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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2011
Color Name: WhiteSize Name: OSVerified Purchase
When reviewing a merchandise from Amazon, buyers often resort to criticizing the service (usually provided by market place merchants, not Amazon itself) and are frequently and promptly reminded by other reviewers to concentrate on the product, not circumstances under which they obtained it.

With this review, I again want to emphasize that the check-out process, communication and promptness of delivery of this watch by Amazon has been stellar as always. The company's performance in this regard worked like a 'swiss clock'. Its attention to what was being sold and how, on the other hand, didn't.

Once I held this 'timepiece' in my hand, I first and foremost realized that its crystal was NOT made of synthetic sapphire. As a test, albeit not the most reliable, one can knock the crystal with a nail: if the sound produced is like what one would expect to emanate from a solid rock, it's most likely sapphire. If the sound is more like quiet clinging from glass, the crystal's most likely made of mineral glass - a much cheaper and not desirable substitute. Those who know their watches also know all too well that sapphire is the most expensive part of a stainless steel Swiss quartz watch, once all the markup and pretentious hype is taken out. It's important to the product's reliability and integrity. Further, no one has to pay an exorbitant sum to own such a watch. Many, including some Wenger, Victorinox, Zodiac, and some Tissot watches can easily be found priced under $300.

Researching the web, including Wenger's own site, revealed that the crystal of this watch is only 'sapphire-coated'. I shouldn't have to explain the difference.

My second close examination found the watch bracelet made out of thin stamped stainless steel sheets, thus making the links hollow and taking away that subjective but wanted 'substantiality', or heft, in good watches. When handled, the 70489 Alpine - especially its bracelet - feels and sounds made of tin.

Why then did I ever purchase it, one might ask? Look at the Amazon's page for this product, read through Product Specifications, and see for yourself what's stated there. Listed fifth from the top, it says 'Dial window material type: synthetic-sapphire'. So, it's only $119 with free s/h for a Swiss made, sapphire-crystalled watch with solid stainless steel body and bracelet - after all, the Amazon's description never explicitly stated otherwise, and no one could have thought genuine Swiss-made watches are made of cheap, stamped sheet metal - thus an excellent deal, and good looking too! How can one go wrong!

It's currently on it's way back to Amazon, of course...

So, with this very review, I give Amazon (Wenger should be ashamed as it is for giving this 'timepiece' - well, it's a piece of something for sure - a MSRP of $200) ZERO stars for such a beguiling description. Who looses here? Amazon, for I sent the product back for a full refund, and I'd hope anyone with self-respect and common sense did as well.

On a side note, somewhat irrelevant to the purpose of this review, Wenger seems to have forgotten what the Swiss watch industry stands for in this day and age. No, their watches are NOT more reliable than Japanese- or even Chinese-made ones. Those frequently keep accurate time better. The construction, the materials, the aesthetics of a Swiss timepiece matter the most. Such watch must have some jewel-like properties to its quality, and that quality must be very good overall. It's having the back held by screws (the more, the merrier) and not of the push-in type, screw-in crown for better water resistance. The bracelet can be made of rubber and still be a very good one; however, if stainless steel's involved, it has to be nicely finished, 316L steel used throughout, including on the solid links. Or the watch could be made of ceramics, tungsten, and other high-quality, high-tech materials. And it's always welcome to have a synthetic sapphire crystal, even if that does push up the price.

Wenger, if you forgo all the above, where does that leave you and your products that's so different a place in the minds of consumers from where all that Chinese-made garbage is?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2011
Color Name: BlackSize Name: OSVerified Purchase
After having owned leather band Wenger watches in the past, I was looking for a nicer bracelet type watch. For $125.00, the build quality of this watch is impressive. As the reviewer for the white-dial version of this watch states, the links sound and feel like they are stamped stainless, but unless you're shaking your watch around constantly, this really shouldn't be a detractor. You have to figure, this is not a $1200 Tag Heuer, so there are going to be some compromises. I had a Tag, and honestly, I would prefer to wear something like this Wenger, as I don't live in minute-by-minute fear that I'm going to scratch up a watch that costs as much as a used car. Definitely very happy with this watch!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2011
Color Name: BlackSize Name: OSVerified Purchase
The watch has a large face, all minute markings are clearly visible, the hour markings glow at night. I like the bracelet, the sturdy look, all in all very good watch for a good price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2013
Color Name: BlackSize Name: OSVerified Purchase
I have been going through a watch every 18 months, and tried this Wenger.

Almost 3 years down the road, it has proven tough, reliable, comfortable and suitable for business or casual wear.

The crystal remains unscratched, the band is as clean, bright and excellent in appearance as I could want, and the clasp is still closing crisply and positively.

If (and when) I need a new watch, I will definitely buy a Wenger. This has been a real bargain!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2011
Color Name: WhiteSize Name: OSVerified Purchase
It's a watch, so no much to brag about it, nice look, well construction materials and great price as always in Amazon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
Color Name: BlackSize Name: OS
I just received my watch and I can say I am very pleased with the product. The watch photo does not do it justice its very shiny and clean looking. It is a perfect weight a little heavier and I like that. I think anyone interested in the slightest should buy it you wont be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2013
Color Name: WhiteSize Name: OSVerified Purchase
I love this watch. I have been using Wenger watches for nearly 20 years and have been happy with each one. This one keeps accurate time and is very attractive.

Thank you for asking me to review this purchase.

CLW
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2013
Color Name: BlackSize Name: OSVerified Purchase
Replaced an almost identical Wenger watch which was about 6 years old & had stopped...no watch repair in our area. Only feature don't like are the date numbers which are too small. The previous Wenger had larger date numbers & was perfect for my needs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2013
Color Name: BlackSize Name: OSVerified Purchase
BOUGHT THIS WATCH 17 YEAR OLD GRANDSON WHO CHOSE THIS TYPE WATCH FOR DRESS.
GRANDMAMA THINKS IT LOOKS BOTH SPORTY AND DRESSY.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2012
Color Name: BlackSize Name: OSVerified Purchase
I have only had the watch about 2 weeks, but so far I am pleased with it. For this price, the quality is good. I have not tested the watch's water resistance yet but intend to do so very soon, as this was one of the main reasons I bought it. The watch has a very attractive face, although it is a little larger than I expected (and would have preferred) based upon the images shown. Two minor complaints: 1. The bracelet is a little "tinny" and jingles a little with movement of my arm. On the positive side - it was pretty simple to remove a couple of links to shorten the bracelet (if you have the right tools). 2. The battery in the watch was dead when I received it. However, it was simple to change (again, if you have the right tools). Even so, I still rate the watch 4 of 5. I think I am going to like it.
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