After spending some actual wrist time with the SKX I've changed my mind a bit since posting this thread. So I am posting an update in order to avoid misleading people.
Flaws of the SKX that you would NEVER see on a Rolex:
-mine gains about 5 minutes per week
-The 6 o'clock hour marker is not centred to the corresponding minute marker
-the day/date takes several hours to flip to the next day.. starting at about 9pm until well after midnight.
-the diver's bezel, when rotated to centre of 12 o'clock, does not line up at the 6 o'clock mark
-the serial number on the caseback isn't printed straight
Yikes! Quite a long list of issues! And I doubt I bought a fake as I'm sure these aren't worth faking.
Happy New Year everyone.
After much reading on WUS, I recently bought a SKX007 as a beater to spare my Rolexes from too much outdoor duty like skiing, working on cars, camping, motorcycle riding, etc. Yes, yes, I know Rolex is more than capable of doing all that and blah blah, but spare me for a moment.
Well the SKX arrived this week and all I can say is wow. The fit and finish is even better than I expected. But it got me thinking. If for less than $300 one can buy a piece like the SKX which:
1. Is made by a reputable watch maker with an in-house movement
2. Has reliable tool watch features like 200M WR, screw down crown and case back
3. Has a nicely finished case including a mix of brushed and polished surfaces
Why do people feel the need to buy high-end Swiss brands?? Here are the only tangible differences I can think of:
-The 7S26 movement, being rated up to something like +45 seconds/day is not as accurate as high-end Swiss (your experience may vary)
-Not COSC certified
-SKX lacks some premium details like applying hour markers by hand... the SKX just has them painted on the dial surface.
Is that really it or am I missing something???
Other than status and branding, is that all we are getting by paying several thousand $ more for Swiss?