I recently purchased this exact watch (Model 10028-BKBSA) from a deal on woot.com for $149.
So far, here are my initial thoughts:
- The build quality seems very solid. The watch has nice heft, and the ceramic feels good. I was able to adjust the band nicely to my wrist without enlisting the aid of a jeweler. I would not attempt to do so without the proper tools or close analogues, however.
- The packaging is very nice, and I must confess I did feel a little special when opening the faux-leather box to find the watch wrapped around a faux-leather pillow.
- The chronograph functions are a little obtuse because the instruction manual included covers every possible watch sold by Swiss Legend, with no more than 2 pages or so for any given style. In my manual, the section that I finally deduced to be relevant is labelled "SWISS LEGEND CHRONOGRAPH INSTRUCTIONS (ETA-G10.211, ETA 251.272, Ronda 5030D, or similar) on page 9 through page 11.
- Further to the above, because of the less than stellar instructions, it took me a small amount of trial and error to figure out how to set the watch correctly with regards to AM and PM for the purposes of properly setting the date in the calendar. In case the instructions are not clear enough, here is how I did it:
1. Unscrew the crown (center dial on the right) by turning it counter-clockwise, then pull it out to the second position (1 click outward)
2. Turn time forward until the date rolls over. You are now in the AM.
3. Set the time from there
4. Now pull the crown out to the third position (1 more click outward)
5. Now set the date to the day of the month. I was only able to get this to change going forward, so I had to roll it all the way around back to 1 before getting to the desired date.
6. Now fully depress the crown (2 clicks), and while continuing to press the crown in, turn it clockwise to screw it back into the secure position. This supposedly ensures its water resistance.
- Regrettably, the calendar does not track what month it is, so after any month with less than 31 days you will likely need to reset the date back to 1.
- The watch has a quartz movement. There is no such thing as a "swiss quartz movement," in at least that there is no special distinction, and that there is nothing special about it. It appears to be decently accurate, but it likely will not keep time better than any other watch with a quartz movement.
- The crystal is made of "sapphire" - which is to say that it is made of crystallized aluminum oxide. This means that the "glass" bit covering the face is durable, and unlikely to be scratched by anything that is not at least as hard.
- It has a 5 year warranty, and I have read that Swiss Watch International (which produces the Swiss Legend watches) provides good customer service. I have not had a need to contact them yet, so I can't comment on the accuracy of that statement.
- The rear of the watch case and the clasp are made of stainless steel. If you are allergic and require the parts touching your skin to be all ceramic, you will need to look elsewhere.
- The ceramic is very striking looking, but it is a fingerprint magnet! Fortunately, it wipes clean easily enough.
- This watch was designed in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and assembled in China using a standard Quartz movement. There is nothing genuinely Swiss about it. For that, and the "deep discount" grey market strategy employed, I must give the watch 4 stars, and the brand 3 stars. The Swiss Watch International Group (not to be confused with the International Watch Company) is employing a shady marketing strategy here, in my eyes, but I will say that the watch is worth the $149 I paid for it. I'm not sure it's worth anymore than that.
Bottom line: This is a decent watch that looks great, but beware the deep discount grey market pricing!