While most AliExpress brands are known for producing affordable "clomages" to highly desirable, contemporary references in the 100-400$ range, there are some interesting outliers to be found, catering more to the discerning enthusiast. One of these weirdo brands is Escapement Time.
Reportedly, Escapement Time is an one-man-operation, exclusively selling his watches via AliExpress. And while they do offer a small but varied range of watches, they are mostly known for their unnamed King Seiko-inspired dress watch, that took the YouTube reviewer community by storm. And while I loved the looks in general, the original 40mm variant was simply wearing too large for what it is, with loads of negative space and an overpowering dial that many oversized dress watches suffer from. Thus, I rarely ever wore it.
Recently, a ~36mm version got launched, rectifying the original version's one major flaw while keeping all the good stuff:
It even got another small upgrade in form of a screw down crown, which makes the claimed 50m of water resistance that little bit more believable. The only downside being, that it's marketed as a ladies' watch, resulting in a very feminine, cream colored factory strap. Once I put it on dark brown ostrich, all the femininity was gone.^^
I paid a little over 80€. Most dress watches are too delicate and/or too expensive to qualify as a "daily beater". This one does - at least for me.
Classic menswear enthusiast, shoe aficionado, collector of vintage perfumes and colognes... Oh, and I love watches. Preferably sub 40mm.