Today I’ll be wearing my Swidu SWI-001. Niiiice … It just sounds so Swiss you have to believe that it is … SWEEEEDUUU … makes me want a ham and cheese sandwich just thinking about it!!
End of Day Report
Well the Swidu SWI-001 made it through the day without a hitch. It was a hot day too so it endured some sweating. I always worry about moisture getting into the dial/crystal compartment, but so far all is dry. I removed the watch when I arrived home to be sure I didn’t push my luck … Really like the way this watch makes my petite little wrists looks … wish it could help with “out of memory” issues in software though.
Here’s a really bad photo taken with my phone of the watch in action, all tellin’ time and stuff … (I was on lunch break so it was OK) … I love the calendar function displaying the three days; yesterday, today and tomorrow. So much sexier than just today. Heh heh … I realize now that I have the wrong day set … well now … isn’t that embarrassing.
The most expensive timepiece I ever purchased cost me just a hair over $23,000 … it came with a 3.5L, 240HP V6 and leather wrapped controls … (A Rolex would probably last longer)
2002 Nissan Altima Timepiece
I thought I would kick off my watch reviews with one of my favorite acquisitions so far: the Valia 8601-1. Available in a variety of face and watchband combinations you can cover nearly any occasion with the Valia 8601-1.
I have yet to understand exactly what the relationship is between the brand name on the watch and the actual manufacturer of the piece, but Valia has their name on a handful of watch designs that I enjoy considerably.
Conclusion & Rating
The one and perhaps only thing that I found disappointing about the Valia 8601-1, and honestly nearly all the cheap Chinese watches I’ve seen, is its lack of density; to the case in particular. These are made inexpensively and that’s evident when you compare them to more established and expensive brands. And you don’t have to go to the hundred dollar watches to notice this either. A $40 Timex Expedition at your local WalMart or Target is enough to see for yourself what I am talking about. The Valia 8601-1 case metal feels thin and the entire body is light in my hand. With such a beautiful watch the concern is how long will it last. I take extra special care though, hoping to keep it alive for as long as possible.
That being said this is my second most favorite watch in my cheap Chinese watch collection … and probably sits among the top 5 of all my current watches; ranking above a $180 James Bond Swatch and shares space with a $1000 Movado Elrio. How could such a cheap watch rank so high?
I’m not a particular guy and the subtle details can get lost on me. I only need a watch to do two things and I judge it on those things …
- Keep accurate time.The Valia 8601-1 has, after a month, kept perfect time. It’s a quartz so I expect a high level of reliability from it.
- Look and feel great. The Valia 8601-1 does that best of all. It’s sophisticated and refined looking. The sub-dials look like they might actually work and even though the buttons don’t even depress, you’d have to push one to figure it out. This watch LOOKS like everything it’s not. It’s not a fake … it doesn’t presume to be someone it’s not, but while the details and complications of the watch may be decorative and non-functional they are executed convincingly. I also maintain, that at least for most of us … we don’t really use all those buttons anyway.
Would I recommend this to a friend? Without question. This is a good watch, a GREAT watch, in fact for under $5. I would argue that this watch could fetch near the $10 – $12 mark. I would never pay that much because I know that I don’t have to, but if I had seen it in a store front and didn’t know I could get it for $5 I would not hesitate to drop the $12 on it. If you like the style, which is personal and I can offer no guidance on, but if you like the look and the styling and are willing to care for it, I do not think you would regret the purchase.
Interested in further “deets”? Feel free to continue reading to get additional thoughts and feedback of my experience with the Valia 8601-1
As my cheap Chinese watch collection blew up, I commented to my wife that I needed to get a watch box for them. Currently my more expensive watches, as well as my three, $15 Batman watches, occupy my only watch box. Capable of accommodating only six watches I, very quickly surpassed it’s ability to protect all the watches I now own.
Watches have always been a favorite distraction of mine. I thoroughly enjoy the detail and aesthetic of the portable timepieces, and have recently begun to learn more about the history behind many of the brands and designs as well. Initially, however it was all about a clean, sophisticated, contemporary look for me.
Having somewhat small and “effeminate” wrists (according to my wife) I tend to steer clear of the overly large chunky pieces and originally found myself admiring the ultra-thin, Danish-made Skagen watches. I added a couple of these to my watch box and continue to enjoy them to this day. My tiny wrists are grateful!