Fossil Twist

Fossil is really pushing their new Twist series. I’ve gotten two marketing emails from them in the last week urging me to check the collection out. According to the email:

“The beauty of a finely crafted automatic timepiece is coupled with the accuracy and reliability of quartz housed in a watchcase that reveals its intricate inner workings to the wearer.”

Thoughts on the Fossil Twist

A combined quartz and automatic movement? Very interesting. I wondered if it was something like Seiko’s Kinetic line. Something new and cutting edge, perhaps. At $105, I figured it could only be so revolutionary, but these days, you can actually purchase some pretty advanced technology for the price of a good sushi dinner. I clicked on the link in the email to get more information from Fossil’s site. Unfortunately, there weren’t many more details:

“Precision quartz timing is merged with a patented mechanical dial to create a watch that will twist your expectations.”

I decided to write to Fossil to get the scoop on their new Twist watches. The next day, I receive the following email from Fossil’s trusty “Webguy”:

“As far as the Twist line, it is a quartz driven movement. The automatic part of the watch is just for looks.”

Oh, well. Not quite the breakthrough I was hoping for, but decent enough looking watches, nonetheless.

8 Comments

  1. Any chance you could write up a review on the newer Fossil (such as the Fossil Decker – 
    http://www.ozshopbytes.com/2011/06/10/fossil-decker-watch-review/ ) watches? They seem to have some pretty nice designs while being under the $200 mark.

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  2. Doesn’t the mech movement charge the battery? I understood that no battery replacement is needed…

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    • That’s what I was wondering. But judging from different discussions here and there on the web, it does seem that the mechanical movement is just here for the look (and the second hand). It’s not easy to find precise information about this though.

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    • There are two separate mechanisms inside (I’ve looked inside); one automatic (only for second hand) and one quartz (for the actual watch). My friend thought his watch was broken when it stopped working after a few years.

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    • The literature that came with my twist watch said that the automatic movement prolongs battery life when the watch is worn. In other words, the more you wear the watch and wind it via the mechanical portion, the less it depends on the battery to keep time. I guess you could call it sort of a hybrid.

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  3. I have just dismantled the Twist movement. There are 2 distinct movements, the automatic movement is just for show and to drive the second hand, that is all it does, the other movement is quartz (Ronda751) it is the time movement, the battery will last about 2 years then has to be replaced. The auto movement has no connection to the quartz movement it is just for show.

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    • Malcolm, do you know what battery is used… i need to replace mine
      Thanks

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      • SR521 will do the job

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