3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2014
A visually beautiful watch with a lovely weighty, chunky feel about it. So far it has kept very accurate time. It takes a little while to sort out how to adjust the watch, but the little manual, which comes with the watch,is easy to fathom out. I took the watch to a local reputable watch repairer to have the wristband adjusted rather than go through the faff of sending it direct to Accurist at a rather high return cost. This for me is a really nice dress watch. Very impressed
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2015
Being as I already own a couple of other Accurist watches with the identical face and CP00 movement, I’ll keep this specific review of the MB1030B purely to the construction detail of this watch - that is to say - taking the black multifunctional chrono watch face, and fitting it into a gold-coloured case, and utilising a gold-coloured multi-link metal bracelet.
So then, for me, this particular watch just doesn’t do it for me, and for a number of reasons. As can no doubt be seen from the photos here on Amazon, the face display of this otherwise excellent CP00 movement is somewhat 'busy' . . . some might even say cluttered (this is, of course, merely an opinion, and others may draw a differing opinion, which is perfectly reasonable) - and this 'busyness' is further added to by the highly detailed and multifunctional bezel (which not only includes the ubiquitous tachymeter, but also a ultra-finely graduated compass dial). Accordingly, to get the best out of this watch face and bezel, IMVHO, this needs your undivided attention. It also requires perfect 20:20 vision, and if not, a decent pair of quality reading specs will need to be the order of the day. But sadly, it is very difficult to give this particular watch your undivided attention - and this is purely down to the stunning gold metal case and strap.
Save for the 'naked' stainless steel back (which will obviously be hidden when worn), the majority of the case is finished in mirror-polished gold plating, with the bracelet brackets of the case having a contrasting mirror polish along with a brushed matt finish. This contrasting finish is repeated on the bracelet, which is itself made of chunky yet functional links. The strap is secured with a traditional Z-fold closure, with an additional fold-over safety closure (and NOT the push-button clasp as stated on the Amazon website description!). The outer part of the Z-closure is finished in all brushed-metal matt on the face, with mirror finish along the sides, whereas the safety closure is all mirror finish. Finally, the internal side of the strap is finished in only brushed-metal matt. Oddly, the outer part of the Z-closure appears to be in a slightly different gold colour compared to the rest of the watch and strap, and annoyingly, was very susceptible to showing fingerprints - whereas the rest of the strap - the outer face at least, remained very resistant to showing fingerprints. The strap itself appears to have a good range, and scope of adjustment. Along with the usual link removal, there are an additional four adjustment holes on one end of the Z-fold clasp, and two on the other end - making this very easy to fine-tune the fitment.
So, the 'bad' points - or why I don’t think this particular model works. As mentioned earlier - the watch face is highly detailed, and requires 100% attention to get the best out of it. But it seems rather difficult to give it that 100% . . . because the watch strap is very 'blingy' - OK, not Ali G or Lewis Hamilton blingy - but it definitely detracts your attention away from the watch face. No matter how much I try, I find my eyes drifting away from the face onto the highly eye-catching bracelet strap . . . and to me - that is the fundamental reason why this particular combination just doesn’t work.
OK, so if this isn’t the watch to get, what is? Well that depends on what you want! If you desire the multifunctional chronograph with the dual analogue and LCD displays, you would be better to go for one of the leather strap models - the MS1031B has the identical black face with gold hands and batons, together with the black bi-directional bezel (which retains the gold polished circumference), but is cased in a mirror-polished stainless steel case, and fitted with a high-quality black leather strap. Or if you are after the full-gold coloured watch, complete with an element of bling, consider the MB641.01. This latter item retains a chronograph function, but dispenses with the bezel. Instead, it has a much more simpler-looking face, being all-white, with very feint vertical gold parallel lines, and retains gold hands and batons - still a very blingy watch, but vastly easier to read.
To sum up, I so, so wanted to keep the MB1030B - but I would find myself getting very annoyed at the compromise. If you could live with this compromise, it would make a stunning and highly reliable and accurate timepiece to be proud of - but for me, very sadly, it had to be returned. :(
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2014
Seems like I've got the steal of the year , A week ago this watch was advertised on Amazon for £91-82 , too good an offer to turn down , so I jumped in quick.. Today its a penny off £150 , so feeling rather pleased with myself . The watch , a great buy , looks and feels the part .I'd even recommend it at the price it is now . I sent an E-mail to the price match dept.at "Watch Shop"with the price I had paid . They turned me down flat . Really wish I'd have bought 10 now .