Top critical review
on February 25, 2015
It is 7 months after I ordered this watch, and while it worked flawlessly up until today, just now the second-hand has completely broken off, and is rattling free inside the watch, and the minute and hour hands have stopped turning. This is utterly disastrous, and the watch (while still glowing nicely) is now completely useless. I dropped my 5 star rating to a 3 star because of this.
I have no internal sense of time. I also find myself, surprisingly often, in situations where the clock on my phone isn't accessible. I'm wearing heavy gloves, or can't reach into my pockets because I'm on a bike, or my phone's in my pants which are in another room. I also live in a city where it gets dark at 4:30PM for months at a time. This means that my previous watch, a solar-powered Citizen Eco-Drive, would stop every year in the winter, because it got no sun. So I got a replacement watch, that had glow-in-the-dark hands like the Citizen... but it was cheap and it stopped glowing an hour after dark and that sucked. So I returned it and bought this one.
* The people complaining that the glow isn't bright enough need to get their eyes checked, the Tritium tubes in mine glow brighter than any watch I've ever had, glow-in-the-dark or indiglow.
* This thing feels bombproof. It's a good bit bigger (and heavier) than I'd like it to be, but it appears to be the smallest all-metal waterproof Tritium glowing watch for under $200. If you've got a smaller or lighter one that fits those criteria, please comment on this review. I am 100% fine with wearing women's watches, because I'm a man with tiny wrists and they frankly fit better.
* Screw-down crown. My Citizen needed an $85 repair at one point because the crown stem got bent and let water into the watch. That's pretty impossible with the way this thing's designed.
* Great band. The links are small for precise sizing, rounded so they don't tear your arm hair out, built very strong, and firmly attached to the body. They also can bend fully flat, so they curve to your wrist really well. They squeaked a tiny bit when I got the watch, but spraying Boeshield T-9 into the joints has completely fixed that.
[EDIT] It's about 1 month after I bought this, and while the band is still amazing, the band-to-core attachment joint turns out to be TERRIBLE. The pin connecting the band to the watch body has bent and subsequently fallen out, I've got to go get it repaired, that didn't last very long at all.
* The little glow-in-the-dark dot on the bezel popped out within a week. Fortunately, it appears this was designed to be replaceable, and it doesn't appear to compromise anything about the water-tightness of the watch. I never use the bezel anyway.
* Heavy. By far the heaviest watch I've ever owned. Admittedly, this is cause it's built like a tank and made by a gun company, so it's targeted at guys with Schwarzenegger wrists who won't even notice. That said, it's still wearable, and is actually thinner than a lot of other mens watches out there.
* 2-stage clasp. This one seemed like a big pro at first, I liked the idea of the extra security. In practice, the second part of the clasp keeps undoing itself randomly when it catches on stuff. I'm debating just cutting it off.
I wish it was 50% lighter, had a day-of-week indicator, and an unmarked stationary bezel, but other than that, it's the watch of my dreams.