Both sorry and glad to have helped push you over the edge. Merry Christmas, mate.
(I hadn't bought a watch in six days, but had sworn when I had that I was done for the year.)
Same here. I've been curious about it since first seeing it in the Swiss mechanical Fossils some years back. On paper the STP 1-11 has positional specifications matching top grade ETA/Sellita, with isochronism being the same as that of the Élaboré grade ETA/Sellita. It's also decorated (by machine of course), which the Élaboré Sellita isn't. So it's theoretically more prescise and undoubtedly cheaper and better looking.
On the other hand, it's developed a reputation as a troublesome beast. So maybe curiosity killed the cat, we'll see. It also nearly certainly has a higher Chinese part content, which bothers many but not me.
(A friend pointed out that I wasn't buying a watch, I was conducting movement research, at which point I blamed his making me laugh for making my finger slip. )
Hope you got the display back, since that machine decoration is quite attractive and since the theme of the solid caseback is rather perplexing.
The watch itself just looks neat. I love the curves and the ultra short lugs. No idea how good or bad a watch it is, but at this price, I don't care that much. If it's great, I'll wear it for a while and likely eventually gift or favor-price it to a friend. If it sucks, I'll sell it for a loss. If it sucks really badly, I'll give it away. If it sucks too badly to give away, I'll keep it for future experiments in watchmaking. Hard to lose at that price.
Edit to add: I went with stainless case and leather.
That was my impression too, both from Doc's comments and from a few Zodiac owners I've run into who had problems with STP movements and a few more who had no problems. Also from talking to a watchmaking student whose school is sponsored by Fossil group and therefore learns on STPs.I read Docs comments on the movement. From the sounds of it, if it works you're golden. If it doesn't your screwed. With the 2 year warranty hopefully it works out. But yeah, I've spent much more on a watch so curiosity got me here.
I'm curious what you end up thinking.Mine has shipped to Iowa. With the extra $5 I got UPS shipping (can't find the level of service). Regardless, I should have it by Tuesday night. To me it seems they just packaged it up earlier than they otherwise would have.
Regardless, I'm considering buying a leather Blushark strap to go w/ it. Has anyone else given them a try?
Yikes, that bites. Sorry to hear it. I ordered by slow freight, yet FedEx shows it as in my metropolis now with delivery scheduled for the day after tomorrow.I should have mine w/in 24 hours, albeit the watch has sat in Chicago since Dec 31, so I'm skeptical.
I'll post pictures if it does arrive.
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Well it arrived! The outer box was in bad shape (looked like it had been submerged in water at some point) but it seems the watch is okay. At least I'm hoping, I'll watch how it keeps time, fingers crossed.
Regardless, the actual watch is a reflection monster. It took some effort to take pictures w/out me in them. The screw in crown is nice and easy to use due to the large size.... there is a ghost date if that bothers you (I could care less).
The strap is.... subpar in my opinion mostly due to the hardware. It feels kind of flimsy, like it could come loose at any time. I'm going to consider finding something else for it. The leather strap doesn't seem very well liked by drop customers either. If anyone else buys I'd suggest to not put much stock into their strap options. With that said I do not believe it actually will come loose and it's soft. The holes seem to have been punched through and that's it, they will have loose pieces of thread sticking out eventually. The strap will not last forever.
Things I do like. It looks good (keep in mind I did not pay $300-400+ like some people.... this watch is not worth that). The tan strap really brings out the orange hints from the dial. The crown having that bit of orange is nice as well. The seconds hand is nice and long enough. If you look closely all the hands are slightly bent near the end due to the crystal being a dome. It reminds me of the Orient Bambino in that sense.
Anyhow, I'll try and take nicer pictures and post them here as the opportunity arises.
At the moment I'm happy with my purchase. I hope you guys recieve your watches soon
Canvas is certainly the way to go. The leather is less than impressive.I just put in my order for the cheapest $190 version, canvas strap with solid caseback.
Indeed, that's the main downside of this watch: wincing when one thinks of the first buyers. From reading the comments on Drop, many of them suffered through long delays too.I feel bad for the early adopters, it's like a Kickstarter gone awry.