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Old 09-13-2012, 05:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Reviewer: Don aka Tattoo Chef┬*
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Watch Being Reviewed:┬*Xicorr┬*Circle CB

Company Website:┬*http://xicorr.com/en/

About/History: The manufacture and the Xicorr┬*brand has arisen from fascination with precise devices of everyday use made for time. We love souls of watches, their mechanisms, sound made by them and a useful beauty.We plan productions of mechanical watches.Designing and creating our watches above all we bear/keep in mind two features: the quality and usefulness.

The ambition of our company is so that the inscriptions: MADE IN POLAND and PRODUCED IN POLAND, being placed over the dial of watch, referred only to the watch as wholes but also to the greatest number of its constituent elements.In successive models we will want to insert elements of watch case, shields, hands or laces delivered by our local partners or produced directly in our manufacture. Next goals will be developing the mechanism with own alterations. Creating completely own mechanism is our dream.

Delivering to our customers the watches of which usage will be give a lot of joy and satisfaction is our mission.


Facebook┬*Page : https://www.Facebook.com/Xicorr

Specs:

*model: Seagull TY2130 (automatic)
*number of jewels (bearings): 26
*frequency: 28 800 A/h
*shock absorber: Novadiac
*power reserve: ca. 42 hrs
*black dial┬*with Superluminova (white on the day, light green in the night)
*stainless steel 316L
*diameter: 42 mm
*height: 12 mm
*water resistant: 100m/10ATM
*glass: sapphire
*22mm lugs
*1. black leather strap (water resistant), bi-color stitching (graphite + white), brushed stainless steel buckle
2. grey silicone strap, antiallergic, brushed stainless steel buckle
*2 year warranty

Price: $360 USD

Stock photo:


First Impressions:
My honest first impressions were surprised. From looking at the pics on the site, I wasn't expecting something to blow me away, but this watch definitely has when it comes to the attention to detail, finish , packaging and straps.

Packaging:
Xicorr does a great job on packaging. It comes in a cardboard box sealed with Xicorr┬*tape. Then inside you find the branded metal tin. Inside you find a velvet type pouch branded again, inside the pouch is the watch on a pillow holder, again branded with Xicorr. Then inside the tin, is warranty and instruction booklet and an extra grey rubber strap. Just really nice and well thought out ┬*packaging.








Dial:
Very distinct looking dial , and one I do not believe I have seen before. Large markers at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 and small circle markers for the others with hash minute marks in between. To the left side, just about at the 10 position area on the dial is the Xicorr┬*Circle with the X logo. Round date logo between the 3 and the 4 . Date window outline is just big enough and it doesn't cut off the date, but it would be better if it was a tad larger opening. Very interesting handset. They are skeleton┬*elongated oval hands , and compliment the dial well. Made in Poland between 6 and 7 at bottom. Overall a very different dial and nice to see something outside the box.







Xicorr┬*Case dimensions:
42mm case, 46mm from 10-4 including crown
5mm diameter crown
50mm lug to lug
12mm thick
99.4 grams

Case:
The case of the Circle, as its name implies is a circle. It has skinny slightly angled lugs, and again, nothing seems cookie cutter here as far as design. The lugs look to me as they are welded on as opposed to being machined with the case, but that I am not 100% sure of. What I really like is the contrast of brushing on the steel between the case and the bezel and case back. At first it looks polished and brushed, but then you can see it is an up and down brushing on the middle part of the case that gives it a contrast.
The crown is a push pull crown. It has an engraved X on the crown, and what I am told is a removeable blue protective film on the engraving.*(I orignally thought it was painted blue but have been corrected by the owner of the company) The crown is hard to manipulate though. It is very small and someone like me who doesn't have massive hands has a hard time pulling it out and setting the time. I will say though, that once pulled out, it is one of the strongest, sturdiest crowns I have come across. I literally applied heavy pressure to it, and could not get it to wobble or budge at all, so that is a plus.








Bezel and Crystal:
The bezel is put in place with 12 hex head screws. I am told that they screws are functional and the crystal is put in first and the bezel on top of it and then screwed in. I like the use of the hex screws as opposed to flat head screws as you don't have to worry about the screws not matching up, and it gives it a very tool ┬*look about it.
I am told that using these screws and the way the watch is assembled is why the watch only has 100 meters of water resistance. But this watch is not intended to be a diver either so it is still good enough where you don't have to worry about washing your hands or getting it wet from rain, etc.
The crystal is sapphire and to the best of my knowledge it does not have an AR coating but as you can see in my pics, the crystal is pretty clear and did not have a lot of reflection in my pictures.






