What can be said about a watch? It is rugged, with the ability to stand being underwater and be dropped a time or two? Or could it be fashionable, receiving a plethora of compliments everywhere you go. Any way you look at it, this is a device that tells time. What would you do if the word used to describe your watch was confusing? The TokyoFlash Kisai Maze will tell you the time, but you’ll have to learn of its secrets first.
There are many different color options for this watch, wristbands are either stainless steel or black, and the displays are either blue, red, green, or mirror. The wrist strap has many links that can be removed, so you’ll never have to worry about having a wrist that is too small or large. Probably the most important aspect is the face of the watch, which has been framed underneath a mineral crystal lens. The display is comprised of digital cubes that make up the visual puzzle your eyes get to feast upon.
Construction on this time piece is very solid, without being overly heavy (130 grams). You will notice the extra weight on your wrist, but it’s not uncomfortable as the day wears on. The watch face is hefty enough for you to need to do the “wrist wiggle” quite often to get it centered up again though.
It runs off of a CR2025 battery that is easy to replace (as in easy to find, leave changing out the battery to professionals unless you really know what you’re doing). While this isn’t exactly waterproof, it does have a water resistance of 3ATM, which equates to about 90 feet underwater before it would start to leak. This means it will be safe for washing your hands, rain, or sticking your hand in a puddle to retrieve dropped keys. If something should happen to it, there is a one year warranty.
The one I used was the Black/Blue combination, I found that a few hairlines scratches were cropping up, revealing the silver underneath. This was just from everyday bumps and collisions. While it’s not terribly noticeable to anyone else, you’re probably going to be concerned about getting a $139 watch that will have the slightest bit of tarnish in the first week. My advice? Go for the silver, unless you heart is really set on black. It’s not a huge deal, but would be if you’re used to keeping things in mint condition.
Modes and Settings
Things are pretty quick and easy to understand. There are only two buttons, labeled “A” and “B” in the manual, which means setup for this thing is quite simple. You can adjust the time date, turn on and off alarms, the animation, and switch between maze and digital mode. You’ll find that you’ll still be able to tell time in the maze mode once you’ve figured out the patterns. While I didn’t get the time right 100% of the time in this mode, it was a fun game of guessing for what the time actually was.
This is a sturdy watch that is going to last you. Solid build, fun display, and easy setup. It is a bit pricey, but was made to be sturdy and hold up for a good, long while. My only gripe is that the black finish is going to wear off to reveal its silver underbelly, so silver is likely the better option. If this tickles your fancy, you can find it here.