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Geckota C-02 SII VK64 Meca-Quartz (Aviation Or Military Watch Styles), 39mm, 316L S/S, Sapphire AR Coating, 100M WR, £89.10 @ WatchGecko
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Geckota C-02 SII VK64 Meca-Quartz (Aviation Or Military Watch Styles), 39mm, 316L S/S, Sapphire AR Coating, 100M WR, £89.10 @ WatchGecko

£89.10
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Posted 22nd Jun
*Edit: The "Aviation" is now Out Of Stock*

May as well join the WatchGecko party as I can post from there now Something a little different, a "Meca-Quartz" (you can see the definition below).

These two seem to be a bargainola from their current Clearance. RRP £299 apparently - £89.10 (Free Delivery) with coupon code NEWSLETTER:
3250940.jpgI prefer the Geckota C-02 SII VK64 Chronograph Military Watch (says "Aviation" when you select this one):
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The patina on the dial is referred to as "Sand Texture" by WatchGecko. Love the fluted bezel too, all of which I think really adds to the vintage look/feel.
This "Aviation" C-02 watch has Lume (as does the "Military" model), struggling to find a lume photo:
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(Screenshots from the Youtube review below, his strap is different, though):3250940.jpg3250940.jpg3250940.jpgA still from the WatchGecko Youtube video:3250940.jpgFrom imgur, here3250940.jpg3250940.jpgGeckota C-02 SII VK64 Chronograph Military Watch:
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The "Military" has more of a sunburst dial (again, this photo shows a different strap):3250940.jpg
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From a WatchGecko contest winners page here (halfway down the page)
A contest winner shares a photo of the "Military" C-02, and says, "it has nice lume".
3250940.jpgTheir blurb:
Introducing our 39mm diameter chronograph. We have been inspired by the vintage military and sports chronographs from the 1930's onwards to present you with this stylish yet affordable timepiece!


The watch uses a hybrid meca-quartz "Calibre 64" movement which combines quartz and mechanical technologies. This movement makes this watch highly accurate with quartz timekeeping; but has the look and feel of an expensive mechanical chronograph.

Specifications
Solid 316L stainless steel case with screw-in case back.
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective (AR) coating.
Hybrid meca-quartz Calibre 64 movement.
Water resistant to 100m.
39mm case diameter (excludes crown).
Screw-in crown.
13mm case thickness.
20mm lug width.
Complete with strap as shown.

Download link for the Geckota Watch Manual

Watch Movement Seiko VK64 (meca-quartz)
Watch Lug Width 20mm
Watch Case Colour Silver
Case Material Stainless Steel
Case Finish Brushed and Polished
Water Resistant 10 ATM – 100M


At 2:29 (from WatchGecko themselves, on Youtube) they discuss these C-02 models

Here's a review of the "Aviation" C2*/C-02 model from Youtuber WristMech:
*as WatchGecko refer to it on their Youtube video, above this one

There was also a Sport C2/C-02 variety - pic below - mentioned a year ago (from their article here) but these two must be the remaining variants.
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Here's a recent-ish thread about Geckota Watches on Watchuseek if you need encouragement/inspiration!
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Lol at 'Meca-Quartz' naming. Even I was intrigued and had to click the link to find out more. Nothing more than a normal quartz.
Looks like a cracking deal this one especially with the sapphire
Ew. Better off with a good Casio or Rotary.
ninjin22/06/2019 06:35

Lol at 'Meca-Quartz' naming. Even I was intrigued and had to click the …Lol at 'Meca-Quartz' naming. Even I was intrigued and had to click the link to find out more. Nothing more than a normal quartz.


Not quite a "normal quartz" at all! You didn't need to click the link, I posted WatchGecko's description above:
"...a hybrid meca-quartz "Calibre 64" movement which combines quartz and mechanical technologies. This movement makes this watch highly accurate with quartz timekeeping; but has the look and feel of an expensive mechanical chronograph"
so, I'm not sure what brought you to the "normal quartz" assumption

This is a good article about meca-quartz and its history (for anyone interested) wornandwound.com/chr…on/

"....there’s a huge irony here that exposes what a daft place Watchworld is. The meca-quartz will need less servicing than the mech, it will be more accurate and more robust, and it will look to all the world as though it’s powered by a coiled spring.
You could even argue that, because quartz puts less of a torque strain on its components than spring-powered mechs, the meca-quartz is a more horologically pure choice. But it’s still less desirable and cheaper. No one ever said watches (or watch collectors) had to make sense.

