An affordable (now!) Seiko automatic watch (also water resistant and it displays the date) from an authorised dealer that gives a 3 year warranty. Not bad!
Apparently the glass on this (which is called “Hardlex” glass) isn’t as hard and scratch resistant as sapphire crystal glass
This watch caught my eye and I love the look however I cannot get past the fact that a $899 RRP does not come with Sapphire Crystal.
My Citizen Ecodrive Titanium watches which were a "lesser" quality watch are all Sapphire Crystal.
Honest Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un3HoyXdjh8
The Hardlex is used to keep the price of these watches where they are (with discounts). Agreed 899 is a ridiculous RRP though.
This hardness scale shows the trade-off quite well: https://www.watch-wiki.net/index.php?title=Mohs_scale_of_har...
Hardlex being an 8, Sapphire being a 9. Other than sapphire being slightly more scratch resistant and more expensive to replace, I wouldn't write off Hardlex completely.
I have educated myself.
Seiko uses Hardlex in most (all?) of their watches.
@teaBagger: some of their higher end offerings in the Presage line are sapphire, Grand Seiko definitely uses Sapphire.
@iwantmoney: Thanks for the info.
It moves me further away from Seiko watches.
Citizen Ecodrives are my fav.
I have bought a few from StarBuy.
However looking at buying this Chinese knockoff of a $22000 Nomos :Lambda watch (and it does have Sapphire):
@teaBagger: I’ve had this briefly in my collection and although it’s a looker, 42mm is absolutely hulking with no surrounding bezel and the lug to lug length of 50mm is pretty enormous for most wrists.
It also sits very tall at 14mm with that domed crystal. Mine was definitely not sapphire either.
the Pepsi Turtle for $299 is a deal also.
Hmm, not a fan of the busy-ness you get from the reserve power and 24h gauges on the dial.
Much prefer the minimalist dial of my Presage Cocktail Time.
The biggest problem I have with this Cocktail Time series is the thickness. At 14.5m it’s sitting quite high on wrist.
Yeh, that is surprisingly thick, but not the same for all Presage models.
Have the Presage SRPB43 and due to the curve of the lugs, domed crystal and fit of the band, hugs the wrist a lot better than the 12mm spec would suggest.
Fits comfortably under my business shirt sleeves - although I do have mostly french cuffs so that all my watches will sit comfortably.
In contrast I bought and returned the Citizen homage to the Cocktail Time (NJ2180-89H), as although officially only 11.5mm thick, lug curvature and squarish rise of the crystal meant it looked and felt a lot thicker than the specs suggested.
In summary, there are a lot of factors going into how thick a dial feels on the wrist, other than just the thickness spec, but 14.5mm is definitely getting on the chunkier side.
It's a bit silly isn't it? Most of my divers are thinner.
14.5 metres would certainly sit high on the wrist…
Was 899 ? Lol
Inflated RRP sells it more than it should.
I'm not the one who inflated the RRP though lol
It was never $899 at Starbuy though which is what your title says.
It was, look above the 399 sign there's a small sign saying rrp 899
@MBloxx: I'm not blind. The point I am making is that the watch was never priced at RRP on the Starbuy website so the amount saved is grossly inflated.
Starbuy never sells at RRP. For example I bought a Seiko Sumo on sale for $799, the ergular non sale price on their website was $869 but the RRP at the time was $1300. Don't get me wrong, Starbuy have good prices and provide great service, but claiming an amount saved compared to the RRP just makes people think the deal is better than it is.