Let's face it - Dads (and guys) like to collect stuff. It doesn't matter what it is - when we collect, we collect MULTIPLES of things. I don't think I'm alone in my affliction, either. To wit, we dads might have:
- Guitars ( I have four)
- Stereo receivers ( how do I have three of them?)
- Sneakers (am I showing my age here?)
- Firearms (to Mommy Stuffs glee, I can't check this box)
Let's take a closer look at the goods.
Delivery and Packaging
When you buy something on-line, besides the normal "I hope I don't get screwed" thoughts, you think about
- How long 'till it gets here, and
- Will it be OK when it arrives
For me, the "will it be OK" was of more concern.
Upon opening the box, I was relieved to see additional bubble-wrap padding surrounding the watches. Skywatch really optimized the space between the shipping box and the watch box + padding to prevent excess movement during shipping. Good work on that, Skywatch.
The plastic case that the watch comes in is quite easy to open once you remove the side stickers that hold the lid to box. The plastic itself is pretty thick and tough looking, without excessive burrs or sharp edges.
The watch spans two different kinds of material in the box. The head of the watch is above a half inch thick paper / board / foam "plate", and the strap itself is wrapped around a foam core, which also is nested into a foam block. A neat touch to prevent the strap foam to be pulled through the slot is the addition of a rigid plastic pin that is wider than the slot. Nice attention to detail, and a good way to ensure that the watch will stay in place no matter how jostled it may be during shipping. Inside the foam block is also a groove that houses the warranty card and product information. The face and back of the watch head also have a protective plastic film that is easily removed, and makes sure there is nothing between you and your watch.
Specs and Size
The watch I chose is a claimed 44mm in diameter, housing a Swiss-made 3 hand quartz Ronda 515 movement with date. The dial has a vintage numeral feel (similar to premium Swiss watches), matte black, with applied numerals and hour markers filled with Super Luminova. The hour, minute and second hands are also filled with Super Luminova.
The strap width is 22mm, and is made of Italian sail cloth on the front side, leather on the back. A nice nod to the Longines Legend Diver.
The 44mm really doesn't appear or feel as large as you might think. I have a wonderful Victorinox Dive Master 500 Black Ice Mech in my collection, which is listed at 43mm. I will say, the Dive Master feels and looks bigger. Part of that may be the heft of it - mechanical movement, dual sapphire crystals, heavy and solid end link bracelet - but even visually, it just looks bigger. I am not disappointed at all in the Skywatch in this regard, but those that may be shying away from the watch due to the size, don't let the 44mm fool you. She looks and wears smaller.
The Skywatch is quite light, which is actually pleasant for me, since I am used to heavy automatic watches. The strap is comfortable on the wrist, holds itself in place nicely, and the small touch of blue from the strap keeper adds even more color to my arm.
In Part II we'll cover Appearance, Quality and overall Value.