Saw this on another forum and I'm shocked this hasn't spread to F71 yet. Sea-Gull has clearly -- CLEARLY -- ripped off a publicly posted design by our very own Chip (om-4), founder of Aevig and the exceptionally talented designer of the Balaur.
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This is unbelievable! Sea-Gull would never dare do something like this to a non-micro brand. [This really, really isn't the point of this thread. RTT before you stop here to make a pedantic point about Sea Gull's history of copying.] But I guess that's China for you. If you can get away with it, it's legal.
I don't know exactly what happened here, and I doubt Chip would be so impolitic as to comment, but this is a clear case of design theft, no matter the details. That's obviously a new model (it's barely available anywhere), and the Balaur has been "coming soon" for quite a long time. I remember seeing Chip's first renders in 2013. No way the copying is reversed here. Chip designed the nicest watch Sea Gull has ever made, and it makes me sick.
I'll never buy a Sea Gull watch after this. Period.
TL;DR: Here's the bottom line, folks:
Edit 2: Yes, it really is Sea Gull, the Sea Gull, the Sea Gull Chip asked to make the watch for him. RTT, there is no doubt. It is the Sea Gull 816.582.
See this post for Chip's (om-4's) input.
See these posts for some ideas on how to make our displeasure known to Sea Gull. Blogs and such. Social Media. Other ideas.