This family run swiss watchmaker was founded in 1976 in Geneva and have been producing desirable luxury swiss watches ever since. The company prides itself on creating distinctive, asthetically pleasing, precise, reliable timepieces.
I am a huge fan of Raymond Weil watches and own a couple of really nice 90's timepieces which I am delighted with. The few times I have put them to the jewellers for a new battery I always get a comment on how nice they are, and this is from a distinguished high end jeweller who has been in the business a long time and has seen a lot of decent watches.
A Raymond Weil is by no means cheap but it's not ridiculously expensive either, their cheapest watch is around the £200 mark going up to £1500 for the precious metal and jewel encrusted models. Because they are not thousands of pounds the fake and replica trade that has sprung up putting out cheap copies of other designer watches like Rolex, Tag Heuer, Cartier etc. has left Raymond Weil products alone so you don't need the same vigilance to be guaranteed a genuine one and anyone who knows a good watch will also know this when they see one on your wrist.
They will keep excellent time and lose very little over a year but you will need to manually correct the date at the end of some months as they don't auto adjust so a 28,30 or 31 day month cannot be automatically recognised, they may well do this nowadays but my ones certainly don't. All watches are splash and water resistant to a safe enough degree that you won't have any issues with water or moisture ingress and even the watches with precious metal platings are put on thick enough that they won't buff through in a hurry (usually hard gold plated to at least 5 sometimes 10 microns)
Personally I prefer the older and vintage Raymond Weil timepieces, they just seem far more elegant and sophisticated than the recent collections which are just starting to look like everything else out there at the moment. I have really scrawny wrists and the huge mens chronograph watches simply do not suit me so the elegant slim design of a classic Raymond Weil dress watch was ideal but I look at the new models and they do nothing for me which is a shame, they are just the huge bulky stainless steel items not dissimilar to the ones on every other display stand in a jewellers display window which is something I hope the current Weil family administration will address.
I bought a Tradition Retrograde 8 days ago. My eyes were caught by this all stainless steel watch the moment I saw it in my dealers display. Enough to bring my wife along for her opinnion and despite I did not need a new watch. I bought it for its design and Weil's reputation not the least being one of the few still familly owned Swiss watch makers left. Yes, I am aware it is a quatz movement, but that normally guaranties the precission. After 4 days it stopped moving so I went to the dealer for a battery replacement, but no; it wasn't needed. The battery checked out OK and was refitted the watch again cooperating - at least for three days, before last night loosing three quarters of an hour, so now it's back with the dealer for further service, a bit early I should say. Well I also noticed that the day shifts only at 1:30 am although it is "jumping shift". I wonder if this is normal or if there is something "Monday whatch" about this. So thumbs down for now, although I still live in the hope that it shall be a happy time living with my new watch.
My dealer took prompt action yeasterday and a new movement was fitted so I had my watch in may hand already today with the new movement. Am I sure it's new? Yes, because the alignment of the seconds is perfect and the date shifts 5 min. later than before (just after midnight). The day shift remains relatively unchanged thoug, some few minutes earlier.
This is the service only a good dealer and whatch maker protecting their reputation will do. So thumbs up! Why not give it 5 stars? Well, I had the problem. Then again, why not - it shows a professionel after sales service, so maximum score!
Got one for my 30th birthday (12 years ago). Since then I've worn it every day. I've had to replace the battery once - that's it. Just as importantly, I need to adjust for time no more than yearly. Only wish I didn't have to keep the date manually, otherwise the perfect timepiece.
Bought my Raymond Weil Parsifal in 1999. I've had no problems until May 2007. But then it started... The watch suddenly stopped on my wrist. Brought it to the dealer, who send it in for a service. Got it back, returned it, got it back, returned it and lately got it back just before Christmas after approx. 10 weeks in repair. Was happy...for a few days. Starting 2008 it stopped again on my wrist. I've even been winding it up to help the automatic mechanism, as my dealer advised me. Tomorrow I'll be at the dealer again. The dealer has been really helpfull in fixing this watch, calling Weil every other week or so, nothing bad about them. But Weil..they just don't deliver what someone would expect from an expensive, swiss made watch.
One of the things they've told me, was that there are 2 clockworks inside the watch, and both independent from each other run fine, but together >> this seems to be the problem. But what this has to do with stopping on my wrist??
Hope they can fix it now.
My husband bought me Raymond Weil watch for my 35th birthday 2 and a half years ago. Still with orginal battery and no problem with it at all. It look elegant and trendy at the same time. My watch is Tango, silver finish, a gent version, rectangular shape and sits loosely on by skinny wrist. I think the gent version looks more fashionable. I supposed if you are a lady, and likes to dress traditionally then you shoould go for the more simple lady style.
My husband wears a round version of tango, he is more traditional style man, so the round watch suits him better and makes it more manly. Both round and rectangular styles are beautiful and catch a lot of attention and nice compliments.
I was given a Raymond Weil Parsifal in June 2006 as a 50th birthday gift. Since then nothing but trouble. The first watch (an automatic movement) kept on stopping even whilst being worn. The jeweller that I bought it from suggested that I wasn't moving enough to keep it wound-up. (Winding me up in the process) They nevertheless sent it back to Raymond Weil for repair despite it being less than a month old. It came back 6 weeks later and after 2 days, stopped at 11.15 while I was wearing it. I once again went back to the dealer insiting on a new one. They refused and said they would only be able to replace the movement. Now barely 6 months on, the new replacement movement still stops ocassionally (I try to ignore it). The second hand/stopwatch returns to about 2 seconds before 12 on reset and is loose. And to cap it all the writsband (leather but advertised as carbon fibre) has split. Never again for me!
