Finish is actually quite nice for the price. I swim about two miles a week and so I've had it in the pool with no leaking issues there either. However... It stopped working yesterday. Wouldn't move even when wound. I rapped it against the kitchen counter, and it started working again, but there was a rattle inside. Hmm. Removed the back tonight, and the rotor had come loose and was floating around in the case, so it wasn't self-winding. I was able to put it back in place (that is a REALLY tiny screw - I had to use a razor blade as a screwdriver) and all seems well. We'll see. For $60 it's no big loss if the thing craps out, but I really like it, and so if it does break, I'll consider giving them another chance.