I'm writing this, I suppose partly to vent, and partly to try to find some answers.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to handle this watch at an AD, the Star Classique automatic, Steel/Rose gold version.
Absolutely gorgeous design. I loved the smooth bezel and thin case, guilloche small seconds with the Montblanc logo. The logo on the crown I also thought was a great touch. Everything in the watch works beautifully... even the date function. "Date function??" Exactly. Rant begins.
I pulled the crown all the way out and started to adjust the time (I love doing that ^_^). As I passed the midnight mark, I felt and heard an unexpected click. I thought it was my imagination, so I skipped ahead another 24 hours and there it was again... the unmistakable click of a date wheel day change.
I pushed the crown all the way in, and this time I pulled the crown a bit more carefully, to see if there were actually two positions, and sure enough, there it was. I missed it on the first time, this watch had a position to adjust the date. Turning the crown, I could definitely feel the clicks of a date wheel turning.
I don't quite know how I feel about this. I used to love some of Montblanc's watches (Star Quantieme Complet and a few of their newer moonphases), but after this experience, I just don't know what to make of this brand.
This is a 5300 USD watch. Such carelessness, to put a movement with a functional date wheel inside a watch with no date function, at this price... I find it offensive, for lack of a better term.
Any thoughts? Is it normal for a brand to do this?
I'd like to end my rant with the salesman's response, when I asked him about the date in a non-date watch. I hope this doesn't get me in trouble, I promise I'm quoting him verbatim: "Well, what did you expect? It's Montblanc, they make pens and wallets. You can't expect them to make good watches".