I've owned this watch for almost three years now. This has been a fantastic time piece and the only problem I've had is that the two polyurethane keepers on the strap broke after about two years but this happens to any neoprene strap by any watch company. The watch is massive and I was actually surprised by the size when I received the watch but I don't mind at all, it gets attention and a lot of positive remarks, if you don't want to stand out from the crowed this watch isn't for you. I have put this think through a lot of wear and tear and it doesn't have a mark on it. The gold plating and black ionic plating have never worn in any spots and the Flame Fusion (synthetic sapphire) crystal doesn't have a scratch on it. On a last note, mine came with instructions and while they may be complicated anyone of average intelligence should be able to figure them out.