Columbia Outbacker Quartz Watch
Columbia Outbacker Quartz Watch
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Whether you’re in the outback or just backing out to head to dinner, the Columbia Outbacker won’t let you down. Taking inspiration from classic field watches, the Outbacker turns the traditional look on its head with large Arabic numerals of different sizes, plus a date window at 4 o’clock Read More

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flaviov
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Jul 20, 2020
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For what is worth, in case this watch goes back on sale here. I was on the fence and decided to take a plunge, but thought that $100 was too much of a risk, so I found a vendor in ebay selling the blackout version for $37 and pulled the trigger. In general terms, the watch is not half bad: a japanese quartz movement, fairly clean dial, a partially domed crystal, that "compressor"-type look with the dual crown and the internal bezel, nice up-down curvature on the sides, neat frame on a well-centered date window and good fitting hands complete the package. The lume is so-so and in the blackout version, seeing the cardinal directions on the bezel requires direct sunlight, so I guess you can really use this watch when outdoors during the day, but I guess that's not too much to ask for a watch rated at 165 water resistance and meant to function as a compass too. All in all, would I buy this watch again for $37? Yes, I would. Would I pay $100 for it? Of course not. I hope this helps others on the fence too.
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Jul 20, 2020
Looking4deals
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Jul 13, 2020
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That is one of the most unusual dial layouts I have ever seen. Does anyone know why it has such an unusual layout?
Jul 13, 2020
Looking4deals
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Jul 14, 2020
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Honestly Ray, that answer was better than what ever the real answer could be!
Jul 14, 2020
RayF
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Jul 14, 2020
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But it might be close to the real answer... Hopefully, we'll never know!
Jul 14, 2020
marksxyz
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Jul 12, 2020
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22mm or 20mm for band width???
Jul 12, 2020
RayF
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Jul 13, 2020
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This is MD, we don't do marketing, and we just barely do watches! But here you go--same watch (same case anyway) is also sold with various college team logos. This example lists the lug width as 22mm, which makes sense considering the 42mm case size: https://www.fanatics.com/college/auburn-tigers/auburn-tigers-columbia-outbacker-3-hand-date-stainless-steel-bracelet-watch/o-16+t-01911666+p-69867617723+z-8-3189493786

Guess you just saved a hundred bucks?!
Jul 13, 2020
marksxyz
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Jul 13, 2020
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Yeah you did broseph!!
Jul 13, 2020
fishstickxxx
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Jul 12, 2020
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I see a quality control issue right away! The watch face is clearly missing the number '4.'
Jul 12, 2020
RayF
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Jul 12, 2020
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And I know for a fact that MD won't refund your money for that--I already tried!
Jul 12, 2020
fishstickxxx
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Jul 12, 2020
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Not sure how it got out the door that way... 'Idiots'
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Jul 12, 2020
RayF
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Jul 12, 2020
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Whatever one's feelings are about the Columbia Sportswear company, the one business they are NOT into is watches. Like much of their product line, they simply find someone else to manufacture a given product for them. In this respect the only thing "Columbia" about this watch is the logo the actual manufacturer printed on the dial. Since the vast majority of Columbia's product line comes from Viet Nam and China, one imagines the decision to add watches to Columbia's product line wasn't difficult to implement, especially when one considers the vast number of Chinese watchmakers virtually across the street from Columbia's existing Chinese procurement offices. So, does the Columbia name on the dial mean this offering is a Columbia watch? No, it does not. Now in truth, you can purchase this watch directly from Columbia's website; it's on sale for $116 (marked down from $145). Or you could purchase it from Amazon for $101 (as noted by @flaviov below, who I've read was actually the first person to comment on this particular drop ;- ). Or you could actually buy it from MD on this drop--I'm told people actually do! But is it worth it? A reasonable question, but for the sake of argument, I'm going to say all of the prices above are generally in the same ball park, therefore, I say the REAL question one should ask is: "How much would I pay for this watch if the actual manufacturer's name were on the dial, rather than the logo of the company we know absolutely, positively didn't make this watch? A few possible choices for the real manufacturer might be:
  • Shenzhen Aiers Watch Co. Ltd
  • Shenzhen City Yonghao Clock And Watch Co., Ltd
  • Shenzhen City Yongda Clock And Watch Co., Ltd.
  • Shenzhen Kastar Timepieces Co., Ltd.
  • Window’s Clock & Watch Co., Ltd.
  • Shenzhen Zhongshi Watch Co., Ltd.
I list those names because the odds are one of these mega-watch companies (or one similar) is likely the true manufacturer of this watch. And while that shouldn't come as any particular surprise to anyone (there is no Columbia Watch Company, right?), the point I'm making is that if the watch offered here, said Shenzhen on the dial, most of you would be asking this question: "Who the hell is this no-name watch manufacturer, and why the hell would I pay ninety-four bucks for a watch from a company I've never even heard of?!!!" When in reality, the question you should be asking yourself is: "Why the hell would I pay ninety-four bucks for a watch from a company that makes ski jackets?!!!" Maybe a better way to look at it is: If MD offered two versions of this watch; one labeled "Columbia" and the other "Yonghao", which one would you chose?
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More reading here: https://www.chinaimportal.com/blog/category/watches/
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Jul 12, 2020
ProfFingers
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Jul 13, 2020
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Isn't Lex Wexner the guy who gave Jeffrey Epstein power of attorney for no reason? The guy who gave him his boat? The guy who helped him finance that private island he purchased explicitly to traffic children? I wonder if the CEO of Victoria's Secret...has a secret.
Jul 13, 2020
RayF
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Jul 13, 2020
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That is the same guy, and I'm sure that if he did indeed give Epstein power of attorney, he must have had a VERY good reason. We may never find out what it was, but I doubt it was for no reason ;- )
Jul 13, 2020
flaviov
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Jul 12, 2020
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OK, I finally make it to a drop where I am the person writing the first comment. This watch seems like a reasonable purchase. It's a bit on the large side, at 42 mm, but the rotating internal compass bezel and the general looks of the watch make it a nice accessory for a hike or two. I wish there were other pictures from the sides and back to fully make my mind. The only aspect that is still making me hesitant to pull the trigger is the possibility that this watch may not have gone through a good quality assurance process and that my unit will be subject to the luck of the draw. Does anyone know if these watches tend to have problems? Now, if the lengthy delivery process bothers you, you can currently get this watch for $101.50 from Amazon with free prime delivery: https://www.amazon.com/Columbia-OUTBACKER-cuarzo-inoxidable-correa/dp/B083TWCV4C?ref_=ast_sto_dp
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Jul 12, 2020
flaviov
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Jul 13, 2020
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Thanks! Well, I spent $37 and picked up one from the eBay vendor... I'll let others know when I get it. At $37, there is no much that can go wrong... :)
Jul 13, 2020
marksxyz
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Jul 13, 2020
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And no watch band width mentioned!! 20mm or 22mm??!!
Jul 13, 2020