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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2014
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BUYER BEWARE: This is a fine, handsome, attractive watch and can be read in the dark easily. However, I believe it has a design flaw that makes it NOT resistant to water, as advertised: "•Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving".
I purchased this in 8/2014 and enjoyed it for 4 months until I wore it in a shallow pool for about 30 mins. Shortly after, there was moisture droplets on the inside of the crystal and some fogging, which has not gone away some 1.5 weeks later. I tried to obtain refund/ repair costs from the seller, but no go since this discovery was beyond the 30 day return policy and their statement that "water damage is never covered under a watch guarantee". They did identify the likely cause-- that the crown was not shut down tight enough. But, unlike many other watches that really can claim water resistance, this one does not have a clicking sound feedback when the crown is pushed in and it is not screw in. The user is left to wonder if it is tightly closed or not. So I then tried to get compensation under Amazon's A to Z Guarantee Program, but struck out there since they rejected my common sense argument that I purchased something that was not as advertised. There is no mention of this apparent design flaw on the seller's page. No matter-- So I am stuck with having paid >$100./month for use of a nice watch. Bummer!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2013
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With these watches the movements are just ok but what what you pay for is the rest of the watch which is truly fine. Of all of the Mondaine watches this model is one of the better executions of their great design. Watch keeps reasonably accurate time for such an inexpensive movement. The band and the case seem very well made. Feels like a much more expensive watch. You can read the dial in the dark very easily. I have large wrists and this watch just fit me but is on the snug side. Looks like there is no room to add links so I would be careful about sizing. I have had it a week and no issues. Great watch to look at, easy to tell time at a glance plus it is a very comfortable watch to wear even though snug. Love the design, feels well made, hope it lasts, would buy another for the great design.

UPDATE: Watch could not keep correct time. Wanted to get this fixed but no response from the seller (Its About Time). Amazon to the rescue;they refunded the purchase price even though I had worn it for a few months. Cudos to Amazon for that brilliant piece of PR! The band , the case, the light up dial- all are first rate. Most other reviews of Mondaine watches have said that they keep good time so perhaps this was a one off lemon. I would buy it again if I thought I just had bad luck and the next one worked OK but that is a $300.00 gamble that I cannot make at this time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2011
It's been five years in the waiting, but I finally decided to splurge and spoil myself and not think about the costs. The model I chose was the Sports Night Vision with a big date. Actually, I first bought the Retro Day/Date, but I returned it, and if you read my review you will know why.

The watch feels a bit on the heavy side, but you get used to it quite fast, and the secure clasp opens and locks easily.

The separated date digits are a nice feature. A bit bulky at first perhaps, but the face still looks clean and balanced.

The most amazing thing about it are the illuminated hands and hour markers. They really shine...I've never seen anything like it before, and I keep finding myself in a dark room every now and then, just to enjoy the vision of my watch "glowing" in the dark. And it's great waking up in the middle of the night and knowing what time it is instantly, without having to switch on the light or fumble with my handphone...a mere fraction of a second glance at my wrist is all I need now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2014
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If you are looking for an easy to read, classic looking watch BUY THIS. I have had this for about 10 months and am very happy. My eyes are lousy but I find the oversize date easy to read. The hands and markers really do shine brightly at night. Easy to read in bed.

There are two reasons I did not give it 5 stars. The stem is just a little too large - it will snag on cloth and pull open. This stops the watch! This happens to me about once per month. The date display is not "intelligent". You must manually adjust the date display at the end of the month. If you don't it will go all the way to 39. This is just silly. My previous Seiko kinetic perpetual had the oversize two digit date and it tracked the correct date flawlessly. Alas, that watch was impossible for me to read in low light.

UPDATE: Have owned the watch about two years and still enjoy it. The markers are still very bright and easy to read. I am puzzled by the reviews that state it does not keep good time. Seems to work well enough. But you will be adjusting it every month for the above mentioned date display issue anyway.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2014
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This watch was a lemon!! When it arrived, the band was broken and I had to get it fixed at my own expense. Then the glass in the face continually showed even the most minor scratches i.e. not the slightest scratch resistance and finally, after a year, despite the 10 atm water resistance, it shows condensation inside the face. Was a piece of s**t.
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on November 25, 2013
I have had this watch with the black face-big date for a few years. The black strap that comes with the black one is very basic looking. At first I replaced it with an alligator strap from Amazon, and it looked and worked great. Now I'm getting ready to replace that strap with a beautiful $85 stainless band also from Amazon. Here's the deal: buy the black face for $189 and the engineer band for $85, and you're out for about $275 -- much better than what they want for this watch.
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on June 1, 2013
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The display on this watch is nice and bright and very easy to read. The date indicator is larger than most watches, and is similarly very easy to see. Since this is the same 'dial' as used by the iPad and iPhone -- it is highly recommended for the Apple fan on your buying list.
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on February 22, 2015
I did not purchase the watch from Amazon. Beware of the crown. It has a tendency to open! I check it instinctively almost any chance I get. If pulled and remained out, the watch stops and there is a possibility of moisture entering the watch,.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2013
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Returned this for 2 reasons:

1) it is advertised as being 9mm thick - in fact it is over 11mm. I has hoping to find something thin (more like a Skagen) with better quality. This felt clunky.

2) band was too small to go over my hand. Other bands I've owed have an extra folded section to make the band bigger for taking it on and off. This one does not and the band itself was snug on my wrist (I am a big guy, but my wrists are not huge) and would have required another link. Why are they so cheap - an extra link or two (which can be removed) costs almost nothing relative to the price of the watch.

Anyway - sometimes you buy something that feels like it is worth more than you paid. This felt like less . . .
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