Parnis is a Chinese watch maker. Their watches are cheap and cheerful – this one cost me £ 58 on the internet. So expectations shouldn’t be too high.
Firstly, I notice that this is not an illegal copy of another watch – this is a Parnis and looks like one. The design might remind you of some IWC watches, but this is not a copy of anything. Good on them.
The leather strap is nice and thick, and made of real leather.
The back of the watch is glass, so you can see the movement in action.
The face is rather nice – at 10 o’clock, there is a dial for the current date, and at 2 o’clock, a dial for the power reserve which is actually fairly accurate.
At 6 o’clock, there is an opening that lets you see the balance wheel. An additional set of gears drives a triangular contraption and a small second hand on top of the balance wheel. The balance wheel itself, the pallets, the escapement wheel, etc. are all static and don’t move.
This Parnis has the Sea-Gull ST2505 movement. The balance wheel swings at 21.600 bph – so 6 swings a second, which explains partly why this watch is actually a decent timekeeper.
The watch has a very solid feel to it, and it is quite chunky. Diameter with crown is 45mm, and the thickness is 14mm.
I’ve worn it for a couple of weeks, and after regulating it a bit, it kept a fairly constant +4s / day. Not bad for £ 58 at all!
The crown, when pulled out to the first stop, halts the second hand (hacking second) so it’s easy to set the watch exactly to the second.
On the left side at 8 o’clock, a little push button can be pressed to advance the date hand by one day per press.
As this watch is pretty new, I didn’t want to take it completely apart, but just have a peek inside to see how it is made.
Let’s see what the timegrapher says:
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Overall, I am very impressed what you can get for £ 58 from China. This is a decent automatic watch that runs quite accurately, with a pleasant look and a nice case.
I bought the open balance version out of curiosity, but would definitely recommend the plain versions – they look nicer, and who wants a fake tourbillon?