Walter Shillington is an avid collector of mechanical watches. His reviews focus on inexpensive but often intriguing Chinese timepieces.
Whenever I buy a new watch, I scan through the internet, searching for timepieces that look great and are reasonably priced. Product reviews are then scrutinized to determine accuracy and quality. I also check for interesting features.
This year I purchased several watches in the 20-dollar range. You don’t expect much in cases such as this, but sometimes you are pleasantly surprised.
The Sewor automatic weighs in at 58 grams and, with a diameter of 39 millimeters, is smaller than most of my other watches. This timepiece is 14.5 millimeters thick. A Chinese manufactured automatic movement is fitted into a gold-colored, stainless-steel case.
The caseback includes an observation window and the watch’s crystal is composed of a type of mineral glass referred to as Hardex. Hours are marked by either studs or Roman numerals, and the pointers are coated with mediocre quality luminous paint. A sturdy brown leather strap is attached to the watch head.
- Brand: Sewor
- Model: Automatic
- Condition: New
- Place of origin: China
- Gender: Male
- Display: Analog
- Movement: Asian automatic with date feature
- Style: Dress
- Features: Date indicator
- Band material: PU leather
- Band color: Brown
- Band width: 20 millimeters
- Dial color: Silver and white
- Dial window material: Hardex
- Case material: Stainless-steel
- Case diameter: 39 millimeters
- Case thickness: 14.5 millimeters
- Weight: 58 grams (2.06 ounces)
- Water resistance: Not rated
Sewor was trademarked in 2016 by Sisi Huang of Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. This company markets an impressive variety of inexpensive mechanical timepieces.
A well-designed dial, crocodile-patterned strap, and gold case evoke an impression of luxury. I especially like the combination of large golden Roman numerals and silver-toned studs which are used to mark each hour. Although I prefer larger watches, I did not experience difficulty reading the time and date.
This watch’s caseback includes a round glass window, allowing its owner to view the movement in operation. While the crocodile patterned strap fits well with the overall design, its silver buckle somewhat spoils the effect.
20 dollars is a crucial price point for Chinese watch manufacturers. In this range, factories can provide more than just a basic timepiece. Their offerings might include a stainless-steel band, extra functions, or, as in this case, a mechanical movement.
The stainless-steel case is electroplated to provide a shiny gold coloring. It looks great but be aware that wear and tear will eventually degrade the coating, revealing the stainless steel beneath.
An automatic movement is used to power this timepiece. Time adjustments can be performed smoothly, and a satisfying audible click accompanies manual date changes. The overall mechanism runs well but will probably not enjoy the lifespan of its more expensive brethren.
Most straps used on inexpensive timepieces are composed of PU leather. This substance is formed from inner splits of hide that have been covered with polyurethane. Bands of this variety look good, but their lifespan is very short. This strap responded exceptionally well to my wear and tear tests. While it probably is made from PU leather, I suspect it will survive longer than most bands of this variety.
During my review period, the date window correctly displayed each day of the month.
I tested the accuracy of the Sewer automatic for three days. During this time, it lost an average of 23 seconds every 24 hours. This is considered excellent for a timepiece in the 20-dollar price range. Reserve power worked out to 22 hours.
This watch looks great, includes a date feature, and is powered by an automatic movement. It is fitted with a higher-than-average quality PU leather strap. If you are looking for an inexpensive timepiece that will provide decent service, this Sewor automatic is worthy of consideration.
Sewor chose a gold-colored case for this timepiece. The following poll is designed to determine what type of case is preferred by my readers.
Kjell Ohlsson on March 15, 2020:
great looking watches keep up the good design work