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Just searched on eBay...




I have a predefined search for skeleton watches on eBay. I found the usual bunch of lady's watches, cheap Chinese knockoffs, and Seikos with "skeleton backs."
But, this one kinda' made me take a second look. It's an "ETA" moement, probably made in China. ;-) But look at the design...multilayered dial and incorporating the Yin/Yang symbol that is so synonymous with Chinese culture.
This is what I've been waiting for -- Chinese products that are distinctly Chinese. OK, so it's a little bit kitsch...but it's a step in the right direction. I've said, for years, that the Chinese are making good watches. Now, if they'd only brand them themselves, rather than calling them Ralex or Rollecks. You know...establish their own identity.
I think this type of design could help them do it! (Just ignore the hour markers on the outer chapter ring -- someone forgot to erase them)
Thoughts? Opinions?
-- Chuck Knight


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Very interesting, and I agree. I'm willing to support alternate brands as long as they aren't sold as replicas. Nice find...
TS

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....but it would be a fun watch without them, as long as it is nothing you'd spend real money on.

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I know...they're hard to miss. There were other interesting designs, too...but this yin/yang one seemed definitive.
Priced around $50...cheap enough for a fun watch, especially if it turns out to be well made.
-- Chuck Knight

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...it's designed to look like the bow and arrow (or phallus?)shape of some flying tourbillons, of which it is not. From my viewpoint it is designed to deceive (so personally I would not buy it). But the rest of the design is interesting and worthy of consideration. I also like the rotor decoration.
I am also not a fan of heartbeat watches, I believe the balance should only be exposed through the dial in skeleton and tourbillon watches.
FYI, Chinese centric designs are not new. Just look at Jaquet Droz, Bovet, or Baume & Mercier
Does not attempt to defraud a brand though, so if you like it, buy it.

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Passing a generic movement off as ETA is no less blatant than branding the watch Ralex or Rollecks. I'm sure it's more expedient for the manufacturer to infringe on a famous trademark than to establish a separate brand identity, as you (and I, also) would like to see a Chinese manufacturer do someday. Still, judging the watch purely on appearance, I think it has a nice case, nice strap, nice yin/yang concept; even the logo is attractive. The dial has too much going on (I actually like the back better than the dial), but the price is right. I wonder how well it keeps time?


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Fun watches have a place in collections, IMO.

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it looks like there's a center second hand so i guess the markers serve some function, although i agree they don't work well from an aesthetic standpoint. i wonder if that moonphase works...?

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Very cool looking watch.

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This one, to me, looks very GO. But I don't recognize the model, so it may actually just be "inspired" by GO's aesthetic.
Pretty, isn't it? And, again, with a multilayered dial. Believe it or not, the 3 subdials are ALL seconds indicators...central sweeping, and left/right retrograde.
Kinda' pretty, really.
-- Chuck Knight

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The whole thing is a bit blatant- even down to the second hand. Bet the movement doesn't look the same though!
Sam Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.

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But, in fairness, they did flip the design upside down... :-)
This is what I mean about a brand identity -- the yin/yang watch is (so far as I know) unique, and a clever design. This one...let's be kind and call it "inspired" by GO. At least they didn't claim it came from the Glashutte province in China.
Hey...just noticed something. It's a different color! :-)
-- Chuck Knight