The Decker

This is my second Fossil watch and have to say I’m really quite pleased with this one as well.  This model is from the “Decker” range, the AM4384 Black silicon Strap Date watch.

Fossil "Decker" silicon strap watch AM4384

Fossil “Decker” silicon strap watch AM4384

This is an Analogue/Quartz model and it certainly has good presence on the wrist.  A good solid build in Stainless Steel, polished sides with mat lug upper surfaces plus a neat black fixed bezel top with white minute markings.  The dial is black and the hands broad white luminous painted with a black center seconds hand topped with a white dot marker.  The minutes are noted by use of white luminous batons and the date window is @3 with black background and white date numbers.  Whilst the flat crystal is not specified as anti-reflective, it IS remarkably clear and scores VERY highly in the clarity stakes.
I also note the center seconds and and white dot pretty well match up with the markers on the dial – something that many more expensive watches should, but often don’t manage, which is nice to see.  I like that.

Solid Stainless Steel build + flexible silicon strap

Solid Stainless Steel build + flexible silicon strap

Checking the dimensions of this model it’s 43mm diameter (ex crown), 13mm depth, weighs 92gms with strap and interestingly it’s one of those models that looks “neat” on the wrist – a really good trick if it can be achieved – as here!  Well done Fossil.

All in all an excellent dial design for optimum clarity, reminiscent of my Laco and a very practical style that’s increasingly finding its way into my watch collection.

The back as usual with Fossil is a flat polished mirror like stainless steel finish and because it’s flat it doesn’t travel on the wrist.

The usual Fossil clean stainless screw back. Note the quick release strap.

The usual Fossil clean stainless screw back.  Note the quick release strap.

The lovely flexible silicon strap with brushed stainless buckle is a delight to wear – a feature I noted on the “Machine Ana Digital” model I already own.  The watch is marked on the dial (and the back) as 10ATM (100ft) Water Resistant and the back also sports the Model Number and Serial code.

Brushed stainless steel buckle with Fossil logo.

Brushed stainless steel buckle with Fossil logo.

Time setting – To alter the date pull out the large crown to position 2 and move in either direction to set the date to the day PRIOR to the one you wish to set.  Then pull the crown out to position 3 and turn anti-clockwise to move the date to the correct date and then continue to the correct time.  I note the crown does not “click” into any position, but simply moves, which is a little disconcerting – but it seems to function OK.

Flat back comfort comfortable and a perfect size.

Flat back comfort comfortable and a perfect size.

In conclusion I would comment this is a very fine watch and indeed it puts others to shame with it’s overall finish, build quality and design.  I would further comment and say I’m very impressed with quite a number of Fossil watches over the past couple of years as they’re making a habit of producing models that are very attractive, a slightly butch look but without being ostentatious or silly.  Not only a fashion watch as some might say and to me Fossil are pretty serious watch maker now.

To sum up this watch in one word I’d have to say  “quality”.  It is a seriously good watch, especially for the money.

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