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Handsome masculine watch that is complicated to set up
on August 17, 2013
Summary: Release date was Aug 1, 2013. Beautiful eye-catching dual rose gold-tone and fantastic craftsmanship. The orange second hand and orange marking around the face of the watch really pops in a soft flattering way. Great for everyday wear or dress up. You can swim with it. Fun to switch the two different time zones. The watch is 43mm wide but it is actually wider with the crown and buttons sitting on a metal ring extension on the right side of the watch. It looks very masculine with the wider stance. The watch has a sapphire crystal which is fantastic for this price point.
Cons: Could use wider hands for hours and minutes and better lume. It is a shame that the numbers (2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12) are not painted with lume also, could be really brighter than what it is. It is rated water resistant to 200m/6600ft, so I would not mind having a rotating bezel. Since this watch doesn't have a chronometer, the rotating bezel can have a great use as a timer on land also (for work breaks or parking meter). The clasp is beautiful and functions very well with the two push button clasp.
I have this watch for over two weeks and have gone through resetting it twice. You will need the manual for it gets complicated if you pull the crown out, push buttons and start twisting the crown. It is confusing and will give you the wrong time. I also found out that the atomic clock does not synchronize your time. I set it ahead (by accident) 20 minutes. At the 2 am mark when it synchronize with the atomic clock in Denver, it does not move it to the true time. The receiver indicates that I was in range. I live in NY. I also tried multiple manually forcing it to synchronize, but no luck either. The atomic synchronization does not set the time nor the date. I eventually had to reset it manually, thus, the manual. I read that the atomic synchro watch is supposed to self-set its time once it synchronize with the atomic clock. I didn't see it. I reset all of the hands and push for synchronization, nothing happens. No time change, no date change. I had to manually set the clock and date.
The idea is to set it and forget it. Overall, I love the look of the watch. For my taste, the hour and minutes hands will look much better wider. The other watch that caught my eye is the Citizen AT4004-52E which was released in 2011. Between the two, I went with the new model. The power reserve from this new caliber H820 is supposed to last 8 months vs 6 months of the E650.
Overall, I am very happy with the watch. I deducted one star just for the unimpressed atomic synchronization and the overly difficult problems that I have setting up the watch.
10/4/13 2 months follow up. The instruction says to leave the watch by a window to synchronize with the atomic clock. Unless, your window faces Colorado where the atomic clock is, you won't get a signal. I live in NY. The watch did synchronize atomically when I left it overnight on deck. I haven't left it outside for a month and the watch is one second ahead. I downloaded an app (Seconds Clock Widget on Android) to displays the seconds on my smartphone. There are numerous widgets for all platforms.
Overall, I still appreciate the watch beauty. It still looks and feels like a more expensive timepiece.