Hello everyone, new (ish) forum member here,
This is my review of a watch that is very special to me; it was the first I ever bought at 17. I knew nothing about watches, I just knew I wanted a nice one with lots of complications while still being practical. So without any further delay, here it is:
I wanted to get some good shots of both the case and the bracelet because at the time when I bought it, they were the most handsome features of the watch. I still think it's a beaut. It wears quite nicely for a 44mm; it doesn't look to big at all and the bracelet slims it down quite nicely. Recently I discovered the whole battle-royale between quartz and automatic movements, and even though this is a Japanese quartz movement, I find that it doesn't bother me so much, but that's just because this watch has such a big nostalgic factor for me that I can let it go. But for the most part I now prefer automatics.
It's also quite a heavy watch, which to me makes it seem more expensive somehow.. Maybe that's just me. The weight of the watch I think lends to how nicely it fits on the wrist; it's snug without being too tight, and the bracelet ALWAYS stays attached. In fact it has never come undone on me and I would go as far as to say that it's the best bracelet I've experienced. Although I have yet to try the oyster bracelet for the Seiko SKX, but that's for another time.
Now for some of the bad.. The case, as you might be able to tell from the photos give off a LOT of glare. Sometimes it get's so bad when I'm out and about that I can't actually clearly read the watch; it's rather embarrassing because people may think you can't tell time. Awkward. Their website even says that the saphire crystal is anti-reflective, but I tend to doubt it. Anyway, despite the glare, the case is actually pretty tough and scratch-resistant. The watch can look nicer for longer as a result.
As for the movements and complications, the world time function is simply excellent. I travel a lot, and it's incredibly handy to be able to quickly switch time zones. It makes me feel like james bond. The chronograph is mediocre; it can only time up to 60 minutes and the milisecond dial only functions up until the 30 second mark. Also, it is barely visible in the dark because it has no lume, and so if lume is one thing you're looking for in a watch, I would move on from this one; it's a definite flaw in practicality. As for the water resistance.. I am still hesitant to try it even though it has a 20 bar rating. Somehow I don't think chronographs make the best divers, but try it at your peril!
All in all, this a DECENT entry-level tool watch. I say this because it has a lot of practical and cool functions that make it incredibly handy to have around, but it lacks certain capabilities that would make it a GREAT tool watch (lack of lume, dodgy water resistance etc.). Having said that, it is incredible to look at and it is incredibly versatile, enough that it is a great everyday watch.
Let me know if I missed anything or if anyone has any further questions about the watch! I enjoyed writing this review and I hope to learn more about the forum in the future.