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Cheap watch that delivers! (revised review this watch is falling apart)
on August 9, 2013
Ownership: 1 week, note: that my base score to work from is 3/5 taking into consideration this is a wind up watch for $15.00 I automatically added 1 point to my base score for a starting point of 4/5. I will provide the score both ways at the end for those who disagree with this.
15.00 for a hand wound watch...Price is great.
This watch looks great. Seeing the gears turn is a pleasure to watch (pun intended). The face plate and the hands require you look closely at the face in order to tell time (they blend together), however after owning it a week its gotten easy to see the hands. (guess it's a learning curve) -0.5. the band looks adequate for this price point. Buts its nothing special. It's actually starting to come apart at the threads in a few places. -1.0. I really love the glass on both sides. I'v gotten complimented on it twice in a week of ownership by random people. The skeleton design is very nice. I wish a little bit more room was left to make the roman numerals a little bigger, but they are visible when you get used to them perhaps making them more bold might have helped here.
The wind up mechanism feels solid. You pull it out to set the time. The action on the time adjustment is solid as well. The watch is light enough to forget it's on your wrist. again the shortcoming is the band. You feel it there the entire time it's on your wrist, mocking you for being so cheap. as I mentioned previously, some threads are coming out making it feel even cheaper. I really wanted to take 2 points off for the band, but the review here is really for the watch and not the band.
The actual watch feels like a more expensive watch to me +1, the band again forces a point deduction -1.
Since I wind it compulsively, it's never stopped ticking since I first strapped it to my wrist. But the first day I wound it once and left it alone to see how long it lasted. 24 hours later it was still going, so I ended my experiment. In a week the hour and minute hands are still accurate to my office clock. I did notice the seconds hand either lagging or surging ahead but since the time still reads the same I can't tell which. If I have to reset it once every 2 or 3 weeks because it's a minute off that's $15 well spent to me!
I can't comment much on durability for this watch having only owned it for a week, but it does have an almost un-noticeable nick in the front glass (you have to know where to look to see it) I'll be keeping an eye on that.
The band as mentioned earlier is just awful. If you're a man you will understand this, but if feels like while you're wearing the watch, the same way a man feels when certain sweaty dangly bits get stuck to your thigh. It's totally uncomfortable on your wrist. I will be buying a new band soon.-1.0 because that negates some of the savings on this watch.
The face of the watch is very reflective. At night this can be an asset as there is no light on the watch.
Other (adds or deductions to the final score only, no base score here) -0.5
-the packaging was bad. It was wrapped in bubble wrap and shoved in a small box. No watch case. Even though this was a cheap watch, some kind of documentation would have been nice. -.5
REVISION -1 point
the back of the watch started unscrewing itself!!!!!!!
see my comment
Average Score: 3.9
Total Score: 3.4
In summary. This is an excellent watch brought down in many ways by the band it comes with. Upgrading the watch band will bring this watch to a 4.2
If you disagree with adding the point for the price point of the watch, the score is more like a 2.6. and adding a new band will bring it up to a 3.4
REVISED SCORE: 1.6 or 2.4