Reviewed by MINNESOTA_WINTERS from MN on Sunday, June 16, 2013
Keeps great time. Styled it would appear after the Bell & Ross Aviator. Rubber strap feels good. Easy to read dial - simple date function. Second hand is not so precise it terms of second hand aligning with the marking on face - though not really a big deal to me for the price. Water resistant to 100m - e.g. ok for shower.
Reviewed by Nevada Smith from Reno, Nevada on Monday, September 24, 2012
This is a good looking watch. The Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) treatment on the metal case nicely contrasts with the flat black color of the soft rubber band. (Note: the STP description says leather band; it's not.) The screw-in case back is bright stainless steel (no PVD treatment here). It has a mineral crystal and is rated at 100 meters/330 feet water resistant. It also has a large dial (1.375" diameter crystal). It is visually similar to the famous Bell & Ross watch ($4,000 MSRP). HOWEVER there is one annoying issue with this watch--and it wasn't just with the one I received--I made an in-store, side-by-side comparison with three watches and all three exhibited this same issue: sloppy, inconsistent mechanical movement of the seconds hand on one side (only) of the watch face. For instance one watch would exhibit perfect movement of the seconds hand on one side of the watch face--say from 12 o'clock through 6 o'clock--that is, the seconds hand aligned with the white tick marks on the perimeter, and with no appreciable "jerk" of the seconds hand. However once the seconds hand passed the 6 o'clock position, its behavior suddenly changed: first, no longer was the seconds hand aligned with the tick marks (it was off by 1/2); secondly, there was noticeable "jerk" in the movement of the seconds hand. While all three watches exhibited these behaviorisms, one or two did it on the 12 o'clock to 6 o'clock side and the remaining did it on the 6 o'clock to 12 o'clock side. This is unacceptable for a $325 MSPR, Swiss made watch! This leads me to wonder: Are these are seconds? (NO PUN INTENDED!) I know STP would not misrepresent an item; was STP deceived when they purchased them? OTHER ISSUES: 1) One of the three did not have a manual inside the box. 2) The manual is incorrect; one has to turn the crown clockwise to change the date. 3) My watch arrived in a not-pristine condition--someone had previously removed the clear plastic cover from the crystal, and had handled (worn?) the watch. (No imperfections were observed in the finish however.) I will keep the watch for now. Why? Well as annoying as the seconds movement is, my aged eyes don't notice it unless I'm looking at it (which I will have to when I'm timing seconds). I may also, for $10 prepaid, send it to Wenger's repair center (the watch has a three year warranty) to see if they can fix this defect.
Best Uses: Practically All
Cons: Sloppy Mech Movement
Pros: Large face, P V D Treatment Lasts, Soft Non-slip Rubber Band