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Your average low tier watch.
on February 14, 2013
As a collector of watches, I generally look for a design that captures my attention. I am a very big fan of dive watches and usually I buy within that category. This piece however, I received as a gift from my mother. At first when I saw that it was a piece by Stuhrling, I was disappointed due to the fact that I own a few of their products, and all my experiences has been either a hit or miss. The overall look has a resembance to the great Rolex Submariner, however different enough to stand on it's own. One aspect Stuhrling does very well is their packaging. This piece comes packed inside a beautiful case that includes the paperwork and instruction manual, it is great to give as a gift. Now, I will be setting my review up by focusing on three main aspects of the watch, so you can focus and read upon what is the most important aspect to you.
Body - The body of the watch is well done, it is crafted from 316 stainless steel and has a brushed finish. The diameter of the body is about 42mm and the thickness is about 11-12mm. Not so sure about sizing in milimeter? Well the body is a bit above the average size, however it sits very well on the wrist. The thickness of the watch is very slim and can be worn very comfortably even with long sleeve shirts. The dial and bezel consists of the classic color combination of black and white. The layout of the dial is very simple, done with Arabic numerals and white hour markers. The hour and minute hand consist of a very unique shape and is an uncommon design, they are done in the shape of a sword which gives them a very masculine appearance. The bezel is very poorly made in terms of finish and quality and it cheapens the overall look of the watch. The crystal protecting the dial is known as Krysterna. Krysterna is a trademarked technique that belongs to Stuhrling and it is stated by the company that the crystal is as durable as sapphire when it comes to scratch resistance and as hard as mineral crystal when it comes to impact. However I cannot vouch for that since there isn't actual proof and I truly believe it is just a marketing scheme, or it can also be a copy of Seiko's hardlex crystal, which is very reliable. The crown is screwed down, which means you need to turn it in order to unscrew the crown to open and pull it out, then you change the time and date. The screwed down crown mechanic enables the watch body to have the ability to be water resistant up to 200M, which is about 660FT, however these watches aren't water tested and no one knows for sure if they are actually water resistance up to 200MM. Overall, very nice presentation and it is very appealing.
Movement - The movement in this watch is a Swiss parts Quartz Ronda 515, what that means is that it is a movement that is Chinese made but has a few Swiss parts integrated to use the term "Swiss". This movement is usually used in watches in the lower price ranges due to it's low price and high quantity being available for watch companies to use. However, it is an accurate movement and my watch has been keeping time within 1 minute compared to the atomic clock over a 3 week span, so that is good for a low tier watch but it is also to be expected since it is a quartz movement .The battery life of this movement can range anywhere between 3-4 years, so it has a very generous duration per battery change. For the price, it is a good movement that is being provided.
Strap/Band - The band of the watch has a very nice appearance. The band has two different finish, the outer links are done with a brushed finish to match the body, and the inner links are done with a very high polish finish to give the band a very contrast look and it is absolutely gorgeous. However, the band is very cheap, light and it isn't very durable but it is expected due to the low price point of this watch. Most companies that offer affordable watches usually tend to cut down the quality on their bands due to the cost of production. The length of the band is about 7 3/4 inches, so it isn't a very generous size and some men might have to order additional links in order to get a perfect fit. The band has a nice appearance however it isn't the greatest quality.
At the end of the day this is an affordable watch that keeps good time and has a good appearance. It is meant to be an everyday watch that you can bang around and put under rough usage. If your someone that is just looking for an everyday watch that you don't have to worry about much, then this is a good option but keep in mind that the quality can be a hit or miss. Hopefully I have helped! if you have any question or comment, feel free to contact me.
As of three weeks ago, the movement has broken down and the minute hand has fallen off the watch. I did use it as my beater and put it under quiet a lot of stress, so I guess if you are looking for a heavy duty watch, I would avoid this one and look at companies such as Orient, Luminox, Deep Blue, Seiko and Citizen.