I read the comments about this watch before I decided to purchase it and a few made me skeptical, but overall, I went with my gut and got it. I am very glad that I did! Very nice watch, perfect for my profession as a nurse. People complained about the ban but I think its pretty sturdy, almost like leather and when it wears out I'll consider swicthing to a flex ban, but for now it works. I get alot of compliments from other nurses about this watch. Worth the purchase.