Stuhrling 395.33U16 Watch Review

August 19, 2014

Elegance, Performance, and Quality

  • As one of Stuhrling’s newest models, this watch compounds over a decade of style and refinement of modern watchmaking.
  • High society and yacht racing – a symbol of class, inspired this particular line of watches.
  • One of its main features is water resistance up to a depth of 660 feet (or 200 meters), which is consistent across most other watches in the Aquadiver Collection.

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Built to Last

  1. Despite its low price point, this model is quite durable and suitable for day-to-day use.
  2. The window for the dial is made of Stuhrling’s trademark Krysterna Crystal, which lies between diamonds and sapphires on the Mohs scale of hardness, making it extremely scratch resistant.
  3. This synthesized crystal is also much more structurally sound than mineral crystal (the classic alternative to sapphire), making it highly shatter resistant.
  4. This is the same material used in premium quality eyewear.

 

The entire casing is made of stainless steel.

  • While this metal is not extraordinarily durable, it is of course stain resistant, and strong enough to healthily withstand most scrapes and impacts.
  • The bezel is also stainless steel, with a stylish ratcheting design and a screw-down crown (used to provide water resistance).

Made to Impress

  1. Stuhrling is well known for perfectly melding classic formats with modern looks.
  2. This model functions as a fantastic accessory for any man’s style; it is of substantial size, and the numbers on its face are easy to read.
  3. Convenient number markers for the seconds also line the outer rim of the deep blue dial, contrasting in a brilliant silver.
  4. This watch can also be customized to fit any man’s wrist by adding or removing links.
  5. It also features a fold-over push button clasp to keep it secured on the wrist.

Where it Excels

Most buyers are primarily impressed with its style and value. It is extremely elegant and classy while still maintaining an accessibly modern look – something that can be worn by anyone in nearly any situation. The dial’s window and the construction of the watch also make it great for active men to wear; it would take serious intentional effort to scratch, dent, or otherwise cause damage in any way. Finally, the triple row bracelet design provides some extra durability in a fashionable manner.

One problem many watch wearers face is the clasp or other securing mechanism coming loose, with the safety and push button clasp on the bracelet, there is very little chance of that happening.

  • Due to its weight, the wearer would notice it shifting even in the rare event that it did come loose.

Finally, this watch operates with a Swiss quartz movement.

  • This is one of the highest quality timekeeping mechanisms available in the world, and it is known to be extremely accurate.
  • Since it runs off of battery power and not a wind-up or self-winding mechanism, its accuracy is ensured even further.

Downfalls and Complaints

  1. Glancing at the model’s physical specifications, one drawback is immediately necessary: its weight.
  2. At just under a pound and a half, this unit far outweighs competitors, which are normally well under a pound.
  3. This difference may not seem like much, but the constant added weight on one’s wrist can become tiring.

Some reviewers also say that its actual quality, despite its used materials, is comparable to many cheaper watches.

This may be an issue of perspective and chance, however, as many also report just the opposite. For example – some say that the date window does not properly display the date, and that it is difficult to read sometimes. Most manufacturers will replace defective units, though this is of course an unnecessary hassle.

To Buy or Not to Buy?

  1. Ultimately, this is a low-cost stylish accessory with decent build quality and great timekeeping accuracy.
  2. Aside from aesthetic preference of course, potential buyers should consider the tradeoff of the model’s significant weight, use of a battery rather than winding mechanisms, lack of sweeping hands, and of course the quality of the Swiss quartz movements.
  3. As an active or daily-use watch, this model is perfect for those who wish to retain a classy look.
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