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4.0 out of 5 stars Great watch for the price, don't buy if you have a small arm!, December 26, 2011
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This review is from: Bulova Men's 96C107 Black Dial Stainless Steel Watch (Watch)
I was searching for a new watch, and this one was my "first choice". Unfortunately, I talked myself out of it, thinking that it was a small watch (looking at the pictures of it on Amazon, the face appears small in comparison to the size of the band), and purchased a Citizen watch instead. When it arrived, it had scratches on the band, so I took the opportunity to send it back and purchase this one instead.

This one arrived and I was a bit shocked at the size. The band is actually a lot wider than what I'd call a traditional men's dress watch, which means the face itself is actually a good size. I'm 6'1" tall, medium build, this watch looks "solid" on my arm. If you're smaller in size, this watch would definitely be too big for you.

Having worn it for a couple days now, here are some pro's and con's for the watch:

PROS:
1) It's solid. Very solid. You definitely won't feel like you're going to break it.
2) The black face with the slight pattern looks nice. It's not too distracting, but does add character to the watch.
3) The chrono feature is a nice way to display the day of the week, the day of the month, and the 24 hour time equivalent.
4) It's water resistant up to 30 meters, so no worry about getting it wet! (Note: This number may not actually be correct. It's listed as 30m on the Amazon listing though another reviewer says that the manual doesn't list it as 30m resistant.)
5) It's classy enough to wear to work with a tie, but casual enough to wear with jeans and a polo.
6) The price is excellent. I purchased at $169.15, while local jewelry stores were selling the same model for $289.

CONS:
1) It's a heavy watch (stainless steel band and case) so you'll definitely notice it on your arm. It may in fact be the heaviest watch I've ever owned (even heavier than the Fossil chrono I had a few years back).
2) While I do like the three chrono dials, they can be somewhat difficult to read in low light situations. Of course, this isn't a big deal - how many times do you find yourself in a movie theatre, wondering if it's Monday the 26th or Tuesday the 27th?
3) Speaking of low light, there is no "glow in the dark" on this watch. If it's pitch black, you're NOT going to read this watch.

A couple of other notes. It doesn't have a perpetual motion second hand, but it's also NOT a precisionist model watch, so don't expect that if it's what you're looking for. It's also battery powered, so you'll eventually have to replace that once it wears down (no movement or solar charging on this one).

All in all, I'm very pleased with this watch. It's a great buy if you're looking for a watch you can wear for work and play.

UPDATE: 6 months later, I'm still loving this watch. I've gotten used to the larger size and weight. And surprisingly, after having worn it nearly every day since I got it, there are no scratches on the face (which is unheard of considering how rough I am on watches). If you're on the fence, definitely give this one a shot!
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Initial post: Jul 22, 2012 2:22:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 22, 2012 2:28:22 PM PDT
Snookster says:
This watch (as far as my received order on July 20, 2012) is water resistant but according to the manual it is not to 30 meters as reviewer has in "PROS:" section. The back of the watch I received is marked with "Water Resistant" only. The watch's manual states...
Watch models marked only "Water Resistant" on the case back, without additional depth markings are not to be used for swimming. For swimming, models that have the additional marking of "50m", "100m" or "200m" are recommended.

The rest of the review is spot on. This is a nice watch but I returned since it was too big for my wrist (6ft 195lb adult).

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2012 2:27:31 PM PDT
C. Clark says:
Thanks for the info. I got the 30m number from the Amazon product listing, but I've never actually had the watch submerged in water.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2012 2:54:33 PM PDT
Snookster says:
You are right. It does state that in the the listing. I just checked their website (http://www.bulova.com/en_us/watch/bulova/dress/96C107) and it states the same there. Don't know which is right between listing/website and the manual so... um... Good Luck?
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