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Amazing watch - uncomfortable clasp (leather bracelet model),
This review is from: Citizen Men's BL8000-03A Eco-Drive Calibre 8700 Sport Watch (Watch)
First, about the watch: I absolutely love it. Nothing bad to say at all, except maybe if you frequently need to set the alarm, it can become somewhat annoying. When setting the alarm, the hands don't just move directly to the hour and minute of the alarm time, but go round and round counting out the minutes and hours. Also, if you don't care what time the alarm was previously set to but just want to change it, you still have to wait until it gets to the previously set alarm time before it will let you adjust it. Since I plan to use the alarm infrequently, it's no big deal and kinda fun to watch.
Now, to the strap: I bought this watch with a leather strap to keep the watch as light and comfortable as possible. The strap is beautifully made of rich patterned leather, and it's definitely much lighter than the steel bracelet. However, the deployment clasp on the strap was not well thought-out. There are sharp corners everywhere: two on each end of the clasp, and also on the release buttons in the middle. In addition, the ends of the clasp turn up sharply, which means at least one side is likely to cut into your wrist all the time. This is particularly problematic when your wrist is resting on a surface and the weight of the arm rests on the sharp points. (Others with different diameter wrists may have a different experience).
The solution: I closed one side of the clasp at a time and put that side only into a vise (after wrapping it in thick paper to avoid scratches). By slowly tightening the vise, I was able to take most of the curve out of the clasp. The entire process took maybe 5 minutes. The clasp is immeasurably more comfortable now, and I'm finally 100% satisfied with the watch. Thought I'd share this strategy with anyone who might run into the same problem!
** Update as of January 2013:
I've now had this watch for a few years, and I still love it as much as I did when I first bought it. The leather strap finally gave up the ghost and disintegrated completely a few months ago. Citizen wanted some ridiculous amount for a replacement, so I got one at a Dakota kiosk at the mall and it looks not much worse than the original. No other problems whatsoever - the watch is a keeper.
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Initial post: Feb 25, 2011 8:42:09 PM PST
Sachin Kumar says:
Hey man thanks so much for your elegant solution to clasp trouble. I did the same vise trick as you recommended and ....ikea isn't it ultimate in comfort. I'm very happy with it now. I don't know why citizen gave that weird sharp curves on the clasp.
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