Are Affordable watches from China Any Good? Yes, And Here’s Why

NEW YORK, 2022-Apr-01 — /EPR Network/ — There are many, many watches around that, besides having a smooth design, also carry a high, high price tag. As a consequence, people are wary. Are all great-looking watches so pricey? Well, no. The great-looking, affordable watches from China are definitely not as pricey but just as stylish.

In fact, if you are looking to add one or several great-looking affordable watches from China to your collection, then look no further than Megalith. Our curated selection of only the most stylish yet, affordable timepieces is ideal for the fashion-savvy young man of today.

Rest assured that there are a lot of stylish watches out there, and you don’t have to go broke in order to get one. However, you might ask yourself: are affordable watches from China really any good? Well, yes, and allow us to tell you why:

The Switzerland-China Watch Connection
Unbeknown to most, the cheap labor costs China is known for can make for some pretty awesome watches. See, it’s an open secret that most of the Swiss watchmakers get some key parts from Asia, mostly China, for cost-efficiency.

However, the fact that they do so does not prevent them from slapping the ‘Swiss-made’ label into the finished product. Why? Simply because a Swiss law mandates that industrial products, which watches are, need to be 60% Swiss.

To be more specific, 60% of the total cost and assembly of them need to happen within Switzerland. That means that manufacturers can get some parts from elsewhere and assemble them in-house just fine. Said law, however, is not all-encompassing and leaves plenty of room to wiggle.

For example, some manufacturers do outsource as much of the manufacturing process as they can to China when demand is high. They need only to fulfill the key in-house requirement for the final assembly, and they will still retain the right to say the product is ‘Swiss-made.’

On the Chinese side of the question, however, things are more interesting. Since brands regularly outsource to China and outsource larger and larger amounts of work pretty often, Chinese watchmakers are learning.

Just like with electronics, Chinese watches have, over time, been getting better and better. This is how the industry got quality, stylish and affordable watches from China.

Affordable watches from China
Let’s say that you are a young man who is very fashion conscious. You know that clothes do not make the man, but they can surely make the man stand out. There are few things that can make a great first impression or command respect from onlookers than dressing fine.

One problem, though: dressing fine does cost a bit, and if you are just starting out in the real world, chances are, you can’t afford it yet. Or can you? At least when it comes to watches, you need not break the bank in order to add something stylish to your outfit.

A well-dressed man is a man that commands respect from those around him; people tend to take them more seriously. That is something you can use for when you are just starting out.

Traditionally, high-end watches were the go-to for young men wanting to look great. However, their soaring prices might have you putting off buying one until much later in life. Luckily there’s an extensive selection of affordable watches from China that are just as stylish.

The fact is that Swiss watchmakers have been gradually outsourcing for decades to Chinese factories. So, Chinese factories now know how to make watches just stylish and, conveniently, less pricey.

While they might lack the precious stones and rare metals that make high-end watches fetch obscene prices, they make for it in style.

As such, no matter which kind of outfit you are choosing for the day, there’s more than one nice-looking Chinese timepiece to go with it. And, again, you won’t even remotely have to go broke to purchase several of them for each occasion.

The Made in China Label
In the west particularly, there has been a stigma written largely around the made-in-China label. Namely, that its synonym of shoddy quality. Not without its reasons, Asia and China specifically used to have a bad reputation for counterfeiting.

Often, the western market would flood with large quantities of goods that were suspiciously cheap. The reason for that was that their quality was questionable at best. Among those goods were, yes, watches. By the later 20th century, however, that began to change.

Due to the sweeping economic reforms taking place around the country, China gave its first step into becoming the manufacturing center of the world. In hindsight, it might seem like an obvious thing to happen but not so much at the time.

It was a bold gamble that paid off, and it took the untold amounts of sweat and hard work of millions upon millions. Fast forward to today, and you will be hard-pressed to find one item, either mechanical or electronic, that does not feature some parts made in China.

Seriously, do a little digging around your favorite brands, and it’s bound to turn up that at least two of their suppliers are from China. And, yes, that does include watchmaking brands. Famous Swiss watchmaking brands are also in on it. Their participation also plays a large role in making affordable watches from China possible.

Swiss Watchmaking Before and After
The Swiss watchmaker industry has long been pretty much a national source of pride. Exactly around 481 years long tradition at this time and a source of pride probably for that much longer as well.

When the industry began, and for most of its existence, it was a craftmanship-based occupation. Meaning the craft master built himself the parts that went into the watch. They would occasionally take in apprentices and teach them the ropes to have them become assistants.

