Rated 5 out of 5
by MTDeanie Great All Around Watch!
When I read the reviews I have to smile. This is the "Classic Field Watch" and has the protective ears for the stem and knob. The "Vintage Field Watch" does not have to protective ears. This is a mans watch and it is TOUGH. I've had one for 15 years, (3 as a matter of fact). The stainless with the black face is easy to see even at night. I don't think its too large for the average guy, depending on your taste. Get one and I guarantee LL Bean will stand behind it.
March 5, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by kjsfdjkdjfkj How to interpret the measurements posted by LLB
I have owned several LLB field watches and have had a gold model for probably 12 years. It proved to be too large, but I wear it at times even though the crown digs into my wrist. I love the accuracy and the classic design. It's just too large for everyday wear.
I ordered this latest one in stainless steel because I thought the measurements posted by LLB indicated it was smaller. It isn't.
The measurement in width of the watch face appears in the photo to be the measurement across the case including the stem and crown. It is actually the measurement across the case excluding the stem and crown (from the "10" to the "4").
My own measurements are that the case is 42 mm across, including stem and crown, and 10 mm thick. In my opinion this is a heavy watch for a guy with a larger than average wrist.
I wish LLB would bring back the smaller version of this watch. For a time they sold one with a French movement that is thinner, lighter, and smaller.
But if you don't mind the size and weight, this one is still a great choice.
January 9, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by BugPhoto Not as shown
Classic Field Watch arrived today. This is my fourth purchase, but I have loved all of them till this one.
It is larger and higher than predecessors, for no discernible reason. NO protective "ears" on case for the large knurled end of stem, unlike illustration. Be warned!
The nylon bands have returned to the simple original design, thank you, from the ornate dual strap of the last one purchased. This is the sole improvement.
The last two I purchased had the black face. I cannot locate a black face basic unit available now, so this BIG white face is staring from my wrist.
October 20, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by CaliforniaMan Classic Field Watch - Gold Plated - is a good deal
This is the third gold plated field watch that I've owned. They're rugged and they stand up to abuse. I've taken mine on trips to Cambodia and Laos and Thailand where the humidity and the dirt can create real problems with time pieces. They have kept good time, the strap lasts, and I have no complaints.
But, as with any device that is heavily used, my field watches have had some problems. The biggest problem has been when time came to replace the battery. Eventually, the watches after four or five or six years won't survive a jeweler's battery swap. Something during the process shorts out, and the watch will need to be replaced. This has now happened with two of them. (I'm on my third.) You could say that the watch was faulty in design, but I don't think that's an accurate statement. Regardless, each time it's failed, LL Bean has provided me with a replacement. So I can't complain. It's a good watch! Not a Rollex, but not a Timex either. I would happily recommend this watch to anyone.
August 6, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by SuperDave748 Small hands
Follow up to my previous review. I bought the black face classic and I just noticed that the hands are the same as the white face with the black outline on the hands. This makes the hands appear smaller than they actually are on the black face. Not at all like the hands in the picture for the black face version. Too bad, I really liked the watch.
April 30, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by SuperDave748 Small hands
The hands are very small and difficult to see...not the same size as displayed in the picture. I love the looks and it fits well on my wrist, but it's going back tomorrow...very disappointing!
April 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LEWINPA NOTHING WRONG WITH THE WATCH
I got a laugh out of the folks that complained about the hand size and the band. I am 75 years old and have no trouble seeing the hands without glasses. The watch is great in every way. I have been buying items from L. L. Bean since 1953 and have never got a bad item yet. I ordered the watch late Wednesday night, got an email that it was shipped yesterday, Thursday, and the UPS man dropped the watch off around noon today, Friday. Not even three days to delivery from Maine to Pennsylvania and free shipping too. When I went on the computer a short time later there was a message from L. L. Bean that my package was delivered. Great folks at L.L. Bean. Too bad other companies don?t work like them.
April 18, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by TexasLarry Could be great with wider hands
I got this field watch for Christmas, to replace a LL Bean Field Watch I had for more than 10 years. Sadly, the hands on this new version have been on a diet and as a result it is way harder to read than my old one. I hate this, as I loved my old field watch and this one just makes me sad. I guess I'll keep it and wear it and just take more time to focus in the dial when I read it. It keeps very good time, but the hands ruin the watch for me.
I love LL Bean, and I can't figure out why they cheapened this great watch by making the hands so darned skinny.
March 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by CasualMichiganWalker A correction to my previous review
In my review dated 3/12/2014, I said the LL Bean Vintage Field Watch is considerably larger than the Classic Field Watch. This statement is incorrect. They are very close in size. The Classic is 1-7/16" and the Vintage is 1-8/16". These measurements include the crown.
March 14, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by CasualMichiganWalker Only one flaw
I have two Men's Classic Field Watches, one with a navy blue dial and gold plated case (purchased a year ago), and one with a green dial and stainless steel case (purchased recently). Both watches are very attractive, largely because of the colored sunray dials. I would like LL Bean to make this watch with a red sunray dial, white numerals and a dark black case. The watch's only flaw is that the hands are too narrow, making them hard to see at times. To improve this, they would have to widen the hands just a little. The watch case is about 36 mm wide, which might be too small for the tastes of some people. They might consider Bean's "Vintage" Field Watch, which appears to be about 40 mm. My routine of a desk job and taking walks in the neighborhood is not very hard on my watches. For this non-rigorous routine, the watches have performed well.
March 12, 2014