Review of the Benyar BY-5103M Quartz Chronograph

Updated on January 15, 2018
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Walter Shillington is an avid collector of mechanical watches. His reviews focus on inexpensive but often intriguing Chinese timepieces.

Benyar BY-5103M Chronograph
Benyar BY-5103M Chronograph | Source

I’m one of those fellows that loves gadgets. Although, to be honest, I have no logical use for a chronograph, I wanted one to add to my collection.

While chronographs are usually quite expensive, I found one on Amazon that fit my budget. The Benyar BY-5103M is available for only $32.99.

Description

The case of the Benyar chronograph is composed of black painted alloy metal. A crown and two pushbuttons jut from its right edge. The top button starts and stops the chronograph function. The bottom switch resets it to zero.

This watch features a black dial with orange hour and minute indicators. All but one of the hands are colored to match.

A tiny window at the for 4:30 position presents a number representing the day of the month. The subdial directly above this functions as a twenty-four-hour clock.

Three subdials are used in conjunction with the chronograph feature. One hand rotates once every hour and one completes a full cycle every minute. The indicator of the uppermost dial circles every two seconds. If your hand and eye coordination are up to it, you can time an event to within one-tenth of a second!

A crystal composed of scratch proof mineral glass hovers above the dial. This model features a decent quality, tan leather strap, embossed with the manufacturer’s name and logo.

Benyar BY-5103M Chronograph.  This timepiece is well featured but second hand is difficult to pick out
Benyar BY-5103M Chronograph. This timepiece is well featured but second hand is difficult to pick out | Source

The Manufacturer

BY BENYAR is trademarked by Ye Yingbin of 33 Xiazhaiwai, Pudou Village; Zhanlong Town; Puning; Guangdong.

Guangdong is the most populous and economically viable province in China. Its economy is roughly equal to that of Mexico and the majority of China’s watch manufacturers are situated within this province. Unfortunately, I have been unable to ascertain which factory manufactures By Benyar timepieces.

Specifications

Brand: BY BENYAR

Model: BY-5103M

Condition: New

Place of Origin: Guangdong China

Gender: Male

Display: Analog

Movement: Japanese quartz

Style: Chronograph

Functions: 12-hour time, 24-hour time, day of month, and chronometer

Band material: Napped leather

Band color: Tan with silver colored buckle

Band width: 22 millimeters

Dial color: Black

Dial window material: Mineral glass

Case material: Metal alloy

Case diameter: 46 millimeters

Case thickness: 13 millimeters

Weight: 71 grams (2.5 ounces)

Water resistance: 3 ATM (splash resistant only)

Benyar BY-5103M Chronograph
Benyar BY-5103M Chronograph | Source
Benyar BY-5103M Chronograph
Benyar BY-5103M Chronograph | Source

Visual Appeal

The black and orange dial is packed with subdials, reminding me of the dashboard of a sports car or, perhaps, a small plane. It is quite striking.

Benyar chose to use a black colored second hand which, unfortunately, is difficult to pick out against the background of the chronometer’s dial.

The silver crown and pushbuttons will come across as a bit flashy for some people, but I like the effect.

This watch’s strap is composed of a napped leather; perhaps suede. The band looks really good but the fine hairs coating its surface tends to pick up oil from your skin. This results in a strap which is darker where it is handled. While I consider this to be an example of building the timepiece’s character, others will feel the strap is covered in filth.

Most Chinese manufactured watches arrive protected by bubble-wrap and stuffed into an envelope. The Benyar BY-5103M came enclosed within a solid cardboard and plastic presentation box. They also included a tag, guarantee card, polishing cloth, and professionally produced user’s manual. If my intention were to purchase a timepiece as a gift, this presentation box would provide an incentive to choose the Benyar chronograph.

Durability

While I prefer stainless steel, this watch’s metal alloy case appears to be reasonably sturdy. It does, however, produce an irritatingly tinny sound when removed from my wrist and placed upon my bedroom dresser.

The pushbuttons jut out from the edge of the case and at times I have unintentionally initiated the stopwatch function. If unnoticed, this will reduce battery life.

Advertisements for the Benyar chronometer note that it includes a genuine Japanese movement. While I suspect this is correct, the movement’s origin cannot be verified due to my inability to remove the caseback. Either it is cross-threaded or I have reached that sad age where muscles began to atrophy. I really hope it is the former.

The soft and supple leather strap feels sturdy and should provide good service.

All pushbuttons function correctly and both the time and date can be easily set. These are the hallmarks of a quality movement.

Benyar BY-5103M Chronograph.  Note the dark area where oils from the skin have soaked in the leather
Benyar BY-5103M Chronograph. Note the dark area where oils from the skin have soaked in the leather | Source
Benyar BY-5103M Chronograph
Benyar BY-5103M Chronograph | Source

Overall Impression

While this watch is not perfect, the Benyar BY-5103M’s strengths far surpass its weaknesses. If you are in the market for a reasonably priced chronometer, this timepiece will be on your shortlist.


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        Herb 4 months ago

        Thanks for the info Shilly.

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