Rated 5 out of 5
by Stumper Nice Looking Rugged Sport Watch
I purchased this watch after returning the 42mm Vintage Field Watch because the face was too large for my wrist. Although the Self Illuminating Sport Watch was quite a bit more money, I liked the looks of it better. In person it was more substantial & nicer looking than it appeared online.
The face of the watch is plenty big and it has a masculine rugged look to it. The band is comfortable, it's not rigid & hard like the bands on other sport and diving watches.
The illuminating feature works great & is easy to see; however it doesn't appear as the photo online depicts. The numbers are not visible only illuminated dots appear where the numbers are located.
July 22, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by TomPaine disappointed
Not a good watch over the long term. After replacing the battery after the first one died, the watch continuously malfunctioned. In a 24 hour period it would lose 40-60 minutes. This watch, at
$289, is not a good value--basically a $289 battery that has to be replaced with a new watch after a couple of years. I am deeply disappointed as I have been a very loyal Bean customer for very many years.
May 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ArtVandalay Watch looks great
I got tired of cheap watches that last only so long so I researched and purchased this one from LL Bean and it looks like I made a great choice. It's exactly what I was looking for.
I've purchased many items from LL Bean in the past and I keep going back because of their EXCELLENT service and OUTSTANDING return policy.
I ordered this watch on Saturday and I put it on my wrist around noon on Monday. How can anyone beat that?
Thank you LLBean.
You do it right.
August 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by jrp777 Great, Solid Sport Watch
I debated about this purchase for quite a while and finally pulled the trigger....I'm glad I did. The watch is excellent. Best illumination I've seen. (Who really needs the numbers to light up. In a dark room, the notches and hands are quite enough.) I've had it in the pool, on the beach, in the ocean and in the shower with no problem. Yes, a metal band would be nicer, but that's changeable. If it stays this way and continues to keep good time, I'll be more than satisfied....and if not, it's good to know LL Bean always stands behind their products.
August 11, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by DougN Not as advertised
Purchased this watch for personal use. It is well built but heavy. LLB website information on this watch is incorrect. Website photo shows that numerals (1-12) are illuminated in the dark, however, the numerals do not illuminate, only the small dots, and the hour, minute, and second hands illuminate. Additionally, the website says the watch is water resistant to 330 feet but the actual watch says water resistant (in two places) to 660 feet. I contacted customer service about these discrepancies and they agreed the numerals should illuminate. They sent me a 2nd watch to replace the first one. When it came it was exactly like the 1st watch. LLB needs to either ship the watch as advertised or correct the errors in the website description.
December 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by SARTech A must have for SAR/ Field EMTs
Great visibility at night under marginal conditions. I purchased this watch to replace LLBeans field watch that I returned because I couldnt see the hands well enough in the backcountry. It's been slammed around since I've had it and shows no signs of giving up.
October 3, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by chitowndds Very good watch
I ordered the Sport Watch after reading some of the reviews and I must say I have been pleased. The face is a nice size as my middle-aged eyes can easily read it in the light or dark. The illumination is the best I have ever had in a watch. The only downside is that the strap can trap moisture, but it's rubber so that's to be expected. The rubber also gives it water resistance. Overall, I am very pleased with this watch on every level.
September 23, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by BeanYouRock Waterproof - Not!
I bought this watch for my husband. We both loved the rugged look of it. However, the first time he wore it while on a boat ride down a river, just the small amount of water that splashed on it got under the casing and created moisture that didn't evaporate after several days. This watch is advertised as being "water-resistant to 330 feet." Obviously, that was not our experience. Returning the watch. We expect far better quality from L.L. Bean.
August 8, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by CtonAUfan Self-illuminating Sports Watch
I recently purchased this watch after having owned (and been quite satisfied with) the self-illumionating field watch for several years. My 14y/o son permanently borrowed my field watch, and I needed to replace it. I mistakenly ordered a standard llbean field watch, but it lacked the self-illuminating features so I sent it back and got this watch. (exercised the 100% satisfaction guarantee- without a question)
From the other reviews I was planning on being disappointed with the band, but I find it comfortable and it appears durable -- time will tell. This watch appears to be have the same mechanism, face and illiumination features as my old watch, which never failed.
Overall this is a great looking sports watch at a great price, and carries the 100% satisfaction guarantee that comes with everything from LLBean, so I give it high marks. My only challenge now is to make sure my son doesn't "borrow" this one as well.
I do wish, however, that the bezel marker at the "0" second position were self illuminating; it would make the bezel more useful in the dark. But that is a minor issue, and I look forward to many years with this watch on my wrist.
February 10, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by geepondy Solid watch for the money
First, watch size info which LL Bean does not provide in the web site description.
Width: Approx 42mm, 45mm(incl crown)
Lug Width: 22mm
Lug to Lug: Approx 46mm
This watch is of a good medium size that fits well on a variety of wrist sizes. The build is robust and solid. The viewability of the uncluttered, clean face is good and the night time tritium illumination is excellent. Accuracy within the ten days that I've owned the watch is within 1 or 2 seconds so I'm sure it will fit within the 15 second/month tolerance of a typical quartz watch. A bonus is a nice case back with the LL Bean logo. The only major con is the cheap band which feels like it belongs on a $30 department store watch but as others have said, it's easily switchable.
-Good viewability, especially at night
-A bezel that doesn't require rubber gloves to turn
-A sporty look that with a different band will also look good with chinos.
-Solid build quality
-The rubber band looks cheap on this watch
-The date window could be bigger
-The stated battery life of two years is low compared to many movements these days which advertise five and even ten years of battery life.
January 28, 2012