$30 Ochstin Automatic Initial Impressions

I just got this Ochstin Sport Watch in the mail today. I had ordered it on AliExpress after watching a review of a different model by Half Past Blog. He reviewed the Ochstin Big Crown Pointer Date model, which had obvious flaws, so I thought I would try a different model that did not appear to have any obvious flaws ( I did order another Ochstin with an obvious flaw as a lark, and I will post it when I get it). This post is just my initial impressions and not a full review, which will come later once I have had a chance to wear it for a while.

This watch has an automatic movement of some sort that beats at 21,600 BPH, but I cannot find any information on it other than it has a 48 hour power reserve when fully wound. The Ochstin store lists mineral glass crystal, 30M WR, and a zinc alloy case rather than stainless steel. It has a sand textured dial that is actually pretty nice looking, but I suspect it is a stamped dial. The one I selected came on a pretty nice five ring seatbelt nato strap, although it is somewhat stiff. It has hand-winding and hacking, and winding the watch is smooth.

One initial complaint is there are no noticeable clicks when the crown is pulled out, so I had to sort of guess where the date quick set position is when I was setting the watch. The second hand does stop so I know if I have pulled the crown out too far to set the date, but this does concern me, as I could see the movement being damaged if the crown is between positions while setting the time or date.

Despite the issue with the crown, this watch does seem to be a good value along the lines of a Vostok Komandirskie, although it remains to be seen if it is as durable. I will let you know. 馃槈