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Skagen 233XXLSLB Review: Sundby Quartz Leather Casual Watch

The 233XXLSLB is among the well-known watches from the Skagen brand.

It comes in a modest and simple design and mainly targets men who are more concerned with keeping time and looking professional.

The analog piece has maintained the basics which should prove functional even in the modern world.

In this Skagen 233XXLSLB review, we seek more understanding about the accessory.

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Simple black dial

One thing Skagen has managed to do is to keep the dial face free of clutter.

You only get things that really matter and this makes time viewing easier. The dial is black in color and makes the silver-tone hands (hour, minute, second) and the Arabic numerals more visible. The only other thing here is the round date/calendar window just above the 6 o’clock point.

Relatively large Arabic numerals show time in 12-hour format while the smaller numerals, also Arabic, indicate in 24-hour time format.

And to remind you of the country where the Skagen village is located, the watch also has the Denmark name just below the Logo and brand name.

Basic analog display with Japanese quartz movement

Looking at the watch, what comes to mind is how watches used to be, simple. No unnecessary details but just telling time and date.

The watch is analog and features only 3 hands (hour, minute, and second). Also, they are plain with no sharp or pointed ends. However, they do feature lumen to help in viewing in dark or poorly lit surroundings

For movement, the wristwatch depends on simple Japanese quartz mechanism. It runs via a built-in battery which should offer long-lasting service.

It occupies minimal space and has few moving parts. This should offer more surety in regard to simple easy maintenance.

Skagen 233XXLSLB on wrist

Uncomplicated black leather band

The 233XXLSLB has deviated from the company’s practice of using a mesh stainless steel bracelet. This one has a leather band instead.

It should feel lighter than the others and should also be more flexible. The black color contrasts the shiny grey case but matches the black dial face. It is 22mm wide and has a sleek finish to maintain an elegant appeal.

Many consumers say it feels smoother than the mesh alternatives and also supports good air movement. The likelihood of the skin feeling stuffy or sweating too much should be low. The two-strap ends are secured by a metal buckle.

One sad bit is that the band isn’t interchangeable with the stainless steel mesh option.

Scratch-resistant mineral crystal

Skagen 233XXLSLB close up

Like most watches from the company, this one also boasts of mineral crystal. Its flat and round styling merges well with the polished stainless case and also provides good protection to the delicate hands.

It’s should be more handy and reliable when it comes to dealing with scratches, chips, dents, and stains.

It’s tolerance to stains, losing clarity, and sun glare or reflections seem decent. The hardened glass should be better than the acrylic in most aspects and also better than the more expensive and hardy sapphire in regards to being shatterproof.

Final verdict

This is a beautiful simple watch that meets everyday needs. It’s strong and durable thanks to the mineral crystal and stainless steel case.

It’s very comfortable and flexible courtesy of the nice leather strap and lightweight, and also requires minimal maintenance (fewer parts and Japanese quartz movement). In spite of its high quality and precision, it’s still among the affordable timepieces.