Such it happens with all craftmanship-based industry around the time; it was an in-house national industry pretty much completely. A Swiss watchmaker made the parts and assembled the watch, which they could later commercialize.

The fact of the matter is that producing a single timepiece was a very labor-intensive, time-consuming, and demanding job, as well. That remained the case until the industrial revolution introduced machinery into the mix.

Factories could help mass produce timepieces on the scale at previously unimaginable speed. Of course, it came with a trade-off. Not all workers would develop a Swiss watchmaker level of skill. Nor did they need to since machinery produced functional, good enough watch parts easily.

As watches became more common, enthusiasts were no longer content with just any run-of-the-mill watch. They wanted something unique, and thus, the luxury watch industry came to be.

The reasoning behind it was simple: use the best available materials and craftsmanship to create distinctive and pricier timepieces. For that, they needed rarer materials which, thanks to the soaring international trading of the 20th century, they could get easily.

This was the start of globalization and, in a way, the birth of the industry that is the affordable watches from China.

How Swiss Watches Paved the Way for Affordable watches from China
The opening of the Chinese economy was a success because of something called the cost of labor. See, developed countries have a higher standard of living, which means, among other things, that things like utilities and basic services tend to be pricier. That it’s the cost of living and in order for a worker to keep up with it salaries need be higher.

That it’s not an issue for developing countries which China pretty much was back in 1989. Basic services in China could not be as pricier as, say, the United States. The economy was not there yet. What China had in spades was a massive pool of working-age population that, again, did not need yet to command high wages.

That means that Chinese labor was far cheaper than most western labor. Thus, it was a no-brainer decision for brands to take advantage of the opening of the Chinese economy. Setting up shop in China for manufacturing or relying on Chinese factories to source from fast became the norm.

It ultimately meant a welcomed cost reduction for businesses. Something which in an ever-expanding global economy it’s something all brands aspire to. Even Swiss watchmaking brands.

See, ‘Swiss watches’ have long been the gold standard in quality for the watchmaking industry. But what makes a watch Swiss? More specifically, how much of it need to actually come from Switzerland?

According to an ordinance by Switzerland’s Federal Council dated 29 December, 1971 they needed to be 60% Swiss. To expound: for industrial goods, 60% of the manufacturing costs and important manufacturing steps must happen inside Switzerland. That was the minimum requirement for a watch, which is an industrial product, to be ‘Swiss-made.’ This ordinance, however, it’s a bit lax.

Swiss Watches (partially) Made in China
The fact of the matter is that the demands of the 60% ordinance no longer required all parts to be Swiss produced. That, realistically speaking, would be impossible for most brands and cost-prohibitive for even the biggest brands. Thus, it gives leeway to manufacturers to source some key parts from elsewhere.

One of the favorite parts of the world for Swiss manufacturers to source from just so happens to be, you guessed it, China. Since the 1970s, the Swiss watchmaking industry’s biggest open secret has been its sourcing of parts from Asia.

Cases, crowns, hands, dials, and even watchbands and covering glass. Swiss watchmakers can legally get those parts from China and elsewhere in Asia. Given that they still take care of providing the watch movements and assembling in-house, they can still pretty much call the final product ‘Swiss-made.’

Although a few lawmakers and even fewer watchmakers call into question the alleged loopholes of the law, the industry is not stopping. Watchmakers from the top brands still source key parts of their product from the outside.

Competitive Swiss watchmaking brands take it one step further. In order to remain competitive as a budget brand, they seek to source and outsource to and from China as much as possible.

From getting most finished part from there and/or getting components of important parts to Switzerland to later assemble there. This kind of complex manufacturing schedule it’s what allows Swiss budget brands to remain in business without dropping the ‘Swiss-made’ label.

Finally, at times of high demand, some big brands pretty much outsource most of the manufacturing work to Chinese factories. Those Chinese factories have been getting better and better at it due to the vast amount of work said Swiss brands heap upon them.

What The Future Holds for The Swiss and Chinese Watchmaking Industries
An interesting situation unfolded in 2020. Due to the restrictive measures required in Switzerland due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lots of Swiss manufacturers stopped or deescalated operations. But that was not the case in China.

Several factories remained open by adopting protective sanitary measures, and the Swiss brands took notice of it in two ways. First, they either outsourced, increased manufacturing to China, and/or shifted to opening more stores in mainland China.

