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STP1-11 and the Zodiac Sea Wolf..any experience?

  1. Tiger8888

    Tiger8888 Jan 25, 2017

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    Hello.
    I'm quite tempted by the "re-issued" Zodiac Sea Wolf (photo below) which comes with Fossil's STP movement, an apparent cloned ETA 2824. I've read some reasonable comments on the quality of the movement, Fossil attempts to more formally ingratiate themselves within the Swiss community (new offices,investment etc).
    I was wondering if any members had any experience of the movement, as it's difficult finding actual owners who might have a view.
    I appreciate there are those who don't like the faux history of the brand, don't like the Fossill parentage, can't find clear points of sale, and view pricing as too high.
    But, I think they look great and a few reviews have been quite positive.
    Any feedback from owners/those in the know would be appreciated.
    Thanks.

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  2. peatnick

    peatnick Jan 25, 2017

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    I bought a Fossil FSW1007 over the summer and posted about it here
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    My experience has been stellar, for the price paid (about the same as a Seiko) its impressive!
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    Timekeeping has been excellent, power reserve quite good and the finish is pleasant if not overwhelming
     
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  3. Jwit

    Jwit Not a doctor, but plays one on ΩF Jan 25, 2017

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  4. Tiger8888

    Tiger8888 Jan 25, 2017

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  5. Tiger8888

    Tiger8888 Jan 31, 2017

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    For those that contributed, I thought I'd mention I've pulled the trigger!
    Photos attached.

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  6. Jwit

    Jwit Not a doctor, but plays one on ΩF Jan 31, 2017

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    Looks great! I wish I was able to get that model in hindsight. Hope you enjoy it, and wear it in good health!
     
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  7. Giff2577

    Giff2577 Quick with the tools! Jan 31, 2017

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    Enjoy!!!
     
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  8. ncstate1201

    ncstate1201 Jan 31, 2017

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    Nice like the bracelet on that one too, now you just need to track down the original to go with it
     
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  9. Tiger8888

    Tiger8888 Jan 31, 2017

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    Thanks. Quite pleased and a little unique
     
  10. U5512

    U5512 Jan 31, 2017

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    Nice watch and big congrats!!! It's all good to see watch manufacturers are now making heritage models.
     
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  11. Jhh834

    Jhh834 Really, I only owned it for 2 weeks! Jan 31, 2017

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    I have the red bezel version. All and all I like it. There are things I dislike, but the positives outweigh the negatives. My 3 biggest gripes are 1.) unsigned crown. At the price point a logo on the crown seems doable. 2.) the bezel feels a little wobbly. 3.) back to the crown, it just doesn't feel sturdy when setting the time.

    The movement itself runs about +7 seconds a day. I don't think my power reserve is quite as high as the manufacturer claims. It seems to run out of juice after about 30 hours.
     
  12. Jwit

    Jwit Not a doctor, but plays one on ΩF Jan 31, 2017

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    I have to agree with most of this.

    A signed crown would really have been a great addition. And I have play in my bezel as well. After some asking around this play seems to be a consistent factor in all models. I also love the black sunburst finish on the dial. This truly gives the watch a lot of character.

    I'm timing consistently at +7 and have approximately 32 hour power reserve(I believe it's supposed to be 36?)

    I don't feel that I have any crown issues, no instability or wiggle room at all on my end. Hope it's nothing major for you
     
  13. Jhh834

    Jhh834 Really, I only owned it for 2 weeks! Jan 31, 2017

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    No, it's nothing major. It just doesn't feel as nice as I believe it should. I really don't know how to explain it I guess.
     
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  14. Jwit

    Jwit Not a doctor, but plays one on ΩF Jan 31, 2017

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    I think you just explained it. For the premium they are asking you expect a certain quality product. And these little details are where it shows.
     
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  15. Jhh834

    Jhh834 Really, I only owned it for 2 weeks! Jan 31, 2017

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    That's it!
     
  16. Tiger8888

    Tiger8888 Jan 31, 2017

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    Agree with all three!
     
  17. Tiger8888

    Tiger8888 Jan 31, 2017

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    Think the reserve is more....reliability though is the most important, IMO. The finish is a little basic but think it's a fun watch and you don't come across too many!
     
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