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Review of the Chenxi Businessman's Rectangular Quartz Watch

Walter Shillington is an avid collector of mechanical watches. His reviews focus on inexpensive but often intriguing Chinese timepieces.

Chenxi 063G Quartz Watch

Chenxi 063G Quartz Watch

Chenxi Watch Review

I’m a predictable man. I eat what I like... as long as it can be shoved into a microwave or crammed between two slices of bread. And, while I have access to everything available on television or the Internet, I stick to silly comedies, British detective shows, and science fiction.

I can be identified from a mile away. My closet is full of jeans and plaid shirts, and my display boxes are bursting with big, heavy watches connected to thick leather straps.

Change, however, is well underway. A few weeks back, I bought a pair of brown pants and a red shirt. I don’t think I’ll actually ever pull on the trousers, but the shirt is really nice. I think next week, I might pick up a gray one.

Amid the rows of round-faced watches that comprise my collection is a replica Franck Muller Casablanca. I don’t wear it often, but the sight of this overly gaudy timepiece never fails to bring a smile to my lips. With this in mind, I decided to break tradition and purchase a second rectangular-shaped watch.

After checking out my favorite e-commerce stores, I settled on the $16 Chenxi I found on DHgate.

Watch Description

The Chenxi businessman’s watch is quite light, weighing in at only 52 grams (1.86 ounces). This rectangular-shaped timepiece is 35 millimeters across and 11 millimeters thick.

Gold-colored plating is applied to a stainless-steel case. A well-textured, white dial is offset by black Roman numerals. This watch includes a date indicator at the three o’clock position, and a second-hand subdial is located at the bottom.

A Hattori PC21S quartz movement is fitted to this timepiece. Its crocodile-patterned strap is composed of PU leather and equipped with a gold-colored buckle.

Side a.

Side a.

Side b.

Side b.

The Manufacturer

Chenxi is a common name among Chinese manufacturers. Perhaps it is because if Chenxi is converted to Chinese symbols and then translated into English, the result is "Dawn." That’s a good name for a company.

There are two watch producers using this name. One began operation in 1994. The other, the manufacturer of this timepiece, was started in 2009.

Chenxi was trademarked in 2017 by Hou Junhua. His offices are located at Room 604, No. 27 Hao Jin St., Hai Zhu District, Guangzhou.


Brand: Chenxi

Model: CX-063G

Condition: New

Place of Origin: Guangzhou, China

Gender: Male

Display: Analog

Movement: Hattori (Seiko) PC21S quartz

Style: Dress

Features: Date indicator and second-hand subdial

Band material: PU leather

Band color: Brown, crocodile patterned

Band width: 24 millimeters

Clasp type: Gold colored buckle

Dial color: White

Dial window material: Hardened mineral glass

Case material: Stainless steel

Case diameter: 35 millimeters

Case thickness: 11 millimeters

Weight: 52 grams (1.86 ounces)

Water resistance: 3 ATM (splash resistant only)

Stainless steel back.

Stainless steel back.

The strap.

The strap.

Visual Appeal

An exquisitely designed dial and shiny, gold-plated case suggest this Chenxi is a far more expensive timepiece than it actually is. I especially like the tiny, gold-rimmed subdial, which displays the passing seconds.

The crocodile-patterned strap fits well with the overall design and Chenxi equipped it with a gold buckle, which matches the timepiece’s overall design.

Is It Durable?

$16 is an important price point for Chinese manufacturers. In this range, factories can provide more than just a basic watch. Their timepieces might include a stainless-steel band, extra functions, or a genuine Japanese quartz movement. Brands such as Jaragar or Winner might even be fitted with a low-grade mechanical movement.

When I adjusted the date mechanism, a reassuring series of clicks suggested that I was handling a Seiko product. The Chenxi 063G is, in fact, powered by a Hattori PC21S quartz movement. This is an excellent choice for this price range and should provide long-term, trouble-free operation. The PC21S is actually an upgraded version of the movement fitted to the Maurice Eberle Gambrel.

The stainless-steel case is electroplated with what one vendor describes as rose gold. I’d take that with a grain of salt, but, for sure, it looks really good. Be aware that over time, wear and tear will eventually degrade the coating, and the silver stainless steel beneath will be revealed.

Chenxi equipped this watch with a strap composed of PU leather. PU leather is formed from inner splits of hide that have been covered with polyurethane. While this material looks very leather-like, it is not as durable. If you wear this watch on a daily basis, plan to replace the strap within a few months.

Overall Impression

I really like this timepiece. It looks great on my wrist and arrived fitted with a decent quartz movement. When the attached strap fails, I’ll replace the band rather than throw the watch into my junk drawer. The Chenxi 063G is recommended.

This review recommends the Chenxi 063G despite its low-quality strap. In the following poll, I am attempting to determine how potential customers feel about the construction and quality of watchbands.

© 2018 Walter Shillington