The second represents an interesting choice. See, Chinese consumers love to do purchase tourism. They go abroad and buy non-essential things like watches. However, most of the global tourism saw a downturn during 2020. Chinese buyers, a significant source of revenue for said brands, were not able to buy from them. As such, they opened stores in mainland China to make it easy for them to buy.

Both actions were favorable for the affordable watches from China part of the industry:

  1. They had access to the latest models.
  2. An ever-growing digital economy allowed them to sell their affordable brands at home and abroad to the enthusiast that wanted in on the fashion but were conscious about their wallets.

In short, despite the obstacles, the watchmaking industry remains in business, and the stylish, affordable watches from China are just getting started.

Megalith Watches
Speaking of affordable watches from China, there are few brands that can do better for you than Megalith.

As a brand, we proudly focus on providing for the young man of today that is just making his way into the world. We know just how difficult it is to make an impression these days, but we are sure that looking fine it’s a big step to it.

Since most starting young men tend to lack the funds to match their lofty ambitions, we proudly put forward for them stylish yet, affordable watches. We showcase the kind of curated selection of affordable watches from China that, no matter your style, has something for you.

All of our watches come with a warranty, and our expansive selection allows us to humbly call ourselves ‘the mature men’s first watch.’

Suppose you are a man of today looking to turn heads with your style without breaking the bank; Megalith, it’s here for you. You can swing by our shop to see which of our watches will compliment your style. https://www.megalithwatch.com/

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Megalith’s signature 8212 Quartz Men’s Watch oozes with elegance and functionality

NEW YORK, 2022-Mar-17 — /EPR RETAIL NEWS/ — Among all of our carefully curated selection of timepieces we proudly showcase to offer you the cream of the crop among masculine, stylish watches, one definitively stands out.

Our signature 8212 quartz men watch with stainless steel band is one step ahead in both elegance and functionality from your average watch.

Aside from having its internal composition made with top-of-the-line modern watchmaking craftsmanship and featuring a quartz crystal-powered design, it packs an extra layer of masculinity in it.

Its design’s a tribute to the watches worn by fighter aces and commanders of the sky. Men of unparalleled skill for which precision was everything and the tools they needed at their disposal could not be anything but.

As such, the 8212 quartz men watch with stainless steel band offers one of the most precise, if not the most precise, time-telling display on his face. To not even begin to mention its confident, elegant design, which combines both the timeless elegance of analog timepieces of yore. On top of that, it also, of course, has all the features a jet pilot needs for and visually showcases all the imposing aesthetics those features imply.

All in all, every aforementioned feature makes up for an iconic design exuberating both style and confidence. Not for nothing, it has become a flagship, and iconic piece Megalith Watches proudly offers to our distinguished clientele.

The 8212 Quartz Men Watch with Stainless Steel Band Features
Precision is the name of the game with the 8212 models. Since its imposing design does include extra features a jet pilot is thankful for, nubile watch aficionados might be intimidated by it. Thus, in order for you to take full advantage of the possibilities this particular design affords you, let’s break down such features.

The 8212 Quartz Men Watch with Stainless Steel Band Features a Chronograph
Do not let yourself get intimidated by the name chronograph, more colloquially known as ‘stopwatch.’ It’s simply one very intuitive feature of watches that, although making it look more complex, makes its use surprisingly easier.

In simple terms, a chronograph is a type of watch with additional dials on its face used to more precisely keep track of elapsed time. It typically has two or three separate dials, one of which tracks minutes, another which tracks hour, and a third which may track seconds either continuously or in intervals.

You do this by using the chronograph’s stopwatch function, which allows the user to time intervals or measure elapsed time.

To use a chronograph, start by pressing a button to activate the timer. Then begin timing whatever it is you are trying to measure. When finished, press the button again to stop the timer. The time elapsed remains displayed on the dials.

Chronographs often see use by athletes, surgeons, and, of course, pilots and other professionals who need to keep track of time intervals. They are also a feature of scientific experiments wherein measuring time is crucial. In short, the chronograph makes for a more precise measurement of time for professionals and, thus, surely will help you to keep track of it as well.

A Dash of a Fighter Jet Dashboard in Its Design
Reminiscent of a jet dashboard, the 8212 quartz men watch with stainless steel band features a chronograph on its clockface. More commonly referred to as ‘those other three little clocks within the clock,’ a chronograph is another practical and visually appealing feature of watches with more functionalities.

