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This is my first watch review, the Naviforce NF9040M Quartz Day/Date watch. The picture function seems to not be working well, so I'm not sure how they will show up in this review.

My workplace isn't too hard on watches, but can be. Occasionally I have to go through security and a scanner, and the security personnel are not always concerned about treating personal property with kid gloves. So, I was looking for a watch I wouldn't be too concerned about damaging or losing.

I have seen the explosion of what some call “Mushroom Watches” (new brands that seem to pop-up everywhere) from China. I've bought a few of them...some good, and some bad to absolutely horrible. Anyhow, I thought the Naviforce watches looked attractive...both physically and price-wise...so I selected the NF9040M with red accents. The watch is also sold with white, gold and champagne accents. The gold and champagne versions come with a brown band, and white and red have a black band.

I purchased the watch a few months ago, and it is currently in my EDC rotation of about 5-7 watches. I purchased it from GearBest when it was on sale for less than $10 (No longer on sale). I thought that was a pretty good deal, especially since a replacement Miyota movement costs more than the entire watch. Anyhow, here is the direct link to 4 different colors of the NF9040M on GearBest, as well as NaviForce's website and direct link to this specific watch. None of these are affiliate links, and are only supplied for reference:

Latest Style Naviforce Nf9040m Best Deals | GearBest.com

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NAVIFORCE SPORT WATCH - NAVIFORCE

There is much to like about this watch. I confirmed that it does indeed use a Miyota Quartz movement (Miyota 2305) and a Sony battery. Many watches in this price range use something cheaper, typically a Chinese movement and an ultra cheap battery that typically lasts 2-6 months. So, it is nice to see that Naviforce doesn't embellish the internals. The watch is also pretty comfortable to wear due to the curved lugs and band. The black band is real leather that is thick, and is also nicely contrasted with red stitching.

The outer and inner bezel are numbered and give the watch a sporty, military look, but the bezel is non-rotating. On the dial, the hour markers consist of raised chrome with a red accented stripe in between. The red stripes are not perfectly centered on a couple markers, but perfect on the rest. The second-hand stops on the red section of the markers, but also not perfectly in the center...pretty close, though. The outer bezel has a colored ring underneath that protrudes on each side ever so slightly at about a .5mm. It appears to be red-anodized aluminum. The splash of color gives the watch a nice, contrasting halo effect which offsets the matte black case.

The case is said to be Vacuum Ion Coated. I do not know what metal is used underneath, but is magnetic, so probably some sort of steel. I do know that this black coating is somewhat susceptible to scratches. I found that out because my case-back removal tool was too small to span all the way across and reach at least two notches. Therefore, I used needle-nose pliers, which of course slipped, and proceeded to gouge the back of the case. I was exerting quite a bit of pressure, so I can't necessarily fault the coating. But, over time, I suspect that the coating will exhibit some expected wear.

The 'N' logoed crown is flanked on both sides by raised portions of the case, I assume for protection. The crown adjustment has 2 positions. 1[SUP]st[/SUP] allows for day, second for hr and date, which means you have to cycle through all dates to get to current date. The black dial is textured using an attractive, alternating circle and elongated oval pattern. The dial also contains a clean 'N' logo, “NAVIFORCE” name, 'Water Resistant 30M' and also has 'JAPAN MOVT' surrounding the six O'clock position. The metal buckle also has an 'N' logo, and the same matte coating as the case. The Stainless Steel case-back is a nice, 6 notch design and screws down.

Pros:

Miyota 2305 movement.

No 'slop' in movement.

Sony SR626SW Battery.

Week/Day function.

Screw-down caseback.

Lume on Hour and Minute hands.

Leather band with contrasted red stitching.

Red accents also on Bezel, Hour markers and Minute hand.

Textured dial.

Comfortable, curved lugs.

Metal pin buckle.


Cons:

Non-rotatable bezel.

Durability question on black coating.

Would like to see a bare SS case version.

Lume is very weak and sparse.


Measurements:
Bezel: 45.5mm
Strap width: 22.5mm
OAL: 26.5cm
Case thickness: 12.5mm
Case width: 48mm
Lugs to lugs: 53mm

I will judge the watch on 5 different metrics:

Cost: 5

Looks: 4

Durability 3

Function: 4

Comfort: 5

Overall Rating: 4.2/5


The Naviforce NF9040M watch is pretty good value.


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Re: KronoReview: Naviforce NF9040M

Text now added to complete review. Looks like I have some formatting issues, which I will try to correct later. Thanks!
 

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Very informative review.
 

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Hi. Enjoyed your review - thanks. Do you still have the watch? How is the black finish and everything else holding up with use and time?
 

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Re: KronoReview: Naviforce NF9040M

Hi. Enjoyed your review - thanks. Do you still have the watch? How is the black finish and everything else holding up with use and time?

Hello Mike.

I'm sorryI didn't see this earlier!

The watch has some issues. The crown/stem pulled out when I went to reset it a month or two ago. When I tried to re-insert it, it seemed to not seat properly inside the movement. Therefore...I definitely do not recommend the watch.

I would go back and edit the review if I could, but there seems to be a time limit on doing so. :-(
 

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Hi.

Thanks for an interesting but disappointing update. Did you try pressing on the release button on the movement while attempting to re-insert the stem? Sometimes it can help.

Hello Mike.

I'm sorryI didn't see this earlier!

The watch has some issues. The crown/stem pulled out when I went to reset it a month or two ago. When I tried to re-insert it, it seemed to not seat properly inside the movement. Therefore...I definitely do not recommend the watch.

I would go back and edit the review if I could, but there seems to be a time limit on doing so. :-(
 

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No. I set it down in frustration, but I might get to it later. I have many other project watches and review watches to get to first.

Besides...I stole the leather strap off of it and put it on a modded Seiko beater watch I have. The red stitching matched the red dial fairly well.
 
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