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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent budget Skeleton watch. Perfect for daily wear., June 29, 2011
This review is from: Relic Men's ZR77224 Automatic Silver-Tone Watch (Watch)
I received this (along with a few other watches) as an anniversary present from my wife after pointing it out to her a few months prior. I had been wanting a skeleton automatic but they all seemed to fall into the extremely cheap (under $50, junk Chinese build) or expensive ($500+ Swiss) categories with nothing in the middle ($100 - $250 Japanese). The only reasonably priced options I found were from Bulova, but only the Bulova 96A109 fit the style I was looking for. When searching for a local retailer to view the Bulova I came across the Relic in question and was very surprised by the build quality. It obviously fell into the Chinese build category, but the quality was a step above others I'd seen such as Kenneth Cole, Akribos, etc. Even side-by-side with the Bulova it held its own in terms of build quality. Given the Relic 12 year warranty and the fact that they are owned by Fossil, I decided it was worth taking a gamble and suggested it to my wife.

After receiving the Relic months later I'm even more impressed. Upon close inspection and comparison with photos online, it looks like the movement is some flavor of the common Seagull automatic movement which is a Chinese clone of an ETA design and commonly respected as a solid inexpensive automatic movement IF quality control is tight enough. Thus far the Relic has kept time within about ~30 seconds over 7 days, or better than 5 seconds per day. This is pretty decent while still in the break-in period and may settle down even more. The movement also hacks (stops when the crown is pulled out) and hand-winds, both features usually not present in inexpensive automatic movements (even those from the highly respected Seiko SKX divers). The hand-wind and lack of any day/date complications means this watch can very quickly be wound and set after several days/weeks/months of not being worn. The power reserve seems to last about 3 days on a full wind, also impressive.

So far I don't have any real complaints with this watch, especially given the price. At the $80 regular price it's a solid choice, but it also often drops as low as $65 making it a real steal. If you're interested in a Skeleton watch and, like me, couldn't find a good mid-priced Japanese option, this Relic seems to be about the best of the cheaper Chinese choices and well exceeds its price in terms of quality, both the movement and overall build.

UPDATE: After about a month of use, this watch has stayed within +/- 1 minute or better per week. This is excellent for a watch in this price range, making this watch an extremely good value.
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Initial post: Jul 13, 2011 6:18:13 PM PDT
car guy says:
Good review, thanks. Do you know the case size in mm, and also the size in mm at the lug (strap size)

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 8:35:13 PM PDT
Thanks for your review! Very useful.
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