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Old 06-03-2019, 04:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ordered this a few weeks ago just for kicks. It looked neat and I figured, eh, what the hell.
It came in today. The first thing I did was remove the stiff crappy leather band that came with it and put on a nicer 4mm thick supple leather band I had in my watch box.
Much better.
These can be found all over the internet for various prices. I got mine for $60 shipped.

42mm case size, 22mm lug width.
14 mm thickness. 30 meter WR (not going to test that)
Seagull ST1655 automatic movement.
With my leather strap it weighs in at 87 grams. No lume, which is a bummer.
Mirror polish all around. Unsigned crown and plain caseback.
Domed mineral crystal (would have liked sapphire at $60, but I'll live)
Whole bunch of almost semi- useful complications, most of which have to be changed manually via hidden pushers opposite the main pushers.

With the better leather strap on it it actually wears fairly well. It wears small for a 42mm due to its thickness.

Overall, its pretty much what i would expect at this price point, although for that same price you can get plenty of Chinese autos with solid link bracelets and sapphire crystals. Im relatively pleased however as I got to try something different without dropping much money on it. I'll give it a few days and see how accurate it is. Been looking at some timegraphers so maybe its time to invest in one. Given the fairly decent reputation of seagull movements I expect this one to be, at the very least, not terribly off.



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Old 06-04-2019, 11:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah, holy cow, can see why you are pleased WM ! Have never heard
of this brand, or seen their watches. But they seriously look so high end
it's not even funny. ..I mean just the look, and complications seem very
impressive, and then you have an automatic inside too?!

Your strap even kicks things up ! What a look, and deal honestly !

A big congrats 2 U here !!!
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Yeah, holy cow, can see why you are pleased WM ! Have never heard
of this brand, or seen their watches. But they seriously look so high end
it's not even funny. ..I mean just the look, and complications seem very
impressive, and then you have an automatic inside too?!

Your strap even kicks things up ! What a look, and deal honestly !

A big congrats 2 U here !!!
well, dont let all those fancy dials and hands fool you.
all of them have to be adjusted manually. none are controlled by the movement except the actual time and the date. (which actually seems to switch over promptly at midnight) there are two "hidden" pushers countersunk on the other side of the watch that set the year and the written day, and the normal pushers by the crown set the month and day.
the 6 o'clock dial just goes between night and day, not a moonphase....i have no idea what the numbers or hand do. (seemingly nothing)

however, it IS sporting an actual seagull automatic movement, which seems to keep good time (as well as any of my seiko or miyota movements thus far, and it does appear very dressy.

one of the watch review youtubers i follow (just one more watch) (hes in Australia) mostly showcases affordable watches. hes done a lot of seikos, tisell, phoibos, along with a ton of other affordable microbrands. (usually well under $1000) he also loves to showcase what he calls "Chinese specials" and often links to what he finds on Gearbest and Aliexpress. he does a lot of $40-$80 Chinese made watches. surprisingly enough, a lot of them have automatic movements, sapphire crystals, and solid link bracelets with solid endlinks. some even sporting seiko movements.

its kinda what inspired me to grab this one. just something to fun around with until i get a proper chronograph. =)

anyway, what good is watch collecting if you cant have fun with it, right?
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well, dont let all those fancy dials and hands fool you.
all of them have to be adjusted manually. none are controlled by the movement except the actual time and the date. (which actually seems to switch over promptly at midnight) there are two "hidden" pushers countersunk on the other side of the watch that set the year and the written day, and the normal pushers by the crown set the month and day.
the 6 o'clock dial just goes between night and day, not a moonphase....i have no idea what the numbers or hand do. (seemingly nothing)

however, it IS sporting an actual seagull automatic movement, which seems to keep good time (as well as any of my seiko or miyota movements thus far, and it does appear very dressy.

one of the watch review youtubers i follow (just one more watch) (hes in Australia) mostly showcases affordable watches. hes done a lot of seikos, tisell, phoibos, along with a ton of other affordable microbrands. (usually well under $1000) he also loves to showcase what he calls "Chinese specials" and often links to what he finds on Gearbest and Aliexpress. he does a lot of $40-$80 Chinese made watches. surprisingly enough, a lot of them have automatic movements, sapphire crystals, and solid link bracelets with solid endlinks. some even sporting seiko movements.

its kinda what inspired me to grab this one. just something to fun around with until i get a proper chronograph. =)

anyway, what good is watch collecting if you cant have fun with it, right?

Right sir, you hit it right on the head.

It's all about having fun, and you know what?! ..Those unique ways of
setting things, like with those "hidden pushers" for example make this
watch that much more interesting. Then at the end of the day it has
an automatic underneath it all too. Which is the icing on the cake !

So neat hearing about the YouTube channel too by the way, and how
it guided you to adding this to the collection. Very cool !

Hope you are really enjoying !!!
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And it has a Seagull movement!! Max Cool IMO.
For years I shunned Chinese made objects. A
month ago I bought a Chinese made guitar. It was
an Epiphone made in China. Owned one in 1965.
Several years ago I wouldn't be caught dead with
a Chinese made guitar.
But all that has changed. Chinese assemblers and
craftsmen, (with good QC) are making fine Guitars.

Most Asian guitar factories are using the same meth-
ods of making guitars. Gobs of CNC robotic routers etc.
If a guitar has acceptable material in guitars, they
can achieve great results. In fact there are Seagull
guitars being made. Seagull watches. Seagull guitars.

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Right sir, you hit it right on the head.

It's all about having fun, and you know what?! ..Those unique ways of
setting things, like with those "hidden pushers" for example make this
watch that much more interesting. Then at the end of the day it has
an automatic underneath it all too. Which is the icing on the cake !

So neat hearing about the YouTube channel too by the way, and how
it guided you to adding this to the collection. Very cool !

Hope you are really enjoying !!!
I have bought a few from Amazon and I have upgraded the straps and clasp and I have given a bunch away for Christmas, graduation gifts, birthdays and I will give some away for fathers day. The ones I choose were the ones looking like Cartier Santos XL and the one looking like Hublot Big Bang. I have 4 in my current rotation.
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Its hard to have too many complaints about a watch in this price bracket, especially one with a decent automatic movement....
I don't mind the crystal being mineral and not sapphire, I dont mind the complications not adjusting automatically. (except the day)
I didn't even mind the mediocre leather strap. (That I immediately changed out)
But why, oh why, did they make the hour and minute hands silver? At some angles it almost blends into the dial and is hard to see what time it is, especially in bright lighting.....black hands would have been so much better. The second hand is black so at least I can easily watch the seconds go by.

Thats my only real complaint with watch.



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That's interesting, thanks for posting
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I have bought a few from Amazon and I have upgraded the straps and clasp and I have given a bunch away for Christmas, graduation gifts, birthdays and I will give some away for fathers day. The ones I choose were the ones looking like Cartier Santos XL and the one looking like Hublot Big Bang. I have 4 in my current rotation.

Hey what a great idea hobefabu !

Can imagine that everyone really gets a kick out of receiving those
from you like that, and if they weren't already interested in watches
just might be afterwards ! ..Wow, and you have four as well?!! Very
very cool sir !!
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Not bad for a low beat $60 watch.



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I picked mine up for $65.00 from eBay and it was way better than i expected! Just like you i thought i would check it out due the low financial risk and it was worth it IMO. It's made its way into the rotation. 👍

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My paw always said "Never look a $60.00 horse in the mouth"
I like it and so do you and db1561.

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