Top positive review
42 people found this helpful
on March 8, 2012
I have had this watch for almost 6 months now, and it hasn't let me down. Part of owning an Automatic watch is the need to wear it daily, or leave it on a winder. I wear the watch daily, only choosing to wear one of my other watches when working in the garage, yard, or doing household renovations as to not break the crystal or damage the watch more than daily wear. The pictures and videos of this watch do not do it justice, it is far better in person, and I would suggest before purchasing, go to a local retailer and check out the watch, see it on your wrist, and make sure the size fits you well. It isn't cheap and if you aren't happy with it, then you should know before you buy.
I have large wrists, and the large face, and thickness of the main body fits my wrist and body style well. This is my second Tag, my first being a Link Calibre S, and to tell you the truth, with this Carrera on my arm, I haven't had a desire to wear any other watch, including my Link. This looks sporty, yet dressy enough to wear with a suit, although the thickness of the far does/can interfere with a button sleeve if you don't have a lot of space between your wrist and the sleeve. Typically I wear my Movado with a suit because of the thin case/face, luckily, I don't wear a suit very often.
I purchased directly from Amazon and although they aren't an authorized dealer, they do offer their own warranty. I haven't had a single issue with mine, and I closely inspected it when I received it for imperfections, but everything was flawless. I do gain about 30 seconds a day, but I have been playing with placement of the watch when I sleep, as crown up, crown down, face up, face down, in a winder, etc, all can advance or subtract from the time on the watch. You can also have a watch shop adjust the time on the watch by opening it and moving a small lever in the watch to cause it to advance or retard the time. I prefer to adjust the time once a week, but I am starting to experiment with nightly positions that will keep it to a more accurate time. Up till now, I have left it sitting face up at night.
Also be prepared to send the watch in for service every 5 or so years, and could require a full rebuild within 20 years. This is an investment piece, and all automatic watches will require such a service schedule to remain fully functional. This is an heirloom piece that taken care of, even with daily wear, could be passed on or sold in the future.
This is a Chronograph watch, so its design style is used for "racing" with it's stopwatch, and speed tachymetre around the bezel can give you both time and speed for a given time over a mile. This is why there are numbers on the outside bezel of the watch, if you time something over a mile, and it's 15 seconds, that vehicle is traveling 240 MPH. 60 seconds = 60 MPH. The large "second hand" on the watch is used for the Chronograph, with a smaller second hand at the 9' position being used for the watches second hand. There are many people that don't understand this, and if you really want the large hand to be your second hand, you could start the Chronograph and just let it run. There is a day and date at the 3' position, large enough to easily see, without the need for a reading bubble on the watch. The Chronograph minute counter is located at the 12' position, and the hour counter is located at the 6' position. After stopping the chronograph, pressing the reset button "snaps" the time reset so you can quickly time another vehicle/person.
The case back is clear crystal, so you can see the inner workings, although I have read that they are changing this to a solid back for future models, but I can't verify this. With the clear back it's easy to tell a real from a fake.
This is the Calibre 16 movement, and with some research is a good movement, and should last a long time. It is very accurate when set correctly, and when I send it in for service in about 4 years, part of that is to adjust the time.
I plan on keeping this watch for a very long time, and will probably end up selling the other various Tissot, Citizen, and possibly even my Link that are in my collection. I really have no desire to wear any of them after having this watch. If I could sell them all, I might even buy the white face of this watch for a different look.