Top positive review
Attractive, tough, and reasonably priced time piece
on May 7, 2014
I have this watch for close to a year now and I am quite happy with it. I like the "nakedness" of the watch, being able to see the escapement, rotor, mainspring, balance wheel, etc. However, I do not like how the surface of the watch has a brushed texture, rather than the smooth one shown in the pictures (I submitted my own picture for reference) Also, I agree with a reviewer that the packaging is rather large and pretentious. I believe Sturhling is trying too hard to create a "luxury" watch experience by fluffing up the box that the watch comes in.
However, I can attest to the build quality of the watch. I accidentally dropped the watch on my driveway, and I was afraid that I had broken the movement, damaged the case, or cracked the glass. Despite the hard fall, there was no visible damage to the case, and the movement still keeps time as well as before the fall. In addition, the glass is still scratch free, so whatever that Krysterna crystal is made of, it's pretty tough. Unfortunately, I can't say the same thing for the band. I wear this to work regularly where I do a lot of typing, and I discovered that the clasp was quite scratched from resting my wrist on it.
Amazon has the wrong description when it described the movement as a Swiss quartz, which it is not. It is a mechanical watch with automatic movement. The back of the watch identified the movement as a ST-90089. Many people on watch forums believe it is a re-branding of a Chinese movement, Hangzhou 2189. The specs is as follows:
* Accuracy of +/- 45 seconds a day
* Running time of about 36 hours (I personally get about 13)
* Frequency of 6 beats per second (21,600 beats per hour)
* 20 jewels
* Bi-directional auto-winding
* Manual winding (it takes about 35 clockwise turn of the crown to fully wind the spring)