Unbeatable Value for the Price
This is my second "The 5th" Automatic Watch and I couldn't be happier with both purchases. Having purchased from several of the usual guys in the past, I was a little skeptical that I could find such a great Swiss Automatic for the asking price. Having stumbled upon The 5th on Instagram, I kept them bookmarked and checked back from time to time, hoping to find a sale (still skeptical, but open-minded). Luckily, these guys have sale events often and I found myself at the checkout page.
This was my first purchase of an STP 1-11 movement watch, whereas most of my previous watches utilized the ETA 2824-2 or other similar ETA movements. The STP seems to be a similar movement but with an extra jewel (26 compared to the 25 in the ETA's) in the mainspring barrel bridge. The first week after receiving my Black Gold 5th Auto, I was running -3 seconds per day. Not bad! After this break-in period, it has settled to -1 second every 3 days throughout the past 3 months! Unbelievable. I've never owned a watch this accurate.
This is a very well built Swiss Automatic. Sturdy without being overly heavy and cumbersome. Sapphire crystal. Nicely applied indices. Classic styling with Dauphine hands. Fairly bright pinpoint lume around the indices and down the width of the hour and minute hands. The lume doesn't last very long, but it's comparable to my other Swiss Auto "dress-style" watches. The leather band is both thick and flexible! I'm hoping for a stainless steel band…