- Master of Time
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- Joined: October 13th 2010, 10:00pm
- Location: Peace River, Alberta
It's a very respectfully VCM inspired piece, but with a more modern 38mm case w/o crown, an attractive case back and the crown is signed. The dial details are clean and sharp, and the crystal (which I take to be sort of mineral--a slight downside, because I prefer acrylic), handles light like acrylic, and that's a big advantage.
The Merkur website shows the movement, which they describe as a self-developed "Vanzi". I didn't remove this caseback. I might, but not for now. Suffice to say, it looks very much like a modified Tongji--and I'm fine with that. Also: the watch came on a canvas strap not that much like what was shown in the renders, but that doesn't disappoint me at all. Anyone who is familiar with my collection knows I really like canvas straps and this is a nice one, with good hardware.
The watch also came with an (unexpected) expansion bracelet, with non-solid curved ends (very traditional and consistent with vintage Chinese watches--and I might use it, but not right now. Nothing wrong with it, at all--just not what I want.
A big plus: the watch also came in a very nice zippered plastic case, which is shown in my photos, and a Merkur cleaning cloth.
It's clearly not a $1000 watch, but for under a hundred bucks? SOLD to a very happy me!!
I know Merkur has more plans for vintage inspired pieces, and I'm really looking forward to seeing them.
"That stone buddha deserves all the birdshit it gets. I wave my skinny arms like a tall flower in the wind." Ikkyu