Rated 4 out of 5 by NIGHTHIKER1 Regarding the field watch and it's return
Wow! I had to return this because it stopped running. This is the first time that anything from LL Bean has failed me. The watch worked up to a point then suddenly started losing time. I had the battery changed and it ran for a while and stopped again for good. They replaced the watch and I'm happy. They should get after their vendors to make sure of the quality. However, if you think about it the movement is mechanical and should be made of better material.
October 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by wrinkleyshopper Great Timepiece
I became the custodian of my LL Bean Field Watch recently in California, although the watch is quite obviously a vintage model, I was happy to purchase it, as I had been considering a new one. When I was offered the watch it had a filthy steel bracelet and was not working. On return to the UK I took the watch for a new battery and strap. The repairer commented that the watch was great quality. We eventually agreed upon a leather and canvas strap, which sets the gold plated case off wonderfully. I now wear the watch constantly and have received a number of admiring comments. The watch keeps perfect time and will be travelling with me on Safari to Central Africa in 2014. Maybe the guys at LL Bean should try the leather & canvas strap instead of the leather one so many people complain about.
October 15, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by speckledtrout Disappointed
Bought this based on the excellent quality of other LLBean goods and clothes. Watch looked good and ran well for six months, but then stopped. Battery was checked and works fine. Watch is defective and is being sent back. Shouldn't happen at this price point and I don't appreciate having to pay shipping/handling to send it back.
September 21, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by dgcccc01913 Great watch... but expect to replace band often.
Owned since 2008. And have had to replace band every 8-12 months. The leather band completely falls apart. And at $15/pop this can get expensive. Also at 6'9", 230 pounds I have a relatively large wrist... Sure wish LLBean would sell longer bands for the watch. AND a nylon alternative.
September 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by ScotAtLarge Long-term review
I have the Men's Classic Field Watch (Gold Plated) purchased on a trip through Freeport in the fall of 1994. It has only ever cost me the price of occasional replacement batteries or watch-straps. If the standard of workmanship on these watches is as good as it was 19 years ago, this watch is fantastic value.
August 16, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Nagr Read everything before rushing to buy.
A perfect example of why one should read very carefully before buying on-line. This is not sized to be a man's watch. It's clearly sized to be a woman's watch or even a boy's or girl's watch. The use of the term "Men's" totally contradicts the small graphic giving the actual size. Other than that, it's actually a very nice watch - just very misleading advertising. Yes, it's my error for allowing myself to be seduced by the main picture and text without checking the more informative graphic. I gave the watch to a lady friend of mine and she loves it. Live and learn.
July 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Lockjaw8Y9 Watch great, but band doesn't hold up
I received my watch as a gift back in 2004. I needed to replace the band every year or so, and was able to purchase them in the main store in Freeport. Later, I needed to go to the web site to purchase the bands, and now there is no source for the bands. The watch was replaces recently because it had begun to lose about an hour every day, despite having replaced the battery. I am concerned that by this time next year, I'll be heading to another vendor to locate a band for this watch. Is there any chance someone at LL Bean will consider stocking the bands for this watch again? The old part was 5AW09ZZ
June 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by 2pixies Attractive and comfortable.
I purchased my first field watch in 1994 and wore it constantly. I cracked the crystal by dropping it on a tile floor. LL Bean replaced it and I went on wearing it. About 1 year ago I cracked the face and they were not able to replace crystal. I did find a watch maker who replaced it and after that I had problems with it stopping and running at odd times. I really liked it and was hesitant to replace it. I think it is a great watch and now I am retiring it and will buy a newer model. my old watch in picture
June 25, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by 44Winter Quality Poor
This is the second Classic Field Watch I have returned with this one lasting only 9 months - about as long as the first. Even with a new battery, it starts and stops. Although it may be made in Switzerland as the description of the watch states, upon opening the watch to replace the battery the case is stamped "CHINA" and the inner workings are encased in plastic. Definitely not the LL Bean quality I used to know.
May 29, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by TreTheThud Solid but stinky
I've owned this watch for six months. I am impressed at how well it resists scratches, both case and glass.
The downside is that the leather strap absorbs sweat. Without a weekly cleaning, this can turn into a lively wake up for the proboscis. This is not ideal when sitting across a client. I will likely replace this watch with a similar one, albeit one with a metal strap.
April 28, 2013