after wearing the watch for a few months i thought id include an update:
the black band is susceptible to scratching, exposing the silver coloring underneath -- i have several mini scratches from everyday use. also, ive noticed that many of the pins in the band and parts of the clasp (where it meets the band that move from natural use) are exposing the silver from the paint chipping off. im guessing nixon would cover this under warrantee but seems kind of cheap from a somewhat pricey watch. the main face unit is still flawless though -- they should have used a better spray paint for these things...