My watch arrived today, and here are my initial thoughts (shamelessly copied and pasted straight from my Facebook post)
I think this watch probably isn't worth what the MSRP shows (everywhere online seems to have them for $150-300, whereas the MSRP claims $1400).
So far though, here are my initial thoughts:
- The build quality seems very solid. The watch has nice heft, and the ceramic feels good. I need to adjust the band still. The glossy finish on the ceramic itself does seem to attract fingerprints like a magnet, but they wipe away easily enough.
- The chronograph functions are a little confusing because the little instruction manual that it comes with seems to cover every possible watch they carry, but only a page or so for each watch type - and it is not totally clear which watch matches which page without careful study of the watch itself and the diagrams.
- Further to the above, it did take me a good deal of time to figure out how to set the thing, with regards to the date, primarily. It also does not appear to track the month, so I have a feeling I will need to reset the date on the first of any month not having 31 days.
- It looks like the watch has a quartz movement. I was hoping it would have an automatic movement (because those things are super cool) but this works ok - it is nothing special though, as their listing it as a "swiss quartz movement" would intend to imply. I have no reason to believe it won't keep time well, but I doubt it will keep time any better than a less expensive Timex, for example.
- On the other hand, it has a "sapphire" crystal (crystallized aluminum oxide, anyway), which means very little should be able to scratch it.
- It came with a serial number tag, in a really cool faux leather box with a snap clasp, wrapped around a faux leather pillow. Very fancy. I certainly felt special unwrapping the thing.
- It has a 5 year warranty, and from the small amount I've read it seems they are pretty good about honoring that. So, that's a plus. Even if it only lasts 5 years, I'll probably be in the market for something new by then, anyway.
All in all, I am quite happy with this thing as a $150 watch. It plays to its strengths rather well: it is very striking to look at, and feels like it has a very nice build quality. That, and the MSRP, does belie its weakness of having a rather average and un-noteworthy movement, lack of month tracking in the calendar, and frankly incredibly insufficient documentation.
The bottom line: I think this watch might be worth the $150 I paid for it, but probably not one red cent more than that.
Also, doing a little bit further research, I have discovered why the MSRP is so high: Swiss Legend watches are produced by Swiss Watch International Group, which is based in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. Apparently their bread and butter is TV shopping channels, and they are known for decent, but mostly gray market, value and what is described as "exceptional" customer service.
So, the "Deep Discount" thing seems to come from that. The idea being that they entice you into thinking you are getting a super incredible deal on a luxury Swiss watch, when really you are paying the normal amount for a decently built but probably not at all Swiss watch. Some of their watches (not this one) do appear to have Swiss movements, but the case is not Swiss and they are all assembled in China.