I've often wondered how many watch enthusiasts have considered, but then hesitated about purchasing watches and related accessories from Aliexpress.
Are these watches any good? Are the accessories well made? Will the straps be supple, the bracelets fit well, and what about the watch tool kits?
Here are the answers from my experience.
Firstly, I am always curious to explore the bottom end of things to see what kind of value can be gained. For example, I tested how cheaply I could buy an electric guitar that was brand new and still functional. I found a Chinese guitar on eBay for $7 plus $25 shipping. For $32, it was actually a reasonably well made guitar that any beginner would be happy to own. I gave it to one of my nephews who was interested in learning guitar.
I explored Aliexpress a few years ago, just to see what the quality of the products were like and whether they would take an eternity to arrive, if at all.
The good news - I have never been stiffed on an Aliexpress purchase. As to quality, however, that is another matter.
Here are some thoughts:
Escapement Time Flieger ($98)
Merkur - Pierre Paulin chronograph ST1901 ($230)
Merkur Sharkmaster Professional ($249)
(couldn't find a wrist shot for this one - my Cheap Trick watch)
Merkur Decompression Watch 1960s ($123)
(still waiting for this one to arrive)
Pagani Design Sky Blue OP ($110)
San Martin Rainbow Series Dive Watch ($210)
San Martin Bronze Pilot ($235)
Seestern (Sugess Watch Co) - SUB300T Doxa-style Diver ($180)
So there you have it.
Can you find value on Aliexpress? Absolutely.
Always look for the discount codes/coupons and, if you can wait, the big sales events that happen a few times throughout the year.
Hope this was helpful - and if you have Aliexpress recommendations, then show us down below.