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Helgray Hornet Watch

Helgray Hornet Watch

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I own this watch. The minute-hand fell off without any bumps or tare at all and the customer support is non-existing. Stay away from this company, they are scammers!
You know, I look at this watch every time the drop goes active, and it isn't a bad looking piece, and the spec sheet is pretty solid all in all. Miyota movements are nothing to scoff at (It's a Citizen brand....), even the cheaper quartz like this one. It's different with the bullhead case and red crown, which helps it stand out from a crowd. The biggest problem this watch has is the price point, and a brand called Seiko. Priced a bit lower, this would be a nice, different alternative to a lot of watches in the sub $200 market.
StainlessOnly
I dunno, there aren't many dual crown, internal 12hr bezel options out there... closest bet might be a Bulova Snorkel II for about $150 when it's on sale, but that's a standard bezel, but does have a very smooth second hand, so that's a plus, but I'm sure that's mostly a volume thing.
It seems like this Drop comes back every 2 weeks or so, wonder if they have a ton of inventory to move.
watchkook
Yeah, was thinking the same thing. W/ their non existent customer service it'll have to be a lot cheaper for me to take the risk.
watchkook
I was thinking the same... after who wants to put 200$ in that "watch"??!! there are so many which are much better for this price! (when I say "better" I am talking about price regarding quality)
I did a review of this watch (see link below). I know people are saying this watch isn't worth it, because it has a Miyota quartz movement that can be found for ~$10. But you still have to manufacture a case, straps, crystal, etc.. To me, it's not always about the best mechanical movement. I bought this watch, because it is a quartz and my plan was to use it as a beater that I could rely on. No winding, no worrying about scuffs, and crystal clear dial. So far, it has lived up to my expectations. I did a youtube review of it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjD6u9Gh7_Y
Overall, if you are looking for a reliable, durable, watch with crystal clear dial, and the added perk of the rotating inner bezel for dual time zones, I would say $199 is worth it. Just my take.
WatchRambler
Nice review. Had my eyes on this watch many times before because I really like this watch design. Unfortunately I shifted my collection more towards mechanical/automatic watches as I just hate replacing batteries... Never checked it, but if there was automatic version of this model I would buy it for sure.
The watch looks good but a $300 MSRP for a 10$ Miyota quartz movement sounds like a rip-off to me. Even at 200 bucks i'd get something else.
If you like the cushion-case, just get a Seiko new-turtle.
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I'd do a Seiko Automatic any day over this China shady quartz attempt. For the same amount of cash.
Do you know how much this watch weight? I couldn't found any data.
I have one for sale if anyone want it $75. I do not have the OEM leather band which was lost in a move but it is on a nice nato strap.
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censtad
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this costs too much money they don't get the picture drop the price to 99$ and it will all be sold out
Three handed dual timers work for most people. I have a Magrette Dual Time for that. In fact, for those that crave "military" time, something like a purist 24hr Glycine would probably fit the bill. I have one as my daily wearer and it's easy to adapt to the dial and telling the time. In fact, it takes a bit of getting used to a 12 hour dial when I revert.
As for 4 hander GMT watches, I tend to look at them like chronographs. Most people are going to use the added functionality rarely. A simpler watch will be less hassle and do what you need it to do 99% of the time. For the other 1% there's smartphones :)
$299 MSRP to $249 ... is that a joke?
cdf67
If 6 people buy or commit the price drops to $219.99.
kstokley
219$ for a watch with a miyota quartz movement I find it still expensive... When you, for exemple, compare it to the Vostok Europe Limo of a previous drop at 199$ with an automatic GMT movement vostok 2426 you just think "is that a joke?"
It's nice looking, but according to several users on r/Watches (subreddit), Helgray's construction quality is very shoddy.
Spofas
I own this specific watch. It is actually pretty nice, nothing shoddy about it. The strap in not at the same level of the watch, but that is very common with these microbrands. Mine has been working with no problems what so ever since I bought it on its release day.
Nice, clean dial on this one.
Good price... may jump on this.
As a pilot, I've wanted a watch that was very easy to read, with also a secondary reading for Zulu time. Citizen's pilot watches are too complicated. This watch is the style I'm looking for, at the right price, however lacks Zulu time. The Tactico TC3 that others have shown is just about exactly what I'm looking for, however at 1,200 euros, way more than I want to pay. So, what I'm asking of you, the community, is where can I get a nice analog watch that is clear, displays zulu time, and is a reasonable price?
