Rated 5 out of 5 by DinoVA A rugged, simple watch that gets the job done.
A great watch, simple to operate and able to withstand lots of everyday wear and tear. Dial is easy to read, too. The exposed winding stem (compare to other field watch model) looks like it might be too delicate, but it isn't. It's larger and screws down to the watch body quite securely. I've had 5 of these over the last 20 years, 2 replaced outright under Bean's guarantee. I'd not keep going back if I wasn't so pleased with the watch.
Tip: if you wear the watch with a one-piece band and do not need the mounting pins to be springy, then glue them in place. I recently had one of these fall off my wrist and vanish forever while I was out hiking in the woods because the pins failed to hold the watch securely.
Tip 2: when the battery is due for replacement, the rubber o-ring should also be replaced. It usually stretches out too much when the watch back is removed, then will fail to give a good seal.
November 27, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5
by Jwould Great watch, terrible band
I wanted to give 5 stars since the watch itself is great- nice looking and very functional.
Unfortunately I've been through 2 of the black watch bands in less than 6 months. They seem very badly built and fray along the holes and at the end- not in a nice "worn in" way either. The band I have on is still basically new and already fraying at the hole where I have it adjusted.
Picture shows that I'm talking about.
The watch is good enough that if you want it I'd suggest buying a band from somewhere else to replace the ones it comes with.
November 6, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by tpatric2 Almost
This is a nice watch, and it is the style that I want. I am an active person--fishing, hunting, running the chain saw and gardening. I need a watch that can hold up . . . So, the first week I wore this watch, I was bringing in firewood, and a stick caught on the wristband. The band ripped the pin from its place on the watch and the watch fell off. This is a problem. The weakness in the watch may make it impractical for real work, which is why I bought it.
Also, the watch looks very nice, but the second hand does not line up with the numbers.
So, I like the way the watch looks. It runs nicely and is easy to read, but I'm not sure this watch is quite right.
October 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JLCW great look, old school appearance - comfortable
Arrived sooner than expected, two arm bands provided, great comfort & style, typical for LLBEAN!
October 23, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by ETAIN BAND
THE WATCH IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED BUT THE BAND SHOULD INCLUDE A SECOND LOOP FOR EXCESSIVE BAND LENGTH.
IF YOU CUT THE EXCESS THE BAND WILL FRAY.
September 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by bethgg Nice Looking Watch
I needed a nice looking watch for a special gift for my husband. This fit the bill. Leather watch bands seem to fall apart for him after not too long of time, and I love the mesh bands (black and neutral) that come on this instead of leather. Also, he has all of the "fancy" functions on his phone now, so he just needed a watch with time/date function. I like that it's water resistant as well, which will help it last longer.
September 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by OutdoorRetiree Excellent Watch
Have been shopping at LLBean for over 50 years. Wish I had bought this Vintage Field Watch years ago. I like the two very high quality webbing bands provided, one in black for around town and one in olive for outdoor use. The Swiss watch movement, fit and finish are great. My wrist is narrow and appreciate ability to custom fit the band to my wrist. The numbers are easy to read. The night time illumination is now particularly helpful. The operating instructions booklet is excellent. I also appreciate having the LLBean Repair Shop by mail for crystal replacement, battery change and strap replacement at very reasonable prices.
August 31, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5
by ChagrinFallsScott Clunky, Average Watch
My son loves my LLBean field watch that I ordered about 25 years ago, so I ordered the "Vintage" and the "Classic" Field watches to see what they were like. The model watch I own is the "Classic" Field watch.
I returned both the Vintage and the Classic watches for the following reasons:
(1) They are both big watches when compared to my older Field Watch.
(2) They both suffer from faces that are recessed deep into the body of the watch, which casts the face in shadow around the edge.
(3) The second hand misses ticks by a wide margin.
My graphic demonstrates all three of the above points.
I would have bought the watches if they were sized in a more classic/vintage manner which, I assume, would correct the feeling that the face was recessed too deeply. I could have lived with sloppy ticks.
August 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hogie1 Love It!!!
This watch meets all expectations. It's a great watch....from good looks to being an accurate time piece. In the past, I've lost two watches that had 2 straps....this one has a single strap so that if a pin becomes dislodged the watch stays on your wrist. I love this watch and if for any reason I need to replace it, I will buy another just like it.
August 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by TNTN Field Watch
I bought this watch because of it's good looks and being Swiss made. However the very first time i dropped it... the crystal cracked. I'm hoping that the watch is redesigned some day to sink the crystal lower so this won't happen. LLB did replace it, which I was happy about. Also...when I went in to the store to replace it, there were none to be had. I had to order one. I would think that this watch being a mainstay item would be readily available.
July 10, 2013