is well done, it is crafted from 316 stainless steel and has a brushed finish. The diameter of the body is about 42mm and the thickness is about 11-12mm. Not so sure about sizing in milimeter? Well the body is a bit above the average size, however it sits very well on the wrist. The thickness of the watch is very slim and can be worn very comfortably even with long sleeve shirts. The dial and bezel consists of the classic color combination of black and white. The layout of the dial is very simple, done with Arabic numerals and white hour markers. The hour and minute hand consist of a very unique shape and is an uncommon design, they are done in the shape of a sword which gives them a very masculine appearance. The bezel is very poorly made in terms of finish and quality and it cheapens the overall look of the watch. The crystal protecting the dial is known as Krysterna. Krysterna is a trademarked technique that belongs to Stuhrling and it is stated by the company that the crystal is as durable as sapphire when it comes to scratch resistance and as hard as mineral crystal when it comes to impact. However I cannot vouch for that since there isn't actual proof and I truly believe it is just a marketing scheme, or it can also be a copy of Seiko's hardlex crystal, which is very reliable. The crown is screwed down, which means you need to turn it in order to unscrew the crown to open and pull it out, then you change the time and date. The screwed down crown mechanic enables the watch body to have the ability to be water resistant up to 200M, which is about 660FT, however these watches aren't water tested and no one knows for sure if they are actually water resistance up to 200MM. Overall, very nice presentation and it is very appealing.

Movement - The movement in this watch is a Swiss parts Quartz Ronda 515, what that means is that it is a movement that is Chinese made but has a few Swiss parts integrated to use the term "Swiss". This movement is usually used in watches in the lower price ranges due to it's low price and high quantity being available for watch companies to use. However, it is an accurate movement and my watch has been keeping time within 1 minute compared to the atomic clock over a 3 week span, so that is good for a low tier watch but it is also to be expected since it is a quartz movement .The battery life of this movement can range anywhere between 3-4 years, so it has a very generous duration per battery change. For the price, it is a good movement that is being provided.

Strap/Band - The band of the watch has a very nice appearance. The band has two different finish, the outer links are done with a brushed finish to match the body, and the inner links are done with a very high polish finish to give the band a very contrast look and it is absolutely gorgeous. However, the band is very cheap, light and it isn't very durable but it is expected due to the low price point of this watch. Most companies that offer affordable watches usually tend to cut down the quality on their bands due to the cost of production. The length of the band is about 7 3/4 inches, so it isn't a very generous size and some men might have to order additional links in order to get a perfect fit. The band has a nice appearance however it isn't the greatest quality.

At the end of the day this is an affordable watch that keeps good time and has a good appearance. It is meant to be an everyday watch that you can bang around and put under rough usage. If your someone that is just looking for an everyday watch that you don't have to worry about much, then this is a good option but keep in mind that the quality can be a hit or miss. Hopefully I have helped! if you have any question or comment, feel free to contact me.

Update 7/01/2013

As of three weeks ago, the movement has broken down and the minute hand has fallen off the watch. I did use it as my beater and put it under quiet a lot of stress, so I guess if you are looking for a heavy duty watch, I would avoid this one and look at companies such as Orient, Luminox, Deep Blue, Seiko and Citizen.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2013
--- Updated 4/23/2015 ---
Someone sent a direct message about this review, and I realized I still want to like the watch, but can't. I replaced the battery that came with the watch and it kept good time for about a year, then started loosing time again. Even thought the crystal barely sticks above the watch bezel, it still has a few cracks and a bunch of scratches. I didn't hit the watch with anything, it was from normal bumping into things. I guess the crystal was more fragile then my skin, very disappointing.

In the end, the only good thing about the watch was the watch band (which sits in the "Spare Parts" drawer). I will never buy another Stuhrling watch.

Review dropping from 5 stars to 1.

