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Lucien Piccard 26576SSD Review

About Lucien Piccard

In 1923, Lucien Piccard was founded in Switzerland. For a period of time it produced notable and interesting timepieces. Today, it is hard to tell what kind of company Lucien Piccard is- the name has changed hands. Googling their name brings you to shopping websites, and there’s little in the way of reviews.

Modern Lucien Piccards tend to use Japanese quartz or Chinese-manufactured automatic movements. The quartz movements are good quality, but be cautious with the autos.

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Review Summary

Where do I start with this one? From eighteen months into ownership, the day display hand came out of alignment, lining up just below the actual indication. One of the diamonds has a very obvious occlusion visible to the naked eye. It’s big, bulky, and has no idea what it wants to be. It’s horribly inaccurate. It’s not a good buy, period.

Lucien Piccard 26576SSD Technical Specifications

Model Number

26576SSD

MSRP

$650

Case Diameter

42mm

Alternate Models

Other automatic models

Movement

Automatic, unknown origin

Complications

Date display, retrograde day display, power reserve

Power Reserve

Approximately 42 hours (observed)

Water Resistance

30m/98ft

Crystal Material

Mineral

Operating the Watch

The 26576SSD has two buttons, one on the top left/right of the case, and the crown. Only the time is set via the crown.

How To set the time:

  • Pull crown to the furthest position (position 2). Turn the crown clockwise to set the time. Note that the date and day display will roll over at midnight, indicating AM time.

How To set the time:

Before setting the day or date, ensure the watch is set in AM time.

  • To set the day, press the button top-left on the case.
  • To set the date, press the button top-right on the case.

Lucien Piccard 26576SSD Aesthetics & Design

To call this watch attractive would be a misnomer- inaccurate, close (but no cigar). One one hand, the retrograde day display and power reserve dial look excellent opposite each other. The day display at 12 o’clock looks vintage, and that’s a good thing.

Where it all falls apart is with the gaudy poor-quality diamonds, one of which you can visibly see an occlusion in, and an over-designed case. Combine this with a heavy steel strap and the resulting timepiece is not only heavy on the wrist, but the eyes as well.

Of course, you could make a case for gaudy as a style if the day hands hand’t gone out of alignment. This happened just a year and a half into ownership, too.

From day one it’s always looked just a little wrong, though most people can’t spot why. The reason? The watch has an identity crisis. The heavy steel bracelet and industrialesque case look one way, and the dial tries to be something else entirely. The whole thing looks… odd.

Lucien Piccard 2657SSD Horizon Build Quality

Where the case feels indestructible, the mechanics of the watch seem positively fragile. As previously mentioned, the date display came out of alignment not long into ownership. Finding service was (at the time) impossible, so I chose to live with it.

Crystal, Case, and Dial

Lucien Piccard placed a sapphire-coated mineral crystal on this watch, and from what I can tell it has held up well. Despite years of ownership, the crystal has remained clear. No nicks or scratches.

The case looks like it has been worn, but otherwise is no worse than average. The dial… that’s where the faults lie. The lume is poor on the hour markers, but sufficient on the hands.

Otherwise, you have poor-quality diamonds next to broken dial hands. Poor form all around.

Strap and Clasp

The steel bracelet on this watch is strong, as is the deployment clasp. I will say that it is one of the better bracelets I’ve worn, being surprisingly comfortable despite its considerable heft.

 

More About the More About the Lucien Piccard 26576SSD

Movement

The movement that powers the 26576SSD is an unknown Chinese-manufactured variant, of which I was able to find very little actual information on.

I’ve owned this watch since mid 2008 and it has always been fairly accurate (to within 10-20 seconds per day), but of note is that approximately 18 weeks into ownership the day function fell out of alignment. It is now impossible for it to reach the Sunday designation and sits permanently misaligned with every other day listed.

Value for Money

With the 26576SSD you’re getting some interesting complications, but it comes at a cost. Even $125 is too much for my books for this watch. I’d probably pay closer to $90. Or maybe $50. Or, even more likely, I just wouldn’t buy it and save up for a better piece altogether.

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Lucien Piccard 26576SSD Review Conclusion

45%

Summary It gave a good initial impression, but after a year and a half the movement fell out of alignment. It's an inexpensive automatic, using who-knows-what automatic, and that's about all it has going for it. I recommend you invest elsewhere.

Aesthetics & Design
60%
Build Quality
33%
Movement Accuracy & Reliability
50%
Value for Money
40%

About The Author

If it ticks or tocks, I want it on my wrist. I'm a fan of all things that keep good time, and I can't resist a great looking watch. WYCA is my way of appreciating the engineering and artistry that goes into affordable watches. My favorite watch is my Jazzmaster Auto Chrono, and the watch I wear the most is my Weekender Chronograph. I currently have 33 watches in my collection.

2 Comments

  1. Shawn Spencer

    lucien piccard 26576 ssd…..the date goes to 39 than 00 whats up with that…
    then it does not change automatically, you can manually change it but it gets stuck sometimes
    and i see a little gold piece on top of the right hand number that floats around inside of watch? any experience with this? Thanks for any help

    Reply
    • Cameron Martel

      Hey Shawn;

      My Lucien Piccard 26576SSD does not exhibit that issue, though the day hand no longer lines up with the day. Your issue is most likely the result of the cheap Chinese movement being used inside the watch. It’s not exactly known for its ruggedness.

      I may suggest Seagull (http://www.usseagull.com/index.asp) as a better brand of watches that uses Chinese movements. Quite inexpensive for the functions/complications and a better track record for reliability.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

      – Cam

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