Walter Shillington is an avid collector of mechanical watches. His reviews focus on inexpensive but often intriguing Chinese timepieces.
I seldom wear a suit but, when I do, it’s more often to attend a funeral than a wedding. Since my taste in timepieces tends to be flamboyant, I decided to purchase an inexpensive watch more suitable for these occasions. The North N-6009 appeared to be a good choice so I ordered one from Wish.com.
The watch arrived on schedule. It was well packed in bubble wrap and, including shipping, cost less than ten dollars.
The North N-6009 is a good-sized watch, its diameter—including crown—spanning 46 mm. The timepiece is 11.7 mm thick and weighs in at 54 grams (1.9 ounces). Its band measures 22 mm across.
The case is composed of stainless steel and very shiny. The watch’s crown, used to adjust the time and the day of the month, is flanked by a pair of decorative pushbuttons.
The blue colored dial contains three decorative subdials and a small window at the five o’clock position which indicates the day of the month. Hour markers and hands are colored silver.
This watch is equipped with a polyurethane strap that matches the dial. The N-6009 can be purchased in blue, brown and white.
The movement is a Japanese quartz and bears the model number RH5N P032A. I have been unable to identify the manufacturer.
The back case has been fitted with a rubber gasket, indicating an effort to enhance water resistance.
If you would prefer a timepiece containing a dual movement, you might be interested in my review of the Sanda 723 military-style watch.
According to their media release, North Watch was established in 2004 by a team of young fashion designers. They go on to note that the company is well known in China and have acquired their own production plant.
Alibaba.com lists watches and the factories from which wholesalers can purchase them. Several distribute these watches and, in some cases, the brand name of the buyer can be inscribed onto these timepieces.
This particular watch appears to have been supplied by the Yiwu Yusa E-commerce Firm, a trading company based in Zhejiang, China.
Guangzhou Holoo Watch Co., Ltd. also supplies North Watches. This company actually manufactures watches but in the case of North, they could simply be another distributor.
Place of Origin: Mainland China
Movement: RH5N P032A. Japanese made Quartz
Features: Three decorative subdials
Functions: Day of month
Band material: polyurethane
Band color: Blue
Band width: 22 mm
Clasp type: Buckle
Dial color: Blue
Dial window material: Hardex
Case material: Stainless steel
Case diameter: 46 mm including crown
Case thickness: 11.7 mm
Weight: 54 grams (1.9 ounces)
Water resistance: 3 ATM (splash resistant only)
While touted as a sport watch, I feel the N-6009 will look best when worn with a suit.
The dial is very nice although its subdials pale in comparison to products designed by Curren. Bright silver studs mark the hours, ensuring that even though luminous paint is not used, the time can be ascertained in low light conditions.
The band is colored to match its dial, projecting an overall feeling of quality and ensuring this watch appears more expensive than it is.
This timepiece is mated to a quartz movement, and, therefore, is quite accurate. Its ‘day of month’ indicator switches smoothly to the next day at 11:30 each night.
I feel that the hands move too easily when I pull out the crown and adjust the time. This is probably because I am used to mechanical watches. Certainly, the time and date can be set easily and accurately. While this movement would not be considered ‘high end’, it is better than many I have tested. The N-6009’s case and crystal also appear to be of decent quality.
This watch is equipped with a polyurethane band. It is thick and very flexible but, if folded repeated, a crease begins to form. Every time you strap on a watch with a band of this type, you form a bend in the area of the buckle. Eventually, the tiny crease produced will deepen into a crack and the band will fail. This is a decent polyurethane band, and, if used on a daily basis, I predict a three-month lifespan.
For ten dollars, you can obtain a good-looking watch equipped with a day of month indicator and a Japanese quartz movement. While this timepiece’s strap can be considered a weak point, it is better than many competing products. The North N-6009 is recommended.
In order to enhance the appearance of inexpensive watches, many manufactures incorporate the use of decorative subdials. I have no problem with this practice. Sometimes, however, decorative subdials are used in watches priced at the point where a customer would reasonably expect them to be real. Tempers rise when the purchaser discovers this fact after the timepiece has been delivered.
In the survey below, I am attempting to pinpoint at which point the average user would expect their watch to include working subdials.
Questions & Answers
Question: What is the price of N 6009 watch?
Answer: Gearbest has then for $19.48. You might also check out Ali-express, wish and eBay.
PJ on December 30, 2016:
There is something about non-functional subdials that turns me off. They detract from authenticity, and many very inexpensive watches (I have experience with mechanical ones) have 3 working subdials. A working subdial adds to the "mechanical pleasure" derived from a watch.