CH2600 Decker Chronograph Black Dial Watch
This is my third Fossil
watch, and I am not disappointed. I learned that Fossil's Japanese movements are actually made by either Seiko or Miyota, and that Fossil
is licensed to manufacture watches
for other luxury brands
. There is a 11-year warranty on the movement, which surpasses many other common brands
such as Casio and Invicta which mainly have 1-year warranties. Fossil
stores will also gladly re-size your Fossil
band for free, and change batteries for about ten dollars which includes labor and the actual battery.
The CH2600 has a 10 ATM water resistance, which is about a depth of 100m. Some of the Fossil watches
are only 5 ATM, so just be aware of the rating. The band is typical Fossil
fare, with a single button depress that I absolutely love! It feels very sturdy and luxurious. Casio and Invicta metal linked bands always feel flimsy and cheap, like they belong on an inexpensive Timex
at the department store. Watch snobs have regarded Fossil
as being "cheap mall watches
" but honestly, unless I am prepared to spend the money for a Citizen EcoDrive or Seiko, the Fossil
line does almost the same job with about the same quality.
The CH2600's second hand does not match the tick marks, but it is not a deal breaker. Doing research, many other premium movements may not have the seconds hand match up with the tick marks either. I noticed that Fossil watches
tend to run about 3-4 seconds faster per month, and when they start to run slower, the battery probably needs to be changed. The chronograph seconds and minutes hands don't rest at the 12'o clock position.
The tachymeter bezel is mainly for show, because the chronograph seconds hand does not run the circumference of the bezel so it can't be used to measure speed of an object.
The CH2600 watch is polished stainless steel, while the flat surfaces of the band are brushed stainless. The polished surfaces can be scratched or scuffed more easily than the brushed surfaces.
The crown is oversized but recessed, and does not catch on my pocket sleeves or clothing
like it does with my CH2809. The CH2600 is noticeably thicker than my other Fossil watches
, but it isn't significantly heavier. The band is slightly wider as well, but none of these bother me. The extra heft is actually a bit more assuring.
font is very attractive on the dial, and the text is all white in color with a black dial color. These combination offers great contrast and is noticeably refined, I'd recommend it with professional business attire as well as casual business attire.
Overall: 4/5 stars. I've yet to be let down by Fossil
and I have yet to find another brand that offers the same quality at this price point. There's a 11-year warranty on the movement, 10 ATM water resistance, and the wrist band is extremely well made. I would give it 5 stars if the chronograph minutes and seconds hands reset to the 12 o'clock position, and if the big seconds hand could be used in the chronograph made rendering the tachymeter bezel fully functional.
Would I buy another Fossil
watch in the future? Definitely.