The dial, as they describe it, is a real sheet of carbon fiber, not just a sticker. I have to say, I’m not always the biggest fan of carbon fiber, but this looks really good, with nice weave pattern and texture, especially if caught in the right light. One factor I really liked here was that the Seiko movement used allows the large second hand to be the running second hand, as opposed to the chronograph hand. On this racer model, your sub-dial above the 6 o’clock marker acts as the 60 second Chrono.
The bracelet has solid end links, and at first I thought there was some slight rattle to them, but that turned out to be from the clasp area. The links measure 3.5 mm, which is a little thin for a watch of this size and thickness in my opinion. Friction pins are used here to hold the links together, and the sizing was easy enough. One of the big issues I had though was getting it to fit.
The bracelet uses a dual deployant clasp and does not have half links. Because of this, I could not get a perfect fit, one link out too tight, one back in, too loose. Which is why during my testing period, I wore this on a custom leather strap. (This watch does look great on a strap, and Meister does sell these on leather, if you choose to go that route).
The lume used I believe is C1, as it is white paint on the hands and markers, and glows a subtle green in the dark. The lume is not going to be a show-stopper, by any means, but it was surprisingly decent for a non dive watch, and a watch of this price point. I’ve always said, if you want an inexpensive watch, with excellent lume, a Seiko is usually the way to go. For this being a non dive watch, the lame was sufficient for me.