Walter Shillington is an avid collector of mechanical watches. His reviews focus on inexpensive but often intriguing Chinese timepieces.
Winner Skeleton Watch
I purchased this timepiece through a vendor called "Light in the Box." It cost less than a package of cigarettes and provided I was willing to wait, shipped for free. I was willing to wait.
The watch arrived the next month, adequately wrapped in bubble wrap and shoved inside a plastic envelope.
Light in the Box’s description is poor. They portray this watch as semi-mechanical, quartz, and automatic. There is no place to insert a battery, so, obviously, this timepiece is not quartz. I examined the movement to determine what sort of mechanism was used to power the watch.
The mainspring of an automatic watch is wound by taking advantage of the user’s arm movements. This motion swings a weight—the technical term is rotor—back and forth. The rotor is firmly attached to a staff that is connected to a ratcheted winding mechanism. The purpose of this mechanism is to tighten the mainspring. If you own a good automatic watch and wear it every day, the timepiece will never need to be hand-wound.
Normally you can hear the rotor swing when you shake an automatic watch. In this case, I couldn’t. Neither could I observe the weight when I glanced through the transparent cover. This a not an automatic watch.
Winner is a division of the Guangzhou Ruixue Watch Company Limited. (Forsining watch company limited). Their manufacturing plant is located in GuangZhou, China, and their watches are marketed under the brand names, Forsining, Winner, and Jaragar.
Condition: New without tags
Part number: 387588
Movement: Mechanical hand wind
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Features: Hollow engraving
Band material: Polyurethane
Case material: Steel
Case diameter: 4.4 cm
Case thickness: 1.1 cm
Weight: 55 gm (including band)
Water resistance: Not specified but probably minimal
Left Side of Watch
Right Side of Watch
Back of Watch
The case is well designed: two-toned and covered on each side with a transparent acrylic face. The movement can be examined from either the front or the back, ensuring an excellent view of the inner workings of the watch. The hands are coated with luminous paint which provides illumination throughout short periods of darkness. The dial is nicely engraved, and the numbers used to indicate the time are composed of Roman numerals.
I wore this watch for a day to check for comfort and to assure myself that the time could be quickly and easily ascertained despite the busy background. Then, I stored it on a shelf for two weeks, winding it twice daily. At the end of this period, I set it to my computer clock and tested the unit for three days. At the end of its test cycle, I found that the watch had lost one minute. This is a reasonable result considering the cost of this timepiece. You keep this thing wound, and it will look after you.
I did not disassemble this watch, but the movement does appear to be jeweled. Although I could easily adjust the time, I noticed an inordinate amount of play in the crown while doing so. The strap is composed of polyurethane, which looks like leather but lacks durability. This watch is intended as a gift, so I did not subject it to shock and water resistance tests.
Back Lit View of Watch
This Winner mechanical watch has a lot going for it. The price is right: The timepiece keeps good time and is visually appealing. It is comfortable on the wrist. The large crown ensures the watch can be easily wound, and because of the "see-through" design, this timepiece will attract attention.
The hands and dial of this watch are both colored gold. While visually appealing, it is difficult to determine the time at a glance.
This watch has worked well throughout the short period I have owned it. Having said this, I do not expect it to be anywhere near as durable as my much more expensive Seiko. This Winner should not be your serious everyday timepiece. It’s a cool watch, though; one that will be fun to show off during the weekends. Recommended for casual use.
Winner Classic Skeleton Watch
I've owned this watch for a year. The band shows wear, and if I'd been wearing this timepiece consistently, would have required replacement by now. Accuracy is unchanged; the watch looks good and it is still a pleasure to wear.
Questions & Answers
Question: Where can I find the serial number on the Winner watch? How much is it worth?
Answer: This watch retails around the fifteen dollar mark. Timepieces in this price range do not come equipped with serial numbers.
Question: How long will skeleton watch continue to work on a single full wind?
Answer: I neglected to test this when I originally reviewed the watch. It did last at least 24 hours each time the watch was wound and, although I cannot vouch for this, probably would be good for several additional hours.
dug sitowski on May 23, 2019:
I pretty much agree with your critique of these Winner skeleton watches. I bought one several months ago for $40(US) mainly for its stunning looks, not expecting too much for the price. SURPRISE...after 6 months my watch has kept spot-on time without adjusting it. The adage You get what you pay for, does not seem to apply to this watch. Granted, it's not a Submariner, and I don't expect it to be but, for the money it's hard to beat. I've gotten numerous positive comments regarding its unique, masculine looks and I wear it more often than my more expensive time pieces.... glad I got it!
Walter Shillington (author) from Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada on December 16, 2018:
Thanks, Louis. As a matter of fact, most of my watches use the number IIII rather than IV.
Louis on December 16, 2018:
The roman IIII is not an error and is called the watchmakers four. There are a few theories about it being more visually pleasing opposite to the VIII to it being the original numeral for IV. Whatever the case may be it has a long history in watchmaking.
Walter Shillington (author) from Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada on October 02, 2018:
The price varies, Curtis, but they are usually priced around the fifteen dollar range.
Curtis Loughman on October 02, 2018:
How much is the winner selkton watch whorth ?
Walter Shillington (author) from Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada on August 23, 2018:
Thanks, Steven. Interesting article.
Walter Shillington (author) from Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada on April 27, 2017:
Thanks for your comment, Dick. It's funny. I've owned this watch for a long time and did not notice the error. After checking images on Google, it appears that many of these Winner watches are using IIII for the Roman numeral IV.
Dick on April 27, 2017:
The number for 4 is wrong
striker_o on April 20, 2017:
I have same watch too. Except non stasinless steel back it is awesome in price, accuracy and durability.
Karly on May 27, 2016:
I just got the same watch from Bossy Mart. Definitely good for that price.