As noted, given the pretty good price from the US site, I pulled the trigger and got it in yesterday.
--HEFTY! Steel case, steel bracelet, already sized tho which is nice. Clasp sits dead center of my wrist, so they did it right. If I take it off the bracelet and onto a strap, I'm thinking it'll want something a bit heftier than usual.
--Charged right up. As noted, had LED bulbs to use. Within a few hours it was outside the "end of charge" second hand stutter.
--Instruction manual...not the silly one they include, but the online one. Very easy to find, very clear.
--Turns out, there's a PR check built in. There's a button on the case, around 1:30 or so, and with crown in...press to get a coarse PR assessment. There's 3 indications...3-100 days (more charging strongly suggested), 100-160, 160-210. That should be fine for me. Charge time under direct indoor lighting's listed as 150 hours...I think I'm giving it more light than they used as a reference.
--Settings...IAHH and date are both operated at crown position 1. That means, yeah...you have to roll the hour hand back through every day to change the date. Nasty luck...date on mine was 17, so almost the max amount of setting required. Not bad, and the date transition was clear so identifying AM vs. PM was fine.
--Perpetual calendar month and year use the button, with the crown at position 1. The manual shows it...the hours are used for month, then the minutes within are used for the year within the leap year cycle. Quite straightforward. Fair number of button presses...as you advance year, year, MONTH -> year 0, year, year, year, MONTH...but it took very little time.
The blue dial is a bit darker and richer than factory pics show...well, gee, is anyone surprised there? It's also got a gradient effect going on, turning darker past the hour indices in particular. Not what I'd call a great dial, but reasonable. Very nice applied indices. Hands...meh.
Time to hit the market, so I'll be wearing it for a while and see how that goes. Pics probably later....