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your welcome, I am a fan of GMTs, I have an ETA 2893-2 watch I wear most every day that I find handy to track when my friends and family are traveling. When I travel myself I use a modified Seiko SKX007 w/ a 12hr Bezel or a digital Casio GWM5600 with push a button World Time feature, some day I'll get a "True GMT."
Zircemerald
Not sure if you're a WUS member but there's a Tactico TC3 GMT Limited Edition for sale by a member right now for a very solid price. He started by asking for $900 and is already down to near $600. I'd jump on it myself but just bought a watch within the last ten days.
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/tactico-tc3-gmt-limited-edition-4517813.html
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Nah. Heard/read too many comments on Helgray's lack of quality. There should be a drop for this Tactico watch, which is similar in design, but superb quality overall (movement, finishing, materials, etc): http://www.tacticowatches.com/styled/styled-2/photos-5/index.html
Elmero
The Tactico is indeed better quality, but it is also at a different price point. It is at least double in price. Tactico often sells out of their limited edition watches and not likely want to give much of a discount. The helgray is actually very good value and quality for the price point. I have mine since KS launch with no fuss. The finish is good, the movement is solid, the design unique and very attractive in person. Since the seconds hand is on its own dial, you don't notice the jumpy quartz movement, a big plus for me.
Mezz
You're right. Maybe it wasn't fair to compare. Still, at double the price, you get a limited (numbered) edition, much better materials, an infinitely better movement (Swiss ETA Automatic) very well built. So viewed from that perspective, the Helgray seems overpriced to me.
You say Tactico is not likely to "want to give much of a dicount". That, I don't know. I know there was a drop for the top of the line TC3 (1200 EUR from Tactico) but missed it, so I don't know what the drop price was (hence, how much discount Tactico gave).
I bought this on Kickstarter. It's a nice watch and great style. I think it's worth 250.
I got this watch from a previous drop. Arrived to UK in 12 days, no customs charges.
The watch is amazing, however the quality is still lacking. On the 3 out if 4 corners between the lugs I can see ridges where they were cutting. Is it the same for others?
I want to join this drop, but I really don't want to risk customs for this. Anyone in the UK with experience involving massdrop and customs?
Oh damn, did someone drop out?
I can't find any genuine reviews of this watch online, anyone from the previous drop willing to comment?
ooooololololool the photo with the driving glove and bracelets - what is this mad max, dear lord this watch is an eye soar
cbtlr
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This is right up my alley except that it's huge. When did 47mm become normal? I do not want to look like Flava Flav!
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Ah, you're right. I misread. 42 is still a mite larger than I prefer for myself.
I hear you. Dial gotta be big so the pilot can read it a few beers in!
Anyone from the last drop have the watch and care to comment on the quality? Thank you.
Nice Look. Drive faster!
I got this watch when it was on Kickstarter. I really like it. It's quite different and very cool looking. Very nicely made, and has a really comfortable leather band.. i have a thin wrist (6 3/4") and some watch bands made of tougher leather just don't sit well on it. this one's as soft as cotton in terms of how it wraps around the wrist.
Are Canadian drops going to be shipped by massdrop or Helgray itself (which I believe is in Canada)? Asking because of potential customs charges...
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Yeah, I've got two recent Glycine purchases coming via DHL. The first one, the Combat Sub, is showing expected delivery July 5. No way would it take this long via USPS first class. My other DHL experiences have been with E bay purchases. I'm a bit worried about the additional costs. I got the Orient Bambino from Massdrop and it came USPS ahead of schedule.
Actually, I received the Combat Sub today at the post office. $36 in duty and taxes. That I can live with. The shipping is through DHL Express Post and is delivered to the post office, not to a home address. I'll see how it works out with the Glycine Airman which was a lot more expensive.
Very nice design... especially the pvd version, looks like the new heuer monza... really too bad it is quartz, would have been good if it was a seiko or miyota movement in it.
Looks very nice but sadly it is Quartz :(
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Massdrop in a nutshell.
Original design from a brand respected for its quality selling a watch with about the same margin as other microbrands using automatic movements is not really what I would call "high price tags". Sure, you can get cheaper catalogue pieces from brands who are just out to make money, but where's the fun in that?