Each of the extra faces is there to display a different measure of chronological timekeeping for extra precision. You will almost always find one tiny clock face to display the sixty minutes that make up an hour. They are often displayed in a wheel showing the numbers ’60’, ’20’, and ’40’ clockwise from the top in that order. In order to differentiate it from the other faces of similar size, the minutes’ clockface has concentric ripple-like circles within it.

Another one of its faces is, of course, all about charting the sixty seconds that make up a minute in order to track them. The clock face showcases the numbers ’60’, ’15’, ’30’, and ’45’ spread out clockwise from the top.

Lastly, the other face of the trio that makes up the chronograph showcases the twenty-four hours of the day. Showcasing the numbers’ 24′, ‘6’, ’12’, and ’18’ clockwise when looked from the top, the wheel instantly tells what hour of the day currently is. The design of the circle itself is rather bare, not even featuring a frame. Instead, it had one clock hand that stands out very well from the rest of the design for easy tracking.

As a stylish little nod to the aforementioned jet dashboard design theme, in the hour displaying chronograph, there’s a jetliner. The jetliner’s nose, highlighted in red, acts as the arrow pointing to what hour of the day it is.

8212 Quartz Men Watch with Stainless Steel Band Features a Tachymeter
A tachymeter is a tool used to measure the speed of an object, and it does this by measuring the time it took for said object to travel a certain distance. Said time measure can then go into use for calculating the speed of the object measured.

Tachymeters are a fairly common feature of watches; they are popular with race drives and also pilots, who use them to measure ground speeds during takeoff and landing.

The 8212 Quartz Men Watch with Stainless Steel Band’s Tachymeter
As is the case with most wristwatches featuring a tachymeter, the 8212 quartz men watch with stainless steel band’s one lays on its rim. Etched on the ‘rim’ of the lock, the circular frame in which the clock sits inside of the tachymeter is the numbers written on it. Said numbers run counter clock-wisely from 60 up to 700 with differently spaced intervals between them.

The tachymeter is just an extra scale that can help you measure both time and speed. To use it, just start the chronograph to measure the object or event you seek to measure and stop once done. The clock’s second hand will point out to both the seconds marked inside the clock and to the distance marked on the tachymeter, usually represented in miles.

Besides the obvious advantage the tachymeter affords for time measuring, it also has aesthetic value. The numbers etched around the rim of the 8212 quartz men watch with stainless steel band give it an air of complexity hard to replicate for more plain watches.

The 8212s Quartz Men Watch with Stainless Steel Band A Megalith Staple
As mentioned before, the 8212 quartz men watch with stainless steel band is one of our signature timepieces at Megalith. And just like the rest of our timepieces, we are proud of being able to offer them to the mature, up and coming man of today at an affordable price.

Regardless of the fact that our watches both look and function just like pricey high-end brands, we are able to offer them at a considerably lower rate. Our access to the most skillful watchmaker in Guangdong, the watchmaking capital of the world, makes this possible.

Through our sourcing of the very same parts high-end brands use for their timepieces at a lower cost, we can make sure you can get a watch of the same quality with less stress in your bank account.

Regardless of how much of an up and comer you are as a mature me of today, we can surely offer you a stylish timepiece at an affordable rate. Not for nothing, we like to call our timepieces ‘the mature men’s first watch.’ Feel free to shop around to find yours as well. https://megalithwatch.com/

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The 8388M Chronograph Watch with Stainless Steel Band and Its Timeless Elegance

NEW YORK, 2022-Feb-20 — /EPR Network/ — The 8388M chronograph watch with stainless steel band’s look is one of timeless elegance. For at least five decades now, stainless steel watches managed to remain in fashion due to both durability and style.

Unlike older watches that preferred using leather bands for fastening, stainless steel bands guaranteed a more durable, more aesthetic look. Within its case, also made from stainless steel, the 8388M chronograph watch with stainless steel band features the aforementioned chronograph.

Thus, adding additional measures of time by having three little extra dials dedicated to measuring milliseconds, seconds, and minutes.

However, the one thing that strikes you about the 8388M chronograph watch with stainless steel band immediately once you glance upon its looks. With a silvery color due to the fact that its primary material is stainless steel, the piece evokes a classy appearance typical of watches of the 1970s.

The overall very stainless-steel-looking appearances of watches started prevailing in the 70s. However, we’ve been using stainless steel in watchmaking for much longer than that. How long, you ask?

Stainless Steel and Watchmaking: When Did It Happen?
Way before the appearance of the 8388M chronograph watch with stainless steel band, the watchmaking industry was comfortably riding a wave of manufacturing based on precious metals. Around the 1920s, gold and silver watches were the norm. It might sound shocking for people nowadays. After all, they are still luxury items as of today.

