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I have always been drawn to watches that invoke a "bauhaus" design, with one of my ultimate grails being the Nomos Tangomat. Therefore, when I saw a post a while back about a Nomos homage that was made in China under the brand name Rodina and was only found on Tao Bao, I was intrigued and took the plunge. It was drawn out process but it just arrived on my doorstep today and I thought I would write a short review as info on this watch is otherwise scarce.

Specs:
-38mm stainless steel case
-10mm thickness
-5 atm water resistance
-Automatic movement (Appears to be a variation of a Seagull ST-16, see pic below)
-Blued hands, small seconds
-Brown leather strap with signed buckle (option of black strap)
-Signed crown, display back
-About $115 plus shipping when purchased through a Tao Bao agent


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First impressions:
The Good
-This thing definitely looks the part. It wears VERY big as it is all dial, and is makes my 6.75" wrist look puny.
-The dial color is awesome and is a pearlescent off-white.
-From what I have seen from pictures, is a very close homage of the Nomos Tangomat

The Bad
-The movement is VERY loud. I can tolerate this during handwinding, but any movement of the rotor is audible as well. Like a grinding noise.
-Handwinding gives a lot of resistance and, again, a lot of noise.
-About +8 sec after 12 hours

Because of the very affordable price (~$120), I would still recommend this watch if you like the look of Nomos. IMO it would be too big as a true dress watch for anyone under a 7" wrist (I usually like about 36in for dress), but with today's larger sized watches I don't think it would look too out of place either. I will update as I spend more time with the watch as I am a little leary of the movement inside. Here are some more pics to finish. Feel free to ask any questions if you are interested. Thanks for looking!

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Very classy! I've also always loved that simplified look. Isn't there a Stowa that looks like that for less? I've also seen some other similar styles but they were overpriced IMHO.
I've tended to try and stay clear of homages, but this one is really nice. Are the hands blue?
 

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Very classy! I've also always loved that simplified look. Isn't there a Stowa that looks like that for less? I've also seen some other similar styles but they were overpriced IMHO.
I've tended to try and stay clear of homages, but this one is really nice. Are the hands blue?
Thanks. Yeah, I think it is similar to the Stowa Antea with small seconds, though if I remember correctly the Stowa has all the hour numbers on it instead of just the even ones. As far as the hands go, I think they are blued but I am color blind so I may be imagining it...
 

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Very classy. Is there a website apart taobao that sells this model?
 

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Actually I went in on two of these with another WUS member, soon after Svedos posted his on the wrist parade, and we hope to see them in a week or so. Obviously I like this look as I already own a Nomos and a Stowa so it seemed worth investigating, and it's a slightly larger size from the Tangomat (which is 35mm) so it sets itself apart in a subtle way. Apparently sapphire crystal as well, and surprisingly it looks slightly domed in your photos, while the Tangomat is flat sapphire. :think: I think the ST16 is a good solid movement, and this one appears nicely decorated. Apparently this was built in the Tianjin Sea-Gull factory for a mushroom brand, which ironically seems to have taken its name from a dead Russian label. Hmm... Zombie Mushroom Homage ... sounds like the name of a new jam band. :-d I look forward to trying my dark-faced version.
 

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Actually I went in on two of these with another WUS member, soon after Svedos posted his on the wrist parade, and we hope to see them in a week or so. Obviously I like this look as I already own a Nomos and a Stowa so it seemed worth investigating, and it's a slightly larger size from the Tangomat (which is 35mm) so it sets itself apart in a subtle way. Apparently sapphire crystal as well, and surprisingly it looks slightly domed in your photos, while the Tangomat is flat sapphire. :think: I think the ST16 is a good solid movement, and this one appears nicely decorated. Apparently this was built in the Tianjin Sea-Gull factory for a mushroom brand, which ironically seems to have taken its name from a dead Russian label. Hmm... Zombie Mushroom Homage ... sounds like the name of a new jam band. :-d I look forward to trying my dark-faced version.
Skywatch, were did you find out the other info on this one? The Tao Bao site I saw was very vague on details...I will say though that that the crystal is indeed flat and that the reflection in the pictures is a shadow from the thickness. I also enjoyed your new term - zombie mushroom homage (a first at WUS?), and I always thought it was weird that every time I searched for Rodina it came up as a russian brand. I will be interested to hear your thoughts when you get yours.

