This is my first Edox, but, based on this beauty, it won't be my last. I have a wide range of watches, from world-renowned models from affordable brands like Citizen and Seiko on up through to Hamilton, Tissot, Raymond Weil, Maurice LaCroix and so on, and, while I don't claim to be any kind of expert, I do know enough to know what makes a "good" watch worth it. While some highly upscale brands are really a complete waste of money (unless for use of bragging, for those that find such to be useful) based on providing nothing more in quality than pieces twenty times less in price, there are some decent finds in and around a range from $500 to $2500 that are "worth it" in some brands, despite the fact that, for much less than that, you can also get what that price range provides, in terms of movement, materials and styling. The difference in the higher priced versions may be subtle, but generally you are getting a better movement, higher grade of materials and finishing of the details, and the heritage behind a more established and respected brand (which can often equate to better service, in the event servicing is ever needed, plus more recognition/respect among peers, if that matters at all). While I initially viewed Edox watches as overpriced, researching the brand changed my mind. It's just not as well known, at all really, in the States, but it is a well-respected and well-established brand overseas, and is actually quite a prize to have on your wrist. Because of that prestige, yes, you are paying more for the brand factor, but not nearly as much as you would pay for other brands where far. far more is being spent on the brand name itself, than on what you're actually buying, and receiving, in terms of a watch. The "branding" element may push the price here, slightly, but this model proves it's definitely getting you more, plus, this is where smart buying, like here on Overstock, cuts out much of that cost, meaning you are getting a prestige watch on a "regular joe" budget (and who needs to know, but you). So, what are you getting? Well, as I say, there is the prestigious Edox name, but this is a case where the brand delivers much, much more, than just a name. The rubber strap, with deployment clasp, is pure silk. It is incredibly comfortable. For me, I was specifically looking for a square case to add to my watch collection, since I own very few, and it is always a different look than just the same round styling over and over again. The sizing here is perfect, not just for comfort, but for showing wrist presence without appearing gaudy or crass. A genuine Swiss quartz heart beats inside, with a very unique "retrograde" movement, where, for the chronograph, the lower hand sweeps and re-sets to count thirty second intervals, which then triggers the minute hand to count and then reset five minute periods, which then triggers the hour hand to jump forward five minutes at a time, up to one hour of timing. It's one of the most unique chronograph counters I've seen, it's a wonder to just sit and watch it work, and I really like different movements, such as this one, which set the watch apart as something quite special. Water resistance is 50m, appropriate and actually quite good for a luxury watch, meaning you can get it wet without worries, but it's not meant for serious underwater time, obviously. In terms of the crystal, I can't anywhere confirm Overstock's description of "mineral glass" coated with sapphire -- every other listing shows this as a true sapphire crystal, with anti-reflective coating, which it appears to be, so it seems Overstock is wrong here. Lume is very strong on this piece, and is generously applied, giving it a terrific and readable glow in the dark. Beyond just the great feel, and special movement, the styling is stellar. In this edition of gold and black with white highlighting on the indices, the final result is mesmerizing and beautiful to behold. I have a lot of nice looking watches, but this is the best of them all. This easily rivals custom limited edition pieces paraded around on the pages of Robb Report or other luxury lifestyle publications, but instead of shelling out hundreds of thousands, this amazing watch only runs a few thousand at retail prices, and here is just under $500, which is a staggeringly great deal frankly. I likely would have saved up and sprung for this at a thousand or more, just because it's such a gorgeous watch, but at the cost here, I ordered it the moment I found it. This is truly a deal of epic magnitude, to get this watch for this price. In person, it is just somewhat jaw dropping, and, if you're looking to enter the world of high end Swiss watches, there could be no better point of entry. You'll outshine everyone else at the luxury watch table, and only you need to know that you only spent hundreds, instead of tens of thousands, for your treasure. The details and finishing on this watch are absolutely top notch, and this is just a huge step beyond any of the usual "affordable" Swiss lines, giving you a truly elite time piece that, honestly, is far more compelling even than what is considered to be "higher end" Swiss brands (which, while rich in brand recognition, tend to honestly just look pretty boring in terms of styling). This is a watch set apart, for sure, and it will set you apart in your ownership of it. Cousins of this variant ran as high as $15,000 for a chiming minute repeater version, $4,000 for the automatic model, and even this quartz one, elsewhere, usually starts at double what it's going for here, so this is definitely an impressive time keeper and I'd encourage you to get it, not just for the incredible deal, but also because it is now out of production, so eventually they will be gone. This one has certainly sold me on the Edox brand. Research is one thing, but seeing and wearing this, in person, has convinced me that Edox is a rare find, providing, for only several thousand dollars (or much less, here) the kind of watches that ordinarily can cost as much as a car, or even a house. I can't recommend this more highly and, frankly, for those seeking a square case, I'd go as far as to say this is one of the best versions made. If you want to make a statement of elite quality, this Classe Royale says it all.
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
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.
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