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Looks nice, a good buy in this price range
on December 7, 2012
OK, let's face it, this is not a Swiss watch. It's an inexpensive Chinese watch sold under a Swiss- or German-sounding name. Stuhrling is not the only "legend brand" to do this--they remind me of the watches that are advertised in airline magazines, with a long story about the brilliance of Swiss watchmakers that distracts you from the fact that the actual watches aren't truly Swiss. In reality, the quality of this watch is not as high as even the low-end offerings from the Japanese watchmakers like Seiko or Citizen, or the more affordable Swiss makers like Tissot.
BUT--we're talking about a 70-dollar watch here! I'm actually really pleased by its appearance, and it feels solid. It even came packaged impressively. If I didn't know better, out of the box I'd think this was a considerably more expensive watch than it actually is. It's beautiful, actually. Stuhrling has an impressively huge selection of designs, and this allows them to offer a lot of watches that don't have any comparable examples from the "real" watch companies.
I haven't worn the watch enough to vouch for its long-term durability, but I have read some good things about the quality of the quartz movements used in Stuhrling watches (this is not necessarily the case for their mechanicals).
Normally I'm a big fan of affordable but high-quality automatic mechanicals, and I have several Seiko and Citizen mechanicals in my collection, as well as a true Swiss watch that was nearly 700 bucks. But this watch really caught my eye, and I have to say I love it so far. Much nicer than a typical Timex or Casio watch, and a pretty good deal.