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Great design concept, not great execution
on September 11, 2015
I fell in love with the photo on Amazon and ordered this watch (natural/tan band with black face and blue seconds hand), but discovered the watch looks quite different in person than the impression given by the photo on the listing. Some people will love this watch in person, but after going back and forth about it, I eventually sent it back, I just couldn't bring myself to love it enough to keep it. It just doesn't look like a $150 watch in person, it's stylish but looks and feels a bit cheap. If it were $20, I would have kept it. At $50, I may have still felt torn.
The light brown leather strap is not the same as the color shown, it's a weird slightly pinkish beige color, it's not tan as shown in the photo. There's a sticker on the back of the watch saying the strap will darken over time. If I had kept the watch, I probably would have lightly buffed the strap with some tan or brown leather polish to darken it, it just isn't a great color. The sides of the strap are unfinished / unbonded leather, and they look like they would fray and splay apart over time.
The watch face is bigger than I expected, but I do like big watches. However, the watch itself is thicker than I expected, which I think makes the watch look chunky, and ruins the aesthetic of a preppy but classy look -- the photo makes the watch look about 3/4 of the true thickness. The metal casing looks "freshly milled" as opposed to the polished look on Diesel watches in this price range. The metal case protrudes about half a millimeter above the glass, protecting the glass surface somewhat if you hit the watch against a flat wall, which is a good design feature, but the edges and corners of the metal just don't feel smooth enough or round enough to give the watch a quality feel.
The glass is just a perfectly flat piece of glass, with a tiny bevel right at the edge where it meets the metal. I don't know how to explain this, but it looks like the sort of cheap flat glass you see in fake eyeglasses in movies, that occasionally reflect a stage light directly back into the camera. Somehow something about the lack of any curvature makes the glass look cheap.
The colored stitching and colored adjustment dial, matching the seconds hand and the background of the watch face, are a great feature, but the features could stand to be a little bit more prominent -- they are dominated by the thickness of the watch, unfortunately, so the flair of these features doesn't pop sufficiently