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I've had this watch for 6 months now and it has served me well. The dial is simple and clear (how i like it) and the watch is not huge on my wrists which is commonplace in other watches as i have a small wrist. I replaced the original strap with a NATO style one which i think fits better with the watch and is more robust and comfortable than the original which was scratchy and begun to fray a little. The watch keeps it's time very well, in fact i have not changed it since the day i got it. The glass has resisted scratches better than a lot of watches i have owned but it is not exceptional and there are now some visible scratches on the face but it has been through a lot so it is not too bad. One downside is that i found the watch very difficult to read in the dark even though the hands are GITD as they are very faint.
A simple easy-to-read watch was all I needed. That and the ability to take everyday wear and tear without ending up scratched and scruffy lead me to buy the Lorus RXD425L8 Titanium Sports Watch. For years I had bought cheaper Casio watches, either analogue or dual display but every one of them let me down by the strap breaking, sometimes after only a few months. Replacing a strap is possible but not cost-effective. My other gripe was the unreadable multi-lingual instruction manual in near-microscopic type and the complicated method for adjusting the time involving pressing and holding buttons in the right sequence. Not only was it hard to remember but if you went past the time you wanted you couldn't wind backwards! This was particularly inconvenient when I was making frequent trips between the UK and Spain. Although I am a creature of habit I decided that this was one I had to break.
Looking at the watches available in my modest price range (under £50) I was attracted by the design of Lorus watches, which seemed to resemble Citizen and Seiko but cost rather less. The Titanium model stood out from a number of similar looking offerings precisely because of its titanium case. I knew this metal as a rather exotic one mainly used in the construction of aircraft and racing cars, as well as in the engines of super cars like the Ferrari. It has an exceptional combination of properties combining lightness, strength, toughness and resistance to corrosion. Although it has become more widely available in recent years, some up-market bicycles and even hammers are made of it, I was surprised - and pleased -to find a titanium case watch in my price range; almost as impressive was that it featured a scratch-resistant mineral glass. So, even though it didn't look too special, I decided to order one (from Amazon).
It arrived in the usual bulky Amazon packing that once opened revealed a rather ugly plastic case resembling a deep oblong prism with one end rounded off. The colour was a grey-blue which I took was meant to resemble titanium and the Lorus name and symbol were printed on the top in silver. Not a pretty box but then I doubt I will use it again. Opening the box was a pleasant surprise: this watch looks far better" in the metal" than in the illustrations I had seen. The titanium casing is almost battleship grey with a near matt finish. The face is what I would call ivory with clear marking of all the numerals in a sans serif script. The date window is small, almost square in shape but even for my eyes it is perfectly readable. The hour, minute and second hand have "Lumibrite" inserts so they glow at night after previous exposure to light, while the winder is thoughtfully protected by raised shoulders. The watch boasts 100 metre water resistance, which makes it OK for swimming or skin diving but not for scuba diving.
In the box I also found the two-year guarantee card and instruction manual. Thankfully the typeface was readable and only in English. I even learnt for the first time the correct way to set the date on a watch (set it to the day before and then wind the hour hand forward to the time and date you require) avoiding the annoying situation where you set it 12 hours out. Even setting the time was explained properly for maximum accuracy (go past the time you want, then turn the time backwards to the time you want). All so clear and correct.
Putting the watch on I immediately noted its lightness and that it looked quite small. I have a narrow wrist so this is fine for me but might not suit you if you are heavier set. The strap was a little stiff at first - it is a military-style webbing in olive green - and fitted on the second hole, which was another clue that this was a smaller watch since most of my watches do up on the last hole. After ten months of regular use, the strap is no longer stiff and shows minimal wear - just a slight frizzing on the leading edge of the strap where it passes through the buckle. In fact, I wouldn't mind if the strap did break; I think this watch would look even better with a good quality leather strap, which I intend to get as soon as any real wear becomes detectable in the existing one.
As a simple watch, it is doing its job well. It keeps excellent time and as noted before it is easy to reset the date and time when necessary. The titanium casing has not marked at all and the glass remains unscratched. I have been reasonably careful with the watch but even so have occasionally knocked it. Any mark left has polished off with a soft damp cloth showing that it was the thing knocked into and not my watch that was damaged (that titanium really is tough). The slim casing has probably helped to avoid knocking the glass too, as it is not scratch proof, only scratch resistant. There are no fancy functions such as alarm clocks, moon and tide indicators or what not, but then I really don't need these and I hate any watch that beeps (this doesn't). It does tick though, very quietly in my opinion.
I have compared this watch to a Swatch Irony I have owned for many years and use for more formal situations. The Swatch and Lorus have the same size face but the bezel on the Swatch is wider and much deeper (about 10 mm deep compared to 7 mm for the Lorus). This makes it seem far chunkier and it does seem to weigh about twice as much. But then it is only made from stainless steel not titanium. However, I would say that for daily use the Lorus is the better watch with the proviso that you cannot easily change the battery yourself unless you have special tools. On the Swatch you only need a coin to undo the battery cover.