Top positive review
Nice watch, small problem with clasp
on September 27, 2012
This watch design suits my tastes to the point where I have it in both black and white faces to match my outfit. I like how thin and light it is. I like the fact that it is easy to see the numbers and if you are after more accuracy, you can squint and see individual tiny minute markings that otherwise do not overwhelm the design. And I like the fact that it has a second hand.
As many reviewers have mentioned, the date indicator is pretty silly. It truly is microscopic, so if seeing the date is a priority for you, don't get this one.
My other watch has a leather band with a traditional hole-and-post closure. This model has a silver mesh that is attractive and thin and matches the bezel trim, but is less practical. I have a big wrist, and the length is still 1.5 inches more than I need. You have to learn how to put on this kind of a watch band by laying the watch on your wrist and using the finger and thumb of you opposite hand to pull the band ends in and overlay each other properly. Then you hook tiny hooks from the "head" side over a bar on the clasp of the "tail" side. The final step is to lock the clasp by pressing down on the clasp lid to snap a small friction hook in place.
That last piece is where I had a minor problem. The watch as sent did not have the locking hook in exactly the right position to hold onto the bar. Think of a question mark shape... the open loop of the question mark has to be at the perfect tolerance to just be able to click over the bar, holding it firmly enough not to let go, but not so tight that you can't snap it on. I was able to bend it just slightly with a needlenose pliers and get it to work correctly. But I was very nervous that I would break it off or deform it improperly.
The vendor who sold the watch on Amazon was WatchInGo. I was impressed by their commitment behind the sale. They sent a followup email to make sure the watch had arrived in good order and when I mentioned the friction problem, a human immediately wrote back to say that if I couldn't make it work, they would process a return without hassle.
Packaging is nice enough to give as a gift, in a big white plastic display box from Skagen.
Oh, one more nice feature on the watch which is not obvious unless you read the manual carefully. You don't have to wind the hands through 24-hour cycles to change the date. Pulling the crown half-way out lets you cycle the date without moving the hands. Very convenient (assuming you can even see the date!).