I bought a Raymond Weil watch a few days ago and I am very pleased with my purchase. Weil is a swiss watchmaker who have been producing items since 1975, he was made redundant at fifty years old and mortgaged his home, borrowed money to establish his own company There's a pretty big choice-,The available styles are chorus,flamenco, saxo, duo, jubilee, parsifal, tango and tradition. They area available in both sports and dress styles Mine is a 'tradition' and by some amazing luck I got it for £120 in a half price sale- and I have seen it priced at £240- and I also would have paid that. They aren't as expensive as some 'designer watches' such as Tag and Rolex, - they cost between 250 and 500, but they are elegant watches- marketed at people who want a *good* swiss watch, but don't feel the need for something flashy. There is another reason to buy a Weil as opposed to another make- they tend not to be copied as much, you can pick up a fake, Tag or Rolex easily. But fake Weils are less common. So you can be pretty assured that anybody who notices it won't think - aha a fake watch. Also the lack of flashiness makes it less noticeable so you are less likely to end up in an alley with a knife at your throat They are waterproof -although I have yet to try that bit out! Now a watch snob will say, oh, it's not a whatever,but as far as I am aware they are good quality and well renouned by all Recommended full price- recommended half price!
Normally the only buy one get one free offers you see are for frozen pizza in your local supermarket, so when I spotted the same offer for Raymond Weil watches in the jewellers Ernest Jones a couple of years ago in the Christmas sales, I just had to snap up the bargain. Raymond Weil (pronounced vale) watches are Swiss made and around the same price range as Gucci watches. Whereas Gucci tend to produce high fashion watches in the latest styles Raymond Weil stick to more classic styles (not to say they are frumpy though). I bought a gold plated link watch with an unusual hexagonal face with a white dial which three years ago cost me £420. My boyfriend then chose a thicker silver mans watch that even today he gets comments about and this would have been £380 had it not been for the buy one get one free offer (you pay for the most expensive one). In the three years that we have had the watches neither have gone wrong/slowed down/needed the battery replaced - in fact I couldn't ask for anything more as regards to quality. My boyfriend wears his every day whereas I tend to only wear mine at weekends or going out but it is not as if we keep them in their boxes and just look at them. Both watches are water resistant but I haven't really had a cause to test this. The one thing that is especially nice about the watches are the unusual fastening. I will not attempt to describe them but both watches are different and very unlike any normal watch fastening which you click across and pull up, these new fastenings are a lot more secure. I probably wouldn't have looked at these watches had it not been for the special offer as it is not as if Raymond Weil have a signature style that people would recognise like Gucci, they just tend to notice it as a nice watch. You can tell the watches are not cheap and are well made but the brand Raymond Weil doesn't have the cachet of say a Rolex (which in my dreams I would own). If you want a really good quality Swiss made watch (the Swiss make the best watches) and do not want something instantly recognisable like a Gucci (which personally I think are becoming a bit common nowadays what with all the 'replicas' on the market) then for the price, you can't really go wrong with a Raymond Weil. Although I have looked out for it I have never in recent Christmas sales seen the offer repeated, so if you do find a similar offer then doo it!
I bought a W1 at duty free at Heathrow Airport in July 1998, and have been exceedingly pleased with it. What attracted me to the W1 originally was its lightweight construction, its looks and the fact that it looked very smart. The Rubber coated strap wore well, and needed wearing for two years before I had to replace it. The watch has been in the sea with me (surfing and swimming) and shown no visible side effects. The only thing I have had to do is to reset the position of the chronograph hands. Occasionally they will get upset if the watch receives a considerable shock, and they will move slightly. However the process is easy. The W1 is a great casual watch, but can also be worn in formal situations, and being so light it means that you barely notice it, whereas metal bracelet versions are noticeably heavier. I would recommend the W1 to someone who wants something that little bit classier but can't afford the pricetag of a Rolex. Raymond Weil watches are fast becoming accepted amongst swiss watch makers and rightly so.
With a 100-lap memory and no less than six timer modes, this titanium-shielded, blue-backlit timepiece is about as far from a traditional watch as it's possible to get. You'd expect it to be utterly bewildering to use, though amazingly it's a pretty simple affair. One of the first tests we perform when we get a new watch in to review is to see how quickly we can work out how to set the thing - without the use of the manual, of course. Thanks to the big button with the word 'Set' next to it, this task took no more than a few seconds. Accessing the rest of the watch's functions is equally easy - one of the other big buttons toggles through the various alarm and timer modes; get the one you want, wait a second for it to 'load' and then use the start/stop and lap/reset buttons to make stuff happen. Truth is though, hardly any of us wear these nifty sports watches because we're exercise mad. More likely, we wear them because they look cool and they make us look like we have a vague notion of what happens to be fashionable. And this piece of Adidas-originated jewellery is among the more acceptable we've seen. And that blue backlight looks incredibly smart. In fact, it's the best thing about it. Especially if you've not been running since you were twelve and haven't got any intention of doing so again in the immediate future. Key features: Two daily alarms, hourly chime, 1/100 second chronograph, 100 lap memory, six timer modes.
For my twenty first birthday (quite a long time ago now) my parents bought me a Raymond Weil watch, although it was expensive it is a fantastic watch, it is water resistant and a really nice looking watch, I have now had it for nearly ten years, it has only been serviced once, and I have only had to have one new battery, since it was bought for me, the time is very accurate and I always wear it swimming without any problems. If you can afford an expensive watch, I would say go ahead and buy one, I’ve had several cheaper watches but this one is the best by far.