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The Kisai Night Vision LED Watch is another uniquely designed watch for TokyoFlash.com. The concept was originally posted on the TokyoFlash Design Studio Blog and voted as one of the most popular designs. At first glance, it looks like foreign characters or just flashing lights. However, at closer review, this timepiece is much easier to decipher versus the Kisai Seven. If you’re looking for a new watch but want something completely different from what’s out there, this is a great start.
How to Tell Time
Once illuminated, the outer ring of LEDs are in the same placement as the numbers on an analog clock. Which ever LED is flashing, that is the hour. In the center of the hexagonal watch, you’ll see the minutes. For example, in the picture below, the time is 4:16.
You have to press the button (Button A) on the side of the watch to turn the lights on. This is one extra step since most non-LED lit watches don’t need to be turned on every time you want to view the time. However, if you don’t want you battery to die everyday, it’s easy to cope with. If you press the lower button (Button B) on the side it gives you the date: the month in the outer ring and the day in the center. You can even set an alarm.
Ease of Use
Once the time and date is set, you’re ready to go. The watch band is metal with a matte finish. Like other metal bands, you can remove or add links in order to fit to the size of your wrist. Unfortunately, because of the matte finish, the band scratches very easily. Using the watch is simple because of the simplicity in the time telling. Although it looks super futuristic, that’s what makes this watch intriguing. Unfortunately, telling time during the day in sunlight, it was hard to see the green light. The only way I could see the watch face in the lights was to find shade and view it there. Maybe another color other than our green would be easier. Looking at the watch indoors was fine. Because of the contrast with the black and the bright LED lights, I did not have any problems. The last test was charging the battery.
Charging the Battery
Just like the Kisai Seven, in order to charge the LIR2032 battery, you must unscrew a small screw on the side of the watch. In the box, you’re equipped with a very small but cute screwdriver; just don’t lose it. Once unscrewed, take the white USB cable and plug into the watch. You can charge via a computer or if you have a wall adapter for USB that works as well too. The charge lasts for a month and only takes a few hours to complete. At first glance I thought I’d need to charge the watch each week and thought screwing and unscrewing something would be a hassle; since it’s once a month, it’s really not so bad. Again, don’t lose the screwdriver.
- Displays the time and date
- Alarm mode
- Unisex design for small & large wrists
- USB rechargeable: unscrew & connect to your computer
- USB cable and screw driver included
- Light-up animation feature (can be turned off)
- Solid stainless steel case
- Adjustable stainless steel strap and clasp
- Minimum wrist size: 100 mm (approx.)
- Maximum wrist size: 215 mm (approx.)
- Case Dimensions: 38 mm x 42 mm x 11 mm
- Weight: 120 grams
- Water resistance: 3ATM
- Battery: LIR2032 rechargeable & replaceable battery
- Japanese and English instructions
- One year warranty
This style watch is not for everyone. However, if you are a watch collector or if you like to wear jewelry, “bling” or accessories that are “out of this world,” this is a great product. Although the watch has a masculine touch to it, I do feel that it can be considered a unisex accessory. As mentioned before, the watch’s LED lights come in multiple colors: green, blue and red. You can buy one directly from Kisai on the official ToykoFlash website for only $149.99. Considering other brands that have similar watches range between $150 to $200 for a watch similar to this, I feel the price is right for this make and model. But remember, other brands have “similar” watches; this is a one of a kind. I say, go for it.