I received a new watch in the post on Thursday – that brings my collection up to 6!
Seagull dress watch M177s by earlsy1, on Flickr
I will review it here, but I also have an axe to grind...
What is the point in all those overpriced Swiss, Japanese and German watches when such amazing quality is available from Russia and China?
My new Sea-Gull M177S is a beautifully proportioned dress watch. I have examined it all over with a loupe and can see no evidence of shoddy finishing or substandard materials.
It has a lovely combination of brushed and polished finishes, a display back showing a well made automatic movement and even a padded leather strap with signed buckle.
seagull M177S display back by earlsy1, on Flickr
seagull M177S signed buckle by earlsy1, on Flickr
Sea-Gull have also shown they have a sense of humour, writing 'China Made' below the lume marker at 6 o'clock.
I set it after its first wind and it has only gained a couple of seconds overnight.
The splash of colour from the 'blued' second hand is a nice touch and I really like the pointed shape of the other two hands.
seagull M177S by earlsy1, on Flickr
I do think there is a kind of irony to a watch company whose movements are usually associated with fakes making a high quality watches under their own name. I think they have come up with an excellent design – clean and classic. Unlike some watch makers, they don't seem to have made the mistake of trying too hard to be distinctive. I love distinctive and quirky designs, but there is no need to reinvent the wheel when making a watch in this style.
I have read in other places that this design is inspired by some JLC watches, but I have seen more Tudors with a similar look. It is such a generic style that I don't think copying is really an issue.
Anyway, I am really happy with this £80 watch and don't see myself replacing it with something that costs 10 times the price for minimal or zero improvement in quality or design.
Does having been around since 1955 mean they also have 'heritage'?
What do you think?