So what’s the difference between a meca-quartz movement and a mechanical one? At its simplest, a meca-quartz is as its name suggest—a hybrid. It has a battery powering the movement through coils and a quartz oscillator, but the chronograph is mechanically actuated and controlled. Push the start/stop button and the second hand steps into action—and resets—just like a mechanical movement would.
Look inside the case and you’ll see proper heart pieces, reset hammers, and levers. In fact, the meca Piguet cal. 1271 rattrapante is a proper, high-end, vertical clutch column-wheel chronograph that just happens to be powered by a battery and regulated by a crystal. It’s a beauty of a movement, but still gets people turning up their horo-illogical noses because it doesn’t have a spring."

This article says,
"These early mechanical quartz (mecha-quartz) hybrid movements were used in a variety of luxury watches during the late ’80s and throughout the’90s. Frédéric Piguet’s mecha-quartz movements powered a variety of watches from Breitling, Omega, Chopard and Bulgari. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s mecha-quartz movements ended up in some Jaeger-LeCoultre chronographs, but were more commonly used in IWC and Porsche Design watches. The original Swiss mecha-quartz watches never really caught on, fading into obscurity in the early 2000s."

PS: Here's a screenshot of the Tech Specs for the SII VK64 used in the Geckota watches. For those wondering, yes, the second hand does "sweep" (you can see it in the Youtube video review above):37913251-4mLs0.jpgPS: I was going to add more information about this when I got up, but this was Deleted for a few hours (WatchGecko are new to HUKD - I had problems adding Deals from there before. Thanks to the mod who sorted it)
Edited by: "louiselouise" 22nd Jun
Great price. Don’t really need it but it’s tempting
Don't normally wear under 40mm, but for the price might give it a punt.
That is an awesome looking piece
Ha, someone posted this on MoT forums (and it took me AGES to find a Youtube review around 2am). At least when I post from there I cite my sources. That's the internet for you.

I enjoy doing all the digging anyway, being a masochist. For all I know it's probably been posted on TZ and all the others as well.

Kudos is due to mario999 who reminded me (with his recent post about their straps) that I actually CAN post Deals from WatchGecko now
Edited by: "louiselouise" 22nd Jun
Good to see a sensibly sized watch for once! Looks good too.
The only sort-of similar aesthetic watch I have is this one (Debenhams brand Hammond & Co, made by Zeon Watches - yes, I researched that one as well). I rarely wear it because it's so big (of course female wrists are even more of a setback), though the Geckota is much sexier and in a different league!!

Seems WatchGecko listen to their customers as they mention the size of the dial in the video - even the Youtube reviewer says he reckons "dinnerplate watches" (my term) are going out of fashion now.

Edit: Something that made me raise an eyebrow. The (I assume) designer of the "Aviation" does mention "radium lume" at 2:45 but I doubt it is actually radioactive luminescent paint they're using - banned decades ago!

He also says "stamped grain dial" rather than "sand", though these terms all describe the dial appropriately.

Another Edit: WatchGecko have a separate website devoted just to Geckota watches - got excited for a moment as I thought they still had the Sport version available! C-02 here

"The Geckota C-02 Vintage Chronograph has now reached the end of line status and is being sold at a discounted price! The Geckota outlet lets you save on the cost of your watch without sacrificing on quality. Every watch from the outlet comes with a 1 Year Guarantee."
Edited by: "louiselouise" 23rd Jun
This review of the "Aviation" C2*/C-02 model from Youtuber WristMech is crazy 26 minutes and he says nothing about the inside of the watch! It's surely it's most important feature.
jasee22/06/2019 14:50

This review of the "Aviation" C2*/C-02 model from Youtuber WristMech is …This review of the "Aviation" C2*/C-02 model from Youtuber WristMech is crazy 26 minutes and he says nothing about the inside of the watch! It's surely it's most important feature.



Maybe WristMech assumes people know what "meca-quartz" means already. He says (nearly) all the right things - he discusses Geckota's history, vintage/contemporary equivalents to the C-02 Aviation, dimensions/size on the wrist/weight, design. He does talk about the Chrono functions and his personal pros and cons.

What, for me, the video IS missing is the all-important lume shot, as lume is a biggie for me (being short-sighted).

Unfortunately, it was the only Youtube review I could find about the Geckota C2/C-02 - though, watch buffs seem to like the Sport C-02 much more, judging by Google Images, anyway.
Edited by: "louiselouise" 22nd Jun
Jazz197222/06/2019 07:15

Ew. Better off with a good Casio or Rotary.


Rotary do some lovely looking watches, I agree. But Casio do nothing like this. This is really nice in fairness, I'm almost tempted myself - If I didn't have over 40 watches already!
Edited by: "Dekard97" 22nd Jun
Besford22/06/2019 13:52

Good to see a sensibly sized watch for once! Looks good too.


