Yesterday, we started taking a look at the Kisai Optical Illusion from TokyoFlash.  We focused in some on the looks, and the touch functionality of the screen.  Today, we’ll wrap up our impressions, and let you know how the watch performed in regular wear.

The particular model we reviewed featured a black case and bracelet with natural LCD; but you can also get it in a silver case, and/or a green LCD.  Some notes on the case and bracelet:  overall, I found the finish to be very even and well done.  The one exception is the in the bracelet.  When you remove links to adjust it, you’ll see that the links themselves are not fully coated.  Not something you’re going to see while wearing the watch, but something to be aware of.

And when you’re removing links, bring along some patience.  These were the most difficult pins I’ve had to remove in quite some time.  Again, certainly not a dealbreaker, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t paint the full picture of my experience with the watch.  That was the only issues that I encountered with the bracelet though.  I found it to be quite comfortable, and fit nicely on my wrist.

In daily wear, the watch worked well.  No, it’s not a “quick glance” sort of watch – but you knew that already.  Hey, look at is as a good way to give your eyes a break from the computer screen!  And of the watches I’ve reviewed in this price segment (under $300), this one garnered the most attention and compliments.

Speaking of price, you’ll need to bring $199 to the party.  Is this the watch for you?  To be certain, there are definitely cheaper LCD watches out there.  However, this one offers a very cool display that you won’t find anywhere else (and gives you an excuse to be staring at your latest purchase).  For me, it’s reminiscent of those Magic Eye posters from the ’90s* (though much easier to read), and is worth the premium for that feature.

*Kids, ask your parents

By Patrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

7 thoughts on “REVIEW: TokyoFlash Kisai Optical Illusion (Part 2)”
  1. this looks neat, but $200 is incredibly steep. In that second picture, it looks like it does designs every so often. Does it do that, or was that some type of loading screen or something?

    1. The design is it’s default status. And you can read the time, you just have to unfocus your eyes a bit. Or, you can tap the screen and have it show the time, as the pictures show.

  2. From your post a while back, I ordered one of these while they were on sale. I got the black case with green LCD.

    My 15 year old son thought is was very cool and he could easily read it (I could too but he was faster at it), so I resized the bracelet for him and it’s now his.

    He is very happy with it. Some of his friends (3 at last count) can read it, others can not. So that alone makes him pleased.

  3. Bought this watch and I am very disappointed. Wonder how all the Images are so brigth? I have black with a green display – only it is such a light green you can hardly see anything, even in sunlight. Changed battery, but results were the same. No contrast at all, a touch screen that is quite unresponsive, Read best in the dark. Honestly, all the Images you can see on the web must be dramatically anhanced. Don´t fall for this, I regret this purchase.
    Greetings, Bernhard

    1. Sorry to hear you’ve had that issue – have you contacted TF? It’s possible there’s something up with your LCD.

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