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    Barbos Watches, anyone bought one?

    I've been seeing these on Ebay for a while, but haven't seen anyone buy one yet. They have a couple of nice looking styles, and priced around $200-250 with a Miyota quartz movement. They say it's a German company but probably made in China, and 2000m depth rating, I wonder. Problem is, there's a few well proven brands for around the same price.
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    Re: Barbos Watches, anyone bought one?

    Quote Originally Posted by dfl3506 View Post
    Problem is, there's a few well proven brands for around the same price.
    Says it all in my mind. Why risk it when you can get a Seiko diver for less money?
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    Re: Barbos Watches, anyone bought one?

    2000m depth? Sounds bogus.

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    Re: Barbos Watches, anyone bought one?

    I like the watch. The only thing that really bothers me is the size (47mm). But, I've been thinking about buying a big watch. Benarus has some nice watches, but the size has always deterred me from buying one (especially at such high prices). Perhaps this watch would be a good test model? The 2000M depth claim does seem incredible; however, I still like the style of the watch. It's also German. I've always wanted to have a German watch, and this one is affordable.

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    Re: Barbos Watches, anyone bought one?

    Quote Originally Posted by Illyria View Post
    I like the watch. The only thing that really bothers me is the size (47mm). But, I've been thinking about buying a big watch. Benarus has some nice watches, but the size has always deterred me from buying one (especially at such high prices). Perhaps this watch would be a good test model? The 2000M depth claim does seem incredible; however, I still like the style of the watch. It's also German. I've always wanted to have a German watch, and this one is affordable.
    I don't think there will be much that is German about it. Probably entirely Asian. But it is a nice looking watch.
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    Re: Barbos Watches, anyone bought one?

    Just got my Pacific today via German post. For the price, it's a sturdy watch. Most probably made in Asia and marketed in Germany. Nevertheless, it's a nice-looking huge and heavy piece of metal with a good finishing. Can't comment on the 1000m water resistance though. Anyone tried diving with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alextangtt View Post
    Just got my Pacific today via German post. For the price, it's a sturdy watch. Most probably made in Asia and marketed in Germany. Nevertheless, it's a nice-looking huge and heavy piece of metal with a good finishing. Can't comment on the 1000m water resistance though. Anyone tried diving with it?
    Please post a wrist shot. I'm curious how it looks on an actual wrist.

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    I'm waiting for one to arrive from Germany. I will post photos here & also check the watch snorkeling.
    Looks ok for normal use , but for serious use i have a better watch. I will try it in normal limits and post comments.
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    It is now about a week on my wrist. Keeps precise time & passed a 50m water resistance test (pressurized in a local Citizen Watch dealer). The PVD is good, i hit the watch hard and stayed intact. Impressive built for the silly price of 92 euros + 15 euros (117 euros total) that i bought it, via ebay auction. Good for an everyday sports watch. Luminova on this watch is not so strong, you cannot easily read time at night. I will keep you informed & review it again after some months of use. It would be really nice to see other Barbos models for comparison here, too.

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    Re: Barbos Watches, anyone bought one?

    Quote Originally Posted by alextangtt View Post
    Just got my Pacific today via German post. For the price, it's a sturdy watch. Most probably made in Asia and marketed in Germany. Nevertheless, it's a nice-looking huge and heavy piece of metal with a good finishing. Can't comment on the 1000m water resistance though. Anyone tried diving with it?
    Compare the Barbos to Android. You'll find many common characteristics that point to China as its country of origin.

    Have you tried turning the bezel with bare fingers or telling time in low light? And what is the purpose of that little bar at the 9 o'clock position any way?

    Someone commented that his Barbos keeps good time. Hey, so would a $5.00 disposable watch.

    Undo the strap. Notice how shallow the dimples for the spring bars are. They just don't inspire confidence. Obviously these watches are made under computer guidance. It would have been an easy matter to drill through the lugs to give spring bars a solid footing.

    I buy watches by weight, the heavier the better. Quite frankly the weight alone of the Barbos does not save it from being a big disappointment.

    My advice to anyone who is contemplating acquisition is to look carefully elsewhere.

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