San Martin A1611 Review: Bronze Budget Flieger

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Re: San Martin A1611 Review: Bronze Budget Flieger

Post by biglove » December 5th 2019, 9:41pm

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Have the smaller version bronze inbound. Anxious and excited for it to arrive.
Mine is supposed to arrive tomorrow.
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Re: San Martin A1611 Review: Bronze Budget Flieger

Post by bbattle » December 7th 2019, 7:43am

My watch arrived in a plastic, foam-lined case. I got the watch, a warranty card, and a very basic instruction booklet. No model number or name anywhere so I've copy-pasted the link to the website that sold me the watch:

https://www.skbwatches.com/san-martin-m ... 79663.html

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The movement is a version of the ETA 6498, which was introduced in 1950. There's an indicator for the speed adjustment with slow and fast on each side.
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https://www.watch-wiki.net/index.php?title=ETA_6498

At 43mm, it's a little large but it fits well on my 7.5" wrist. The strap is very nice. Thick but not stiff. It has quick release strap bars. The crown is easy to pull out and it feels very solid when winding.

The dial looks very nice; my crappy pictures don't do it justice. The hands are outlined with a very thin blue line which looks fuzzy in my pictures but not in real life. What I've seen so far regarding the lume is good.

The blue dial looks very nice against the bronze; which right now is like copper-washed brass or red brass.
The instructions on the webpage say to leave a message regarding your choice of dial color. I had used their selector button to pick a black dial but ended up with the blue, which is the default. I like the blue color and was having second thoughts about the black dial so this turned out well. Delivery time was two weeks but the shipper sent several text messages about the delivery time.

For $200, not a bad watch at all. The other Flieger makers should be on notice.
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Re: San Martin A1611 Review: Bronze Budget Flieger

Post by codguy » December 7th 2019, 8:04am

bbattle wrote:
December 7th 2019, 7:43am
The other Flieger makers should be on notice.
Methinks it has a ETA 6498 chinese clone movement (unless proven otherwise).........................
me also thinks Swiss & German Flieger makers aren't going to be noticing anything.
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Re: San Martin A1611 Review: Bronze Budget Flieger

Post by bbattle » December 7th 2019, 9:03am

codguy wrote:
December 7th 2019, 8:04am
bbattle wrote:
December 7th 2019, 7:43am
The other Flieger makers should be on notice.
Methinks it has a ETA 6498 chinese clone movement (unless proven otherwise).........................
me also thinks Swiss & German Flieger makers aren't going to be noticing anything.
It's definitely a clone of the ETA movement. Low end Flieger makers will have the competition; not the big dogs, I agree.
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