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So I took a bit of a punt on this one, and it has just arrived, so thought I'd take a stab at reviewing my first impressions.

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A decent looking, but fairly flimsy hinge, box, half a tick.

An impossing and large watch that looks bigger than the size suggested in part due to those big corners on the case, a very shiny ceramic bezel with matt finish to the case, flat sapphire crystal (30mm diameter), striking red second hand, screw down crown, 316L steel for the case and Milanese bracelelet, and sharp smartly printed, unfussy dial layout.

Personally would have preferred a black date wheel but doesn't look out of place with the white matching the numerals and printing.

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Nice sweep to the seconds from a Seiko NE15 movement, will mean more to others than me, but a quick google suggests a mid range and reliable Seiko movement, so all good and another tick (tentaitivly, at least until someone tells me that they are notoriously bad!)

So, on to getting the watch out.....

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Christ! Either the cushion it's sitting on is full of sand or this watch weighs about the same as a Vauxhal Corsa.

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It is not the cushion, its the watch. It weights a tonne.

The strap, whilst solid enough, is not much of the overall weight, its all in the watch.

Daughter #2 destroyed the little electronic kitchen scales a week or so back trying to see if they could weigh her, but the old fashioned kitchen scales suggest that all told the watch and bracelet come in very close to 200g.

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A quick wrist picture as my arm fell off soon after taking.

It unsurprisingly wears on the large size (it is 44mm with added corners!) but not excessively so given the size (maybe the weight makes me subcontiously expect to see a large land mamal sat on my wrist).

The irony of spending far too much time poking fun at the size of Diesel watches yesterday and taking delivery of this today is not lost on me.

First real problem, the bracelet has a clasp fitted that only has 3 micro adjustments and no discernible means to move the clasp or shortern the length, meaning that even on the smallest setting I could still throw a ball through the loop sag under my wrist:

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My second issue with this aspect of the watch, I have no 24mm lug width straps knocking about (have ordered a few cheep ones now and will update as they arrive over the coming days), so as a make do, in double true bond style, I go with an undersized (22mm) bond style NATO and accept the pins will be visible for now.

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Still a monster of a watch, but now not flapping around my arm with a mind (and a gravitational pull) of its own.

The only other slight issues, whilst there is only an acceptable amount of play in the bezel, I'm not convinced that the ceramic is properly affixed. A nail tap between 4-and-10 returns no sound, but the top right section from 10-to-4 does, not sure its a big enough issue to make me want to risk taking it out and gluing it down, but I'll have to keep an eye on it that it doesn;t work itself loose I guess.

Overall, for the £300 RRP, this is quite a lot of watch (and would easily make most of its value back as scrap metal), at the price I paid pre-owned (although absolutely mint bar that slight bezel issue, which may or may not have been there new anyway) it was a steal.

Will it stay in the collection, almost certainly a no. I'll give it a go on the new straps, but overall it is a bit too big,= and a bit too heavy for my liking, so I already half expect to be moving it on in the near future unless I have a sudden conversion in personal taste or join the Marines or a S.W.A.T. team.

 

 

 

 

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Excellent write up, I love your sense of humour :laughing2dw:  Best quote has got to be: "Christ! Either the cushion it's sitting on is full of sand or this watch weighs about the same as a Vauxhal Corsa".  Brilliant! 

That looks good to me, you should try it on a rubber strap which will hold it in position on your wrist better than the two you have shown.

I will be keeping an eye on the sales corner for that one when you reluctantly decide to part with it........ :whistle:

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3 minutes ago, Davey P said:

Excellent write up, I love your sense of humour :laughing2dw:  Best quote has got to be: "Christ! Either the cushion it's sitting on is full of sand or this watch weighs about the same as a Vauxhal Corsa".  Brilliant! 

That looks good to me, you should try it on a rubber strap which will hold it in position on your wrist better than the two you have shown.

I will be keeping an eye on the sales corner for that one when you reluctantly decide to part with it........ :whistle:

Get one of these now in preparation:

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I'll give you a heads up if I do, as expected, decide I'm not man enough for the brute!

