Can good quality and affordable prices go together? We test two watches that each have a metal case and an in-house movement but a price under $400. The Swatch Sistem51 Irony Tux and the Seiko SRP772K1 face our scrutiny.
| Can good quality and affordable prices go together? We test two watches that each have a metal case and an in-house movement but a price under $400. e Swatch Sistem51 Irony Tux and the Seiko SRP772K1 face our scrutiny.
— The Swatch Sistem51 Irony raised eyebrows when it debuted toward the end of 2016. Comments posted in forums welcomed long-awaited, innovative, automatic Caliber ETA C10.111 in a stainless-steel case. Fully automated fabrication and automatic fine adjustment, along with a mere 51 components, make this caliber unusual. Swatch is well known for brightly colored quartz watches with plastic cases. e new automatic movement was encased in plastic in 2016. Watch fans weren’t enthusiastic about this, but the price was temptingly low (around $150). Swatch continues affordable pricing for the Sistem51 Irony line. Our test watch, the Tux, is one of the most expensive models in the line at $235.
e selection of such timekeepers is fairly small. If you’re looking for a steel watch with an in-house movement for less than $400, you’ll end up at Seiko. is Japanese manufacturer offers watches in all price classes and has ample expertise in making mechanical and quartz watches, as well as radio-controlled timepieces and watches with solar or kinetic power sources. Our test model, the SRP772K1, sells for $375, at the high end of our defined price category. Popular fashion brands offer quartz watches in the $200 to $400 price range: ese timekeepers score points with customers primarily because of a brand’s image and their designs, which always incorporate the latest trends. Gold-plated watches, for example, are currently in vogue.