Advantages Big strong face with a big presence, comfortable hardwearing strap
Disadvantages Difficult to read in low light, heavy and unreasonably large
This watch arrives in a white fabic box, with rivets on the seams and a series of holes in a grid on the top. On first look I thought it was a box for transporting small rodents. Thankfully it wasn't!The watch itself is stainless steel with a very large face on it (about 4 cm in diameter), it is very weighty and you are certainly aware of that when wearing it. It feels very solidly made and is able to be submersed in water up to a pressure of 10 bars. The face is black with the numbers 12 and 6 in large orange lettering and with the other numbers are silver, smaller and set in slighty. Minutes are also marked on the stainless steel surround to the face. The face is black, and its at this point we come to what is the watches biggest downfall, as the minute and hour hands are also black. As you can imagine it makes it difficult to see what the time is at a glance if you are in anything other than in a brightly lit area. There are glow in the dark markings at the tip of each hand, but unless you are in pitch blackness you aren't really going to see them at first glance. This problem is also made worse due to the width of both the hour and minute hands being the same, if you happen to look at the watch at midday you can be forgiven for thinking that the Hour hand has actually fallen off, or that maybe the room isn't light enough for you to be able to find the hour hand else where on the watch!
The second hand on the watch is silver and moves in a strong and steady ticking motion rather than smooth trasistion, and I notice that the second hand does not match up exactly with the minute markings, but I guess I'm being picky.There is a day of the month display just above the number 6 marking, both time and date can be adjusted using the winder on the right of the watch.
The strap is made of thick genuine leather and is soft and very comfortable, the notches provided have plenty of room for adjustment. Although if your wrists are on the small side, you may spend a lot of time moving the watch back to the top of your wrist as the weight just keeps spinning it round if you haven't got the strap tight enough.The watch itself sits high off the wrist at about 1.5 cm's which can make it difficult to put on clothing whilst wearing it.
All in all a sturdy watch that looks like its going to last, but try before you buy as it can look quite out of place if you have a small frame. And also make sure your eye sight is good enough to read the thing!
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