Case back:
The case back ┬*the same as the bezel is held together with 12 hex screws. It has a nice etched case back with all the brand name model and specs and the large C for the model name.





Straps:
The Circle comes with 2 nice straps, one a very smooth thick and non tapering black leather, that is double stitched with black and white thread and sealed edges. The leather strap is of very high quality and soft and i was very impressed with that. The rubber strap is a grey silicone strap. Now why I normally do not like silicone straps, because this one is grey I do not notice the lint and dirt on it like I do with the black ones. It is super soft and smooth to the touch and wears very nice. Both are signed on the underside and both come with a signed spring bar buckle as well.










Wrist shot on my 7 1/2" wrist:









Movement:┬*


Pic courtesy of Motor City Watch Works.

The movement is a Seagull TY2130 automatic. It is a direct replacement for an eta 2824 , though it has 26 jewels as opposed to 25. Looking around Motor City watch works sell the movement for $99. I do not know what the wholesale price on the movement would be though. I have been wearing the watch for 3 days at the time of this writing and it seems to be about 4-5 seconds slow. It is keeping excellent time and is a hacking/winding movement. The sweep of the second hand is not the smoothest I have seen, but it does not tick like a Miyota┬*8215 either.


Xicorr Lume:
The lume is C1 superluminova. It is white that glows a light green. It is decent lume ┬*but nothing to get excited about. It lasts about 2 hours or so. I believe if the hands were not skeleton and it had more of the large circle markers the lume would be better, or a thicker application of the lume ┬*paint itself.






Xicorr┬*Circle CB Summary:
In summary as I said in the beginning I was actually shocked at how nice the watch was in person. Its a sporty/casual watch that I think can be used in many situations. It can easily be used as dress type watch on the leather strap and jeans and shirt for the rubber. Its a nice size at 42mm and with the thin profile can easily fit under a shirt cuff. There is a lot that went into the design I believe and attention to detail that you don't see normally at this price point. The movement is keeping excellent time so far, and it has a clear easy to read dial. I wouldn't change┬*much but if there were going to be future production of this watch a bigger crown would be┬*easier to use and I would like to see C3 lume instead of C1. But overall, it is a unique affordable watch from a Polish company with a nice look and great packaging.

Thank you for taking the time to read and as usual I look forward to your comments.




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Another great bang for buck watch it appears.

Nice review Don. Thx.
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Thanks Don for a comprehensive review- been eyeing this one up for some time along with ones by Gerlach, the other Polish brand. They just have an original look about them that is so refreshing!
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Not doin it for me. Its sone strange love child of a Invicta SAS Kobold and a Helson Porthole.
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I see your point here, James, but its in a good way for me. I like the look here. Too bad there is no bracelet with it though. This one looks like it would go very well on the right bracelet.
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I love this watch. As soon as i get the money i will definity buy this watch. As always a great review Tattoo chef. A very cool watch.
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Thanks for the review Don, well done.

The watch really is a great original piece of art. Being true to the circle theme is really fantastic, and much better than seeing another homage or mash-up of other watches is refreshing. Very cool, and I hope they do well! I am sure they will if they remain true to their vision.
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Great review and pics, thanks for taking the time to do it.
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thanks don great review . i like it
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Don,
Good review . I like the watch. With the construction , i had to do a double take when i read it was only 100 meters WR . Usually they do that sort of through and though bolt on pressure housing thing on huge divers watches. Odd that its just for looks.
Love the double strap kit too.
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Don,
Good review . I like the watch. With the construction , i had to do a double take when i read it was only 100 meters WR . Usually they do that sort of through and though bolt on pressure housing thing on huge divers watches. Odd that its just for looks.
Love the double strap kit too.
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Yeah, from what I understand the screws are real and functional but dies not help the water resistance. Plus it only has a push pull crown. It's not marketed to be a dive watch so that is probably the reason. 100m is pretty normal for non dive watches.
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Nice review! It's not easily build watch!:c
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Great review. I like the hands. Pretty unique but not odd looking.
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nice review, Don. i like it but i'd be far more interested in buying if this had a timing bezel. something minimalist to match the vibe under the crystal
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great review Don. I didnt expect to like the poly strap but it looked surprisingly good.really like the case and dial too, just wish it was a bit larger
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Nice review!Its a design different from the rest.
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