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    Is this a novelty or a functional watch?

    My wife gave me this for Valentnes Day. It was purchased from the Royal Candian Mint on sale at $371.50 plus GST and $15.00 shipping.


    At first glance it's not the sort of thing I'd wear as functional watch but maybe it will grow on me. Wear it with a dress shirt? I must admit, it's quite the package. The presentation box is beautiful, you get a $5 face value proof quality 2011 coin (approcimate value $40) and, oh yes, the watch. Manufactured by Birks I guess. Looks really different, I'll give you that. The stainless 3016L finish is really nice, sapphire crystal, nice royal blue markers on the dial, 30 meter water resistance and a 5 year Birks warranty, which means something as Birk's after sales service is second to none.

    Nothing really available on the internet about it. Would anyone know if it's a Ronda movement? Without a screw down crown would the claimed water resistance be legitimate.


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    Re: Is this a novelty or a functional watch?

    I'd say it's a bit of both - novelty and function. Nothing wrong with that. The Birks association is good. The crown does look very small, but considering it's quartz you shouldn't need to use the crown very often.

    Out curiosity, is the coin a 1 oz 9999 pure silver piece? I occasionally buy silver bullion, and pick up a couple of these coins for my kids each year. They look the same as yours with the $5 denomination. They are not really valued as coins by collectors, but rather for their silver value, and a little more interesting than bullion.

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    Re: Is this a novelty or a functional watch?

    I find it pretty nice, well finished ! Whenever you're on a trip for business or pleasure you can always wear this :)

    Or if you ever attend a special canadian event where you can show off your patriotisme.

    All in all a beautiful watch that can be both novelty and casual wear. Wear in good health !

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    Re: Is this a novelty or a functional watch?

    Certainly an attractive and functional watch.

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    Re: Is this a novelty or a functional watch?

    Don't worry about the 30m WR. There are lots of watches with 100m WR that don't have screw down crowns.

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    Re: Is this a novelty or a functional watch?

    Nice dial!
    Yes, it is a Swiss Quartz movement inside. Ronda make good movements.
    Not sure where the watch is assembled, but it is somewhere in Far East.
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    Re: Is this a novelty or a functional watch?

    It's a nice watch and would certainly hold extra meaning because your wife gave it to you. I would say it's both functional and fills the novelty niche. It's also a great conversational piece..enjoy it and be thankful that your wife appreciates your hobby.

    I wonder if the Speedy comes with a maple leaf dial??? If so, drop a few hints to your wife and see what shows up next Valentine's Day.
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    Re: Is this a novelty or a functional watch?

    I think it's clearly a novelty but it's also a functional watch.


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    Re: Is this a novelty or a functional watch?

    Pretty much every watch that costs over $100 is a novelty of one type or another. Therefore, I don't think you're alone. It looks like a reasonably well made watch if you don't mind quartz and are in a patriotic mood.
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    Re: Is this a novelty or a functional watch?

    Dude, I'm not canadian, but if I were I would wear the heck out of that watch! I really think it looks neat. It's casual enough to be worn with jeans and if you wanted to wear it with a suit you could do that too. I think it's cool!
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