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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mid-range watch, March 31, 2006
This review is from: Seiko Men's SKA201 Arctura Kinetic Watch (Watch)
I purchased this watch to replace a Bulova that I prized but that was unfortunately pinched by some unsavory type. I came across this watch while shopping for a replacement. It actually went a little higher than my original price range, but I'm very pleased with the end result. OIverall, I was looking for a metal case and band, clean face (ruling out chronographs), and just enough features to get me to work on time (date and time, solamente).

Comments by feature:

1. Casing: I use this watch for daily wear, and while I am not necessarily doing hard labor, it does take a bit of a beating. As a result, the watch casing has picked up a few small scratches in the past four months, but the SS has otherwise held up. Somewhat pointless numbers engraved on the bezel. I could have done without them for a cleaner design.

2. Crystal: The crystal has held up even better, with no scratches at all; I recommend a sapphire crystal if this is important to you.

3. Band: SS and comfortable. Button release on clasp.

4. Movement: Japanese - some consider Japanese movements to be slightly inferior to Swiss movements, but Seiko has a good reputation for solid craftsmanship, and my time is always accurate.

5. Data: Hour, minute, second hands and numerical date. I wish the watch had a perpetual calendar - I dislike having to remember to change the date at the end of months with <31 days.

6. Face: Clean, no numbers, luminescent hands and hour markings.

7. Power: This is what hooked me and drove me above my price point - kinetic power. However, this isn't the old type of mechanism, where the movement of the weight wound a spring. Instead, movement of the weight charges a battery, which then powers the watch. As a result, time remains accurate up to the bitter end. This is a very useful feature if there is a nuclear holocaust and you can't find any open battery stores. In truth, it will probably save a little money on batteries, but it really just lets you tap the inner geek (not to the level of calculator watch, but I have to be taken somewhat seriously in my line of work). There is even a little button that lets you see how much charge you have left and whether you need to start windmilling your arms like a nutjob. *WARNING* This feature may cause you to move your hand in a potentially lascivious fashion just so you can hear the mechanism at work - just be aware of your surroundings at the time.

Bottom line: A very nice watch for the price, with a minorly geeky gimmick that I have found very satisfying. Cons include lack of perpetual calendar and pointless bezel numbers marring an otherwise clean design.
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