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Mixed bag—great design, loud ticking, second hand not aligned
on April 20, 2017
I'm a little surprised I'm only rating this three stars because I've wanted this watch for a long time. But now I have it, and it's been a mixed bag.
It looks great, exactly how I expected. Good casual look with strong design principles. The face is easy to read both during the day and at night (thanks to the backlight) due to how well-designed and clear it is. I like the olive nylon strap even though I'm normally not a NATO guy. So far, all of this lives exactly up to my expectations of the watch. Let's go to the negatives.
First, this is a loud watch. It's the kind of watch where you can hear it ticking away in the next room. I can't have it in the same room as me at night otherwise I seriously can't fall asleep. This isn't an issue when you're out and about because it'll fade into the background, but for instance, I'm going to a movie tomorrow night, so I'm not going to wear this watch. Again, not a huuuuuge deal or anything, but it's something to note for sure. I don't need a whisper-quiet watch, but the volume level here is louder than what I feel should be acceptable for a watch maker.
Second, my second hand doesn't actually align with the second markers. For maybe 30 seconds out of a minute, it snaps to the next marker dead-on, but then the next 30 seconds, it's kind of haphazard and it's tough figuring out what second it's on precisely. Another thing that's not a huge deal, but I tend to get a little neurotic about stuff like this so when I pay attention to it or somebody points it out, it bugs me a little. It makes me wish I had put in a request for a replacement in time, but now my return period is up and there's not much I can do about it.
So yeah. It's a great watch overall especially for the price, and the design certainly lives up to my expectations, but the flaws here are admittedly a little deflating. The second hand problem I'm sure is just a manufacturing problem with mine and not a common issue, but the second hand ticking so loudly is probably across the board.