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Review of the Sanda 723 Military Style Watch

Updated on January 02, 2017
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Walter Shillington is an avid collector of mechanical watches. His reviews focus on inexpensive but often intriguing Chinese timepieces.

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Sanda 723 Military Style Watch
Sanda 723 Military Style Watch | Source

Habitually, I hibernate all winter, waiting until the late spring before creeping outside to clean up the yard and replace the bits and pieces of my house that have rotted away.

As fall approaches I become restless, aware that snow will shortly confine me to my living room and endless hours of Netflix.

I hike, sometimes camping out for days at a time. And, because gale force winds and heavy rain usually accompany me during these excursions, I decided to pick up a cheap watch. One that could handle these less than ideal conditions. I settled on the Sanda 723.

I purchased this timepiece from a vendor on DHgate for $10.80. It arrived on schedule and was adequately packed.

Description

The Sanda 723 is a large but not particularly heavy watch, weighing in at 70 grams (2.48 ounces). It spans 55mm and is 17.5mm thick. The watchband ranges from 22mm to 27mm in width.

The case is composed of ABS plastic. A blued head of what appears to be a large bolt protrudes from the left edge. Five pushbuttons control the various digital functions and an oversized plastic crown is used to set the time.

This quartz watch is powered by a CR2016 battery which the watch’s manufacturer claims will last for up to two years. The stainless-steel case back conveniently notes the battery type and the functions of the various pushbuttons.

The top left button operates an led backlight. Three other buttons are utilized to select the mode and apply settings. A fifth button appears to be decorative.

A brightly colored metal band circles around the edge of the ABS plastic dial. Depending on the timepiece you chose, this band will be colored black, green, gold, blue or red. The watch’s hands are painted with a relatively ineffective coat of luminescent paint.

An interestingly labeled decorative subdial is situated in the upper left quadrant of the dial. At the bottom a digital readout provides the date, timer and alarm functions.

The Sanda 723 features a polyurethane resin watchstrap with a dual pin buckle. Its movement is Japanese in origin.

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The Manufacturer

I have been unable to identify the manufacturer of the Sanda 723. More than likely, a marketing company selected this design from a factory catalogue and asked them to brand it Sanda.

This watch was assembled in Guangdong, China. It can be purchased, wholesale, from a number of trading companies. Among those suppliers are Ningbo Spring Smiles Tada Trading Company and Guanzhou HuaFan Trading Company.

Specifications

Brand: Sanda

Condition: New with tag

Model: Sanda 723

Place of Origin: Guangdong, China

Gender: Male

Display: Dual

Movement: Japanese quartz

Style: Military/Sport

Features: Dual display

Functions: Date, day, timer and alarm

Band material: Polyurethane resin

Band width: 22mm to 27mm

Band color: Black with stainless steel buckle

Dial color: Black

Dial window material: Acrylic

Case material: ABS plastic

Case diameter: 55mm

Case thickness: 17.5mm

Weight: 70 grams (2.48 ounces)

Water resistance: 30 meters

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Visual Appeal

Your first impression is one of military specifications on steroids. The head of what appears to be a large bolt protrudes from the left edge of the watch. Four oversized hex screws secure the two halves of the case. The strap is double-breasted and equipped with a built-in wedge to prevent this watch from accidentally slipping from your wrist.

A colored metal band surrounds the dial. It shines very brightly as it is set against a watch that is composed mainly of dull black, light sucking materials.

The dial is flat black and textured with a diamond pattern. Paint is poorly applied with uneven edges.

A rather intriguing decorative subdial livens the upper portion of the dial. The digital display at the bottom includes a subsection in a different color which indicates the day of the week. I quite like that.

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Accuracy

As with all quartz watches, this timepiece is very accurate. All digital functions performed as expected. There is a fair amount of play when adjusting the time but the hands do not unexpectedly jump when pressing in the crown.

Durability

The crystal is acrylic. This type of material scratches quite easily but, because the case rises far above the dial face, this will not pose a problem.

The Sanda 723 is marketed as a shockproof watch, ideal for extreme environments. It, supposedly, can handle altitudes of 8000 meters, a temperature as low as -60 degrees Celsius, and pressure between 300 and 1100 millibars. I did not test these claims.

Stated water resistance is 30 meters. The manufacture notes this watch can be used in the shower—providing water is not hot—and in the swimming pool. Buttons should not be pressed during these activities. This, however, is a ten-dollar watch. I would not advice putting these claims to the test.

The plastic case appears to be reasonably sturdy and the pushbuttons do not protrude enough to snag. This watch’s strap is composed of polyurethane resin, a form of synthetic rubber which resists abrasions and will not easily tear. Direct sunlight will shorten its lifespan so, if you consistently work outside all day, you might consider another type of watchband.

Wedge prevents strap from accidentally slipping from wearer's wrist
Wedge prevents strap from accidentally slipping from wearer's wrist | Source
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Overall Impression

Aside from poorly applied paint, the Sanda 723 is well constructed. All functions perform satisfactorily and the timepiece keeps accurate time. The watchband is very sturdy although I did find the wedge, designed to prevent the strap from accidentally falling from my wrist, made removal more difficult than necessary.

This watch is extremely bulky and the design not to my taste. However, if you do like this style, the Sanda 723 is worthy of consideration.


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