Burei Watch Company’s Men’s Chronograph Model BM-7011-C01EH

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There’s a term some like to throw around, “Affordable Luxuries”. Usually it’s applied to disposable items with little use or value. So I was hesitant to apply that term to a watch, something my husband takes very seriously. But with a small semantic change, you can also drastically change a term’s meaning. Burei is Affordable Luxury, in every sense of both words.

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There are cheap watches on the market, a ridiculous amount, made cheaply with poor materials and no craftsmanship, and won’t last kissing time. There are quite a few expensive watches as well, with bejeweled automatic movements, Swiss craftsmanship and jaw-dropping price tags. Somewhere in  he middle are watches for everyday wear with quality builds and prices that won’t change your tax bracket. Some of their names are synonymous with value and quality. Seiko. Casio. Timex. Citizen. There’s a new player on the block, and Burei is going to be making a splash in the market very soon!

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Burei is a new watchmaker but you’d never know it from the fit and finish of their products. Priced to meet any budget, this Burei Chronograph has the heft and feel of a watch that cost 10 times as much. The croc embossed caflskin strap (at a healthy 20mm!) with contrast stitching makes a bold statement immediately. But the bright accents on the face are just as striking, and fully functional. The 42mm case and decorative bezel are a wonderful mix of polished and brushed stainless steel. The chronograph pushers are knurled, have a cobalt blue finish on the tips, and are easy to use. The mineral crystal should is bright and clear and should be scratch resistant to all but the most deliberate abuse. The pushers for the chronograph functions are smooth, and the functions are a breeze to control. The screw-down case back is water resistant to 50m, and the Japanese quartz movement is precise and made to last. You get a day and date window at the 3 o’clock marker, and a ticking second hand on the bottom chronograph window. It rests easy on the wrist and doesn’t feel heavy, and isn’t a huge, obnoxious “wrist clock”, but a has an understated elegance that means the watch will be good for work, built well enough for leisure activities, and sharp enough for wearing with a suit.  All of this, and they provide a warranty card, detailed and clear instructions, a presentation box with pillow, and a gift bag, and at just $49.99 shipped from Amazon, this is a STEAL. I mean, I’ve paid so much more for some of Hubby’s watches and gotten sooo much less, I wish I’d known about Burei sooner! These watches make a great gift, an amazing Groomsman gift, or just a Every Day Watch for the man in your life.

But Burei didn’t stop there. They stand behind their timepieces. If you’re unsatisfied for any reason in the first 30 days, you get a full and complete refund, no questions asked. Any quality issues in the first 12 months? No problem, Burei will refund 100% of the purchase price. Any problems in the first 24 months? Send it back to Burei and they’ll get it back to spec for free. And when bought through Amazon, you get a 2-year Asurion warranty instead. That’s peace of mind you don’t get with most brands, but Burei believes in their product, and I believe in Burei. They have an entire line of quality timepieces that fit any and all styles, from a basic dress watch to a gorgeous automatic line, and prices so attractive, there’s no reason to not pick up a few.

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I received the above product(s) free of charge from Burei. I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion. My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

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Topaz UNISEX 5060ABK Rose Gold and Black Face Watch

 

We’ve established that Hubby is a bit of a watch nut. He has one for almost every occasion, save for a nice “dress” watch. So when I got the opportunity to try out a watch from Topaz that would fill that one empty niche in his watch collection, I was thrilled. But, as the song we all know goes, “The thrill is gone”.

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When we first got the watch, Amazon had done their usual atrocious packaging job and simply thrown it in the box with a couple of other, larger things. Consequently, when I gave it to hubby, there was a small rattle in the case and the minute hand would “wobble” and move with the normal movement of the arm of the person wearing it. That’s no bueno. So we contacted Topaz about this and they immediately shipped us a replacement. Sadly, though now shipped alone and packaged better, the minute hand on the watch wobbled, even more than last time and would in fact move forward or back by several minutes. All righty then. There’s other issues as well. The Amazon listing says: “WATER RESISTANT to 99 feet.(30M). Withstands rain and splashes of water but not for showering or swimming” How the heck something is supposed to be “water resistant to 30m” but can’t be submerged is beyond my ability to comprehend.

The crown doesn’t screw in, so I would assume that any water in or around it will bork the entire watch. The case is all stainless steel, with a rose-gold electroplating and looks stunning, with the black face and sub-dial at 6 o’clock for the second hand, but the caseback is the pressure type instead of screw down, so replacing the battery would have to be done out of house. The leather band is plush and looks nice as well, but the spring bars that hold it on are so thin that they will bend with the slightest of pressure. Luckily this is a dress watch and shouldn’t be seeing much in the way of any action. The Amazon listing also have the case size at a petite 38mm, but my measurement is closer to 43-44mm. That’s a pretty significant size difference, and one that, to my sensibilities at least, precludes labeling it “unisex”. And while it sports “ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: State-of-the-art quartz technology movement” (Again, direct from their listing), the minute hand moving around with just the motion of one’s arm would negate any precise timekeeping, “advanced” quartz technology be damned.

In the end this watch looks pretty in my husband’s watch case, but that’s about all it’s really good for. It’s poorly made and manufactured. One problem watch I can explain away, but two with the exact same issue? That’s a quality control problem, and one that directly affects the usability of the product. You can spend the same money (or less!) and get a decent quartz watch from Seiko, Citizen or Timex that won’t have these kinds of issues. I can’t recommend this watch, I’m sorry.

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I received the above product(s) free of charge from Topaz/Noulakha.  I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion.  My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

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