THE TWO YEAR LONG TREK:
I didn't know exactly what I wanted until I saw this watch at Sharper Image stores. For years I had been looking for a black watch with brushed nickel and red accents. I also really like dials in the background. Every other watch that I saw with this description was either a too low priced Timex (which I ultimately did buy for $35) or super expensive in the $500-$2000 range. Way beyond my budget.
BUYING THE WATCH:
I basically collect watches. Enough for a different one every day of the week. I don't know whether to be proud or embarrassed of my freakish habit. Most watches I purchased in the past were in the $65-90 range. This $250 watch that I got on sale for $187 was a big purchase for me. With Sharper Images 60 return policy, it's worth trying.
THE LOOK OF THE WATCH:
The watch I saw behind the glass case couldn't have been more perfect. Square shaped and bold for a man. Sophisticated look with 3 dials and a funky yet traditional style blended together into something they call Steinhausen Sport Riviera Retro Watch. The exposed 3 screws in the corners of the watch boast ruggedness.
It comes in a simple black box with the brand labeled quaintly on the top. Upon opening it, the watch sits on the left with a pin and Warranty card (looks like a credit card) on the right. Well presented. Shows quality. I never purchased a watch with a real box before.
As with most non-digital watches with dials in the background, everything sort of blurs together. You can still manage to read the watch quite easily.
Fitment might be an issue for some. I'm 155lb with small wrists. My watch buying habit is limited to few watches due to my wrist being so small. I'm forced to wear this watch at the smallest setting which is still lose yet comfortable. If you're use to wearing watches snuggly and you have small wrists, this watch may look better on the shelf than for yourself. It seems to fit decently for me however. The rubber strap helps grip the skin. Unlike most watches that have a stationary loop holding the strap and an adjustable one, this one has two adjustable ones. None are stationary. They are free to move up and down the strap as comfort allows.
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