But back then, manufacturers did prefer to make their watches based on those metals mainly because of their high levels of malleability. As such, it was relatively easier to shape the metals into the shape of the many, many little pieces that made up their watches.

Also, the fact that they looked distinctively luxurious and fashionable couple with people at the time having relative financial abundance indeed contributed to their popularity. All of that changed with the 1929 wall street crash, which was the beginning of the financial depression, better known as the great depression.

Soon, people were very reluctant to spend on non-essential items due to widespread financial uncertainty. As such, watches made from silver and gold had to be the last thing on their mind, one can infer. As a result, manufacturers saw a dramatic downturn in demand for said watches.

However, military tension building up somewhere else in the world and protracted economic recovery in the factories meant people still needed watches. That presented a challenge. The average consumer was not willing to spend much on a watch made from precious metals. They only wanted the watch for practical purposes, its functionalities so that it could help them in their day-to-day work for a long time.

As such, they needed a watch that was relatively inexpensive and, preferably, reasonably durable or able to withstand rough treatment. Soon, they came up with an answer: using stainless steel as a base material for their watches.

Stainless Steel as A Watchmaking Material
During the 1920s, stainless was already a material used in watchmaking, albeit sparsely and only for models of specific use. Pilot, scientists, divers, and railroad workers commonly used models made from stainless steel due to their durability. However, such models were occupation-specific and often were very bulky to the point of seeming impractical to day-to-day wearing.

Watchmakers at the time also had tremendous difficulties working with steel, which was considerably less malleable than gold and silver. Manufacturing techniques at the time didn’t help either.

Thus, they simply preferred to buy the latter metals, however more expensive they were, in order to keep productions levels high. This is the reason why, behind its many advantages, the industry relegated stainless steel as a second-tier manufacturing material.

Soon, those techniques became well known even for watchmakers. As a result, both the technique and equipment to better work the material became commonplace rather quickly, as did its use in watchmaking.

Little by little, stainless steel watches ascended from almost workwear exclusive to everyday fashion. Thus, setting the stage for the production of much better-looking watches like the 8388M chronograph watch with stainless steel band.

Advantages Of Using Stainless Steel as A Material
Due to its nature, stainless steel as a particular material offers a few advantages over more common, less refined metals. Here are some of the advantages of using steel as a material in watchmaking:

  • Durability

As a material, stainless steel is notably durable and able to withstand a lot of wear and tear on its own. So, watches made from it, like the 8388M chronograph watch with stainless steel band, are pretty much able to handle rough situations well.

On top of that, the material has the advantage of being exceptionally resistant to the forces of corrosion. Unlike iron, stainless steel is much less prone to rusting after extensive contact with oxygen and moisture. In short, your 8388M chronograph watch with stainless steel band is likely to look good for a long time and under a lot of conditions.

  • Affordability

Unlike gold and silver, the former preferred metals involved in watchmaking, stainless steel is affordable, very affordable in comparison. Thus, making it a very popular choice for those budget-conscious consumers, especially if they want a watch for purely practical purposes.

However odd, it is also possible to stumble upon a timepiece majorly composed of stainless steel that’s pricier than a golden one. In that case, it is likely a luxury model, and the craftsmanship that went into making it does sometimes tally to a higher price. Still, most stainless-steel watches are not expensive at all.

  • Stylishness

One standout feature of stainless-steel timepieces it’s that they almost always do look very elegant. Aesthetic choices of the manufacturer aside, this is in grand part due to the seamlessness of the material.

There’s something definitively pleasing about the sleek, silvery, clean look timepiece like the 8388M chronograph watch with stainless steel band has. Guaranteed to bode well with both business and casual outfits.

Megalith’s Stainless Steel Watches
As the company that proudly considers itself ‘the first stylish watch of the mature man’, Megalith watches does offer a curated selection of stylish stainless steel watches.

As such, and due to our privileged location near Guangzhou, the watchmaking capital of the world, we are able to provide high-quality-tier models affordably. Rather than having men spend too much on a watch when trying to assert their style, we instead offer them the same quality at a lower cost.

If you’ve ever thought of complimenting your personal style with a great-looking watch, but the price tag stopped you cold in your tracks, fear no more.

Megalith watches offers you a reliably affordable selection of the most elegant timepieces, like the 8388M chronograph watch with stainless steel band and more, much more. Shop around and affordably find your style at Megalith. megalithwatch.com/

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