Seiko SNKK  – The jack of all trades watch

The Seiko SNKK all throughout, has been an oft-overlooked Seiko 5. It’s quite tough grasping the legacy unless you know the Seiko 5 history. The completely clueless can read it from official Seiko 5 website later on; for now, you are in a discussion about a performance, reliability and lasting of a better standard than you get at this price range.

The beauty of the Seiko 5 is it adorns the wrists of enthusiasts and casual wearers alike. Most of these casual owners are ignorant about what’s beyond the case back and most of them don’t get to know that ever in their life. For as long as something runs; we don’t bother to check. Neither maintain.

The Seiko 5 – especially the JDM Seiko – will take been thrown under the wheels. It will outrun any other watch in its category also by its lifespan, making it a kind of an industry leader among the daily-rough-use, inexpensive, mechanical automatic watches. Put the SNKK on when it’s rigorous, manual labour ahead and it shall stay faithful on the face of physical shocks.

Its accuracy is definitely not chronometer-accurate; but unless you are in an ambush or a raid, you can bear with 10 to 20 seconds of delay or gain a day(max).

The aesthetics and design of the Seiko 5 is not the top of the class. It has just been rounded off well to an incredibly versatile form with the basic attributes the Seiko 5 (auto-wind, single-window day/date, WR, recessed crown and overall durability) intact. The construction material and quality make it tough as a nail!

The Seiko 5 SNKK series experiments with colours and their combinations. Confidence, endurance and comfort – all rolled into one! A good example of a tool watch, a go-to or a default watch – it wraps around your dressing style unlike many that need specific ways of dressing.

On aesthetic grounds, the Seiko 5 SNKK wins due to factors like its timeless looks and versatility while functionality and affordability defines its market presence. A piece made notable by the modern, horological history, the SNK runs on the caliber 7S26, 21 jewels movement; an economical, tough and extremely reliable alternative to high-priced quartz going into a field watch. Plus, this one doesn’t need to depend on expire-prone batteries.

The Seiko SNKK is ideally the first automatic one should buy. The Seiko 5 SNKK qualifies for that and it will dishearten you not. Some of them are made in Malaysia but it’s the equal amount of care and precision that goes into their making. The result is a solid, reliable brand of timepieces that bears not just the name of its manufacturer but also its goodwill.

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The smart-watch scuttlebutts

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It’s a fashion show, you got a ticket to watch the catwalk and you came across a casual outfit you don’t mind giving your front two teeth for. Sadly, the model wasn’t wearing a watch. So, what do you choose if you want it to go with the outfit?

Chunky or chic isn’t really an answer here; you need to be more specific. A smart-watch maybe? Not really, for smart-watches, in my humble opinion, are more of a work-gear than being watches. And – not every casual outfit is meant for the smart-watch. It also applies the other way round. Most are not savvy about the pairing and almost always end up with a chic-ticker that often tells everything but the time.

You’ve guessed it right; the fashion versus watch quandary continues. The Apple Watch triggered the debate higher some three or four years back and the fire is still burning and it will keep burning in the future, I hope.

The primary thought that shaped the smart-watch was about revolutionising tech wearable. A watch, how much ever vintage, is still a piece of technology as opposed to the mainstream idea of only digital devices are fit to be bestowed with the honour of TECH. So no more telling just the time and its different aspects; they wanted the watch to do everything from checking heartbeats to emails and social media accounts; remember your schedule and alert you for all that it does, if you want it to. Playing games and maybe bringing the kettle to a boil – we’re sure we’ll see things like that in the days to come. Dread the day they shall start making babies! May God save us all!

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But! If tech had been the only criteria, then the delights of wearing the Grand Seiko or Longines wouldn’t even exist! Some notoriously bad mannered buyers will anyway shout at me; some might even text or take derisory selfies to go with their posts – you might do the same for your watches.

Yawn! Is this going anywhere? No, for it’s not meant to be. I was feeling particularly lazy this evening, so was trying to structure my thoughts. The only difference with the other times is I decided to keep records of the flow. There’re no hard and fast rules about reaching a conclusion when your thoughts are let loose. However, it’s notable that bare wrists all in a sudden became the rage at Milan’s autumn-winter 2015 shows.

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Did fashion drop it as one less thing to worry about? Could be; else the comeback wouldn’t have been possible. Fashion, IMHO, just realized its incomplete stature without the watch to accompany. Smart phones; here don’t stand a chance!

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A Monster with Pro-Specs

The Monster returns shedding the old skin and with new innards. It got a facelift done too! In a word, it’s more socially acceptable this time and doesn’t need you to dress up as a muscleman every time.

