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Another Merkur Group budget beauty hits the AMCHPR

Post by AlbertaTime » March 6th 2023, 6:14pm

I know opinions differ, but I've always had a sweet spot for Cali dials. I like this one, and at well under $100,00 (really, under $80!!) I thought it was worth the gamble.

It is. (Sorry 'bout the spekka dust onna crystal. It brushed off.)

I'll put it on a different strap only because the stock strap is a little too long for me. Seizenn California Dial Retro from Merkur:

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Post by Mark1 » March 7th 2023, 9:00am

Has a real vintage look to it. The brush work stands out, particularly on the caseback. It seems to be brushed in a circular direction which you can see repeated on the lugs. Congrats.
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Post by AlbertaTime » March 7th 2023, 10:41am

Thanks, folks :-)

It's certainly a budget piece, but the cosmetics are very good for the dollar paid.

I'll also add that the round caseback depressions for removal work *way* better when using a two prong standard caseback tool that the much more usual outside rectangular notches.

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There's no slippage at all--just put the two smaller points in the holes, keep a bit of downward pressure and Bob's yer uncle. I think that's smart design and I wish more companies would do it.
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Post by MAX » March 7th 2023, 2:29pm

Thats nice. I didnt like california dials for a long time until I bought one. Might get another.

And yes, too long watch straps are my nemisis too. Why i liked only bracelets for a long time.
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Post by AlbertaTime » March 7th 2023, 2:36pm

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March 7th 2023, 2:29pm
And yes, too long watch straps are my nemisis too. Why i liked only bracelets for a long time.
Finding straps that fit a 6.5" wrist is not easy.

I look for 65/105, and hardly anyone makes them except Holben (I just ordered some) for under $100 a strap (and even then...). I can't find a single nylon or canvas 20mm strap like that, and even 70/100 is a bit too big for me on most watches, especially if they're long, lug to lug.
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Re: Another Merkur Group budget beauty hits the AMCHPR

Post by AlbertaTime » March 7th 2023, 9:25pm

jason_recliner wrote:
March 7th 2023, 6:20pm
Took a few looks to appreciate this one but it's really cool. Well done.
Thank you. I'd love to hear why :-)
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Re: Another Merkur Group budget beauty hits the AMCHPR

Post by jason_recliner » March 8th 2023, 12:17am

AlbertaTime wrote:
March 7th 2023, 9:25pm
jason_recliner wrote:
March 7th 2023, 6:20pm
Took a few looks to appreciate this one but it's really cool. Well done.
Thank you. I'd love to hear why :-)
Yeah, of course. The finishing looks good but nothing special. Classic case and crown but nothing special. Never really knew what to make of California dials. But it's the dial, aged lume, cool strap... It's a watch that is fashion and style. It will look interesting and awesome with clothes I wear to a bar or restaurant. And it's $80!
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Re: Another Merkur Group budget beauty hits the AMCHPR

Post by AlbertaTime » March 8th 2023, 12:24am

jason_recliner wrote:
March 8th 2023, 12:17am
Yeah, of course. The finishing looks good but nothing special. Classic case and crown but nothing special. Never really knew what to make of California dials. But it's the dial, aged lume, cool strap... It's a watch that is fashion and style. It will look interesting and awesome with clothes I wear to a bar or restaurant. And it's $80!
Seems exactly right to me. It all comes together just fine, has the look, and makes a great accessory. At 80 bucks! Well, closer to 70, really, but you know what I mean :lol:
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