Thanks to this forum I've found another way spend my hard earned money
I've just picked up my first Chinese watch from the Bay from nice00watch. It cost me about A$27 shipped and arrived here in Australia in about a week.
I wanted a type of watch that I wouldn't ususally buy... or spend serious money on. The one I finally chose was an automatic semi-skeleton, model g508a. Yes, it's a bit gaudy.
Just a few observations:
All in all it's a A$27 watch, and for that I'll forgive quite a few things. Would I buy another ultra-cheap Chinese watch? Definitely. I think they're an insanely cheap way of indulging in horology and satisfying the almost constant craving for new watches.
- Fit and finish is... ok. There were a few burrs that I had to break off near the spring bars, but nothing too serious.
- There's a few printing blemishes on the time and date indicies. Hands are well finished however.
- There's a purely decorative secondary date dial across the top half of the watch that doesn't serve a purpose. I've got no issue with that, but on my copy it's half covered.
- The sub-second hand is about 1.5 seconds off from the main second hand. But it's too small to really cause an issue.
- Seems to keep reasonably good time. Haven't had it long enough to check though. Part of the reason is that the power reserve seems really short. I wore it all of the first day I got it, and after taking it off before going to be bed it was dead by the next morning.
- The strap is terrible. It's got threads hanging out. It cracks when you bend it. It's torn a little at the top edges. I'm definitely replacing it. The trick is finding a new strap that costs less than the cost of the watch
- The see-through case back is fun.