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Poor Quality Mechanical Movements
on March 30, 2013
Bought 2 of these brand new, they both had problems from the first day. They feel heavy with good fit and finish, which conveys a feel of quality. However...
The first would gain 4 minutes every 24 hours, so I returned it, it was purchased from a non-Amazon site. Then I bought the 2nd from Amazon, and the watch would never even start ticking the seconds away.
When it arrived, I began to wind the spring a few turns and set the time. Then tried to wind the spring 15 more times. The second hand never started moving. Continued to wind the spring dozens of times. Then dozens more. Moved the hands forward a bit after each winding set to nudge the mechanicals in case that was necessary. The watch never began ticking seconds away. Searched the internet for Stuhrling problems, and found plenty of negatives on this brand's quality. Best looking watch I've seen for my tastes, even briefly thought about taking it to a watch shop to completely replace the movements with quality internals just to keep the case / hands / watch face and retain this specific style, but far too expensive even if the Japanese or Swiss movements could even be anchored in the case.
Extremely poor quality despite attempt at projecting quality image, wish I had gotten a working watch like the positive reviewers, but can't imagine how short-lived the gears and springs in the watch will be given the failure rate of the cheap movement internals when brand new.