Product Type: Nixon Chronograph
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A great fashion watch, but don't expect a plethora of functionality
Member Name: altyris
Advantages: Looks fantastic, and very comfortable. Backlight is great.
Disadvantages: Lack of waterproofing, leather can get smelly.
This watch, one of the more established Nixon watches, is a pretty good timepiece, yet is nothing special. I feel this review demands some subheadings so here we go. Incidentally I have the purely black one.
This is certainly the strong point of the watch, and in terms of appearance, it lives up to its name with aplomb, combining a great 2-piece leather strap, and a very nice casing. I also really like the dial - it is a wonderful, minimal design, and despite the small face size, everything on it is very clear. I have to admit, that the casing only really works due to the size of the strap! Seen by itself it is bulky and not very appealing, but as a holistic package the watch is great.
Firstly, the wide leather strap provides comfort I've not found on any other watch: I barely notice it is hanging on my wrist. The mechanism seems fine to me - I've had this watch for several years now, and I have no complaints over it's ability to keep time in relation to other clocks and devices I use. The battery life is pretty good, which I assume is down to the minimal functionality it offers: Aside from the 3 expected hands, you have only a numerical date and a backlight. However both work just as you would expect, and the backlight is nice and even across the face and refreshingly soft, yet still enables a clear reading of the dial without blinding you.
The most glaring disadvantage of the Rocker is its lack of waterproofing. While Nixon claim that it can resist light splashes, but I have no desire to take it anywhere near water! I don't see any reason why the addition of a 50-100m waterproofing was neglected, and would really complete the watch. Secondly the leather needs to be cleaned quite frequently, as it tends to pick up sweat quickly, and consequently smells quite bad. Not sure if this is exclusive to the Rocker, but is a tad annoying.
Summary: A good solid watch, but the waterproofing is a must for watches now.
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