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Required Some Tinkering,
This review is from: Akribos XXIV Men's AK625SSB "Ultimate" Stainless Steel Watch (Watch)
NOTE: Before I get started, this was just my experience with this watch, other people's experience would hopefully be better.
Out of the box/packaging, this watch would be worth one star. It kept time, that was it, the chronograph didn't work, a lot of the adjustment and settings were not working, and the band was actually poking into my skin causing a lot of irritation.
How I fixed each thing:
-Chronograph not working (specifically the 30 minute totalizer not moving, or moving sporadically). This was a weird weird problem, I spent something close to 2 hours tinkering with everything I could think of. My exact problem was that the second hand on the chronograph would tick and keep time, but the totalizer would not move. Except for when the back was off of the watch, then it would work perfectly fine, so I fixed this by putting the back on rotated the wrong way. I can't for the life of me figure out why that works, but it does.
-Button adjustments not working. My problem was that when I'd pull out the crown to the middle position, both buttons would move the second hand of the chronograph and not the minute hand, I think this was fixed by the same method of the chronograph not functioning at all, simply rotating the back to the wrong direction.
-The band ripping into my skin problem... This one was tricky, it looks like the mesh band wasn't "cut" properly so there were 5-6 links which made very sharp, needle like points which dug into skin very easily and created a lot of little red bumps on my wrist. I fixed this by using a bunch of small files to remove the pointed edges, I realize not everyone will have those just lying around so if you notice this watch has sharp edges, I'd try to get it replaced.
Now with that all said, you're wondering how I could give something with this many problems four stars. Simple, It's a good looking watch, and it does what I want it to do. Also the band is very very unique and pretty cool.
I have yet to test the waterproof-ness of it, but I'll be sure to update my review when I do, especially with the back of it not on 100% proper.
EDIT: So I tested it underwater, I was about 12 ft underwater for ~2 hours and it held up just fine.