Rated 4 out of 5 by Bryceman good watch
I've owned several GTSL (self illuminating# wristwatchs before. This watch is just as good or better. I think it is made in the same factory and by the same company that manufactures the Luminox brand of watch. The reason why I purchased this one is because it is the smallest GTSL watch I could find. It is still a nice size but I have a relatively smaller wrist so the 40mm plus models were just a dad too big. This one is just right except that it is a bit on the thick side. I didn't like the leather strap that comes with it but for me it doesn't matter because I have several Nato style nylon straps which I interchange. These straps just slip on and off under the strap pins in seconds and are a better match for this style of watch. They are also dirt cheap on ebay so I have several different styles/colors. It has a swiss made quartz movement as opposed to a "swiss parts " movement. That means it was assembled in Switzerland.When checked against Internet time it gains approx. 3 seconds a week #12 sec a month) which is very good. Much better accuracy then a Rolex! Even high end mechanical movements can't match a quality quartz movement. I recommend this watch.
January 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by sonnyboyhunter this is the one!!!
This is a watch exactly the same as the one I bought in early 70's. I used it constantly for 30 years. Yes!....I had a new crystal installed, an a new watch band(orig just rotted to pieces), an batteries replaced. It kept perfect time.....I mean exactly on the button for years an years, until it got tired and quit. I have been looking for a replacement for weeks, an this watch is still the one to get after all those years..........sooooo , I just bought my second watch,exactly the same as the one in early 70's......YOU WON'T BE SORRY!!!!....sonny
December 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by PeruSenior Fantastic Watch
I have had this watch for about 1 year. I have only words of praise for it. Time keeping is unbelievably accurate. It easy to read for 82 year old senior. LL bean service is great.
December 3, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by 2Xtalldude Great Swiss Made Tritium Watch w/Cheap Wristband
While the Watch Itself Is very well made It comes with a cheap small child sized wristband which Is outrageous for LL Bean to be selling at such a high price. I have an 8 1/2 Inch wrist and the wristband was so tight it not only cut the circulation off In my hand several times but caused the cheap pins in the band to pop off the watch Itself. I took It to a local watch repair man who sold me large genuine Lizard skin band for $40.00. Now I wear It comfortably 24 hours a day but I wish Bean would look In to this quality control problem after complaining to them several times and reading similar reviews from other customers.
November 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by GCSitts Stays Lit All Night, Keeps Good Time
This is my second purchase of this watch model. I wore the first one for many years before it was lost.
I like to wear a watch at night and the self-illuminating hands on this model stay lit at a consistent brightness unlike the fading of typical glow-in-the-dark watches. That feature is the primary reason I spent this much for the watch, as it is otherwise just a basic watch with a calendar window.
However the watch proved to be very reliable and durable. I was originally concerned that the lit hands might shorten battery life but that doesn't seem to be the case; batteries last between one and two years.
The case and the crystal both seem to be rugged and durable; I am active and hard on watches. Over the years I noticed there were no shock or scratch issues.
Bottom line: I bought the second one because I loved the first and couldn't find anything similar to replace it.
October 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Benner great watch with a slightly problematic movement
I love this watch. The 38mm size is perfect - far smaller than most men's watches on the market today (especially tritium watches), but well in line with the sorts of watches your grandfathers would have worn. Because it's smaller, it slips easily under a shirt cuff, the crown doesn't dig into your wrist, is less likely to snag on stuff, and in general is just more comfortable and practical, whether for everyday use or use in the field. From a functional perspective, the sandblasted case finish is nice because it doesn't show scratches easily, and the screw-down crown is a great touch that helps you feel pretty secure in the watch's water resistance.
The tritium is great. It's not as bright as freshly-charged, conventional luminescent paint, but unlike conventional lume, the tritium will glow constantly throughout the night. Within about 15 minutes, the "bloom" of conventional lume will have subsided and the tritium will be brighter.
My main complaint is with the watch movement. I've owned a couple of these watches. The first one started to slow noticeably after the most recent battery change. It now runs a couple minutes slow per month. (Normal spec for quartz watches is 15-30 seconds per month.) Based on other reviews, it seems as though this phenomenon is relatively common. I wonder if L.L. Bean has considered using a different movement with greater long-term accuracy.
September 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mmpp Great BUT
my watch is now about 6 yrs old and give it high marks in every way except the bands are cheap and only last me about a year and then fall apart. I don't swim or shower with my watch so think its time for LL Bean to insist on a better quality band for the price
September 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NVABuyer Great Buy
This is a great watch. I was surprised how often I have used the low light/darkness capabilities. I considered replacing my 20 year old LLBEAN field watch with another one just like it but the extra money for this watch is well worth it.
September 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by fred666 Small size works well
I actually thought the diameter of the watch would be like other watches I have. It is about 30mm across the bezel. Just fine for me. A light watch with great night viewing. Date number still a readable size.
August 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by sbien521 near perfect
This watch is near perfect in form and function. i would give it a 5 in a year if it continues to be as reliable as it has been for the past 4 months. all i wanted from this was a reliable, easy to see time piece- not a phone, altimeter, camera, or alarm clock - and that is what this is. the self illuminating face is easy in any and all light conditions from total darkness to bright sun. the tritium tubes degrade over the years and i guess i will take what comes.
i have not subjected this to traumas such as impact or drowning so i can't say it stands up to more than the usual rigors of an active life, which for mean includes mountain biking, splitting wood, rock climbing...
this watch deserves its status as a classic.
June 18, 2014