Tandorio NH35a / sapphire / 20atm / mil-style arrrives at the AMCHPR

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Tandorio NH35a / sapphire / 20atm / mil-style arrrives at the AMCHPR

Post by AlbertaTime » March 21st 2024, 7:42pm

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At roughly $85CDN w/bracelet I figured I'd try the bracelet version.

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But, as you can see, it's not on a bracelet. Because although the OEM bracelet is actually OK in all other respects, it's a butterfly clasp and so it's either right on the money, or it's too loose or too tight because removing links doesn't allow for any sort of fine-tuning the size. It's not on the money, for me. (Who knows, the bracelet may work for me on another watch, so, no big loss there.)

But, it's on a strap, now, and for the money I spent, I'm still a very happy camper.

I love the 36mm size, and it appears to run easily within my accuracy requirements at a day at work. It's not finished as well as, say, my new San Martin but I bought this for a work watch, so I'm not disappointed. It's finished well enough.

Especially for $85CDN. For that money, the whole package puts some established brands to shame. Stainless case, screw crown, sapphire crystal and a typical 12/24 mil look. The red second hand is a nice touch, too.

11 days from order date to arrival in scenic Peace River, Alberta--and there's nothing wrong with that, either.
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Post by AlbertaTime » March 22nd 2024, 8:08pm

bbattle wrote:
March 22nd 2024, 4:26am
That is sharp looking, and a heck of a buy at that price.
conjurer wrote:
March 22nd 2024, 7:22am
Nice watch, A-T. Looks great on that strap.
MAX wrote:
March 22nd 2024, 1:48pm
Tempting.
jason_recliner wrote:
March 22nd 2024, 4:06pm
That's really cool. I'm a bit surprised it's a work watch. Perfect cafe/pub watch with the right straps IMO.
3Flushes wrote:
March 22nd 2024, 6:15pm
Sharp, like it on the strap. Nice catch, especially for the price..
Thanks all :-)

As far as I can muster, I belong to the "buy the bracelet version" faction--but I figured from the get-go-that I'd probably switch it off. The leather does dress it up enough for good casual use--and right now, it's on a cheap but tough nylon fabric mesh. It's a decent classic look for a decent price. (By the way, I saw a post on another board. A fellow was saying that it's likely no company owns the "look" of mil-spec watches because they *were* mil-spec. So the question isn't "is it an homage?", it's "does it meet the specs?" Image

I usually save for travel, but I still get the hankerin' and thought I'd treat myself to one or two budget but decent watches (under $400), and a couple of cheapies, just to test what China is putting out for collectors at the budget and low budget end (like me). And...expand the collection Image.

When it comes to budget, and of the recent and upcoming arrivals, the San Martin is, at least initially, really effin nice. But least based on what I've received Merkur, and now Tandorio, are still a pretty straight up exchange for the much lower price asked. And, something like: if the SHTF, would I rather have this or a Timex Weekender at about the same price? Well, no diss, because the Weekender is nice, totally respectable and sporty, but...this.

Way better water resist, sapphire not mineral, automatic not quartz, and solid stainless steel instead of brass.

Is it as good as the Hamilton Khaki? Well, *no*.
Is it as durable? Well, could be.

It's not high horology, but it's inexpensive and probably durable horological fun. And, if someone was looking for "a good cheap watch" because theirs just broke after some years, not because they collect, this Tandorio wouldn't be stupid for a one cheap watch collection.
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Post by ocean » March 24th 2024, 7:07am

Honestly looks great! Isn’t that what this hobby is for to find the unique and interesting in any price point? For me it’s really refreshing to see someone enjoying a watch at any price.
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Post by AlbertaTime » March 24th 2024, 6:25pm

ocean wrote:
March 24th 2024, 7:07am
Honestly looks great! Isn’t that what this hobby is for to find the unique and interesting in any price point? For me it’s really refreshing to see someone enjoying a watch at any price.
Thank you!! There are lots of reasons for this hobby, and finding "the unique and interesting in any price point" is 100% valid. I may have related this before, but in discussion with another collector I said words to the effect of: "it's very hard for most to have the most expensive and/or most highly revered piece in any given horological room--but it's a completely different ball game (and much easier) to have the most interesting piece."

Well, this *isn't* going to be the most interesting watch in any horological room, but it's pretty interesting for the $$$, looks very decent on the wrist--and the point still stands. This simple inexpensive watch is great to wear. It's been maybe three days now and the accuracy is surprising me big-time. I wish the sapphire had an interior coating...but at least it's sapphire.
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March 24th 2024, 7:52am
Cheap thrills and I agree to always get the bracelet. Fun watch.
Thank you, and yes, about the bracelet. At least speaking for myself, a stock leather strap almost never stays on any of my watches, anyways. Much more often, the stock bracelet does.
artman wrote:
March 24th 2024, 4:43pm
$85 Canadian?? That's like a buck fifty 'merican. Nice deal.
Thanks! XE puts $85 CDN at $62.50 today :-)

And, as to this forum: the response here should show any lurkers that you won't be disrespected based on what you paid...

(...although, at any price, I need to warn: you still *might* be disrespected for what you bought Image)

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