Are Stuhrling Watches Junk? 2017 – Here’s our Review!
A lot of people often wonder if Stuhrling Watches are junk. Admittedly, it’s not often that people mention their brand.
When you think watches you usually think Tag Heuer, Rolex and Casio. But really, who the hell can afford them? Sure some of them have a lot of interesting features but none of them are what you can consider, essential. A watch at the end of the day, needs to tell the time accurately- everything else is irrelevant.
Stuhrling watches are the very essence of simplicity. That’s not a knock on them. Simple is good. Simple just works. Stuhrling watches are also well made and easily accessible –whatever your budget there’s a stuhrling watch for you.
The following are among the best Stuhrling watches for the money that you can buy at the moment. We will also discuss their positive and negative points so you can choose the best match for your needs.
Best Stuhrling Watches in 2017
Shatter resistant glass
Water resistant up to 50 meters
Stainless steel body and band
Screw down crown
Swiss quartz movement
Swiss quartz movement
Stainless steel body
High quality calf skin leather
Well built body
Very easy to clean glass.
Not easily scratched Slim design.
looks great and is extremely durable
Light at 4.96 ounces
Shatterproof crystal face
Automatic self-wind movement
Stainless steel case
Day/date complications are large and legible
Overview of Stuhrling Watches
Stuhrling is an American company founded by Henry Fischer in New York in the year 1999. They named the company in honor of prolific Swiss watchmaker Max Stuhrling. The brand gets overlooked the same way people overlook Japanese brands. If it’s not from Switzerland, then it’s probably not that valuable.
They manufacture the watches in China but you can’t really hold that against them. A lot of people equate china with piss poor quality. But I ask you, name one product that you can’t trace back to China? Everything we use has at least one part that was manufactured there. Even Apple uses Chinese factories. People need to realize that the ‘made in China’ tag is no longer a barometer of product quality.
So how will you know if Stuhrling Watches are truly reliable, quality watches? Easy, we review them for you. You will find the reviews of the most interesting watches in their line.
- Build Quality
Style wise they really are an impressive piece of kit. Flashy without being gaudy. These watches are made to stand out of the crowd. They have such a diverse series of collections that it’s guaranteed that you can find a watch to match you. If you want simple, they have the Aviator collection. IF you want fancy, then you can get the Legacy Collection. There are also a lot of semi-skeleton designs, skeleton designs and other designs where the interior workings of the timepiece are clearly visible.
Consider the materials they use for a Stuhrling watch. Only the highest quality materials have been used. For the bands, they use top grain genuine leather. The body of the watches are made out of 316L surgical-grade stainless steel. In Premier and limited edition timepieces they use exotic materials like genuine crocodile leather, ceramic cases and Swiss-made movements. Sounds like a quality watch to me.
The Stuhrling Timepieces are backed with a comprehensive international warranty. You can find the warranty card inside the packaging. They do require that the watch be serviced by qualified professionals in Stuhrling original service centers. A third party watch repair shop may render your warranty null and void so you have that to watch out for. Based on the literature found in their website, they can complete service requests within six weeks (10 weeks in some special cases).
Here Are Our Top 10 Stuhrling Watches Reviews!
#1 Stuhrling Original Men’s 122.33111 Classic Ascot Somerset Elite Swiss Quartz Watch with Mesh Bracelet
The watch looks amazing. The stainless steel body and band combo really stands out. The mesh band can looks great but you might have issues trying to find someone who can change the fit. The synthetic sapphire crystal also looks great – honestly it’s indistinguishable from authentic sapphire. It’s very well engineered. The slim construction lends itself very well to long sleeve clothing. I’ve never had an issue with it getting stuck on a sleeve.
The few weeks I have had it, I have never had to reset the time. I’m pretty active and the watch was subjected to hard bumps and harsh vibration yet it has kept time without a hitch.
- Well built body –extremely sturdy
- Very easy to clean glass. Not easily scratched
- Slim design (not too bulky)
- The clasp is pretty flimsy. There were times when it came loose.
- There were reported instances of the batteries being DOA. I personally haven’t experienced this.
- Arm hair can get caught in the metal band.
#2 Stuhrling Original Men’s 824.01 Regatta Analog Japanese Quartz Stainless Steel Watch
Similar to the Ascot somerset, the Regatta has a plain simple design. The black and silver simply looks clean and classy. The date window is just the right size for the watch (some cases you’d need a microscope to see it) Japanese quartz movement looks smooth and goes without a hitch.
The face is visible in all light conditions. I’m not a diver but they say it is water resistant up to 660 feet so I’m going to have to take their word for it. The “do not take into the shower” in the manual is a tad bit confusing though.
