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Initial post: May 25, 2011 8:43:24 AM PDT
dejavu says:
I'm interested in Boccia.com titanium watches. Any comments are appreciated. Also any comments about titanium watches. I like the idea of a lighter weight. Am concerned about the quality and reliability of the Boccias. Thanks.

Posted on May 25, 2011 8:50:28 AM PDT
Eljay says:
I have a Boccia and I love it. It has a very sleek distinctive style. The only place I have seem them is in Teno in Las Vegas.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2011 8:55:40 AM PDT
dejavu says:
Can you tell me how long you have had it and the reliability? I found them at Boccia.com. I haven't found any customer reviews although the company has been around for several years. Thanks Eljay.

Posted on May 25, 2011 9:21:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 25, 2011 9:40:57 AM PDT
GRiM says:
Dejavu, I'm not familiar with them, but they use a Japanese quartz movement (probably a Miyota) which will almost certainly be reliable. It's hard to get a quartz movement wrong, and Miyotas are as good as anybody's (setting aside specialty movements like the Citizen Eco Drives, Seiko kinetics, and the high accuracy quartzes from Breitling, Bulova and Seiko).

Titanium, unless specially hardened, will scratch much more easily than steel. I have a Seiko titanium, and the greater vulnerability to scratching is very evident. I am told that it is easier to buff the scratches out of titanium than steel but, to be honest, I haven't tried yet. With that said, the weight difference is quite noticeable and I like that Seiko a lot for that reason.

The other vulnerable point on the Boccia watches will be the crystal, which is mineral rather than sapphire. However, that is hard to avoid at the price point. A gray market Victorinox with a sapphire crystal might be available for a similar price, but it's fairly hard to find a sapphire crystal below about $200.

EDIT: I see some of the Boccias have a sapphire crystal, which is impressive at the price point.

Posted on May 28, 2011 8:37:55 AM PDT
dejavu says:
Thanks to both of you for your help.

Posted on May 29, 2011 5:05:41 PM PDT
Yes, I have one. Wife got it for me like 6 or 7 years ago. I love it - doesn't really scratch as easily as said previously - course never use it for ditch digging or anything. Course battery seems to have crapped out now - but guess I can't complain.
shawn

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 9:23:15 PM PDT
Ken Malley says:
I would not buy one again because of the weak crystal. I love the watch, but the non-sapphire crystal has signs of wear aftr a month. And I do not abuse my stuff. As a point of comparison, I have a eight year old Skagen with only minor wear by comparison.

Posted on Jun 3, 2011 3:52:11 AM PDT
X says:
Now that's strange; which Skagen do you have with a sapphire crystal?

Posted on Jul 8, 2011 5:01:58 PM PDT
N. Kluger says:
I've been wearing Boccia watches for 15 years and I love them all. I have never had a problem with any of them. When they do scratch, it is very easy to buff out and they are extremely reliable.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2011 9:20:04 AM PDT
I have one that I bought in Las Vegas maybe 8+ years ago for $25 at one of the hotel mall stores. I've had to replace the battery a couple of times but it stills looks and works like new. I wear it rarely, mostly as a dress watch (which is funny since it cost about the same as a Timex) but it seems solid and durable. Very classy, clean and simple looking. It is suspiciously like a Skagen watch I bought recently but the Bocci case and band are of much higher quality...the Skagen and the Bocci are so similar that I think the Skagen is the cheaper version (based on the fact that my 2 week old Skagen fell off my arm due to poor quality attachment to the watch body).

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 6:57:54 AM PDT
J. Follis says:
I've worked construction for many years. I have just ordered my third Boccia titanium watch, sapphire crystal cover, titanium link band.
Thus configured, these watches get about 5 years on the job.
The titanium band seems to be non-corrosive and does not irritate. This band's clasp is fool-prof, I have never found the watch disappeared at the end of the day.
It's worth taking the watch to a jeweler for initial band adjustment and inevitable battery change, as the big box store people are often rough on the watch.

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 8:59:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 23, 2012 9:06:18 AM PDT
X says:
JF: Working construction means you are more liable than Mister Average to get your watch wet. A cheap battery change can end up with a watch which is no longer water-resistant at all, whatever the quality of the watch. Your prudence is more than justified.

