Cheapest mechanical / moonphase watch on the planet?

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    Cheapest mechanical / moonphase watch on the planet?

    I can't believe that this watch is both a mechanical, and a moonphase, selling for about US$20. It's being sold by several sellers for about the same price.

    How can anything like this be so cheap?

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Men-Day-Date-...QQcmdZViewItem

    You'd think the moonphase complication would make it much more expensive?

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    Re: Cheapest mechanical / moonphase watch on the planet?

    Quote Originally Posted by DW-5600E View Post
    I can't believe that this watch is both a mechanical, and a moonphase, selling for about US$20. It's being sold by several sellers for about the same price.

    How can anything like this be so cheap?

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Men-Day-Date-...QQcmdZViewItem

    You'd think the moonphase complication would make it much more expensive?
    It's not a real moonphase complication, just a day/night indicator

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    Re: Cheapest mechanical / moonphase watch on the planet?

    Well it's really an am/pm indicator rather than true moonphase but I agree that's still remarkably inexpensive.
    Not bad looking either!
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    Re: Cheapest mechanical / moonphase watch on the planet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tragic View Post
    Well it's really an am/pm indicator rather than true moonphase but I agree that's still remarkably inexpensive.
    Not bad looking either!
    Cheaper still are these Orkina's on Ebay.

    Less than 17 bucks SHIPPED.

    And (IMHO) they look pretty decent too. Like Tragic says... it's more of a "AM/PM" indicator than it is "moonphase", but for inexpensive asian mechanical movements, and better fit and finish than you really have a right to expect out a watch that you bid less than $5.00 on... They really aren't all that bad.

    Believe it or not... it's only losing about 10 seconds a day.



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    Re: Cheapest mechanical / moonphase watch on the planet?

    I saw such a movement in a fake A Lahnge (they put the balance wheel visible and labeled the piece as a tourbillon, lol!). It worked... but it couldn't be manually wound, and the pendulum just looked like it was about to detach from the rotor. The case build quality was great though, and it even seemed to have sapphire glass.

    I saw a Rotary moonphase automatic in the UK. Mineral crystal front and back. I think it was about 170 pounds or so? I understand they use Chinese or Japanese movements in anything except for their limiteds/flagships, though.

    I wouldn't expect more than a novelty on that one :P

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    Re: Cheapest mechanical / moonphase watch on the planet?

    For 17$ shipped that's remarkable if you think about it.
    Chinese prison labor or whatever, there's no profit in these by the time they're on ebay.
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    Re: Cheapest mechanical / moonphase watch on the planet?

    I bought this same watch also for $17, while I don't wear it anymore (not quite my liking) it has worked well and kept good time.

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    Re: Cheapest mechanical / moonphase watch on the planet?

    There are just too many sellers claiming watches have a moon phase feature, when in fact they only have a sun an and monn feature. That means the watch has what looks like a moon phase window, which just shows a smiley sun in the daytime and a quarter moon and stars at night. I see such watches sold on TV all the time here in the UK. They must think that all watch buyers are stupid.

    Yeah..... moon phase.........right!

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    Re: Cheapest mechanical / moonphase watch on the planet?

    I always thought a moonphase watch was so because it had a picture of a moon & sun, which is good enough for me! :)

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