I thought you might like this one Besford
Sad to report, the "Aviation" variety is now Out Of Stock. The "Military" is still In Stock
louiselouise22/06/2019 15:02

Maybe WristMech assumes people watching will know what "meca-quartz" means …Maybe WristMech assumes people watching will know what "meca-quartz" means already. He does all the right things - he discusses Geckota's history, vintage/contemporary equivalents to the C-02 Aviation, dimensions/size on the wrist/weight, design. He does talk about the Chrono functions and his personal pros and cons. What, for me, the video IS missing is the all-important lume shot, as lume is a biggie for me (being short-sighted).Unfortunately, it was the only Youtube review I could find about the Geckota C2/C-02 - though, watch buffs seem to like the Sport C-02 much more, judging by Google Images, anyway.



I would have liked to have seen the inside of the watch
Love a nice pilots watch! I have an Alpina Startimer and these Geckota's look like a right bargain!
wimbojimbo22/06/2019 20:19

Love a nice pilots watch! I have an Alpina Startimer and these Geckota's …Love a nice pilots watch! I have an Alpina Startimer and these Geckota's look like a right bargain!


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wimbojimbo22/06/2019 20:20

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Really nice watch. The strap works very well with the dial .

Went for the green Gecko but forgot to add the damn code in my excitement. Thanks OP .
Edited by: "troubled73" 22nd Jun
troubled7322/06/2019 22:08

Really nice watch. The strap works very well with the dial .Went for the …Really nice watch. The strap works very well with the dial .Went for the green Gecko but forgot to add the damn code in my excitement. Thanks OP .


Thank you! I thought so too.... Geckota Nylon/Leather
troubled7322/06/2019 22:08

Went for the green Gecko but forgot to add the damn code in my excitement. …Went for the green Gecko but forgot to add the damn code in my excitement. Thanks OP .


If the "Sport" was still available my finger might just have "slipped" on the Buy button. Hope you enjoy it.
A green gecko for me too. Couldn't resist at the discount! Thanks op!
Btw, I had a dig around for other active codes (sometimes Youtubers offer some, but the ones I tried were expired).

Anyway, I don't know if the 10% off coupon code NEWSLETTER only can be used once*, if so, WATCHUSEEK ** also works (10% off) - mentioned here

Another option is WATCHGECKO - takes 10% off too!

*Edit: You can use the code more than once!
**I suspect WATCHUSEEK code works only if you spend a minimum amount, eg, it didn't work with a £30-ish order I tested.
Edited by: "louiselouise" 23rd Jun
Subdials totally spoil it for me. But good to see a geko watch deal on here.
Edited by: "Meathotukdeals" 23rd Jun
I also added a Geckota Watches discussion thread to the bottom of the Deal post as additional info, and have read through it. Wow, many Watchuseek members hate the brand name! Is it really that bad?! Far crazier names in existence.

WatchGecko seem to have their finger on the button when it comes to providing what customers want - I'm not crazy about the Geckota font, but not enough to put me off buying/wearing one.

The Chinese are far worse - one they're currently having a chuckle about on the Aliexpress thread is "De Feels". I have a bauhaus-inspired watch by the name of "Rider". And what about "Wancher", "Feike", "Smael", "Deerfun", etc etc?

Edit: Oh yeah, and my favourite, SLOAR (they must mean "Solar").
Edited by: "louiselouise" 23rd Jun
Ended up getting the military one as the price was so good.
Nearly bought the aviation one a couple of days ago but thought it looked bad in the pictures but just ended up watching that Youtube review and it looks far better there!
Kind of wish I got the aviation one at the time, oh well hopefully the military one is good.
Not sure if this is of limited appeal - and the discount codes don't work (on the Geckota offshoot website), boo (unless someone knows of others) - but this Geckota K-01 watch is a "Customer Return" half price at £149 in Blue - 44mm, Sapphire Glass, Seiko NH35 Movement, 100M WR, Screw Down Crown, 22mm Lug

None of the codes seem to work on the Geckota website (above), not for this watch, anyway.
37944041-vMQv0.jpgDark Grey
37944041-tKe0q.jpgor Dark Grey (Vintage Lume)
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37944041-b3r9F.jpgHm, actually, you'd think they'd reduce it some more - as it's new on the WatchGecko website for £149. (Vintage Lume is OOS, though).

It does say SPECIAL CLEARANCE OFFER - Only 100 of each version were made and this is model now available while stocks last.

WATCHUSEEK
and WATCHGECKO still work on the WatchGecko site - NEWSLETTER doesn't (not for me, anyway, I've used it twice).37944041-9AYU6.jpg
Edited by: "louiselouise" 27th Jun
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