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Don't Be Tempted To Buy This Beautiful Watch
on November 17, 2014
OK, I finally see why people are so disappointed with this watch and now so am I. The watch was only a few months old when the hands fell off the watch. Yes, like in several other reviews. Hands. Fell off. I was pretty annoyed, given the price point and fact that it was new, that the hands fell off during dinner, not a rigorous activity, and sloshed around inside the face. It was pretty embarrassing considering I gave it as a gift. I immediately sent it back to them with an incredulous letter about how I just bought the thing and the hands fell off, paid my $20 repair fee, and it came back with the hands back on. I meant to update my review then, "these people screaming about the hands coming off aren't just whistling Dixie...". I mean, it's just a darn watch, it needs the hands to tell time since that is the only function of a watch. But I'm glad I didn't update the review because a few months after that the watch exploded. You read that right. I can only theorize what may have happened but the watch was laying face down on a windowsill for a few hours. It was untouched until picked up to put back on at which time the glass back that exposes the gears was gone. Gone, gone. Couldn't be found on the floor. Who knows what happened to it. The gears were exposed and the seal was coming out. The hands were still on though, a great sign. I sent it back to Stuhrling with another baffled letter, again, "this watch is barely 6 months old and is trying to commit suicide...". I had to send them the $20 to repair it as well as $35 for the replacement back which I couldn't find (grumble). They fixed it again and sent it back to me.
On the positive side, they have fixed it each time for just the $20 each time (plus the cost of the missing part) but should a $150 watch be breaking TWICE in less than a year due only to poor design? Clearly, no.
Currently the watch has both hands and a back, but I'm worried about what is next.
I'm not sure why there are some really crappy reviews for this watch. I own another Stuhrling which has been my banging around, everyday watch for 6 years. It still looks ok (a little scratched up) and when it stopped working and it wasn't the battery, I sent it to Stuhrling in Brooklyn with my check for $20 and they fixed it and sent it back to me. I'm happy with the company and the quality.
I purchased this watch as a gift based totally on the style. It was a bonus that I had a positive experience with the manufacturer. The skeleton feature is really cool, the back is also clear so you can see all the way through it. It is a big watch and eats up a lot of space on the arm in a manly way. If you do not have a fairly big forearm it might look like you're 5 and trying on your dad's watch. The materials look solid, there is nothing flimsy about this watch. The band may be an issue because it does feel a little rubbery, can pull the hair out on the arm and does not breathe depending on how tight it is set. It allows for more fit options but a metal band might have been a better look for the bold face of this watch. It also glows in the dark which was not something I remember seeing on the specifications, nothing crazy bright, just the hands and the hour markers which is a great feature in the dark. Of course it is also water resistant, I think even Walmart watches are, which is mandatory. My recipient has had it for a month now with no mechanical issues. He has said it runs a little slow (I guess due to the automatic movement) but does not think that is a show stopper. Being free of batteries is nice. It comes in the big, orange Stuhrling box which makes a nice presentation. My advice is be sure to register it in case there are any issues down the road.
For the money, this is a bold statement watch. Yes, it's just a Stuhrling and not a TAG Huer but it is also priced like a Stuhrling and not a TAG Huer. For a less expensive watch you won't be afraid to wear every day, this packs a lot of great features and styling.