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No o-ring seal in the back makes watch extremely suseptable to water
on May 22, 2015
I think this watch looks great. The build quality is excellent as far as I can tell. It even looks great under a microscope where poor manufacturing quality would be visible. The problem I have with this watch is that the back of the case says 5 ATM water resistant (approximately 60 PSI) and the ad said 30 meters water resistant. The ad also said you can't take a shower with it on, but that seems to contradict the other two pieces of information. I took a shower with it on within hours of receiving it and the watch filled with water. I took it apart to get the water out and when I popped the back off, I found that there was no o-ring gasket on the back at all, even though it looked like it was made for one because it has a grove around the perimeter. There was, though, a double o-ring seal at the crown. I have put other 30 meter watches in the shower before without any problems, but those all had seals on the back. I then took the watch to the local Sears watch repair for them to see if the watch would accommodate a o-ring seal. They said it looks like it was made for one and installed one for $12. I will update this review after I take another shower.
Update: I have taken many showers since adding the o-ring on the back and I have had no leaks. I believe the watch repair guy also greased the new o-ring as well as the two seals on the crown and stem. I am very pleased with the watch and wear it every day, but I won't rate the watch higher because I feel that the watch maker should have installed the o-ring them selves just like they do on even the cheapest watches and that they should not tell people that the watch is water resistant to 5 atmospheres when the watch is not even minimally sealed.
Update (7/12/2015): I have sat with the watch submerged in a hot tub and it still has remained water tight and free of any leaks at all thanks to the watch repair kiosk in the Santa Clarita (Valencia) Sears.