The watch arrived in a very nice package. The size and weight of the watch is very comfortable on the wrist. The automatic movement seems to offer little reserve to keep the correct time if the watch is not worn for 12+ hours. I was disappointed that their is no calendar date on the face. Overall, it's a great watch for $**.
Just received this beautiful watch. First impressions only, will get back if operational problems. Packaging is excellent and gift suitable, watch is cushioned and protected. A pictorial manual is included, still a little difficult to decipher, especially the instruction on how to re-zero the chronograph, but I figured it out in a few minutes. This watch uses the sweep second hand as the chronograph seconds hand, a little different, but makes sense when you think about it, more visible especially if you are working with times under one minute. The sub-dial keeps the normal seconds. Mesh bands take a little getting used to, but the ease of adjustment more than makes up for the unfamiliarity. I was quickly able to reposition the buckle to give me a snug but comfortable fit. The latch on this watch has an additional safety lock down. Very nice but no info in the manual about how to adjust. Those confronting this for the first time can find Videos on You Tube showing the process. The main strength of this silver/blue tone version is its beauty. Size and weight are just right for a man, but a woman who likes larger face watches would also like it. I deducted one star because of the redundant date sub dial with date window. Makes no sense, should have either left the subdial off or used it for some other function such as day of the week or 24 hour. Seems to justify the belief that the sub dials are there for appearance only, but maybe someone reading this knows the reason. Also, the edges of the casting that attach to the band are sharp to the outside. Does not cause any discomfort but could possibly catch on clothing or even scratch skin.
This watch looks great. Band is of good quality leather. A little tricky when setting dates since you can do damage if you try to use quick change at wrong time (9PM-4AM). I wish the date was in different place, (it's a hand in the middle of the dial which can confuse you), but I still bought a second Stuhrling! I plan to buy another at a later date.
Watch face looks fantastic, but the band, as I think other reviews have mentioned, is extremely stiff. I'm hoping it will loosen up a bit over time but it's constantly uncomfortable at the time being. I didn't think I had a small wrist but I also have to close the band on the tightest possible buckle notch. Anyway a new band can be found if necessary, but this is definitely an impressive watch, perfectly simple to set time and date. Also comes in a bit of an eye-popping box and appears to be very well made.
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