--- Original Review ---
I have had a lot of watches in my lifetime, and this is my favorite. I have had the watch for 4 months now and find it easy to read in regular and low light situations. It also keeps perfect time and has a very solid feel.

The crystal is barely above the bezel (only about the width of a piece of paper), which is too little for me to catch the crystal on something and sheer it off (Yes, I have done that with several watches). It is a concern if the crystal sticks up 1 mm or more above the bezel. I normally don't like metal watch bands because they yank out gobs of wrist hair, leaving the skin bare under the watch band but this one hasn't. I have never noticed this watch catching a hair (mine or others).

I would absolutely buy this watch again and have recommended it to others.

--- Update - I found the watch was losing time and how to correct it ---
I have found that if I pull the stem half-way out turn to advance the date, it will cause the watch to start losing time. If I pull the stem all the way and set the time and date, the watch will keep the correct time. It took me until mid-February to cause the problem because I tend to ignore the date on this watch, then I let it run for two weeks to verify that it was keeping the correct time.

So on March 1, I moved the date forward from 29 to 31 with the stem half out, then to 1 with the stem all the way out. And my watch has kept the correct time since.

--- Update 6/1/2013 --- This watch suddenly started losing time, up to an hour a day. I had the battery replaced and they showed me that the seal was damaged at the factory from the back being over-tightening. $15 to replace the battery and seal, and the watch has kept perfect time for the past two weeks.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2013
I bought this watch on an Amazon's deal. Just $50. In the specifications it says that this watch was all stainless steel, so I decided to give it a try due to my bad experiences with other 'stainless steel' watches. This watch is so stylish and I wear it almost everyday for work. I have 3 months with this watch and it remains shiny. 100% recommended.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2013
I bought this watch in August 2013, and thought it was a pretty nice watch for the money. I liked the look and size of the watch. Note it IS heavy and a little clunky. My biggest initial disappointments were the the tiny size of of the date window, and the lack of effective luminescence on the dial and hands. You can't read the time in the dark.

Unfortunately, the watch just stopped after 7 weeks, but it started again when I reset the time. Worked for another day or two, then stopped again. This has gone on for days, and renders the watch useless to me.

I tried to return the watch to Amazon, but the window closes in 30 days, and they would not accept the return. So, I went to the manufacturers warranty and saw it was 2 years. Good news, right? Well you need to send the $20 for shipping on a $60 watch, and I had no confidence they would / could fix the intermittent problems. So, it goes into the trash.

Nice watch if it was reliable. Mine's a piece of junk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2014
If you want to skip the detail, just go to the end of the review for pros, cons, and recommendation. With that said, I am very particular about watches and a cheapskate. My previous watch was a Citizen that served me well for many years. In fact, the Citizen is still working perfectly but is worn and needed replacement. I purchased four different watches to replace the Citizen which were an Armitron, a Seiko, a Stuhrling, and another Citizen. What I found interesting is that while the Seiko and Citizen were very nice watches, their bands were very thin and just felt cheap. The watches themselves were excellent timepieces but I am in this game for looks as well. The Armitron and Stuhrling had much bigger and thicker bands but the Armitron watch overall was just not up to par. I have never had a Stuhrling before and did a lot of research and review reading. I was curious about why the MSRP of the watch and the selling price had such a vast difference but found on the Stuhrling site a very interesting explanation in the FAQ section. To make a long story short, Stuhrling has decided to be an e-retailer instead of traditional brick-and-mortar and can pass these savings along to the end user. An MSRP in my book has always been an arbitrary inflated number anyway so just compare the actual prices. You are going to pay what the manufacturer wants to you to pay in any case, no matter the MSRP or if the watch is “on sale” (another marketing gimmick that insults my intelligence). For those other reviewers that complain the watch just stopped working or had water inside, I think the crown must not have been screwed down all the way. The screw-down crown is needed for this diver-style watch. I don’t ever plan to wear mine scuba diving or swimming so this is not a concern to me. Anyone paying attention will screw the crown in properly. In conclusion, this is a great watch for around $60 and if it lasts a couple of years I feel like I am way ahead. It just plain looks cool and tells time accurately.