A little OT, but I was also going to ask which Nomos you owned...I always thought that I wanted the Tangomat (which I think is 38mm) vs the Tangente (which I think is smaller at around 35-36mm) but really didn't anticipate how large 38mm would wear in this style.
 

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A beauty. I'd also be interested in how/where to buy this one
 
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A beauty. I'd also be interested in how/where to buy this one
Same here. Please post links, or even better, instructions!
I'm not having much success with searching on TaoBao, and the agent pages also don't want to cooperate with Google translate for me (i.e. after starting to fill out a form the 'next' button jumps back to Chinese).
Edit: Found one here; but how to buy it? The white dial seems to be out of stock (at least that's what google thinks).
http://translate.google.com/translate?depth=1&hl=en&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=zh-CN&twu=1&u=http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=16032476961&
 

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Skywatch, were did you find out the other info on this one? The Tao Bao site I saw was very vague on details...I will say though that that the crystal is indeed flat and that the reflection in the pictures is a shadow from the thickness. I also enjoyed your new term - zombie mushroom homage (a first at WUS?), and I always thought it was weird that every time I searched for Rodina it came up as a russian brand. I will be interested to hear your thoughts when you get yours.

A little OT, but I was also going to ask which Nomos you owned...I always thought that I wanted the Tangomat (which I think is 38mm) vs the Tangente (which I think is smaller at around 35-36mm) but really didn't anticipate how large 38mm would wear in this style.

Hi there - sorry for the slow reply, I was away from my computer last night. The link where I found the Rodina was a TaoBao Agent, here. AndreaB found the link a few weeks ago and posted it on another thread. Most of the other guesses in my post are just inferences based on sketchy Googling, and I could be wrong. Indeed, thank you for the correction regarding Tangomat at 38mm and Tangente at 35mm. That makes sense. Actually I think Nomos is making different sized versions of all of their watches, so there might perhaps be both. My Nomos is a whopping 40mm Ludwig Datum (the Roman numeral dial) and it's true that Nomos' designs look much larger than their dimensions would imply. The thinness of the watch contributes to its sense of width oddly enough. Just for reference here are wrist shots of my Nomos and Stowa Antea 390:

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There are plenty in stock :), at least 30 of each left.

You have to use a middle-man/agent to buy it for you and ship it to you. TaoBaoNow is a popular one that we use in the Chinese Mechanical Forum. There's also TaoBao Buying Agent which some people have used.
Does any one know what the different colour options mean, google translate isn't too helpful...

Brown with black plate
Black Pad Black Belt
White disc Black Belt
Blue plate Black Belt
Blue plate brown belt
Brown with white diskHas been selected



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Well, they're certainly doing a good job getting close to the looks of the original one. The original is a bit thinner (8,3mm) and the hands are a bit different (length)
I have a Nomos Tangomat lying in it's watchbox for almost three months now without me wearing it. Not because I don't want to but because it gets replaced in 4 to 6 weeks with a new one.
The Rodina could have been my choice back then but the Tangomat was my 40th birthday present so I doubt that ;-)
Anyway nice catch :-!
 

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I know it has already been answered by other helpful members, but I used Tao Bao buying agent:

Taobao agent The Seagull OEM original fully automatic the mechanical watch m187S sapphire table mirror authentic licensed china english wholesale

I choose my color and then had to wait until the agent ordered, and then I added funds to my account there through PayPal. It is kind of confusing because everything on the agent site seems incorrect except for the color of the watch. Just make sure you add enough money for shipping which is actuallypaid to the agent. The whole processtook a couple of weeks
 

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Thanks for the link. paypal too.....two clicks away from ordering the white dial.....then saw the lugs :((
Great looker, very impessed, always liked the Nomo
 
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