Firstof all, hello! I've been lurking on this forum for quite some time,looking at some very nices watches, reading reviews etc. It's a sitechock-full of information and a bit overwhelming, so I hope I'mposting this in the right place on this forum.
I'vedecided to treat myself with a new watch, and I've narrowed it downto more or less two candidates(though I'm open for suggestions). My budget is no more than €240(~$270), size shouldn't be bigger than 42mm (wrist size between6.5-7").
My two candidates are: 1. Laco Genf 2. Tisell Marine (the 40mmwhite Marine, not the Diver)
My thoughts on the Laco Genf:
Fromwhat I've read, it doesn't seem to be a popular watch, mainly becausemany people seemed to be put off by the day/date windows.
Legibility.I just love the Type A B-Uhr dials. (I have a cheapo Debert Pilotthat seems to be a IWC … „hommage“).
Superluminova– I love it on my Seiko SNK809 and my Lorus full-lume dial.
Day/Date– It‘s something that actually comes in useful, plus it‘s inGerman (which I think is cool because I speak German myself).
Quartzmovement – should be fairly hassle-free and cheap to maintain
Customerservice / warranty issues – Laco customer service seems to be quitegood and I wouldn‘t have to send the watch abroad if anything goeswrong.
Mineralcrystal – I‘m afraid it‘ll scratch easily (and I‘d hate tosee scratches on a watch that expensive)
Casesize might be a bit bulky (especially the height of the case at 13mm)
Rondaquartz movement / hands hitting marks – Not that I mind quartz assuch; I love my Casio watches. It‘s more about the alignments ofthe hands with the markers. A couple of months ago, I bought anAristo 3H84, and the fact that the second hand stubbornly refused tocome close to the markers annoys me so much that I decided to send itback. I‘m afraid that the same could be the case on the Laco.
Thoughtson the Tisell Marine:
Pros:Looks / dial
I‘veactually wanteda Stowa Marine for quite a while, but it‘s way above my budget.With my Debert flieger watch, I‘ve realized that a small secondhand might look cool, but isn`t really that practical. I don‘t knowhow the dial and the hands look in real (though there‘s one youtube video I‘ve watched a couple of times. Unfortunately, I don`t speak Korean, so I don`t know what the guy thinks about the watch)) I'm also not sure if, at this price point,they‘re really heat-treated and not painted, but I think the watchlooks gorgeous and almost as readable as the Laco.
Also,and this is more of an „emotional“ reason – I think havingsomething „naval“ styled is cooler than having something „airforce“ styled. It‘s a silly reason and hard to explain, but
Notas precise as a quartz watch, but the hacking feature would probablymake up for that.
Maintenancecost? I have honstly no idea how much to expect when having the watchserviced (which will happen eventually), but I‘m not sure how muchit‘ll cost and how often I‘d have to do it.
Domedcrystal – might detract from readability (It‘s described as ARcoated inside, but I‘ve read the coating is fairly useless).
Noday / date – I would get the no-day version because I think theround window at the bottom doesn‘t fit that well.
Overall,I think that the Tisell is probably the better value and I‘ve readquite a number of positive reviews about the brand on this site. Onthe other hand, the Laco would definitely be a good, hassle-freetimepiece with lume, day/date I wouldn‘t have to correct everycouple of days.
Ihaven‘t foundmuch on either particular watch on this forum, but looking forward toreading your thoughts on the matter :)