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    PMD56 - 2951 Review

    I've wanted this one for a while!

    There are already a couple of quite complete reviews, but here is my impression after almost 2 weeks:

    What made me want this one:
    - (relatively) simple dial. I'd like it even more without "Eco-Drive", "Radio-controlled", WR20 bar or titanium and the promaster logo (which also looks like a military pheon / broadarrow)
    - Lumed numbers. Presence of 5 minute numbers & minute markers
    - Hardened titanium ("duratect")
    - Sapphire crystal
    - Day & date. They change in a quick way on midnight.
    - Perpetual calendar
    - Eco-drive light powered quartz
    - "Perfex" technology: hands hit the markers perfectly. (Great, because on my Citizen BN0100 "Excalibur" the second hand is far off).
    - Radio time sync (albeit only Japanese JJY frequencies)
    - Quick timezone changes (only full hour jumps), provided you have a toothpick or similar to push the little button with.

    Overall a great watch!

    Without radio sync it has normal quartz accuracy of ca +0.3 seconds per day.

    I've been able to sync it with my computer with this site: Fukushima: online JJY time signal emulator Fukushima: online JJY time signal emulator.
    Perhaps in future I'll build a Raspberry Pi sync stand, like this one: https://hackaday.com/2018/09/10/no-s...n-transmitter/

    The lume is easily readable during the night and morning.


    Flaws & nitpickings:
    There are no half links on the bracelet, nor different holes on the clasp. It's either too tight or too lose for me.
    There is a 3-step extension thing on the clasp. It gives roughly the difference between one link. The ideal for me would be to remove one link and have it in the middle step, but that kinds of defeats the purpose of having that thing for quick adjustments. I'd rather have a half link or at least a normal clasp with multiple adjustment holes.

    The day and date wheel do not have the exact same color background.
    They don't align horizontally perfectly. The date shows up a hair above the day. I also have the impression that the disks are not on the same plane, that one is slightly more elevated than the other, but I'm not entirely certain.
    The font used on the date wheel has a different look and kerning than the one on the day wheel (come on watch manufacturers, is this really so difficult?)

    The lume is applied in a thick way, but there is a very minor 'orange peel' effect on the big marker. It's very slight, you only notice it from close-by with strong lighting and from certain angles.

    Overall the only thing that bothers me is the difficulty in adjusting the bracelet, the other flaws don't detract from the enjoyment.


    Date slightly higher than day (I put red lines to help indicate, but it's quite obvious on the wrist).

    https://imgur.com/qgkwU9L


    Different color background, different font & kerning & still slightly higher
    https://imgur.com/fYfFelw


    Slight 'orange peel' effect.
    https://imgur.com/bHppXC5


    Lume (didn't charge it up, this is after an entire night in a dark room)
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    General pics
    https://imgur.com/XkjYR2E


    https://imgur.com/JowM2la


    https://imgur.com/JpxLpkV


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    Last edited by BabyJoe; January 9th, 2019 at 19:53. Reason: Added links to pics, for browsers with https problems
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    Re: PMD56 - 2951 Review

    Is this the one with the monobloc case ie. Only access through the dial? Oh nice watch by the way too!

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    Re: PMD56 - 2951 Review

    I have no clue. There seems to be a case cover on the back, but there are no holes or places to put a case opening tool...

    edit:
    Looked it up, this one is a screwdown back.
    The one you were thinking about is the Promaster Tough Ray Mears (which does look similar).
    Last edited by BabyJoe; January 2nd, 2019 at 16:13.
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    Re: PMD56 - 2951 Review

    Thanks for the review and pics! This watch recently popped up on my radar and Iíve been interested in it.

    Iím debating between getting the green dial or the black dial right now but after seeing your pics and considering that I have so many other black-dialed watches, the green dial could be a nice change of pace.


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    Re: PMD56 - 2951 Review

    Quote Originally Posted by BabyJoe View Post
    I have no clue. There seems to be a case cover on the back, but there are no holes or places to put a case opening tool...

    edit:
    Looked it up, this one is a screwdown back.
    The one you were thinking about is the Promaster Tough Ray Mears (which does look similar).
    Thanks!

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    Re: PMD56 - 2951 Review

    Quote Originally Posted by norsairius View Post
    Thanks for the review and pics! This watch recently popped up on my radar and I’ve been interested in it.

    I’m debating between getting the green dial or the black dial right now but after seeing your pics and considering that I have so many other black-dialed watches, the green dial could be a nice change of pace.


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    Most of the time it doesn't really look green, or at least it's so dark that it gives more of a black vibe.
    I also thought about the fully black dial one, but I didn't like the black bezel ring. I'm very happy with this color.

    I don't understand the design reason to make the ring black. They have this great titanium case and then they seem to try to go for some Braun Bauhaus design cues...
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    Last edited by BabyJoe; January 2nd, 2019 at 18:54.
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    Re: PMD56 - 2951 Review

    Quote Originally Posted by BabyJoe View Post
    Most of the time it doesn't really look green, or at least it's so dark that it gives more of a black vibe.
    I also thought about the fully black dial one, but I didn't like the black bezel ring. I'm very happy with this color.

    I don't understand the design reason to make the ring black. They have this great titanium case and then they seem to try to go for some Braun Bauhaus design cues...
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    http://0817218taki110.up.n.seesaa.ne...d56-2952_8.jpg
    Thatís a good point about the bezel ring on the black dial version. I forgot about that as itís been a while since I looked at that version and it actually makes it less appealing for me too. Green dial it is then (if I decide to buy this watch)!


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    Re: PMD56 - 2951 Review

    I really wanted to love this watch but it ended up being a catch and release for me. It wore a little too small for me and I couldn't get over the red Sunday and green dial. I would always feel like I was wearing a Christmas watch on Sundays.

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    Re: PMD56 - 2951 Review

    Read the manual, you may be able to adjust the day and date wheel.

    I have it's predecessor, the pmt56 and an older pmd56.
    I think it can be adjusted in extremely small margins.

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    Re: PMD56 - 2951 Review

    I read it. The alignment function is to properly align things which got a shock. Align the hands if they're pointing to the wrong minute, or the day date if they're on the wrong day. You can't micro-adjust.
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