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beautiful watch! doesn't last long.,
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This watch looks better then the $200 Edelhausen I purchased for my father. Don't know how durable this one is yet; just got it yesterday. It doesn't have the kinetic winding pendulum like the Edelhausen, so you'll have to wind it up every day. The only thing I don't like is the 4 o'clock symbol. It should be an IV not an IIII. This is actually the same error as on the Edelhausen. Makes me think that it's the same manufacturer...in China most likely, even though it says Swiss. In any case, this watch looks great! You can see all the cogs and springs working and the back of the watch is translucent too.
Update: So, I initially rated this watch a 5. Now, after a week and a half or so of use the watch is no longer functional. It does not wind....the knob turns but there is no resistance, as if the kogs or spring have gone out of alignment. I did not wind it more then 20 times each day cause i did not want to damage the watch...even though the instructions said around 40 winds at a time is okay. It's a shame, I really liked how the watch looked but now it's going into the trash. Stay away from this one, it's not worth the hassle.
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Initial post: Apr 30, 2012 6:12:12 PM PDT
Cyborg Snowman says:
in respect to your "should be a IV, not a IIII" comment... it is traditional for time pieces to list 4 as IIII, even though that is incorrect per standard roman numerals. look it up online, there's many theories as to why, pick one and go with it ;)
Posted on Oct 4, 2012 3:45:01 PM PDT
Watches (and clocks, and bell towers) often use IIII instead of IV. The reason is twofold. First, IIII is the older method, so they are trying to make the watch more "traditional" looking. Second, and more realistically, the watch face would not be symmetrical if they used IV. The four on a watch face is opposite VIII. It may be a lame watch, but it isn't an error. Apparently there are other reasons too: http://www.ubr.com/clocks/frequently-aske
Posted on Jan 3, 2013 7:33:52 AM PST
Lawrence H. Bulk says:
Just out of curiosity -- I see that you bought it from Amazon. If it failed so quickly, why did you not contact Amazon for exchange or refund?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013 10:44:55 PM PST
I never tried returning an item before. Seems like too much of a hassle. You may be right, I should've returned it when it got messed up but I threw it out instead. In case you wanna buy this watch I'd not recommend it. It's very flimsy and there are plenty of other skeleton watches in this price range that are of better quality. Try Fossil or Kenneth Cole (used). I'm currently using a Kenneth Cole and it's great; no problems so far.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2013 7:15:34 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 4, 2013 7:19:39 AM PST
Lawrence H. Bulk says:
Fossil is too expensive for me and, regarding Kenneth Cole (used), I never buy "used."
Though it generally does not happen often, returning an item to Amazon is very easy, almost as easy as ordering. Just go into your Orders and follow the appropriate links to effect the return.
I have had to return two defective items within the last two months (my first returns in years) and the process is straightforward. The return costs you nothing; Amazon pays for the shipping. And I chose to have UPS pick the items up at my door; I didn't even have to go anywhere nor did I have to prepare an address label. UPS supplies it. All I had to do was to place the item in a box and seal it with tape.
You can, of course, choose to send the item back yourself, dropping it off at an appropriate location. In that case, Amazon supplies a pre-paid label.
It really couldn't be easier. In fact, it's easier than returning an item at a store with all the hoops you must jump through at those places.
And if you don't wish to prepare a return online yourself, you can telephone Amazon and they will do everything for you.
Not that $20.00 is such a big deal, but, based on the principle of the thing, it's something to remember the next time.
Posted on Jul 6, 2013 5:54:56 PM PDT
But really, what did you expect from a $20 made in china peice of crap from a brand named "ShoppeWatch"?
Posted on Dec 24, 2013 3:29:26 PM PST
A watchmaker advised me that you cannot wind the watch in one direction only, the ratcheting mechanism will break. You should wind one turn then one turn in the other direction to reset the teeth.
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