Pros:
-Large watch face (slightly larger than a “typical watch face”)
-Ronda 515 Swiss movement
-Very good build quality
-Price sensitive shoppers will appreciate style, look, and quality in this very low price range. In my opinion, this watch is a much nicer than a Seiko and Citizen that cost over $40 more.

Cons:
-Newer manufacturer with a limited history.
-Unsure of where watch was actually made. Could be Chinese but I must say this is a very well made watch for the money.
-It will be interesting to see how long the battery lasts. The typical battery life from the factory according to the manufacturer is 3.75 years.

Recommendation:
-Highly recommend if you are on a budget but want a stylish watch that looks much more expensive that it actually is. Don’t hesitate to give this brand a try. Just return it if you don’t like it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2014
Should have purchased this first. This is replacing an Invicta 8926 Automatic Diver. The Invicta looked nice but was gaining 25 seconds a day. I called Invicta and they said 25 seconds was within their operating specs. I wanted to try an Automatic watch for the first time and was very disappointed with the results. Maybe other Automatics are more accurate. I wear a watch to tell accurate time. The Stuhrling has stunning good looks, a nice sturdy weight, large dial, the numbers are larger and easier to read for those of who need readers and the clasp is very smooth. I prefer the large dial numbers 3,6,9 & 12 as it makes it look unique and gives the watch character. Some things about the watch that are different that I did not see from the pics. The band has the same width all the way around, no taper, and is slightly wider than you would think. The center part of the band is very polished so it will show finger prints easily compared to the brush stainless on the outer edges. Some reviewers complained about the band quality and I would answer that by saying what more do you expect for a watch under $60. The packaging and how well the watch was wrapped for protection was second to none. I purposely waited two weeks before posting to check the time for accuracy. It only gained 2 seconds in 2 weeks, I can surely live with that. Overall I am very pleased with the Stuhrling and it exceeds my expectations for quality and looks for the price. If I could add any improvement it would be to make the date window and date numbers larger as it’s very small and hard to see in relation to watch face size. This watch will be worn for the office and formal dress only. Hopefully this review helps anyone considering this watch. I would definitely recommend it and purchase again.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2013
I just received this watch today. First off, the packaging is first class. From the outside, the box is about the size of a bottle of scotch case. The watch arrived completely protected in plastic wrap to avoid any scratches. It has a screw down crown so you need to apply a tiny bit of force to unwind the crown and then pull it out. I had it sized at a local jeweler in town for $10. The watch has a substantial weight to it and in no way does it feel like a watch that cost $50 on the gold box deal. It is pretty shiny, so if you're looking for a more understated watch this might not be the one for you. I recommend this watch for a nice piece to wear in the office. The face is a good average size and should wear well on most mens' wrists. Overall I'm very pleased.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2013
I like the styling of the watch and wear it a lot, but if you want to be active at all don't buy it. It is well made for the most part except for a spring loaded bar that holds the buckle. It falls off any time you apply any kind of pressure to the band. I've had to go searching for the little bar on the floor at least 10 times since I bought. Thankfully I've been able to find it every time so far. It also scratches somewhat easily. I only wear it to the office now and take it off right when I get home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2013
Can't beat this watch for the price. Reminds me of a rolex datejust. Obviously not... but certainly a good looking watch that looks nice on your wrist whether in casual or business attire. I wear it to work and bang it around without care. Totally worth the $65.00.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2013
Recently purchased this watch after receiving an Amazon gift card. I was thoroughly pleased when it arrived. It's a lot of watch for a reasonable price and everything from packaging to the actual watch were beyond my expectations. It has a solid and attractive presentation that looks and feels more expensive than it's actual price would indicate. I would highly recommend this piece to anyone looking for an everyday watch for business or recreational use.
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