My primary reason for purchasing this watch was to provide a less expensive alternative that I could wear outdoors, boating, fishing and casual wear as my more expensive brand watches were getting some bumps and bruises from being exposed to water, dirt and being knocked around. I.e., an everyday beater. . . After doing my research I had a list of requirements; Stainless Steel (No salt water corrosion); Screw down crown & case back (keeps moisture and dirt out of case and movement); Unidirectional bezel (makes keeping track of elapsed time, i.e., parking meters, very simple); High luminous hands and markers (Low light reading - my eyes need some help); Synthetic sapphire crystal (About 20 times harder than plexiglas and more breakage resistant than mineral glass); Calendar/Date function (I do forget the date and even the day of the week sometimes); Fold over clasp / metal bracelet (Big watches need a tight bracelet that will not fall off); Swiss Chronograph movement (more precise better mechanics); Water resistance to 100 meters (Keep moisture and dirt out of the movement and case). I understood that with the requirements that I required would result in a watch of larger dimensions. My expectation was for a watch that I could wear to the beach, the rach, working in the shop, or take on the boat without worrying about damage from water or rough use. My expectation was something that could take some abuse and still keep reasonable precise time. As already mentioned, this watch is large (47mm x 13mm) and relatively heavy (less than 5 pounds). I was used to wearing larger chronographs so I understood that this was not going to be a small fashion watch. If you have the bracelet adjusted correctly and have some experience wearing larger watches, this one is very wearable, especially if you are an XL or XXL type of guy. I was also intrigued that the watch movement also carries a five year limited warranty, which is as long as any warranty in watch world. The instructions that come with the watch allows easy set up. You can also go to you tube to see how to adjust / remove links to this type of bracelet (punch pins). In the time that I have worn this watch it seems to keep exceptional time and easy / enjoyable to wear. Everything has exceeded my expectiotions so far. The features that I wanted are all there, plus I have enjoyed the black subdued presence of the watch and the small features like the checkerboard carbon fiber looking face and the polished and matt finish on the bracelet. I am very pleased with this purchase and the buying experience from Overstock.com.
I've had my eye on these for many moons, but have never been able to convince me Inner Scotsman to break open the wallet. Part of the reason is that they come in so many color variations - All of which I like - that I'd go cross-eyed every time I tried to choose a specific model. Stuhrling gets some mileage out of the Tuskegee moniker, and there's also the "Tuskegee Airman", "Tuskegee Bomber", "Tuskegee Thunderbolt", and "Tuskegee Skymaster". The different enough that it should probably be considered a whole line unto itself. These different models can typically be had in most of the color combinations shown, so add up all the permutations and you're lookin' at two-dozen+ choices! Then too.. well, rather than Reinvent The Wheel, I'll just quote meself, from nearly two years ago: Quote Ricky L. Well. You'll find some difference of opinion when it comes to , the company. Smile Some guys love 'em. But, personally, I'm not a fan. A few reasons for this. First, they are basically a start-up that appropriated the name and history of a defunct old-school Swiss brand, and they make way too much to-do about this "pedigree". Frankly, it crosses the line into hype Frowning, and I don't have much tolerance for hype. And when you encounter them in a brick & mortar setting (more often than you might think), they are typically over-priced and presented as being way more "up-scale" than they really are. Again, bordering on hype. However, having said all that, the watches themselves are quite decent. Despite my ambivalence for the brand itself, they make several models that tempt me greatly. For instance, I find several iterations of the Tuskegee Flier to be extremely attractive. If not for my aforementioned ambivalence about , the company, I'd probably have bought one long since. So, while I'm still no fan of the Stührling Original Marketing Paradigm, obviously it's not a deal-breaker. One reason these have long appealed to me is the Aviation Theme. I'm a sucker for a flieger with a story, and these ostensibly pay homage to the men of the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group, the legendary Tuskegee Airmen of WW2. The watch is 44.5mm X 52mm X 13mm thick, with 22mm lugs. Case is all SS, with screwdown caseback, push-pull crown, and display back. The back glass is presumably plain ol' mineral glass, but the main crystal is Stuhrling's proprietary "Krysterna". I have no clue what this is, but some speculate that it's sapphire or sapphire-coated mineral glass. Personally, I think this unlikely. My guess is that it's simply a form of tempered mineral glass, a la Seiko Hardlex. Nice profile, and the signed crown's a welcome touch. The strap features a signed buckle, very well made, and indeed I was quite pleased at the quality of the strap overall. It's almost long enough, even! I was able to achieve a semi-comfortable fit by installing a deployant but, given that Leather Season is over here in Mississippi, I reckon I'll soon be swapping on a NATO strap. The movement is a Dixmont-Ghangzou DG2816, a 22-jewel auto which hacks and handwinds. It beats at 21,600 A/h, is 11-½ ligne in diameter (26mm), 5.87 mm thick, and uses 1.50/1.00/.17 hands. Now obviously it is decorated more finely than the base model DG2816, thus becoming a Stührling Caliber ST-91006. Mine's running +14 seconds after the first 24 hours. Not exactly Chronometer Grade Performance, but not half bad for an inexpensive Chinese automatic. The lume was a pleasant surprise! Not so much that it's World-Class glow-like-torch in intensity, but the fact that there's any at all. Other reviews state that some models have no lume whatsoever, so I was expecting the same here! Apparently "no-lume" applies only to certain color combinations..? In any case, the lume here is really quite decent by Budget Watch standards. No, it won't last all night. But it pops pretty good, and does remain legible for several hours. So. In case you can't tell, I'm pretty darned impressed with this watch! Indeed, given the high level of fit & finish and the intricate packaging, I am amazed that this watch can be sold at a point that will leave enough change from your US $$$ bill for a modest lunch. It may well be THE new Bang For The Buck Champion in me modest collection. Even at the more usual ~ $100 to $120 street prices, I recommend it highly! Sláinte! -Ricky
Overall this watch is excellent. What you can't see in the picture is a handsomely-crafted honeycomb dial, barely visable but very elegant. Also the number designations on the dial are slightly raised, which gives the watch a nice look. The chrono function is easy to use.Tthe minor drawbacks are 1) the watch is probably 13mm thick. I have more expensive watches that have more complicatons and are half as thick; 2) it's very heavy; 3) the chrono function is hard to see; 3) the band is cheap-but looks ok (replaced mine-but it's not necessary); and the crystal along with the dark face pruduces lots of glare (I see the importance of having a sapphire crystal). Overall, I love it. The watch was delivered on-time, just as promised!
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