 

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Read the time - Feel the burn - Read the time - Fell the burn! Should have branded it as a peloton watch!

Have added 4 strap options (for a grand total of about £35 quid :laughing2dw: )

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/290744611100?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=590074770397&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2648

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/133669624571?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=433117316105&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271282242650?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=570189539142&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291717841423?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=590744754111&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

Feeling that the Rubber will be most comfortable, but wondered if the bracelet would be chunky enough to add a bit of balance on the wrist, offsetting the weight of the actual watch (and probably finish the work out).

 

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15 minutes ago, Davey P said:

Excellent write up, I love your sense of humour :laughing2dw:  Best quote has got to be: "Christ! Either the cushion it's sitting on is full of sand or this watch weighs about the same as a Vauxhal Corsa".  Brilliant! 

That looks good to me, you should try it on a rubber strap which will hold it in position on your wrist better than the two you have shown.

I will be keeping an eye on the sales corner for that one when you reluctantly decide to part with it........ :whistle:

Careful Dave, I heard this one doesn’t have a battery in it :laugh:  

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13 minutes ago, spinynorman said:

I tend to prefer girly lightweight watches, but I have to say that does look good. Maybe I could wear it on the back of my hand. :laugh:

Entertaining review too, I like your style.

I've considered putting it on abelt but worry I'd lose my trousers unless I coupled it with some braces.

 

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I've noticed you would like to get into 'tinkering' with watches.. 

Why don't you just 'own' it, punk it out, mod it to become something other than what it is. You don't even have to open it.

Thats what I would do if it was mine.

Like I said before, why don't you put it up for sale in the classifieds and see what happens. At least you can gain back some of your loss.

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1 hour ago, SolaVeritate said:

I've noticed you would like to get into 'tinkering' with watches.. 

Why don't you just 'own' it, punk it out, mod it to become something other than what it is. You don't even have to open it.

Thats what I would do if it was mine.

Like I said before, why don't you put it up for sale in the classifieds and see what happens. At least you can gain back some of your loss.

I'll switch out the straps, but that's as far as I have everyday modded.

 

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Update: Some new straps arrived.

First up, a Canvas NATO that is the correct width, looks a bit better, wears a little nicer:

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Next up, black leather with a red stitch to compliment the second hand, I must have weedy wrists for a 24mm strap as I had to punch an extra hole about a foot further up the band from the smallest setting!

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Hard to decide wether I prefer it to the NATO or not, so on to option 3, a nice soft rubber (oh er) again in black with a red stitch.

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Feels completely different on the wrist, don't get me wrong it still weighs more than my Great Aunt Margaret, but it feels properly secure and better balanced as a result, and I have to say, I much prefer the look, it manages to make something akin to a tank back to (or at least closer to) the sports watch it was trying to be.

One downside I have noticed as I wear it again, is that the shiny ceramic bezel is a magnet for finger smudges. I can polish it and place it carefully to one side and then find more prints than there would be at a crime scene in a bus station waiting area.

A massive improvement overall in my mind, and makes me happy to give it a proper wear and see how I go. Part of me hopes that it grows on me, and then the other part worries that if it were to actually grow I'd need a bigger house so it could have its own room.

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I don't want to say "I told you so", but... to quote my previous comment.... "you should try it on a rubber strap which will hold it in position on your wrist better than the two you have shown".

You're welcome mate :laughing2dw:

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12 minutes ago, Davey P said:

I don't want to say "I told you so", but... to quote my previous comment.... "you should try it on a rubber strap which will hold it in position on your wrist better than the two you have shown".

You're welcome mate :laughing2dw:

100% the best option for this one, I almost forget I'm wearing it (until I lift my wrist off of the desk in front of the keyboard and immediately fall to the floor like Neymar if the brought back Norman 'Bite yer Legs' Hunter for a game!

 

 

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9 minutes ago, JoT said:

If you want to have a go at shortening your mesh bracelet there's a good tutorial here:

 

Thanks for that.

I figure as I'm only likely to wear it on the rubber strap (or at a push the NATO) I'll leave the original bracelet at its full length in case I do end up letting it go.

 

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