This watch has the BRIGHTEST backlight I've ever seen. It's got 2 white LEDs surrounding the face, one 6 and one at 12, and if it was any brighter, it'd be annoying. I wore this one for a couple years on and off, and it shows some wear but not abuse. I'm including a leather zulu strap that's got minimal wear as the nylon one I used to wear with this was repurposed and then lost. Zulu's are widely available, if you don't like the leather, get yourself a new one.