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A mid-range watch with identity issues.
on July 27, 2012
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Let me begin this review by stating that it's not the 168S.33551 is a 'bad' watch, rather its greatest fault lies in pretending it's something a great deal more than it is.
To explain, Stuhrling does a fantastic job of marketing their watches as upper end, also listing MSRPs accordingly. Unboxing a Stuhrling is an impressive thing, likewise the see-through display of their skeleton watches. Swappable bands (the alternative grey is snazzy) is a nice plus as well.
The problem is, these initial impressions are merely surface level. The 168S.33551 struggles to keep a consistent time, even when properly wound plus tethered to a very good watch winder. Also, build quality and feel is quite poor. Watch weight plus materials are clearly not as touted, with cheaper materials both on the casing plus represented within the watch's inner workings. Watch face does a poor job in diffusing light, leaving an almost hazy look to the displayed time. My wife's first impression wasn't any more positive: she thought the watch, 'looked better in the picture' and 'seemed cheap.'
As a comparison point, I have a highest end Omega Double Eagle Constellation plus a comparable Citizen EcoDrive to compare the 168S.33551 against. While I expected no overlap with the former (the Constellation is a magnificent timepiece), the 168S.33551 unfortunately also pales in comparison to the latter possessing a similar price point.
Thus and in sum: the 168S.33551 is arguably not a watch for someone who both knows and appreciates watches. Still, those looking for a snazzier looking, decent build watch at an affordable cost of entry could do a lot worse (i.e. fashion watches sporting poor mechanisms). Even more so as a gift, as Stuhrling goes a long way in celebrating the purchase experience plus generates compliments from folks admiring its dramatic styling.
FYI: Note the small-ish 2-year warranty.