Doing this for the first time, since I myself, struggled researching, having to collate info and opinions from a gazillion sources before making the purchase. With a lot of people, especially in here, shooting them down just cause of 'branding', it become a little unclear for the novice such as me, if they are any good or a buy and hope they work for more than a week; I tend to be a little finicky where I spend my little $£€, even if this was just under €80 shipped .
Hopefully giving something back to the community, with my little experience helping other first time buyers, like myself.
Here it goes:
I have now had this little of a gem for around 2 weeks (original acquisition post here), and having become my go to wristwatch to combine with non formal office work and casual day to day requirements, I think I have now made my mind on it*.
The watch itself is a stunner, don't be fooled by the price tag folks, my wife's dad is a retired watch tech, having worked at a local Omega AD, i.e he knows a thing or two about nice watches. His feedback, "are you sure that cost only €75?" Dial is crisp and clean, and blue on white looks fantastic, open heart also looks nice, albeit maybe not to everyone's liking. Scene through case back can be a little boring, since rotor is not even marked.
The watch also seems to be the absolute maximum a puny 6.5" wrist like mine, can handle.
The mechanics a lot of people will probably (surely) know way more than me on the inner workings of the Seagull ST2505 (**05 is the open heart version), out of the box, it has not been the most accurate of them all, although reading others feedback on the ST25, I seem to have been a little unlucky; in the past two weeks, having seen around 100 hrs of wrist time it has gained almost 5 minutes, i.e not very impressive accuracy.
And yes, you know where some people state the rotor is noisy, hell, its like a metal on metal noise with some whooshing thrown in for good measure . The guess of above mentioned tech, is that it probably needs oil. As soon as I got it out of the 2 feet of bubble wrap I it was shipped in, I gave it a whirl, instantly said to myself, I should have got me a few 6 packs of Guinness with them €75. Honestly, on the wrist, I have yet to ever hear the rotor, unless i'm specifically on the look out, in a quiet room, even then, it ain't so bad.
In relation to power reserve, 8 hours on the wrist will get you a full charge (45 hrs on the indicator) from about 10 hours marked on the indicator. I also think the 45 hr power reserve is a little pessimistic. From full, 36 hrs off the wrist will end up to around 15 hrs on the indicator.
Hand winding action is considerably meaty and mechanical, with a lovely smooth action and no notches (i'm not sure I used correct technical jargon there ), it does have about 15 degree of free-play, before it actually starts to wind. This might be by design..
The strap, I immediately took note of a number of people saying the strap on Parnis watches are crap, so decided to get a blue replacement, which just arrived today. The original strap buckle is so pointy and sharp, it literally hurt my wrist and scarred me; whilst although I also never had a expensive leather strap in hand, with the little usage it has seen, it has already started to bend and mark where it meets the buckle, while on the wrist, which to me, points it must indeed be of inferior quality.
Verdict *All in all, a fantastic little timepiece that would fit in any collection, if you could just ignore 'made in china' and the lack of heritage; whilst changing the strap