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5 stars and very nice, but a couple minor things
on July 5, 2012
I HAVE to give this watch 5 stars because it lives up to the description and for a relatively low price.
1. It is accurate! I haven't had this watch a month yet but it looks like it loses about 2 seconds a week, so 6-8 seconds / month is pretty good!
2. Obviously the flight computer has small numbers, especially on the inner dial. The outside dial is actually not too difficult to read (and I'm almost 50 and with not awesome eyesight). I can use the flight computer to get me a close estimate for all the calculations, but for accuracy use your standard E6B or digital flight computer.
3. Hands are easily read at night. The hands are luminous all night long
4. This watch is a looker, for sure.
5. Setting the alarm is relatively easy. You pull the crown out 1-click only and then advance the hands using the bottom button (stopwatch reset button). If you accidentally pull it out that second click it will stop the second hand. Just be careful
6. The second hand at the 9:00 position is a good size and easily readable
7. The sweep stopwatch second hand is smooth (1/5 second ticks) and is similar to what you would see in a mechanical chronograph. I had (and lost in a divorce) the Omega Speedmaster and loved that watch! The stopwatch function on that was smooth and accurate and easy to read. This watch is the same at 1/12 the price. Only downside to the stopwatch is that it stops and essentially resets itself at the 60 minute elapsed time mark.
8. The bracelet is VERY nice! Again, in league with the Speedmaster, which I did not expect. Do NOT get this watch with a leather band...get the watch with this bracelet as it would be very expensive to replace, I'm sure.
9. The stopwatch function works very well. Most quartz chronographs have a 1-sec "tick" as the timer. Again, this is very smooth as one would see in a far more expensive watch.
10. With most quartz (i.e., nonmechanical) chronograph stopwatches, one doesn't feel a "click" when one starts the watch or when one stops it. While not exactly like a mechanical, there is enough of a "feedback click" to let you know that you started and/or stopped the stopwatch. Very nice.
Just a couple things.
1. The crown does not screw down. For a watch rated to 100m I would expect a screw down crown.
2. The alarm is not very loud at all and only lasts 20-seconds. Why not a minute? Don't count on this alarm to wake you.
3. Not sure how I know if the watch is fully charged. Some watches, like Citizen, have a meter. I guess if it stops it needs light, which is fine and not really a con.
Great, accurate, fine looking watch for a very good price. I've owned several Citizen watches including a dive watch with depth meter and the Ecodrive Skyhawk. After the first battery in the dive watch ran down, I took the watch in for service and it needed to be sent to the company due to a leak. Would have cost me over $200 to do that so I didn't. My ecodrive battery somehow ran down as well even though it was always in a well lit room or in the sun. What I'm saying is, let's see what Seiko can do as I'm done with Citizen and their overpriced watches that don't seem to last me.