I’m not sure what it might be – but in terms of today’s post, we’ll say it’s defined as a cheap watch (take that however you want it). Â In this post, I’ve popped inÂ pictures of various models that I’ve come across on the web. Â If you want to see a whole range (none more than $20 that I noticed), I’d suggest this Google search.
So, how did I come across these, you might ask? Â It’s not like I could find a company website – no, this is courtesy of one of my good friends, who sent it along after he ran across them.
From what I can tell, these are coming in from any variety of vendors straight (I’m guessing) from the factory in China. Â This is the only way to explain the low, low prices we’re seeing here. Â Yes, they do promise a stainless steel case, mineral crystals, and the like – and they may well have those. Â Just don’t be surprised if your skin turns green.
Most of these watches have dual registers driven by quartz movements; quite a number of them also tuck in a thermometer (in Celcius) and one of the smallest compasses I’ve seen. Â So you might say, “hey, cheap watch for when I go camping – perfect!” Â I’m going to opt for “not so much”. Â If you want a beater for the outdoors, get a G-Shock or Timex Expedition (or maybe even a Suunto), something that will hold up and remain accurate.
So, what are these watches good for? Â I can only think of a few scenarios – either you’ve got an unsuspecting kid you need a gift for, or you want to see a simultaneously pained and puzzled expression on the face of your watch-loving friends. Â So, yes – if you don’t have any better use for your $20 (like, say, supporting your favorite watch review site) then by all means, pick one of these up. Â There are some very high-quality watches coming out of China – but I don’t think that these are them.