There’s nothing more that you could write about the Monster. Years of user experiences have narrated it all; what you witnessed newly might have been earlier by someone else. The venerable Monster!

Monster was kind of the Prospex of its times. Monster alike, the Prospex too matches up with the most demanding of environments and win. Only greater – and better!

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Quick facts:

  • The Monster line of watches from Seiko is the least expensive of pro-grade watches running on quality automatic mechanical movements. It is fused with the Prospex traits to make it doubly strong against the rigors of regular harsh treatments. Surprisingly, all those good things didn’t hike the price much.
  • The remodelled Prospex line debuted at the Baselworld 2014 to be offered globally.
  • The Prospex Air-Dive Monster was the most interesting watch within the category.
  • The black-n’-blue and black-‘n-gold versions were made available worldwide and today, only a few remain. The rest already found their respective owners.

The reality:

Those who claim that diver watches are all about being monstrous (in size) have not had seen these Air Diver-s before. At a 42.3 mm case diameter, it is just on the verge of getting monstrous. The dial has ample space to accommodate the signature, large lume-filled hour markers with ease and still leave space for the eyes to hover. The shark-tooth markers are prominent, both by itself and together with the large, highly-readable, luminous hour and minute hands. The central seconds hand; however, is only marked at and around its tip. Covering all is the Seiko proprietary Hardlex crystal. This has been hardened to be difficult to break; form cracks or shatter.

The case is a solid chunk of steel with a screwed-in back. This aids in its overall WR capabilities. The 4 o’clock crown eliminates any chance of biting your wrist, always making to the sides. The knurled surface increases the grip incredibly. The markings too glow in the dark, making underwater reading bit easier than the rest.

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The SRP connotation mostly indicates the calibre 4R36 movements, making up the entire Seiko Sports 5 Automatic series. The 3Hz self-winder tucks in 24 jewels and holds 41-hours in its power reserve. You can stop the seconds-hand and also hand wound. The Prospex Air Diver 200 m Monster has similar specs as with the other Prospex watches, with the 4R36 making it suitable also for hard, field work. The black PVD treated stainless steel case is also one of the most interesting!

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Newsletter : Seiko Monster 200m Divers Automatic Watches on Sale!

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Skagen Holst multifunction dress watches: Slim, light, comfortable!

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When Gonzo joined the team, his romance for the mechanical automatic dress watches knew no bounds. It still doesn’t but well, his tendency to shun aside everything that’s not mechanical has given way to appreciation for watches (as a matter of fact, of everything in life) that deserve it. Now Gonzo too agrees that Quartz is more than just fine when it’s truly well-done. Whether it’s our good company or an exposure to many different kinds are responsible I can’t comment – maybe both – but in my subconscious, I can feel my thoughts have also become bit Gonzo-istic. Maybe that’s normal and I believe in give and take. So, I must not stretch that any further.

That is – however – not the point. The point is – Gonzo got pretty much carried away when the Holst-s unfolded! The recent shipment brought some impressive Skagen models among which – and we all agree – the Holst is the supreme! The quartz movement making it run is a technological marvel. Precise timekeeping with added flairs for a very affordable sum – Skagen’s simple, sleek, sharp and clean looks is perhaps what Orient would have made ideally had it dealt in  quartz. The Holst-s have a lot going on in!

One complaint with the mechanical, automatic dress watches is you have to be concerned about keeping them wound all the time in order to keep them going. With quartz watches, it’s the designs. Skagen seems to have noticed that for the Holsts’ designs are more inclined towards creating a mechanical appearance, so that the classic dress watch becomes hassle-free in its use; at least for a few years time.

The 40mm diameter looks great on most wrists. Skagen’s very modern, overall design philosophy, this time leans more towards classic and create a dial layout with the noon and halfway very well-balanced! There’s a fair influence of the IWC Portuguese chrono into it. But here Skagen plays the twist!

This is no chronograph. The top sub-dial is the day-indicator while the bottom one tells the date. Eliminating the square, crescent, circular or rectangular cut-outs for day/date windows makes it easier for the curves going. The subtle textures and tipped sub-dial hands and the rest of the nice attentions to details also flare out uninterrupted.

A quick changing for the day and the date are possible by turning the crown at different positions (clicks out). Or, you may keep turning the hands 24-hours at a time for a long play.

Be it the steel mesh bracelet or the nicely grained 20mm leather band, both cut straight across with the lugs. They do not butt-out (how much ever snugly that might be up against the case) but maintain that bit of a gap – between watch band and case – that looks less hyperodynamic (hyper, aero dynamic) and more relaxed.

