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UNBOXING: Merkur - Red Army First Chinese Watch Homage Handwind Mechanical Retro Dress Watch

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UNBOXING: Merkur - Red Army First Chinese Watch Homage Handwind Mechanical Retro Dress Watch

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Post by TheJohnP » Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:07 pm

After @ManOnTime ordered his Pierre Paulin Mechanical Chrono, I used the same code to purchase a Red Star Retro Mechanical watch from Merkur for $59. Or more specifically, the Red Army First Chines Watch Homage Handwind Mechanical Retro Dress Watch. I placed the order last Tuesday and FedEx dropped off the box this morning.

This unboxing was also first shared on the MoT Discord #watch-talk channel.

Link to the watch from Merkur:
https://www.merkurwatch.com/Red-Army-Fi ... 45879.html

Shipped in a plain cardboard box in a FedEx mailer:

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Inside the item was wrapped in bubblewrap and securely sealed:

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From there we have a kind of hard plastic case:

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More bubblewrap protecting the watch:

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No warranty card, but a general contact card for Merkur and a way to make $ by posting about the watch on WUS:

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Here's the watch...finally:

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Nice convex dial and applied indices:

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Obligatory wrist shot:

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The expansion bracelet didn't feel cheap, but it was too big and an expansion bracelet, so it had to go:

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Caseback and movement pic:

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So for now, I've got it on a leather strap that I had picked up for my Ball. Good match in my opinion:

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Overall impressions:
The good:
- Great price at $59 with discount code and quick FedEx shipping from Beijing
- Well packed and protected
- Nice weight to the watch head
- Aesthetics of the 1963 chrono, but a three hander
- Thick, domed mineral crystal

The not so great:
- Large expansion bracelet
- Small crown and difficult to wind
- Non-hacking movement
- Mineral crystal instead of an acrylic or sapphire
- No lume
- A tad too much space between dial and inside bezel.


Worth it?

YUP.
Worth it for $109. Even more worth it for $59.
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Re: UNBOXING: Merkur - Red Army First Chines Watch Homage Handwind Mechanical Retro Dress Watch

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Post by Landed_Alien » Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:39 pm

Just an FYI for those considering, I was about to break last night and order this but they're now charging an additional $20 for the fedex delivery (only shipping option to the US). The "watchmaniac" coupon still works, so the watch is still only $59, but $79 to get it in your hands.
I know, it's only $20 and that's fair for quick international shipping considering the watch is only $59, but it's caused me to pause again.
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Post by bobusa » Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:43 pm

Landed_Alien wrote:Just an FYI for those considering, I was about to break last night and order this but they're now charging an additional $20 for the fedex delivery (only shipping option to the US). The "watchmaniac" coupon still works, so the watch is still only $59, but $79 to get it in your hands.
I know, it's only $20 and that's fair for quick international shipping considering the watch is only $59, but it's caused me to pause again.
I just ordered and there was $10 China post option as well. I don’t know how long that is going is to take, but I don’t need that watch immediately so I went with $10 option. There was $3.20 insurance as well. So total was $83.20 out of door
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Post by TheJohnP » Sat Feb 13, 2021 5:00 pm

bobusa wrote:
Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:43 pm
Landed_Alien wrote:Just an FYI for those considering, I was about to break last night and order this but they're now charging an additional $20 for the fedex delivery (only shipping option to the US). The "watchmaniac" coupon still works, so the watch is still only $59, but $79 to get it in your hands.
I know, it's only $20 and that's fair for quick international shipping considering the watch is only $59, but it's caused me to pause again.
I just ordered and there was $10 China post option as well. I don’t know how long that is going is to take, but I don’t need that watch immediately so I went with $10 option. There was $3.20 insurance as well. So total was $83.20 out of door
Interesting to hear your experience with the China post option.
Let us know how long that takes to get to you for comparison.
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Post by bobusa » Sat Feb 13, 2021 7:26 pm

TheJohnP wrote:
bobusa wrote:
Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:43 pm
Landed_Alien wrote:Just an FYI for those considering, I was about to break last night and order this but they're now charging an additional $20 for the fedex delivery (only shipping option to the US). The "watchmaniac" coupon still works, so the watch is still only $59, but $79 to get it in your hands.
I know, it's only $20 and that's fair for quick international shipping considering the watch is only $59, but it's caused me to pause again.
I just ordered and there was $10 China post option as well. I don’t know how long that is going is to take, but I don’t need that watch immediately so I went with $10 option. There was $3.20 insurance as well. So total was $83.20 out of door
Interesting to hear your experience with the China post option.
Let us know how long that takes to get to you for comparison.
Will do John.


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Re: UNBOXING: Merkur - Red Army First Chinese Watch Homage Handwind Mechanical Retro Dress Watch

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Post by Landed_Alien » Mon Mar 29, 2021 12:00 pm

bobusa wrote:
Sat Feb 13, 2021 7:26 pm
TheJohnP wrote:
bobusa wrote:
Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:43 pm

I just ordered and there was $10 China post option as well. I don’t know how long that is going is to take, but I don’t need that watch immediately so I went with $10 option. There was $3.20 insurance as well. So total was $83.20 out of door
Interesting to hear your experience with the China post option.
Let us know how long that takes to get to you for comparison.
Will do John.


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I'm just wondering if your watch landed @bobusa? That'll be about 6 weeks. How are you finding it?
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