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12-01-2012, 11:39 PM #1Member
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A buddy of mine recently picked up a watch that was from a moderately new California based company and I was curious. The watch was bought after be saw it on my Facebook wall linked from Thomas Carey at CGA.
I did some research and ultimately found out very little about the watch and no detailed reviews so I thought I would show a few pictures and post my impression.
The watch is a sisu guardian. The company makes an automatic and a quartz version of a couple different models. The auto is nearly twice the price but does utilize the eta 2824 movement. The cheaper model seen here starts at 670 dollars on a strap and 770 with the bracelet
This is a beefy watch to say the least. Some will say garish or over the top, but for those that like big and bold and can pull it off there is much to be had here. I understand it's a niche market for sure. I mean this thing literally weighs 15.6 ounces. Almost a pound. Some people will also think it's a bit pricey for what it is. Well, so is an iwc. Regardless here are some thoughts
The piece contains much of what you would expect for the piece. Sapphire crystal and anti reflective coating are a couple of the necessary features for a watch with this much face space. It is 100m water resistant and is made of surgical grade steel
The positives. This thing begs for attention. It's large and in charge. There is so much metel and it is very heavy. I like this. It's a modern looking piece. The fit and finish is top notch. I really like the 10 o'clock position on the crown on a watch this big ( much more comfortable on the wrist than my same size doobietimer) and it is screw down. there is a nice bezel raised up above the crystal which helps protect that pretty sapphire from hard door whacks etc. the bracelet is gorgeous. The lug size is smaller than expected, I did not measure but my lum-tec is 26 mm and was definitely wider. That being said the bracelet tapers out and is very wide, but it also has micro adjustment whih is always nice. It came with a cool vault like case too.
Negatives - no offense to my buddy, but I have a hard time spending 700 bucks on a watch from a little known company. This affects resale. Knowing my personality I am always looking to trade up. This is his dd so retail may not matter as much to others. At this price point I'd like there to be an automatic. Maybe a vintage valjoux or something.
Conclusion- well, if big is your thing, try this puppy out. It is well made and seems like it has what you would expect for a watch to last. I was very impressed with the finish of the piece. Everything was perfect, the brushed finish, the limited number engraving, no weird gaps in the bracelet even using micro adjustments etc. I know sonbol was or is a sponsor here and these two watches in these photos are certainly in competition with one another. That being said, at a similar price point and at the same size I truly think the sisu is a better bargain. The sapphire crystal means a lot to me and so does the metal bracelet. That being said Mr sonbol has serviced my piece a couple times and I can only say that I am more than happy with my sonbol and the customer service.
ps i am certainly not a photographer sorry
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12-19-2012, 01:02 PM #2
cool...might have to buy one of these seeing as I'm Finnish! (sisu is a finnish word)
05-19-2013, 11:45 AM #3
I just came across this brand. Nice review, I'm thinking of picking up the Bravado A2.2011 BMW X6M
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06-15-2013, 02:13 AM #4
I have to say we have had a lot of happy customers for the brand. I am personally quite impressed with the quality of the watches as well as the unique packaging and it's quality. =)
06-16-2013, 10:05 PM #5
Very nice collection, I think I might buy one as well.Current:
- Audi TTS --> Hidden Content
- Merc CLK AMG
- 1980 BMW E12
- Smart 451 Carlsson
06-16-2013, 10:13 PM #6
The thing that really has surprised me and this is true for most people that try one on. Is just how comfortable these truly are. =)