Chinese brand Seestern is one of the better choices on AliExpress. True, their dive models tend to cost a bit more than a `sterile’ dial, DG movement rival. But you get a bit more quality control with the brands like Pagani, Heimdallr, San Martin and others – including Seestern.
So the latest model is a homage to the Grand Seiko and yes, we hear you chuckling at the back. How can anyone imitate the handcrafted elegance of a GS watch?
No, you can’t match the manufacturing excellence, but you can automate the production of an affordable replica. OK, this watch might last a few years, rather than a lifetime like a real Grand Seiko, but hey, you wouldn’t be here if all you wanted to buy was 10K timepieces.
So what do you get for $229?
A steel case, 40mm diameter and a Seiko NH35 movement inside. Sapphire crystal, plus AR coating. Steel bracelet, free leather strap and a classic dress watch dial design. Colours are deep blue, light blue, white, champagne, black or silver grey.
See thru caseback as well. Plus 200m claimed water resistance.
Verdict; a class act, and about the same cost as a high quality DIY MOD watch project would cost to make.