Ewatches, Chase Durer, and Me.
Well after about 4 weeks of looking for a good quartz chronograph with an ETA 251.262 movment in it, I pulled the trigger on a Chase-Durer Special forces 1000XL UDT. I decided to see if I could get one from an AD near where I live, but there area none in New Jersey so after checking out some dealers on the internet I came across E-watches. There an AD that discounts C-D by 25% with free sizing and 2nd day shipping also free so Sunday of last week I ordered it.
Well let me tell you a story. I received an e-mail that my order was placed and it would ship out by Monday night or so and would receive an email with the tracking number. By 5:00Pm on Monday I did not receive any emails from them so I called customer service and they told me they where running behind and they had one of the UDT set aside for me and it would go out by Tuesday afternoon, I said not a problem I under stand. Needless to say by Tuesday night no email again. I called on Wednesday and was told that they did not have a C-D set aside for me and it would be 2 weeks or so until they would have more of them, boy was I pis*e@ by this time and canceled. I asked to speak to the CS manager, to whom I told my saga to and she was very nice but still no watch GRRRRREE. So on the next day Thursday the CS manager called me on my mobile and informed me that they got an other UDT from Chase-Durer and if I wanted the watch I could have it, well says I “If you ships it over night for free I will takes it” (Thats sailor talk). I had the little bugger in my mitts 3:00 Friday (free over night). Now that is what calls customer service.
The watch specs:
Model Number: urer CD246.4BB7-BR02
- SWISS Made, 27-jewel precision ETA 251.262 quartz movement.
- Chronograph: 1/10th second, 60 minutes & 12-hour elapsed time; lap time.
- Case in black PVD solid 316L stainless steel;
- Screw-locked crown and pushers & screw-in back;
- Unidirectional, ratcheted 0-60 countdown and 360-degree compass heading marker bezel.
- Superluminova advanced illumination system on hands & numbers.
- Sapphire distortion-free crystal.
- Water resistant to 330m/1000 feet.
- 3-year battery.
- Diameter 42mm,
- Thickness 14mm;
- Weight 6.2oz.
- Bracelet in black PVD solid 316L stainless steel;
- Expandable deployment buckle with double lock security clasp.
- Serial numbered.
- 5 year limited international warranty.
- Also known as Model #CD246.4BB7-BR04
The short review. The good, this is one of the most comfortable watches I have, fits well on my 7.5 inch wrist. Fit and finish is first rate. The Sapphire is truly distortion free WHOW. Lettering on the face and sub dials is crisp. The accuracy is dead on. The screw down crown and pushers work well screwed and unscrewed them, about 100 times. Superluminove this is just unbelievably bright. Stop watch feature is excellent, the hands set back at 12:00 every time so far and the 1/10 sec. function is a nice touch Deployment clasp closes with a nice click. I like the feature of being able to change the hour hand and the minuet hand stays put and the watch is still running. The instruction manual is good; thy even tell you how to use the Tach. And navigation features. Bezel has 60 clicks but is not unidirectional as stated in the specs. The box is also very well done for this price range.
The bad: the crown could have been done a bit better.
What I would like to see them improve, the removable links on the bracelet should have screws not pins for this price, as on my Mach 1 Steinhart chronograph. A crown logo engraved on it. Also how about a micro cloth and screw driver for the links (if they had screws in them).
Conclusion: I feel that this is a great watch for the price, fit and finish, and the fact that you get a 5 year warrantee, yah I know it is quartz but there is no longer a mechanical chronograph with a minuet register on the main dial any more. So this is a keeper for me. Thanks for reading.
OH here is some photos.
THE pasty wrist shot.