Walter Shillington is an avid collector of mechanical watches. His reviews focus on inexpensive but often intriguing Chinese timepieces.
I find that most watches designed for women tend to be small and plain, large and gaudy, or meant to be connected to an iPhone. And almost all women’s watches are powered by a quartz movement.
That presented a problem because I wanted a cute and cheerful mechanical watch that I could give to my equally cute and cheerful niece.
After hours of searching, I finally found a suitable timepiece at dhGate. The price was right; the Winner U8060 sells for about thirty dollars, so I put in an order.
The Winner U8060 arrived securely packaged and on schedule. This watch weighs in at 59 grams (2.1 ounces). It is 13 mm thick, and the timepiece’s dial measures 38 mm across.
The gold alloy metal case comes equipped with a stainless steel caseback. The crown is located at the twelve o’clock position.
This watch features large and colorful numbers arranged around the edge of its pitch-black dial. Gold colored hands are coated with luminous paint.
A glass window at the back provides a view of the automatic movement. This watch’s hardex crystal is slightly concave and reflects light attractively.
The included black PU leather band is 19 mm wide. It has an alligator skin pattern and a silver buckle.
This watch can be purchased with a white dial and with a silver-colored case.
Winner is a division of the Guangzhou Ruixue Watch Company Limited. (Forsining watch company limited). Their manufacturing plant is located in GuangZhou China and this company’s products are marketed under the brand names Forsining, Winner, and Jaragar.
Condition: New without tag or box
Part number: U8060
Place of origin: GuangZhou, China
Style: Casual fashion
Features: large colorful numbers
Band material: PU leather
Band width: 19mm
Dial color: Black
Dial window material: Hardex
Case material: Alloy
Dial diameter: 38mm
Case thickness: 13mm
Weight: 59 grams (2.1 ounces)
Water resistance: Splash resistant
The gold case with its dramatically oversized lugs contrasts well against the black colored dial. The numbers circling the dial are also very large and presented in a variety of colors. This treatment is strongly reminiscent of offerings from Franck Muller.
The window that pierces the caseback allows a view of the U8060’s movement. While this mechanism is fairly run of the mill, it is always cool to watch a balance wheel whirling back and forth.
The strap comes equipped with a silver buckle. This does not harmonize well with the gold sheen of the watch’s case.
Over a seven-day period, the Winner U8060 gained five minutes. That works out to 43 seconds per day. While not particularly accurate, this figure is in line with similarly priced timepieces.
The self-winding mechanism is substandard. Unless the wearer is very active, this watch will require winding every two to three days.
In an effort to provide innovative styling, the crown was relocated to the twelve o’clock position. This is a treatment normally reserved for pocket watches. In this case, the strap interferes with the wearer’s ability to wind the watch. It can be wound, but in doing so, inadvertent pressure might be applied against the stem to which the crown is attached. This could eventually cause the stem to break.
The Winner U8060 incorporates a mechanical movement. After three to five years of use, this type of movement will require cleaning.
The included strap is composed of polyurethane and is of mediocre quality. If worn daily, its lifespan can be measured in months.
While this watch does not utilize a quality movement, the price is right and its design is appealing. For many women, the Winner U8060 would be a very nice accessory.
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