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San Martin SN0115-G-1 brown dial at the AMCHPR

Post by AlbertaTime » April 10th 2024, 3:39pm

I'd mentioned earlier that I had a couple of "better" Chinese affordables coming, referring to watches more expensive than the Tandorio and Merkur offerings I recently purchased. Here's #2 of the "better" catches of this spring's spree, a San Martin SN0115-G-1 no-date brown dial:

Just like my previous San Martin, this shows the same much higher than expected production values...

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Model: SN0115-G-1 // Movement: NH35 Automatic // Case diameter: 39.5 mm // Case Thickness: 13 mm // Lug to Lug: 46.5 mm // Case: 316L Stainless Steel // Bezel: Ceramic, Unidirectional (120 clicks) // Crystal: Sapphire/AR // WR: 20 bar (200 m) // Lugs: 20 mm

The bezel is on point, the bracelet is silky comfortable, and the only quality difference on this and the previous is this has a nicely printed logo, while the earlier has an applied logo. I've heard some don't like the San Martin logo, but I do, either way. Of course, time will tell but my initial impressions are Wow!! for value for dollar. It's plain this has some reference to other watches in the world, but it's not at all a slavish copy, and I'm thrilled to have it.

Second hand, in essentially perfect shape, cost to me of $180 USD. Not even a mark on the clasp. Happy me.
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Post by AlbertaTime » April 10th 2024, 7:10pm

jason_recliner wrote:
April 10th 2024, 5:08pm
Yeah, that's really nice all round. I'd wear it.
WIStful wrote:
April 10th 2024, 5:58pm
Very attractive.
smellody wrote:
April 10th 2024, 6:29pm
I like it. Distinctly different
Thanks, y'all. Everyone here knows I have a lot of affordable watches and the quality/dollar ratio with these is just sick. I could see these being disruptive.
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Post by AlbertaTime » April 10th 2024, 8:30pm

codguy wrote:
April 10th 2024, 8:13pm
I really like the contrast b'tween the hands/indicies and the dial. Quite attractive.
Appreciated. I think they nailed the colors and the shades. It maybe shouldn't work--but it does.
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Post by jason_recliner » April 10th 2024, 8:46pm

So these are US$260! That's outstanding value. I'd pay a bit more for a 9015 inside (if it was offered) but, if you want a watch for the beach, surfing, snorkelling, diving, that you don't have to baby and you really want a mechanical, these are extremely compelling.
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Post by Tartan1 » April 11th 2024, 3:08am

Nice that San Martin SN0115-G-1 with the Brown dial you posted there .. . . I picked up this one below the off white 40MM Panda BB Stainless Steel with Sapphire and ST1901 then let it go to an admirer . .. . I missed it so then picked up another one . .. I was happy enough . ..
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Then I seen this one about a month ago . .. . and I was puzzled because I was sure it was the same model San Martin BB ... but it had different text on the dial. . . . I bought it ... . . .I did a bit of investigating and apparently the very first batch of these from San Martin had the "GENEVE" dial. Who knew? Both very nice hand wound movement with the ST1901 and the overall quality is outstanding for the price.
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Post by jason_recliner » April 11th 2024, 5:22am

You guys have got me looking at SM very closely indeed. Prices are crazy low on some of them, even when converted into Aussie dineros.

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Post by MAX » April 11th 2024, 9:53am

AlbertaTime wrote:
April 10th 2024, 8:30pm
codguy wrote:
April 10th 2024, 8:13pm
I really like the contrast b'tween the hands/indicies and the dial. Quite attractive.
Appreciated. I think they nailed the colors and the shades. It maybe shouldn't work--but it does.
Yes, yes, yes. Love orange, usually hate brown but these two go together really well.
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Post by AlbertaTime » April 11th 2024, 5:39pm

Tartan1 wrote:
April 11th 2024, 5:31am
I have purchased 11 in total over the years from San Martin. I always use the official San Martin site when buying new .. . . .
Sometimes pricing can be better on a company website as opposed to AliX, I expect. I know it's like that with other Chinese brands found on AliX. What's your San Martin experience been like?
MAX wrote:
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Yes, yes, yes. Love orange, usually hate brown but these two go together really well.
Thank you. The brown has to be right--but it can work. I really like my brown dial Emperor too.

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April 11th 2024, 3:41pm
What a great looking watch. Would not have tried a tan dial but the orange makes it.
Thank you. The design just grabbed me.
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Post by AlbertaTime » April 11th 2024, 5:59pm

jason_recliner wrote:
April 11th 2024, 5:22am
You guys have got me looking at SM very closely indeed. Prices are crazy low on some of them, even when converted into Aussie dineros.

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Post by AlbertaTime » April 11th 2024, 10:10pm

3Flushes wrote:
April 11th 2024, 6:56pm
The dal is great and the package looks good on the BOR bracelet. Great value and another good catch, man.
Thanks, Scott!
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Post by AlbertaTime » April 18th 2024, 5:16pm

The brown dial SN0115-G-1 was a limited edition, and is now out of stock, so far as i can find.
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