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5.0 out of 5 stars OM then BM or BM then OM!, 8 Jun. 2008
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The Orange Monster (OM) is a cult watch amongst "watch watchers". The quality of these watches is very good for what really is a good price. They are automatic so battery free for life. The watch is robust enough and obviously waterproof enough to wear all the time (even in the bath for a shallow dive). Once owned you might (like me) find yourself insisting that maybe the Seiko Black Monster a.k.a "BM" might be a good companion to be joining Orangey.....and you will be ordering one next chance subject to funds when the wife isn't looking and you think you can get away with it. I do think the BM has the edge on visibility and looks but the OM has a quirky quality. The only downside is that I think Monsters can tend to run a couple of minutes fast a week, this can however be an issue with many self wind automatic watches and could be no doubt adjusted at some cost by a jeweller. The fact of the matter is this is no Oris, Rolex or Omega so for the price you can definitely live with this and yet still have a very classy looking wristwatch. Remember however to fully re-secure the crown at the 1600 hrs position when you adjust the time as you don't want any leaks creeping in. The stainless steel chunkiness of the watch is honestly first rate. Just look up the watch on the internet and see the finishing quality on the bezel. Do not hesitate to get one of these I promise you will receive compliments and enjoy owning one....or two. Don't even talk to me about the yellow or blue or even red Monster versions! Two is reasonable 5 would be pushing it.
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Initial post: 29 Apr 2009 10:03:47 BDT
Bristol Mark says:
Agree with all of this. I am fortunate enough to own a few nice watches (including an Oris, a couple of Rolex's - Daytona and Submariner - and an Omega... so your comment above struck a chord with me). But the OM spends as much time on my wrist as any of them and I have to say overall I enjoy wearing it as much as any of them. Not a bad recommendation for a watch that cost 1/60th of what one of my others cost!

Posted on 6 May 2010 14:56:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 May 2010 14:59:03 BDT
J. I. Cohen says:
"They are automatic so battery free for life."

I like automatics, but the idea that "battery free" is any sort of real advantage is a bit silly. If you want an automatic to be accurate and reliable it has to be serviced every 3-5 years. This is about the same period as for a quartz battery change, and is usually much more expensive. Most quality quartz watches have some sort of low battery indicator which will give you several weeks (or even months) warning, so you won't be caught out. Also nowadays you can get solar and Kinetic/autoquartz watches, which aren't completely maintenance-free, but need far less attention than either automatic or battery models. And of course, you need to spend thousands for an automatic movement that will even come close to matching a £20 quartz in terms of accuracy and precision...

I think it's likely that you like automatics for the same reasons I do: they are mechanically interesting, they've got history, they need a little more time and effort, and not everybody has one. I just think that if you tell people that "battery free" is a selling point, you are setting them up for unexpected expense and hassle that could put them off automatics for life.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jun 2010 08:44:42 BDT
Andy says:
Fair point.

Posted on 27 Apr 2012 09:25:35 BDT
Nopets says:
What is the big deal about batteries?? they only cost a quid!!!!
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