After streamlining my collection from 55 to 11 watches, I realized I had nothing in all combat black. I remember selling the silver Seiko FlightMaster SNAB67 when, still under the spell of Las Vegas Oversized Bling, I thought it was too small and sold it regrettably.
I kept looking at the black version, the SNAB69 and after a few weeks decided to get one. One of my reservations was that at 43mm it would be too small, but it proves to be a significant timepiece, especially now that I don't esteem oversized fashion watches.
Another worry was that after "trading" several fashion pieces for the expensive Seiko Tuna a "cheap" $235 watch would be too much of a downgrade.
These worries proved unfounded. The SNAB69 is a great looking tool watch. Like the Seiko SKA427, it's not "black" as described; rather, it's a gunmetal charcoal.
The lume and readability are excellent on the SNAB69. In fact, it's easier to read than the SKA427 Kinetic Diver because the diver's hour hand blends too much with the indices. No such problem with the FlightMaster.
The gunmetal finish is like shiny oil and ice, very upscale at this pricepoint.
While only 43mm across the bezel, it plays big on the wrist (hope to get my wife to take some on-wrist photos).
While I generally prefer non-chrono dials and their uncluttered look, the busy SNAB69 bezel is very cool and very toolish and because it's easy to read, I'm thus far a big fan of it. It's great to bring a gunmetal watch into my collection, one that's classy without being overpriced, substantical without being Las Vegas oversized, and chrono while being easy to read.