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SKMEI Watches: Difficult to Ignore


Always"watching"
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Phew - I can't do more than I have done, and respect of course to those of you with specialist knowledge of the shenannigans that go on in the watch industry. I do my best to read between the lines when assessing claims and examining watch companies and their products, but I now feel a bit overwhelmed in this instance. I shall "give way" as they say in parliament and just retire from the fray on SKMEI.

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4 minutes ago, Always"watching" said:

Phew - I can't do more than I have done, and respect of course to those of you with specialist knowledge of the shenannigans that go on in the watch industry. I do my best to read between the lines when assessing claims and examining watch companies and their products, but I now feel a bit overwhelmed in this instance. I shall "give way" as they say in parliament and just retire from the fray on SKMEI.

its a massive issue Honour and maybe not one for a forum, i have good reason to distrust the chinese manufacturing industry which i wont go into and its nothing to do with just watches :angry:

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Not got a SKMEI as yet but have no doubt they are as good as other Chinese which i have several, Goer I have had for over 5 years still going strong keeps good time the chrome on the case is still intact hands haven't fallen off. Wife has 2 other Goers about a year younger same result 1 is worn as a daily beater still good Baglesport I have 2 3-4 years old still sound etc etc only had 1 fail KS movement fell apart and was replaced by a Goer movement now running well after a couple of years. I think we need to step back and consider these various brands the way we do with the 50s and 60s Timex lets see where we are in 30 years time.The ECO thing I couldn't care less as long as people are prepared to pay for Supercars and designer handbags to be exported at huge ECO cost I'm not going to worry about shifting watches around the world. Lets be honest about watch faces they are all copies there is only so much can be done take off the names and it gets difficult this one may have slightly longer hands the chrono are a mil closer to the centre etc.Bit like cars stick em in wind tunnel same result remove the badge and what ya got. Will admit the stick on chrono annoy the hell out of me, but these don't appear to be stuck on.

Keep it up honour.

Kev

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3 minutes ago, Always"watching" said:

As long as your emoticon is not angry at me, dear Bruce.:biggrin:

not at all Honour, as i said we all have opinions, there is only one person on this forum i don't like and i would class you as a friend rather than just another member:thumbsup:

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Well Bruce, I suppose what we should REALLY be worried about is DC in number 10 signing a deal to let the Chinese build our next generation of nuclear power plants rather than a few watches? :yes:

But that's another topic -----------------------

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4 minutes ago, mel said:

Well Bruce, I suppose what we should REALLY be worried about is DC in number 10 signing a deal to let the Chinese build our next generation of nuclear power plants rather than a few watches? :yes:

But that's another topic -----------------------

abso-bloody- lutly Mel, couldn't agree more...the Chinese are an insidious force to be reckoned with

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2 hours ago, Bruce said:

with respect Honour [ spelt right ? ] i don't believe for one second they are genuine Miyota movements, why, when surrounded by probably millions of clones/fakes would a chinese manufacturer [ who probably makes movements] use Miyota? makes no sense, i may be wrong [ wouldn't be the first time]but chinese company profiles, web pages and adverts are probably the most unreliable on the planet,not only are you dealing with a language barrier, but dare i say..the odd lie or two maybe?

I think I'd agree with this.

It's sadly not unusual to buy a Chinese watch where they state it has let's say an ETA 2836, only on close examination to find it's a Chinese clone of a 2836.

Now, the clone 2836's are actually pretty good, so why not just state it's the clone. It's the deceit which is annoying.

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1 hour ago, Garry said:

I think I'd agree with this.

It's sadly not unusual to buy a Chinese watch where they state it has let's say an ETA 2836, only on close examination to find it's a Chinese clone of a 2836.

Now, the clone 2836's are actually pretty good, so why not just state it's the clone. It's the deceit which is annoying.

As someone who is not completely clued up, though not that daft either , it's so irritating that companies advertising watches don't tell the truth about the components and provenance. It's such a shame that so much misrepresentation originates from one geographic region. If there is ever a genuinely groundbreaking watch manufacturer from China, I feel no matter what materials, methods and originality of design are employed, there will always be distrust. Still, I liked the article though, and the replies as well.

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4 minutes ago, Muddy D said:

As someone who is not completely clued up, though not that daft either , it's so irritating that companies advertising watches don't tell the truth about the components and provenance. It's such a shame that so much misrepresentation originates from one geographic region. If there is ever a genuinely groundbreaking watch manufacturer from China, I feel no matter what materials, methods and originality of design are employed, there will always be distrust. Still, I liked the article though, and the replies as well.

a very good example is Deepblue :wink:

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To tell the truth, I have a skmei watch. A chronograph which works as a chronograph, no fake parts. It is even accurate. What is more, its look and feel is fairly ok. What you get for the same price in a fashion store or hypermarket is not even comparable. What is more, compared to my former timex watch, it is not any worse, personally I think skmei is better (so far, but it's only 1 year old - btw it seems to be impressively scratch proof). It's like a real watch. Getting the battery replaced probably costs more than ordering a new one, but it is really far-far above expectations. I believe there is a new era of manufacturing tools and techniques, 5 years back the similar cheap ebay alibaba watches were really trash.

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Black belt trolling! I think Bruce is Chinese, Grasshopper.

I have seen respectable Swiss homages to respected Swiss icons which appear well revered; I have seen eye-catching cheap watches and eye-gouging expensive watches.  References, homages, knock-offs, it's a continuum of influence.  I prefer originality, and am not one for pretence, though I do not have an exhaustive knowledge of every expensive watch to spot every reference. There is space, surely, on a watch forum, for fashion and functionality, as well as engineering and horology.  I don't think the OP was trying to make you like them.  I thought it jolly objective.  Well done.

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