The Under £200ish Watch and occasional Opera Thread! Vol2

The Under £200ish Watch and occasional Opera Thread! Vol2

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vixen1700

22,356 posts

268 months

Wednesday 20th September 2023
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Slightly over budget coming in at £250, but got this Citizen Tsuyosa the other day as a sunshine holiday watch and have been pretty impressed with the accuracy of it over a four day period, with it just gaining a second in that time. smile

The dial's much nicer on a sunny day rather than the damp, grey day today.

Alex_225

6,192 posts

199 months

Wednesday 20th September 2023
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Bubbas Grill said:
This is a brilliant thread! After seeing the above I had to have one. £11 landed! Was at tennis yesterday and a couple of the guys made nice comments on it. The blue really catches the light. Consider me a SKMEI fan... cool
The only inconsistency I've had of the 12 SKMEI watches I've bought is two of the backlights have been a bit iffy. One of the digital G-Shock style ones, and one of the Casioak style ones. But the watches and time keeping are amazing for the money.

I bought a very 80s style F91 type digital by them but it's larger, has a yellow display but the electro luminescent back light is better than the genuine Casios.

Seems a lot of Casio Royale owners like to swap the movement from the Casio into the SKMEI shell to mix up the colours etc.

Barchettaman

6,252 posts

130 months

Wednesday 20th September 2023
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I‘ve just cycled across London and back in the rain (about 90 minutes) and my Seestern titanium dive watch has dogged up under the crystal.

I am going to have to rethink my positive review, I fear.

The fogging under the crystal was easily removed; I unscrewed the crown and blasted it with a hairdryer, but still, that’s pretty crap.

Mammasaid

3,717 posts

95 months

Wednesday 20th September 2023
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Barchettaman said:
I‘ve just cycled across London and back in the rain (about 90 minutes) and my Seestern titanium dive watch has dogged up under the crystal.

I am going to have to rethink my positive review, I fear.

The fogging under the crystal was easily removed; I unscrewed the crown and blasted it with a hairdryer, but still, that’s pretty crap.
Hope that's not a Freudian slip! biglaugh

Barchettaman

6,252 posts

130 months

Wednesday 20th September 2023
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My phone was set to German; it autocorrects to all sort of odd words….

Bobberoo

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38,072 posts

96 months

Wednesday 20th September 2023
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Barchettaman said:
My phone was set to German; it autocorrects to all sort of odd words….
Mmmhhhmmm, of course it was..............

Mammasaid

3,717 posts

95 months

Wednesday 20th September 2023
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Bobberoo said:
Barchettaman said:
My phone was set to German; it autocorrects to all sort of odd words….
Mmmhhhmmm, of course it was..............
That's Schadenfreude for you!

RSTurboPaul

10,056 posts

256 months

Wednesday 20th September 2023
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Barchettaman said:
I‘ve just cycled across London and back in the rain (about 90 minutes) and my Seestern titanium dive watch has dogged up under the crystal.

I am going to have to rethink my positive review, I fear.

The fogging under the crystal was easily removed; I unscrewed the crown and blasted it with a hairdryer, but still, that’s pretty crap.
That's a shame - could be worth getting the back off to check the seal and seeing if the crown has seals or not?

Barchettaman

6,252 posts

130 months

Wednesday 20th September 2023
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RSTurboPaul said:
That's a shame - could be worth getting the back off to check the seal and seeing if the crown has seals or not?
Yes, and I would’ve done that already but all of that kit is back in Frankfurt and I’m in London ATM.

It’s re-fogged so I obviously didn’t get the moisture out. I’ll try again with the hairdryer/unscrewed crown, but I’m a bit concerned the movement will rust and seize even if it’s a tiny amount of moisture. Hmm.

It’s pretty rubbish really. I’m annoyed.

RSTurboPaul

10,056 posts

256 months

Thursday 21st September 2023
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Barchettaman said:
RSTurboPaul said:
That's a shame - could be worth getting the back off to check the seal and seeing if the crown has seals or not?
Yes, and I would’ve done that already but all of that kit is back in Frankfurt and I’m in London ATM.

It’s re-fogged so I obviously didn’t get the moisture out. I’ll try again with the hairdryer/unscrewed crown, but I’m a bit concerned the movement will rust and seize even if it’s a tiny amount of moisture. Hmm.

It’s pretty rubbish really. I’m annoyed.
If you have time, could it be worth finding a local jeweller place and asking them to get the back off / silicon grease the seal(s)?

Or would you have even more time for a Cousins order to arrive in the post? lol

PITA when things don't work as they should!


I'm tempted to get some of mine tested in a shop to see if they have any water resistance at all. lol


You could try the 'box of uncooked rice on a warm radiator' technique in the mean time?

