I cannot believe that Time & Tide is promoting this total POS watch!

Checking my emails before crashing...always up for a good article from T&T...then I see this headline and article...

Cheap Bastard: The Stauer 1930 Dashtronic is a digital automatic watch you can have for just US$179

https://timeandtidewatches.com/cheap-bastard-the-stauer-1930-dashtronic-is-a-digital-automatic-watch-you-can-have-for-just-us179/

Let me just say from direct personal experience...this watch is not worth $5 let alone $179...it is a complete $h1tball.

Never...ever...ever...buy anything from Stauer unless you like to see your money evaporate on shoddy junk.
 

I know we've talked about Stauer before - can't recall if it was @Santa_triggered or @Aurelian who posted, but they would tell you the same thing.

I'm just stunned that T&T would even think to promote this garbage...I hope they sold themselves dearly as it kinda feels like they've become a metaphorical streetwalker at this point.

Here is the proof that I am a complete idiot...

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if i may ask, whats the problem in this watch? poor quality control?

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It was @Aurelian - my knowledge of Stauer is lacking, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. 😂

Jump hours are polarising enough without considering the brand. I haven’t yet come across one that I could see myself wearing on the regular, but that’s a personal issue, not a watch issue.

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I remember thé Aurelian rant. It was hilarious.

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Some years ago I owned a Stauer watch, it was a homage to the Henry Graves 1930. To be fair it was well worth the £100 I spent on it. Unfortunately the strap was specifically made for the watch, and I knew at some point it would need another one and would have to throw the watch away. From memory I sold it without loss 

Stauer Stainless Steel Graves '33 Silver Wristwatch
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It looks like a bathroom scale.

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I accidentally deleted my Stauer review, which is a shame. It was some of my best work. I purposely sold the Stauer recently, at a loss.

The watches themselves are about what you should expect for a Chinese made quartz watch. They are not "value for money" or anything like that at any price, but if you can buy one inexpensively they are a garden variety cheap quartz watch.

It is the marketing that I object to. They are a direct marketing nuisance unlike maybe any modern company. There were companies whose model was direct marketing (catalogs, door to door) like Helbros and Sante Fe. Those were better watches compared to Stauer. Unlike Helbros or Santa Fe pocket watches, the only Stauer watches that will be around 50 years hence will be the fortunate few that were consigned to drawers and whose batteries did not leak. Their styling is a mishmash of unrelated elements. They are only pretty from a distance. Up close they invoke a feeling of pity for the wearer.

Jump hours are another thing entirely. Like @Santa_triggered I have never found one that I would consider wearing. They are the progenitor of the gimmick watch. I find them hard to read, which is enough reason to not buy one.

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Aurelian

I accidentally deleted my Stauer review, which is a shame. It was some of my best work. I purposely sold the Stauer recently, at a loss.

The watches themselves are about what you should expect for a Chinese made quartz watch. They are not "value for money" or anything like that at any price, but if you can buy one inexpensively they are a garden variety cheap quartz watch.

It is the marketing that I object to. They are a direct marketing nuisance unlike maybe any modern company. There were companies whose model was direct marketing (catalogs, door to door) like Helbros and Sante Fe. Those were better watches compared to Stauer. Unlike Helbros or Santa Fe pocket watches, the only Stauer watches that will be around 50 years hence will be the fortunate few that were consigned to drawers and whose batteries did not leak. Their styling is a mishmash of unrelated elements. They are only pretty from a distance. Up close they invoke a feeling of pity for the wearer.

Jump hours are another thing entirely. Like @Santa_triggered I have never found one that I would consider wearing. They are the progenitor of the gimmick watch. I find them hard to read, which is enough reason to not buy one.

It is the marketing that I object to. They are a direct marketing nuisance unlike maybe any modern company. There were companies whose model was direct marketing (catalogs, door to door) like Helbros and Sante Fe. Those were better watches compared to Stauer.

Just saw an ad for a Stauer watch yesterday. It was a typical VK63 chrono that you'd find on AliExpress, including the slightly misaligned 6 o'clock marker on most of those dials. The only thing added was the "Stauer" label. Amazingly, they sold it at pretty much the same price as AliExpress, I can't fault them in that regard.

But they sold under the label of "Jet-Setter Chronograph". That truly made my day. 😂

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This is the kind of review I need more of. The heartfelt honesty is palpable 😂

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Unholy

if i may ask, whats the problem in this watch? poor quality control?

That would be an accurate summary together with poor workmanship and a poor movement.

I would offer to give this away to anyone on The Crunch who wanted it, but it frankly wouldn't be worth their paying the cost of shipping - it's that bad.

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Porthole

It was @Aurelian - my knowledge of Stauer is lacking, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. 😂

Jump hours are polarising enough without considering the brand. I haven’t yet come across one that I could see myself wearing on the regular, but that’s a personal issue, not a watch issue.

I think you might consider this one - if it happened across your path...

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Just saying...😉

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Aurelian

I accidentally deleted my Stauer review, which is a shame. It was some of my best work. I purposely sold the Stauer recently, at a loss.

The watches themselves are about what you should expect for a Chinese made quartz watch. They are not "value for money" or anything like that at any price, but if you can buy one inexpensively they are a garden variety cheap quartz watch.

It is the marketing that I object to. They are a direct marketing nuisance unlike maybe any modern company. There were companies whose model was direct marketing (catalogs, door to door) like Helbros and Sante Fe. Those were better watches compared to Stauer. Unlike Helbros or Santa Fe pocket watches, the only Stauer watches that will be around 50 years hence will be the fortunate few that were consigned to drawers and whose batteries did not leak. Their styling is a mishmash of unrelated elements. They are only pretty from a distance. Up close they invoke a feeling of pity for the wearer.

Jump hours are another thing entirely. Like @Santa_triggered I have never found one that I would consider wearing. They are the progenitor of the gimmick watch. I find them hard to read, which is enough reason to not buy one.

See my reply to @Santa_triggered  - would that be one you'd wear? 😉

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ChronoGuy

I think you might consider this one - if it happened across your path...

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Just saying...😉

Ha! 

I mean, I wouldn’t choose it myself, but if it was gifted to me then that’s different 😉

That looks lovely… definitely not one I would find on my travels though.

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ChronoGuy

See my reply to @Santa_triggered  - would that be one you'd wear? 😉

Yes, but I am years away from a JLC and there are others that I would buy first.

So, if JLC makes a jump hour I will wear it when someone else pays for it.

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People buy this stuff, I have no idea why.

Live and learn.

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Not to be that guy, but I don't think any of the watches in this thread are jump hours...jump hours "jump" instantaneously.  These are, wandering hours?  The JLC is some sort of hybrid as I think it slowly changes in a narrow time window...sort of like a slow changing date wheel.  6 minutes or something like that maybe?