Which brings me to the crystal. The crystal on this watch will scratch without you even knowing its come into contact with something. I mean, it seemed at time like it was scratching from the suede work gloves I was wearing, or from being inside a nylon backpack. Again, I have to stress that despite the fact that I was wearing this watch as my beater, the case and bezel are in great shape but the crystal was so criss-crossed with glaring scratches that I couldn't always make out the time under daylight conditions. As my father put it, "They seem to make some watches with window-pane glass these days!"
My advice is to live with the scratched crystal.
I couldn't, and wound up with a very different watch. When the battery died, I had the watch sent away for inspection with the idea of replacing it.
This turned out to be a non-starter. The bezel and crystal are so firmly glued together that even in separating them, the crystal cracked. This happened not under my own clueless efforts but in the hands of the supposed watch-maker to which the watch had been sent by the local watch/jewelry shop. This model just isn't designed for this kind of work.
Hearing the news on the phone, I was tempted to ask them to throw the thing away and buy another. This was at about the 2 1/2 year mark for this watch. But two things occurred to me: if I were willing to go through it all again with another MDV-106, it was clearly a watch worth having; second, I wanted to see how long this watch would keep on ticking, especially with its one flaw presumably addressed with a new crystal. So I okayed the expense (materials only) and got my watch back with an obviously superior crystal. And the bad news that the bezel had been glued in place in the process. I'll miss that functionality, but I've worn the watch for another 27 weekends and a variety of successful fishing jaunts.
The rubber strap that came with the watch clung to my skin, I replaced it with a one-piece NATO strap that was far more comfortable and every bit as suited to regular immersion in water while fishing. I've recently replaced the one-piece NATO strap with a two-piece, and heartily recommend the two-piece variety over the one-piece for this model. It's wide enough, at 43mm, to need a strap that will help it sit low on the wrist.
You can find plenty of watches with similar looks and quality at two or three times the price. But I've never seen anything similar to this watch at its price. I've always been pleased with the style and materials and size of this watch. Now I'm interested to see how long it lasts.
You take your life in your hands, writing product reviews. In 2000, for instance, I wrote a review of a personal organizer called the YO-520. I got comments on that for years – including numerous requests for help and even product support. I but I live for the thrill, so if I've written something that's gotten up your nose, let me know!
I bought my MDV-106 on Amazon. I waited 'til the price dropped to $CA50, but the currency was in my favor in those daysas of 2017/03/25 it's at $66. Our American friends seem to have an easier time of that $50 target; as of 2017/03/25 it's $45!
Seiko's SARB line of watches exist to give "aspirational" Grand Seiko owners something with which to pretend it's all right.
My tale of woe regarding a "Canadian made" wrist watch.