Top critical review
3 people found this helpful
Looks good, just right size and weight, feels like a real watch, disappointing accuracy, pin came loose
on March 9, 2014
I waited a month before reviewing this. I like the watch and am fascinated with the mechanical movement. But mine consistently loses 15 seconds per day (UPDATE August 2014 it now gains 12 seconds per day!!) (UPDATE TWO March 2015 after a year, it is losing about one minute per day. Not usable)The 15 seconds is within acceptable standards so Seiko will probably not adjust it under warranty. If I am ever in a city where there is a watchmaker willing to adjust it, I'll just have to decide if it's worth the time and money to have it done. As a teen many years ago, I had a wind-up Bulova Caravelle that I bought with my paper route earnings. It was accurate within 2 or 3 seconds per day, so I expect that kind of accuracy in a modestly priced mechanical watch.
After wearing the Seiko daily for three weeks, one of the pins attaching the strap came loose and the watch just fell of my wrist. The pin was easy to put back in and hasn't done it again, but now I am concerned about losing it.
crystal on back for viewing movement
size - just right
weight - not heavy but not a lightweight either
3-year warranty if purchased from Amazon
Accuracy - mine loses 15 sec/day UPDATE: After 6 months use it now GAINS about 12 seconds per day.
Dial - small hour numbers (I should have paid closer attention to the photos)
Luminous hands - only glow for a few minutes after being in bright light. I miss the indiglo light on my old Timex.
Pin came loose
Notice that I didn't list as a pro that it doesn't use batteries. That's because most quality quartz watches nowadays have 5-year batteries. This watch is only guaranteed for three years, and at 5 years will probably require a cleaning which presently costs around $100. Buying it from Amazon was a bargain but the long-term upkeep will be costly. Or, like a quartz watch, it will become disposable.