Great post and I understand your trepidation completely. As one of the guys in thread that I think had the most (3 out of 4) fail and go back to Zodiac, I feel confident that whatever the problem with the movement was has been rectified. All 3 are trouble free and smooth winding. No tell-tale trouble signs that they exhibited originally. I have no experience with the bracelet problems.Such beautiful watches. I've searched the web for reviews and videos, and I've fallen for the design and finishing of the watch. It's kind of unique and a really nice contemporary take on a vintage classic. I've got sold immediately and I wanted to get one for daily wear. I've placed an order for the 9266, it's a beauty. All the official information and blogs reviewing the watch had nothing but best words for the watch and described the STP 3-13 as a step up from the ETA. In theory, the finishing and the swan neck should be right?
And then, with all the excitement I went online to check more pics and experiences of owners of these watches, and where else to look then wus. I got really surprised and a bit worried to read so many storries about so many issues with the bracelets and the movements. At first, I know that this things happen, and it's normal for a few issues here and there, and they do come with world wide coverage by fossil, so I thought is kind of ok. But as I kept reading, it turns out it's not only one or two watches that had issues. And still keep in mind they don't sell tons of these, and yet you find stories of owners having issues everywhere you look (except the blogs and youtube). Furthermore, when I read that many microbrands dropped the STP movements for having a bad failure rate, I've just realized that I'll give it a pass despite the awesome design. I wouldn't like to be constantly on the edge if my watch falls off due to a bracelet failure or waiting to see if my movements stops or not... and I would definitely not be into having to deal with service centres for months or look for movement replacements. So luckily my order haven't shipped and I was able to cancel it.
On the other side I am glad to see many people enjoying these watches without an issue, beautiful indeed. Mine could have been a good one too, but I guess not ready to take the chance, especially at the price point. Now I really hope Zodiac people would do something about this. The word is already out there, so they really need to pull it together. If it were a stock ETA or Sellita, I would have been wearing one right now. Too bad...
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