There are some tough, affordable Citizen Eco-Drive and Seiko Solar which do not need battery changes. Also Casio Solar have a good reputation, (and are remarkably cheap...), but I do not directly know anyone who has one. Casio's G-Shock are preferred by all sorts of folk who will lead their watches a tough life, so I would expect their Tough Solar to perform in line with that reputation.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013 9:25:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 5, 2013 9:26:23 AM PDT
Money Penny says:
What's the difference between a "cheap"battery change and an expensive one? I suppose it's when you have to send it somewhere and they clean it etc as well and charge loads. I have to do this with a Raymond Weil watch I have but it can't be worth it for a cheap Boccia?Where would you send this?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013 9:43:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 5, 2013 9:43:58 AM PDT
GRiM says:
MP, anyone (including me) can change any watch battery with about $15 worth of tools. The question is whether the person servicing will lubricate / replace O-rings and otherwise verify water resistance, such as by pressure testing (which requires relatively expensive machinery). There's a guy at our local mall who will change batteries for $15 and claims they are still water resistant thereafter - I took my Seiko perpetual into the pool afterwards and it didn't take on water, so some level of water resistance remained. I think it's less a matter of cost than whether the person has the right equipment and is paying attention.

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 1:09:48 AM PDT
Mick Carroll says:
I had a Boccia for several years and loved it. I took it back to the dealer I bought it from for a general overhaul and a year later I am still waiting to get it back - they claim that the factory is "very busy". I have given up waiting and bought a Skagen six months ago - I think it's better - lighter, thinner and better looking.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2013 7:24:06 AM PDT
N. Kluger says:
Hi mike, if you are in the united states then your dealer is seriously lying to you. Once the us distributors receive a watch, they fix it on site and send it back within a week.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2013 11:32:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 10, 2013 11:34:28 AM PDT
dejavu says:
Update: I bought a Boccia and have liked it. There was a problem within the warranty period and I returned it to Boccia in Las Vegas. It was repaired within an acceptable time and has been OK. I do like the lightness as I would not have bought a watch this size that was not titanium because it would have been too heavy.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2013 11:58:11 AM PDT
Mick Carroll says:
Clearly the after-sales service is considerably better in the US than here in the UK!! I reckon they have lost my watch and won't own up to it!!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2013 7:31:21 AM PDT
That's what I was thinking. Maybe someone liked it more than yourself.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2013 8:29:10 AM PDT
In my neighborhood the difference is after they change the battery "with a new gasket" they vacuum test it make sure it is waterproof. The cheap ones just change the battery and throw it back at you.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2013 4:36:55 PM PDT
sandy keese says:
I have had a Boccia for about 7 yrs. now. A pretty blue face & silver link bracelet, both titanium. Have had to now, have some work done on it, probably from being in my packetbook for a month. So worth the 60$ to fix it. As it goes w/ me to construction sites, kayaking, biking, it is a rugged watch, light, you can hardly feel it on your wrist which is something I like a lot.

Posted on May 29, 2013 4:48:21 AM PDT
MW says:
Have just bought one from John Lewis on Oxford Street for £62.50 (half price clearance). Funny thing was I was quite prepared to pay the usual £125 asking price! Looks great and very smart. Even if I only get a couple of years out of it I will be happy... (in fact that is what the warranty period is anyway)

Posted on May 29, 2013 4:49:19 AM PDT
MW says:
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Posted on Aug 31, 2013 6:21:03 PM PDT
H Lain says:
I bought a Boccia Titanium this past January. I am now on my 3rd or 4th one, I have lost track, and it just started losing time, just like the first 2, 3 , or 4. Universal watch doesn't want to refund my money, keeps sending me watches, and have pretty much said that it "just must be me." If it's just me then I think it's awfully strange that I have both a Casio G-Shock analog and a Seiko Titanium that I've had for years and neither of them have ever lost any time. I've went back to the G-Shock and am just going to write off the Boccia as a learning experience. $195.00 (sapphire crystal) seems like an expensive lesson though

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 10:26:28 PM PDT
Mikarvey says:
I have 2 Boccias and they look great and operate as well or better than any at their price point. I bought one in Brussels and the other in Los Angeles.
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