Not vintage, very affordable Merkur 1855118

A very respectful Merkur homage to classic Chinese vintage watches.

Slightly larger than most vintage Chinese mechanicals at 38mm. 42mm lug-to-lug, w/20mm quick-release strap. The movement is a Merkur tongji-style mechanical. Crown is signed, and a good size. 

Straight up: I love this, especially at the price. 

The only downside is a K1 (like hardlex) crystal, not sapphire. But, since the crystal has a beautiful curve and handles light like acrylic, with no harsh reflections (wonderful for photos) I'm very OK with this.

Comes with a quite decent travel case and polish cloth.

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I looked at the Merkur site and saw that the salmon dial was sold out.

Dammit!

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Gotta be one of the very best watches at that price point.  I really like this one.

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So weird, I just looked at this watch today, and some of Merkur's other watches. I had no idea what to make of the movement, but at the price point offered, I would probably take the chance, anyhow. (Unfortunately I've already met my monthly watch quota.) 

Would you happen to have any details on the movement?

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@hbein2022 The movement they refer to as "vanzhi" is a decently decorated variant of the ubiquitous Tongji or "Chinese standard" or "unified" movement. Easily one of , if not, the most common mechanical watch movement in China. Merkur may have refined it in some way, but I don't have any info on that. 

http://chinesewatchwiki.net/Chinese_Standard_Movement

The movement is well understood and, as long as QC and assembly are on par, and followed by good customer support. I'm easily happy enough with them.  I have many that run that are decades old. 

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jason_recliner

Gotta be one of the very best watches at that price point.  I really like this one.

@jason_recliner it's a lotta good looks for...well, i said $100, presuming USD, but it's actually a bit less than that :-)

The provided quick release strap is quite nice. Maybe short for some, but for me, it's a treat. Even with $20 added for a chosen strap. I think that's a cool deal. I've played around a bit, and the thing is a strap monster. Lotsa straps--and bracelets--would work really well. 20mm is easy to find.

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Merkur is doing some solid work these days

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AlbertaTime

@hbein2022 The movement they refer to as "vanzhi" is a decently decorated variant of the ubiquitous Tongji or "Chinese standard" or "unified" movement. Easily one of , if not, the most common mechanical watch movement in China. Merkur may have refined it in some way, but I don't have any info on that. 

http://chinesewatchwiki.net/Chinese_Standard_Movement

The movement is well understood and, as long as QC and assembly are on par, and followed by good customer support. I'm easily happy enough with them.  I have many that run that are decades old. 

Thanks for the detailed response!