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Based on the information provided by members of the community, it appears that a turquoise sub 300 Doxa homage watch from watchdives.com is a good option for an affordable watch on Ali-Express. Additionally, a watch inspired by the Seiko Prospex U.S. Special Edition, which is surprisingly not a replica, is also a good option. It has an alloy case, hardlex crystal, and a Chinese quartz movement, and is available at a reasonable price.
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I've never bought from Ali before. I've been looking a few watches. Placing all three in the shopping cart.

It takes me awhile to press the buy. So the watches have been cooking in the cart.

Now I've gotten emails telling to look at the cart. Ali is gutting the prices of what I want. So far, $75 bucks cheaper on the three.

It's hard to resist these guys. They're serious.
 

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I've done the research on the models I want. VAT sucks but it is what it is.

Standard ship for free. July 21 for the EST delivery date.

Ali is killing it. There's $1000 watches I know damn good and well are lessor then the same $250 San Martin.
 

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Congratulations! Condolences.

Please note that the estimated arrival date provided by AliExpress is a randomly generated date that has no actual bearing on when you will actually receive the watch. Here鈥檚 hoping they at least got the year correct.


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Read a little into that too. Shipping time was a huge part of me ordering.

However, on the order page. "This order will shipped in 9 days. If not, your refund will be issued automatically".

So we'll see. I have no problem in the world cancelling the order. I won't miss the money during the 5-7 days it takes to reverse the charge.

It's all going to be ok. If not, I will roll them in a review.
 

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The items are generally shipped before the deadline, but then it鈥檚 up to the carriers to get the items to you. I live in the US, and it generally takes 21-45 days, sometimes fewer and sometimes more, to get items after the order date.

You should have also been provided with a receipt confirmation date. That is usually pretty generous, like 60 to 75 days. That鈥檚 basically how much time the sellers/shippers have to get the item to you, regardless of whatever other estimates they may provide.

A couple of times, I鈥檝e had sellers 鈥渟hip鈥 an item (note the quotes) before the cancellation date. Then, as the receipt confirmation date approached, the orders were cancelled by the sellers. Of course, they never shipped the items, they simply generated a shipping document that they never used. I got refunds, but it鈥檚 kind of a pain in the butt to have to request the refund for the seller鈥檚 cancellation.

I don鈥檛 write this to scare you off, I鈥檝e ordered many items fromAliExpress over the years and almost all have been trouble free. It鈥檚 just a little different experience from what we are used to when it comes to internet shopping.


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I'd kinda expect a month. With the container on a ship situation.

But then again, StrapCode will show up at my door within three days. Taiwan to Texas.

Since I've been here I've watched this thread. Noticing how ALI has evolved. Grown.

It also seems the San Martin is worth the wait. There's AAAA clones going around for a $1000. But that's because they have to duplicate the movement. Then there's AAA.

I'm excited on getting these three San Martin's.
 

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I really need to stay off Ali. They're taking all my money.

San Martin SN095-G Version #2. White mother of pearl with logo. HKPT PT5000, (ETA 2824-2 clone movement). Uncommon 21mm lug width on the prez Looky-Like bracelet.

This time with DHL shipping.
 

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On the slow boat, regular shipping is this,

Due around the 21st.

One of their original designs. Not a 'Homage'. This is the watch I flipped a coin over. Between the grey and orange and the black and red. Screwed lugs, etc. It's an example of their craftsmanship in an independent watch of their creation.

Check out the hands.

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