At 10mm thickness, it’s certainly not the thinnest. But they are suit-worthy, smart and to some extent – casual!

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Calibre VK63: Classic know-how partners modern designs

The whole CW team turned very enthusiastic when this new calibre VK63 flew in with the new lot. We’ve heard bits and pieces ‘bout its novelty, energy-efficient, modular construction, but so far didn’t see how it manifests itself. IMHO, it manifests damn well. Inspired by 70’s sporty style, Seiko gives it a slight, modern twist on its sombre elegance.

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The Seiko analog quartz story started in 1983.  It made well-known Swiss brands (ETA, Ronda and ISA, most of all) focus on affordable quartz versions, but LeCoultre and Piguet focused on developing expensive, state-of-the-art, hybrid mechanical chronographs – the expensive leCoultre 630 and Piguet 1270. These had twin quartz tuning forks and step-motors and were dubbed mecaquartz (or mecha-quartz, as you prefer) but vanished when mechanical watches returned with full glory. Seiko decided to try it out and develop an energy-efficient, mecha-quartz mechanism using the JLC and Piguet principles. As a result, the J. Springs chronograph function is extremely accurate and smooth, with dedicated step-motors to drive the chronograph mechanisms individually. But used for 60 minutes a day, it reduces a-third from the total battery life of 3 years. Seiko also calls this calibre as the 6T63.

The VK63 was borne out of Seiko’s aim to create a newly different style of automatic movements to come out as bolder, finer accessories. Therefore, the dashing azure face and the bright gold accents; crown and pushers! Its hybrid mecha-quartz movement uses the quartz for regular timekeeping and a mechanical module for the chronograph. That’s a lot to contain within a 13.5 mm by 5.10mm module.

The Motor Sports Chronographs reflect the sports pedigree of the J-Springs Prestige Sports collection. They are made for the extremes, away from homely comforts. Smooth looks with a rugged build!

Peek inside and you’ll find levers, hammers and wheels doing their job. This is the reason why you get that crisp, mech-style snick from the chrono-pushers and not an abrupt, cheap click. The chrono has a smart take-off and procedds in 1/5th seconds increments. There’s no difference with a mechanical chronograph.

BFH007_LRG.jpg (600×720)The VK series movements (including the Tokyo Style Chronographs) have the small running seconds always at 6 o’clock, but the 63 varies otherwise from the 67. The 60-minute counter@9 and the 24-hour@3 are typically 63 while the 67 moves the chronograph’s minute-measure counter at 12 and the 12-hour recorder at 9. For the VK83, the 20-minutes chronograph sub-dial is at 9 while the 24 hour hand is at 3.

So, what’s the big thing about it apart from Seiko introducing a whole new concept? Nothing else than the VK movements have opened a whole new range of interesting J. Springs models. Stay tuned, there are more to follow!

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Ask Gonzo about Watches – XXXVII – How reliable is the calibre Y676?

Q. Dear Gonzo!

Of late I noticed you guys are stocking the J. Spring watches. There are some mechanical models that made me almost reach for my plastic but since I made a resolution not to go for making another impulse purchase, I’m writing to you. Also because I found out that the J. Spring watches use a calibre Y676; this is something alien to me. I haven’t found much information about this particular movement, so; would you mind giving us some lowdown on it? I have made quite a few purchases in the past from elsewhere and was disappointed to see most of my choices turning bad within sometime (between 2 months and two years); this time, I don’t want another heartbreak to follow.

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A. I intentionally keep the models out of the context this time. I’m confident that your fine sense of aesthetics is going to guide you in choosing what will suit you most and Gonzo doesn’t like to tell others how his/her watch should look like. However, with the movements (and a few other technicalities), there’s a certain degree of guidance I always try to provide; it’s my readers who have bestowed this certain right upon me. So, let’s go back a few steps in time and find out a movement that didn’t impress me much.

That’s to say, the 7s26B! I was (and still) NOT happy with it, despite its spot-on accuracy, which faded out gradually after coming out of the factory. Seiko realization about spending more time regulating a movement was a good thing, but this wasn’t built exactly to let you hammer a nail while you got the 7s26B movement on your wrist. It’s not to say the 7S26B underwent a meltdown every time under vibrations and impacts, but for a lot of times, it suddenly started running quicker. And that was running ahead by many minutes a day. Surely, not something that will keep an accuracy-freak exactly happy about it. Not even the fact that the problem used to get solved with a light tapping (once or twice) on your palm with its face down. It freed the spring and the problem used to get fixed; however, a movement is supposed to run fine all by its own and not through some kind of acrobatics – such as this one – how much ever mild it might be.