The packaging it came with looks really good. Inside you get additional links and microfiber cloth (for cleaning). You also receive a registration card for your warranty (2 years)
- Water resistant
- Unidirectional bezel
- Stainless steel looks great and is extremely durable
- Light at 4.96 ounces
- Shatterproof crystal face
- If you get the 20mm band it’s not replaceable (spring bars are not standard size)
- To set watch you need to unscrew it
- Strap pin is a bit fragile
- Battery powered
#3 Stuhrling Original Men’s 133.33151 Executive
The Stuhrling Original Men’s 133.33151 executive automatic watch (a mouthful eh?) is an amazing looking watch. These are one of those things that looks like a thousand dollars- but is really worth a fraction of that. The simple brushed stainless body only drives the eye’s focus straight into the watch’s exposed inner workings. It’s simple yet eye catching at the same time.
This watch is also self-winding. Which means, you don’t ever have to worry about batteries ever again. However, you have to wear the watch for 8 hours a day (it’s powered by your arm movements) or it will run slow. It’s not really a bother. These watches are meant to be worn. They’re not too expensive that you’ll worry about breaking them. If you do break them, they’re cheap so it’s no big deal anyway.
- Shatter resistant glass
- Water resistant up to 50 meters
- Self-winding movement
- You need to wear it at least 8 hours a day to keep the time
- Faux Leather strap fades easily
#4 Stuhrling Original Men’s 127A.3315C2 Emperor’s Grandeur Analog Automatic Self Wind Blue Leather Watch
This is one of those times where you either love it or hate it. To be honest I did not like the design. But I love simple minimalist designs. However, if you love complex bold designs, this might be the watch for you.
The watch is all large chunky metal featuring bold curves. It looks like an old timey pocket watch bolted to a leather strap. I’m not exactly a fan of the design- but again, your mileage might vary. It also features a skeleton dial (see through) which I admit, looks pretty amazing. The sun and moon dial is a nice touch.
As with the other high end stuhrlings, it features automatic self-wind movement- which means you don’t have any batteries to worry about.
- Automatic self-wind movement
- Water resistant
- Calfskin leather
- Stainless steel case
- Not water proof
- You need to wear it 8 hours to keep time accurate
- Band is not standard width, not replaceable
#5 Stuhrling Original Men’s 395.33U16 “Aquadiver Regatta”
As usual at first glance this watch is impressive. The packaging looks premium. You’ll find everything you need in the box. The blue face have nice rich blue color. The weight is just right (not too heavy) and feels nice on your wrist. The date window is a bit small for me but then again I have bad eyes. The band is made out of steel and can easily be adjusted.
Overall I really liked this watch. Its minimalistic design makes it look premium all while not costing you an arm and a leg. At $ 60 it’s quite the bargain.
- Stainless steel body and band
- Screw down crown
- Shatterproof window
- Luminous hands
- Swiss quartz movement
- Design might be too simple for some
- Battery powered
- Only one color design for the face
#6 Stuhrling Original Men’s 699.02 Aviator Quartz Day and Date Grey Dial Brown Leather Band Watch
- Round shape with textured grey dial.
- Day/date complications, skeleton hands
- 55mm stainless steel case, shatter resistant Krysterna crystal dial window
- Japanese Quartz movement with analog display
- Stud accented leather band with buckle closure
- Water resistant to 100m (snorkeling and swimming only. No diving)
First of all, I have to admit, I am partial to this design. I always love minimalist designs in general. The simple silver body and brown leather strap just works. The textured grey dial is a nice counterpoint to the plain stainless steel body. The stud accents on the strap provide a nice bit of pizzaz to stop everything from getting too boring. The Japanese quartz movement is simply reliable. A few months of using and it still remains on time.
What I didn’t like was the dark brown stitches on the strap. Light brown stitches (same as the underside) would have worked better. It’s battery powered so it’s one more thing to worry about. Though I’ve never heard of anything going wrong with it. Overall it’s a nice watch that goes with pretty much everything.
- Simple design
- Day/date complications are large and legible
- Water resistant
- Battery powered
- Day and date a bit too hard to change
#7 Stuhrling Original Men’s 601.33351 Classic Ascot Swiss
- Precise Swiss-Quartz movement
- Classic and super slim
- Round stainless steel case with minimalist thin stick markers
- Krysterna scratch resistant crystal
- Water resistant?! To 99 feet (30m) withstands rain and splashes of water but not showering or submersion (see what I mean? Fix this stuhrling)
Of all the Stuhrling original men’s watches, this is my absolute choice. Remember that I keep harping about minimalist design? This is the very definition of it. Round stainless steel body with gold accents. Plain black face with gold notches and a simple stuhrling logo at 12 o’clock- it is simply stunning. The two tone black/brown calfskin leather is a pretty nice touch. It adds a bit of texture that provides a nice contrast – mullet style (business at the front, fun at the back). The quartz movement just keeps on keeping on regardless of what activity you do.
What I didn’t like was that while it says water resistant to 99 feet, it’s not really that water resistant. Honestly I don’t understand the water resistance ratings of stuhrlings at all. They’re extremely vague.
All in all, this is an amazing watch for not a lot of money.
- Looks amazing
- Swiss quartz movement
- Scratch resistant
- Stainless steel body
- High quality calf skin leather
- Not really water resistant
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