Jaragar & Parnis Automatic Power Reserve:
I purchased both watches on eBay:
The Jaragar Deluxe Watch White Mechanical Automatic 6 Hands; from a seller called widgetland for $31 shipping in.
The Parnis Toubillon Automatic Power Reserve Luxury Watch; from a seller called linglingwatches for $75 shipping in.
They both arrived form HK between 20 and 30 days from purchase. With the Jaragar arriving quickest.
Tracking numbers were dodgy and i couldn't get them to work anywhere, eventually i found this site that work for both watches, just pick the track direct option. http://www.track-trace.com/post
I should preface this with i know nothing about Chinese Mechanical Watches, or Mechanical watches in general.
The Jaragar was by far the weaker of the two watches, it has a nice dial and generally good looks. The watch came moving out of the package and the button on the top right set the date and the button on the bottom right does god knows what. It advances the left dial which ranges from 1 to 8???
The movement doesn't move as smoothly as the Parnis and the reserve doesn't last nearly as long. I wore both on my left arm on different days and the Parnis was dead accurate in the morning with 75% reserve still left, the Jaragar doesn't have a reserve meter but it doesn't matter it was dead and needed to be wound or shaken in the morning.
The wheel that spins around doesn't move nearly as freely as the Parnis and i worry about its ability to charge the watch.
Another issue is the build quality; you will notice in the picture the bubbly un-smooth appearance of the casing, its really not in the same class as the Parnis.
Something else to notice the movement is held in the case by white plastic, you don't see it unless inspecting the watch, but the Parnis movement is mounted directly to the case as with the Jaragar sits in a white plastic sleeve. (Sorry for the bad picture but i highlighted the plastic.
On to the Parnis:
Yes the self winding movement is loud as people have said. But i don't notice it that much on my wrist.
All of the gauges work as expected and over a three day period it was only a few seconds off my computer time.
I didn't know this right away, but the button on the left of the case advances the date.
I much prefer the brushed and shiny casing of the Parnis, it shows less fingerprints and in general look a lot more sophisticated.
As you can see the movement is mounted directly into the case and there is no visible plastic. Much better build quality then the Jaragar. Also the self winder moves a lot more free then the Jaragar.
The glass opening is also a lot larger on the Parnis.
Here are two shots on the wrist:
The Straps & I need some Help:
I want to put new straps on both the watches, the Parnis strap is better then the Jaragar but both are sub par compared to the strap on my Citizen Eco.
I want to go either all black leather or all black with tiny white stitching on the Parnis and i would like to go dark brown with white stitching on the Jaragar.
Can you please recommend a brand and place to get the straps, i would ideally like to spend $25 on each strap. And if you think i should go with a totally different style strap then I have suggested, i would love the feedback.
This link shows the black and brown i was thinking about??
Here is a quick, crappy video i shot of the movement and how the Jaragar doesn't move as well as the Parnis.
Lastly thanks for the great community, this is my first post and only bought a Paris because of the Chinese Watches i'm Wearing Thread.
HighRes Photos: http://imgur.com/a/9PMhs