Nov 16, 20174231 views
As an engineer, I am borderline obsessed with learning how stuff works. This curiosity inevitably leads to the question "can I make my own?" Unfortunately, for most things, the answer is no; not without specialized equipment and tools. This however does not preclude assembling from existing parts.

Recently I stumbled on such a market for watch parts. Giving into my curiosity, I poked around the internet and tried to find a cohesive set of watch components that fit together; movement, dial, hands, case, stem & crown. Then I stumbled on companies that sell assembled watches from such components, for cheaper than the components, economies of scale I guess.

So I bought one from China. Here it is.
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The case design somewhat resembles a PP Aquanaut, that I like very much. The case is stainless with a combination of brushed and polished finishes. Miyota 21j movement, sapphire crystal, screw down crown. All for around $100.
I am not too sure about the sapphire crystal. However, it at least has a scratch resistant and hydrophobic coating.
The watch is very comfortable and feels solid.
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Nice one Asheikm, I just recently purchased 2 Parnis watches myself. Well under $100 each. Simply phenomenal value for money. Here's a good article about the how and why. http://www.asian-watches.com/2014/10/parnis-mens-chronometer-wristwatch-with.html Tomorrow I'll do my first one for wristcheck. Congrats on a really good buy..
Rather sharp looking piece that one.... I imagine that engineering brain doesn't help when it comes to watch restraint much? 😜
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Ha! This discussion thread sure doesn't help. My wish list grows on a daily basis from all the cool watches people post here.