Hi, another newbie here. I'm looking into buying a new watch. I like the look of Ingersoll. Has anybody got any experience with one of those? I know they've got a Chinese movement.
A "Ghandi" skeleton watch??? :-D :-D :-D :-DOne correction to my previous post:
The one above is a dealer only, this is the Ingersoll (Cristano) website:
As most will see many designs look familiar, Breguet, Longines, Zeno etc.
I wouldn't recommend them, i've asked our inhouse watchmaker some hours ago and he remembred some model names that were extremly bad: Ghandi (yes, no spelling mistake, skeleton), Little Horn and Cheyenne.
Take a Seiko, a Zeno, a Stowa or Archimede (to name some) instead, all have models at this price level and are reliable.
Many famous individuals wore an loved their Ingersoll watches like Thomas Drake the circumnavigator or A. Edison, T.Roosevelt and James Dean. In historic books for example it is written about Mahatma Gandhi and his Ingersoll watch.
Yes, even the original US made Ingersoll watches have been mass produced cheap watches, so called Dollar watches, price of exactly one dollar at their time. Maybe they continue the basic idea behind the brand ... (but regarding the production costs only)Ingersoll is not a Watch I would particularly want to own. I have always thought of them as a bottom of the barrel type of brand like Timex.
You can buy plenty of good Watches today, like Seiko, for very good prices.
I was wrong, it's called Gandhi (notice the h, but it is in fact referring to M. Ghandi), model can be found here:
Their Ingersoll 'history' names Mahatma Ghandi as one of the wearers of an Ingersoll (although the one who translated the text mistyped the name): QUOTE]
Errrm, if this is referring to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (known to his many friends and admirers as the "Mahatma"), then I think the correct spelling is in fact G a n d h i .
The quality was really bad in the beginning, i've heared of several jewellers that had up to 50% returns, we also repaired a lot of them, quite bad made movements with several tricks that could cause defects very easily, i think they've improved the quality but i haven't seen one of the new productions yet.
I bought an Ingersoll Sioux in June, 2008 at a reputable shop here in Frankfurt. The watch has never told time well. It runs about an hour fast every 24 hours. I've had to send it in twice already, and will be picking it up tomorrow. The workshop has had it for 3 months!!!
If it still isn't working well tomorrow, I'm going to get my money back. It has been a nightmare. We'll see how it turns out.