It`s been too long since my collection included a mechanical watch. The need for a "tick tick tick" sound grew until my PayPal account could do no more. In a moment of absolute weakness (and darkness, my girlfriend better be asleep in time of `manly` shopping) I made yet another online purchase, on the amount of 149 USD (you could get it for less). Nothing special, nothing fancy, just a simple tool watch. Only papers, with no box to get past customs, which saved me some $$.
I own it for 2 weeks now, and wear it around the house for the meantime.
What you see is what you get. Stainless steel case, 20mm rubber strap and the 8200 workhorse do a fine job. The only 3 dislikes are the bezel feel (60 clicks, little wobbly), the gap between day and date wheels, and the weight of the case compared to the weight of the strap. It takes a while for the hand to get used to torsional moment. Yes, I am weird.
Dial and hands are clear, with good lume. Dial is black, with an almost mirror like finish. I used to think it looks cheap, now I look at it as if it were an Eco Drive solar panel…
The Crystal is a plain mineral tempered. It won`t last long with my clumsiness, but it is probably inexpensive to replace.
Accuracy of the 8200 seems very good. I did not time it yet, nor have I checked its power reserve. It seems pointless as long as it doesn`t become way offset.
2 more features to mind:
It is a propper ISO certified dive watch.
Position of the crown is brilliant!
To conclude, yet another recommended watch. The seller would have the same in titanium, for the same price, sometime in the future.
Thanks for reading