CharlesdeGaulle

25,924 posts

178 months

Thursday 21st September 2023
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BrabusMog said:
Can anyone who has ordered from Watchdives give me an idea on delivery time/tracking? I'm looking to get the San Martin Pelagosalike for a last-minute holiday but only have 10 days til I go and don't want to order it and then it doesn't arrive in time.
Mine took a while from ordering because they had quality control issues, but the postage of an in-stock watch will be do-able in the time you have. Go for it.

RSTurboPaul

10,056 posts

256 months

Thursday 21st September 2023
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CharlesdeGaulle said:
BrabusMog said:
Can anyone who has ordered from Watchdives give me an idea on delivery time/tracking? I'm looking to get the San Martin Pelagosalike for a last-minute holiday but only have 10 days til I go and don't want to order it and then it doesn't arrive in time.
Mine took a while from ordering because they had quality control issues, but the postage of an in-stock watch will be do-able in the time you have. Go for it.
About six days in my experience.

Could be worth checking with Fedex regarding holding options and timescales / delivery to an alternative recipient/address if you end up going away before delivery is first attempted (e.g. if you can authorise delivery to a neighbour).

BrabusMog

20,042 posts

184 months

Thursday 21st September 2023
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RSTurboPaul said:
CharlesdeGaulle said:
BrabusMog said:
Can anyone who has ordered from Watchdives give me an idea on delivery time/tracking? I'm looking to get the San Martin Pelagosalike for a last-minute holiday but only have 10 days til I go and don't want to order it and then it doesn't arrive in time.
Mine took a while from ordering because they had quality control issues, but the postage of an in-stock watch will be do-able in the time you have. Go for it.
About six days in my experience.

Could be worth checking with Fedex regarding holding options and timescales / delivery to an alternative recipient/address if you end up going away before delivery is first attempted (e.g. if you can authorise delivery to a neighbour).
Cheers guys, I've ordered it to my friends house instead so that if it doesn't arrive on time I'll have something to come back to anyway smile Going away again in January anyway, will just have to risk a different watch on this holiday potentially! Judging by the positive reviews seems great value for money at £240 including the additional rubber strap.

eccles

13,697 posts

220 months

Thursday 21st September 2023
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Barchettaman said:
RSTurboPaul said:
That's a shame - could be worth getting the back off to check the seal and seeing if the crown has seals or not?
Yes, and I would’ve done that already but all of that kit is back in Frankfurt and I’m in London ATM.

It’s re-fogged so I obviously didn’t get the moisture out. I’ll try again with the hairdryer/unscrewed crown, but I’m a bit concerned the movement will rust and seize even if it’s a tiny amount of moisture. Hmm.

It’s pretty rubbish really. I’m annoyed.
I think the only way will be to pop the back off and leave it for a day or two.

I did that for a chap in work whose watch had fogged up. He'd been washing the car whilst wearing it, but didn't realise it had a screw down crown, so it was left undone!
A day on the desk with the movement out, a quick clean of the inside of the crystal, and it's been fine since.

eccles

13,697 posts

220 months

Friday 22nd September 2023
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This made me chuckle smile..... Sort of on topic.

https://www.aol.co.uk/news/actor-tells-critic-frig...

blue_haddock

3,071 posts

65 months

Sunday 24th September 2023
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Barchettaman said:
I‘ve just cycled across London and back in the rain (about 90 minutes) and my Seestern titanium dive watch has dogged up under the crystal.

I am going to have to rethink my positive review, I fear.

The fogging under the crystal was easily removed; I unscrewed the crown and blasted it with a hairdryer, but still, that’s pretty crap.
I had a heimdallr watch that was allegedly 200m water proof and it got water in when swimming in the pool on holiday.

It was a Hamilton frogman homage with a double crown lock and yet it still got wet.

Personally I just wouldn't rate any Chinese watch to actually be water proof as I've heard many similar stories.

Kes Arevo

3,555 posts

37 months

Monday 25th September 2023
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The Casioak...

Is the solar/BT version worth the extra? It just seems a little bit extra to potentially go wrong, but never used a shock with Bluetooth.

Going to town this week, and may be passing a watch shop. They have the rust collection one in stock, which I quite like.

Kes Arevo

3,555 posts

37 months

Friday 29th September 2023
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Well, got it...

Was a toss up between the standard black, or the RC. The RC just edged it for the little tinge of colour, plus legibility. They really do look stunning in person, remarkable for the price.








Silvanus

5,024 posts

21 months

Friday 29th September 2023
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This has just been delivered and I'm really surprised how much I like. It's far better built than the online pics or this photo would have you believe, only disappointment is it didn't come with any instructions for the functions. Biggest surprise is the price. £7.59 including tax and delivery.


RSTurboPaul

10,056 posts

256 months

Friday 29th September 2023
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Silvanus said:
This has just been delivered and I'm really surprised how much I like. It's far better built than the online pics or this photo would have you believe, only disappointment is it didn't come with any instructions for the functions. Biggest surprise is the price. £7.59 including tax and delivery.

I don't understand how it is possible to build, sell and ship something from halfway round the world for under 8 quid!