I am pleased to report the acquisition of three watches for my birthday a couple of days ago. They all came from ebay and had all been worn once and put back in the box. They are as new so seems like an accurate description.
First up is a Camden Watch Company no 29. The design is based on a Victorian pocket watch. The dial has a recessed middle section which really enhances its look. The silver hands are nice but a bit tricky to spot in low light with not a drop of lume to be seen. The strap is signed, as is the buckle and crown. Wears big at 43mm with a very thin bezel. No WR rating on the caseback but stamped with company motto and logo. I've changed the battery in one of my other Camdens and they use a disappointingly cheap as chips tiny Moyota movement. Overall I'm very happy with the look and feel of this watch though.
The next two were a job lot. I was going to buy the Phoibos for my beach holiday this summer but that got cancelled of course. So was keeping an eye on them on ebay and a two for not much more than the price of one deal came up. Naturally I grabbed it and they make for an interesting comparison.
Seiko Solar v Phoibos
Both quartz. Phoibos 300m WR, Seiko 100m. Seiko fixed bezel, Phoibos rotating. Size is identical but Seiko looks bigger due to the smaller bezel. Phoibos significantly heavier with a thicker bracelet and case but Seiko clasp is more secure. Seiko has much better lume, not sure if the Phoibos even has any but the Seiko is noticeably glowing in a dark corner of the room. Seiko is solar powered and has a day feature but has a very boring caseback whereas the Phoibos logo is brilliant and displayed in all its glory on the back of the case. Seiko has a lovely textured dial but the Phobos dial is very shiny. Phoibis has a raised lume pip on the bezel which is bound to get knocked off. Both watches cost about the same so which is better......I can't decide. Isn't that what being a WIS is all about.