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4.0 out of 5 stars 5-star watch with a 3-star strap, December 27, 2012
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This review is from: Frederique Constant Men's FC255S6B6 Classic Silver Dual Time Zone Dial Watch (Watch)
The picture does not do justice to the beauty of this watch. The watch is extremely well polished and the dome-shaped crystal adds a finesse touch to the classic dressy looks of the watch. One minor disappointment is, according the Frederique Constant's official website, the Index watches are fitted with their "Clear Vision" technology, essentially their way of calling tritium tube equipped hands and hour marks. Since this particular model is grouped with other Index watches, one would assume that it's part of the family and would come with the tritium tubes. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Amazon's description does not mention this so the watch was not mis-presented and therefore I could not blame either Amazon nor the watch.

The only major gripe is the apparent quality of the leather strap. Maybe it is made of high-grade leather with fine workmanship but it does not show. The strap looks dull and cheap. The issue could have been easily solved by purchasing an after-market strap but that proved difficult for two reasons. First the distance between the lugs is a non-standard 23mm, that eliminates 99% of the straps on the market. Second, the lugs have a double-pin design, requiring two spring bars each, and this eliminates just about all after-market possibilities, unless you are willing to spend $$$ on a custom strap. I tried to install a Luminox 23mm strap with just one spring bar on this watch and it looked awkward to say the least. If I installed it on the outer pins the gap between the strap and the watch is just too big. If I installed it on the inner pins the lugs look too long and stick out from the strap surface. It appears that the only way to find a replacement strap is to buy the OEM one from a Frederique Constant Dealer.
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Initial post: Dec 24, 2014 1:22:10 PM PST
Strap is not good. Watch is good.
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