So as many long suffering readers will note, I love red. Well, the Celadon Imperial did not disappoint! It is red, but the dial has a wonderful finish to it.
Celadon refers to this as Plum Blossom Guilloche. And I have to be honest, I really dig it. The stainless steel indices stand out perfectly from the dial, and the sword shaped hands are a perfect match.
|Courtesy of Celdon|
The lugs are a very nice touch as they create a sort of "turtle" look which I love. The crown is solid, and tactile and easy to use.
The overall fit and feel of the watch is, to quote Goldilocks, "just right". The case itself is of stainless steel and measures 38 mm in diameter. At a time where many people feel that 42 mm is just too small, I have to say that I LOVED wearing this watch! It was big enough without being overwhelming.
|Courtesy of Celadon|
The only thing that was not entirely clear was that this hand wound movement boasts 18 jewels when tradition dictates 17 jewels - but then again this makes it a bit special. I will be back to the folks at Celadon to get a clarification on the "18th jewel". The movement is from the Beijing Watch Factory.
And last but by no means least is the packaging -
It is a very nice presentation, with a padded leather travel case that will actually be USEFUL in the future! All in all, a very nice presentation.
So let's sum this up - this is probably one of the best watches for the money that I have had the pleasure of wearing for some time. It is a proudly made in China product that really delivers in terms of quality and finish.
And what was interesting was the responses I got from the watch brand representatives as well as some fairly well-known independent watch makers. As I was removing the watch to try on their watches, the did a double take. Several of them picked up their loupes and gave the watch the "once-over" and expressed their appreciation. Obviously, no names here, but a few fellow bloggers also became fans.