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Invicta sucks – It’s confirmed


I always though Invicta was shady but here’s some confirmation. This poor guy gets his watch back in WORSE condition than when he sent it in.

I sent my Invicta Dune diver back to Invicta in October of last year to have them replace the lume dot on the bezel, which had fallen out, after only wearing the watch about three times. The movement on this watch was also very stiff and something was not right with it from day one. I sent a check for $25 per their warranty instructions.

I received a card back in the mail about three weeks later acknowledging receipt of my watch, with an estimated delivery back to me of mid-November. So far, so good.

Well, I didn’t receive the watch back until December 13th, so this simple repair took 2-1/2 months, which is an incredibly long time to wait, IMHO. All my experiences with Seiko’s COSERV have taken about three weeks at the most. Invicta also did me the favor of scratching the bezel on the watch, with a visible mark running from the ‘50’ to the ‘56’ on the bezel. This scratch was NOT there when the watch was sent in for ‘service.’ They did replace the lume dot and seemingly serviced the movement, but they damaged the watch in the process by scratching the bezel.

I immediately, within 20 minutes of receiving the watch, emailed Invicta’s customer service center describing the problem and requesting that my $25 be refunded to me (I did not receive adequate service from them, only a damaged watch in return) and/or a new replacement bezel be sent to me, as I had no intention of sending my watch back in and risking further damage or another 2-1/2 month wait. I do not think this request was out of line in any way.

After receiving no response, I proceeded over the next two weeks to email Invicta’s service center, customer service personnel and their sales department three more times, with absolutely no response from anyone. We’re talking a total of about 13 emails without response.

Why I’m Through with INVICTA My story of Terrible Customer Service…

Steinhart: I’m Just Not Into You

pict1569.JPGA big to do about Steinhart over at WuS today. Steinhart sells “homages,” watches that look strikingly similar to well known brands but have enough subtle differences to stand as their own brand. I can support their efforts, but I’m kind of tired of the homages to Rolex and Panerai I see. I think there are plenty of odd, little houses out there that deserve our cash rather than some junk dealers who traffic in Chinese-made crap. Sorry. Ranting.

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2 new Steinharts arrived – Watchuseek Watch Forums

Philip Stein Teslar Watches

Has anyone out there tried these Teslar watches? What have they done for you other than cause you spend $500 on a cheap quartz watch?

Loved be celebrities (Oprah Winfrey, Madonna and Jack Nicholson to name three), it works through a combination of the Teslar technology combined with the watch’s battery and coil, which generates a zero-point waveform pulsed at 7-9 Hertz, creating what they call the “cocoon of calm”.

Philip Stein Teslar – the feel good watch [Tech Digest]

Thoughts on the replica watch discussion


John just posted a video showing how close the quality in fake watches is coming to those of the genuine ones they replicate. I want to respond here. In fact, I’m a little angry.

First, let’s get this out of the way: replicas are at once beloved and reviled. They’re beloved because they let someone with a limited budget to enjoy the experience of a nice watch. They’re reviled because, quite simply, they make people who paid full retail for a Rolex or Patek feel bad. In the language of consumerism a replica is a shortcut and we all hate folks who take shortcuts, don’t we?

Prove You Need A Sweep GMT – Win the Alpha GMT Diver

Friends, neighbors, and esteemed readers – here’s a doozy of a contest. Prove to me that you need a sweep GMT hand because you live in a very special spacial rift between continents and I’ll send you a brand spanking new Alpha GMT Diver. Leave a comment after this post and then we’ll see who has the best reasoning. Then you’ll have in your hot little hand an Alpha GMT diver. I’d rather give this thing away than take a hammer to it.

Hublot Big Bang: Played Out?


hublotsml.jpgLooks like Hublot has finally jumped the shark with the Big Bang. They’ve driven it so deeply into the ground that even guys like Chad, who SELLS watches for a living, is sick of it. I liked it at first – it has a nice style, a nice heritage, and a nice story. However, now that they’ve covered it over with rose gold, diamonds, and elf sprinkles, I’m getting kind of tired of it.

Not Such A Hit! [Chad the Watch Guy]

Beware the influencers


What is an influencer? Is it a WWR writer? A lady who wears a bikini in every Instagram shot? A guy who leans against cars and shows off his abs?

Maybe it’s none of those. And maybe that’s fine.

Newton & Sons – Hunk of Junk?


Good thread on Newton & Sons, a notorious non-brand on Ebay. Good? Bad? Eh. If you want a cheap watch with little pedigree, go for it. As I’ve learned, it takes all kinds. However, it’s not a respected brand.

Consider this reply, for example:
Right, Newton-sons pretends to be high quality and they are not. That´s why N-S have been blacklisted on a German watch forum some time ago.

Buyer beware, as they say.

Check it out here.

PSA: Accuracy and Precision

A pet peeve of mine – using the words accuracy and precision incorrectly, and failing to make a distinction between the two.

“degree of conformity of a measure to a standard or a true value”
accuracy. (2008). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.
Retrieved October 6, 2008, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accuracy

“the degree of refinement with which an operation is performed or a measurement stated”
precision. (2008). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.
Retrieved October 6, 2008, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/precision

In watches, accuracy is how well the watch keeps time and reflects the time according to an accepted standard. That is to say, how many seconds the watch gains or loses in a given period and how close it is to the Observatory clock. A Movado with no markings may be as accurate as an Omega with a similar movement, if they gain or lose time similarly (so many seconds a week, for example) and are set correctly.

Audemars Piguet opens a bucket of WTF with the Royal Oak Offshore Survivor Chrono

The Royal Oak from Audemars Piguet line, essentially a water resistant line of yachting watches, is famous for being the first steel luxury watch ever made. It’s a beautiful pieces, looks great on men and women, and is potentially affordable used. However, in order to follow Bell & Ross and Zenith into the depths of Crazytown they’ve decided to offer this “Survivor” model which looks like a robot took a dump on a turtle.