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Watch guys - Check out this prototype. Would you buy for $200?

I'm on a watch page on Facebook. A guy in Switzerland has put this together. He's planning to create a Kickstarter campaign in a couple of months for pre-orders. His target price is $150 for a quartz version and $200 for the autowinder.

Based on feedback, he already plans to reduce the size of the logo from what you see here. What do you think?














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I like it. The black case will get worn and/or scratched until the silver underneath shows through. The black is cool, but I'd rather have natural stainless for the case (black for the dial is fine).

Seems like a good price for the watch.
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And of course, the chronograph function is pretty useless these days, but a lot of people like the look.
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What movement is he using in the mechanical?
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What movement is he using in the mechanical?
Mechanical: Seagull-ST1902
Quartz: Ronda-5030D
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For $200 it seems reasonable. Seagull is a cheap Chinese movement, but that technology is so mature that even the cheapest POS is pretty good. Again, at $200 it's probably a decent buy, but he's going to have to move some volume to make any money.
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Nice looking. I like it in grey strap and also gulf blue.
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What about colored/glow hands, even if in outline?

There's a lot of background noise to see past the dial with a quick glance.
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Those wrist bands...trendy man jewelry. Yes I am a troll. I have zero need for a watch. I really like watches but my practical side wins here with smart phone access I really want to like a watch but don't see the need. That said I think those would sell nicely at $79.
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there must be a thousand different watches in that price point, I think I would stick with a Seiko or something like the Swiss Army military watches. Those I really like but have no need for another watch.
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Meh. That's my gut reaction. I don't see anything about it that seems that unique? I like it but it doesn't jump out and grab me and anything different than what's out there already.
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Timex comes to mind.
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The watch itself is OK and I agree that the logo needs to be smaller.

Now that said, I would actually pay up to $25 just for the band. Martini please.

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I wouldn't. I bought an Orsa from a guy doing small batches of quartz and mechanical watches a few years back. He had quite a following and sold well for a while. I took the diver to Hawaii and it fell apart. No recourse. He'd gone out of business and was not taking care of issues like I had.
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This one really appeals to me. Watches are such a personal thing. I see a lot of them that I appreciate, but have no desire to own. I probably own >30 watches (most Seiko or Citizen), and most are diver types.

I like the old tachometer look of this one. Don't like the microscopic date window. Would rather he just left that off. But, for the most part, I like this watch more than most. Don't know if I'll actually buy one. Most of mine came from Goodwill, garage sales, or as part of large lots where I sold off the ones I didn't want. Don't think I've ever spent more than $50-$60 for a watch for myself.

Yes, there are a huge number of watches in this price range. Out of curiosity, I went to overstock.com and quickly scrolled through hundreds of watches priced at $200-$300. Other than a Seiko that I already own, I didn't see anything else that caught my eye.

I do think I'll order a striped NATO strap for one of my Seikos after looking at these photos.
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I don't wear jewelry, I have a phone to see what time it is.
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That watch is -too Fat-.

Q: who wears a watch these days?
A: guys who show off their $$$$$ jewelry + wear too much man perfume

The instrument to the far right in a 911 is all you need.
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I defintely disagree with using your phone as the only way to tell time.

There are plenty of times when you have your phone snapped into the holster, or in your pocket if it's cold outside, rainy, etc etc. A watch that is rugged, waterproof, accurate, and easy to read at a quick glance is as much a work tool as a phone. The difference is that the phone needs to be taken out, push a button, wait, and then put it back. Phones are also best stored where they won't be dropped, hit, or get dirty/ wet.

Having said that, I prefer a more utilitarian watch like a Casio for every day use. Rubber strap, washable, and nearly bulletproof.
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The time when I most need to check my watch is the time I am least likely to have my phone visable: running late in the shower, in bed, on a plane, while driving.

In fact, in my world, almost every male I know wears a watch, and much less than 1% would I consider fancy or man jewelry.

Your phone is WAY more likely to be man jewelry these days than your watch.

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