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With the 7s26A movement, this was not a problem, since there is granted much less space for the spring to play around and get stuck. With the 7s26B, that part is about halfway of the length of the pin, which is also not quite straight on the lower side. So, if the spring gets a little behind the middle of the stem, it will get stuck there. This is also partly because the stud and the regulator-pin system in the 7S26B resemble that of the Etachron (the mechanism most of the common ETA calibres have made their staple for years now. Agreed that it makes them much easier to adjust than traditional regulator systems (which is also a marked advantage of the 7S26B), but determining the amount of force necessary to shift the body of the hairspring enough to catch on the outside of the regulator pins is difficult at best. It’s enough to give you a fair share of headaches.

I dare not to reprobate Seiko openly in public this way, but it was important if we are to discuss the Y676 next. That’s to say, the Y676 has a safeguard designed into the regulator pin to avoid the sweep of the outermost portion of the hairspring from between the reg. Pins, which stops it from jumping out of place when a shock is delivered. If you notice the small perpendicular tips at the end of the reg pins, you’ll get what I’m trying to say. The pins – are therefore – at their fully widest rotation – and allow for the removal of the balance and hairspring from the balance bridge, if necessary.

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Technomarine Cruise Sport: The bold, vibrant, sea-bound beasts

It can’t be that the readers of our blog never heard of the name TechnoMarine. However, some might question its stand as a Swiss luxury watch, given it’s not been even two full decades since it took shape. French entrepreneur Franck Dubarry showed Geneva the launch of the Raft; the vacation souvenir chronograph sold in substantial numbers right in the first year itself! Later, they were seen embraced by limelight figures (Drake being one; in his song ‘Know yourself’, there’s a line – “I had a yellow TechnoMarine”. What he doesn’t sing about is the Swiss-made technical prowess in seamless motion along sharp, sleek lines. An example of effortless articulation with time moulded by thoroughly modern vibes! The Technomarine lets you experience a sophisticated flow that urges you to live wilder and deeper.


TechnoMarine is all about water-inspired elements! These timepieces encourage to change into a carefree attitude, infused with some pure, coastal-resort spirit. They come in different mixes of colours; often bright and all of a premium finish. The components are a physical representation of the concepts behind; they are sporty, innovative and get you enthusiastic about the world outdoors. Explore and experience a new fashion that is weaved around luxury!
Technomarine can be called distinctive. Some of them heavily incorporate organic elements; are dynamic in every aspect and are ideal for boating, diving and beach as much as in a busy, city life.


A personal preference is the TechnoMarine Cruise Sport line. The Cruise Sport makes for a pleasant, first-time meeting with TechnoMarine. After some intimate time with these watches, you will be proud you made it a part of your life. It also carries a bit of details, being the first project of TechnoMarine’s new CEO Vincent Perriard. The Cruise Sport was his first move in revitalizing the brand before implementing the future plans. The Ocean Addict was a clever ad campaign. TechnoMarine-s and their owners are to be found always in or around water but are not bound by the condition. They look different on the wrist – a rare quality among watches! It’s nicely curved; the round case flows to almost integrate itself with the wrist. It doesn’t look like as if it is sitting on a table. This curvy look changes the appearance of the technical-looking dials; balanced, well-mixed of symmetry and imbalance. The overall looks are pretty straight-forward, even when in bright colours and bolder designs.

The Technomarine Cruise Sport line comprises some of the most serious pieces in terms of stature and demeanour. Orange, blue and cyan doesn’t look that good in other watches. The colourful possibilities of the Technomarine Cruise Sport line are outstanding, as they also add a bit of a three-dimensional touch. All in all, a style that feels like having just enough going on; not gone overboard!

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Newsletter : Seiko “Turtle” 200m Auto Diver watches on Sale – Additional discount code inside!


Use code TURTLE for additional 5% off!

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Casio G-Shock Frogman GWF-D1000: Ultimate Tool becomes Urban Sensation

Casio into diving? That’s true folks and I’m not afraid to call it the best of all digital diver-s that have hit the market till now! Maybe Gonzo would think otherwise but hey! Diving, to me is an outdoor sport altogether and in my humble opinion, the G-Shocks so far – despite being made every bit to withstand the harsh conditions brought upon by the Sun, sea and sand – didn’t fulfil completely the criteria for going down deep. On the land or up in the air, the other Casio G-Shocks are rated as the most perfect tools that leave nothing more to be desired, but impressive specs targeted for usage deep down under was what it lacked. Casio answers the call and my! It’s a pleasant reply.

The Frogman’s entry into the watch world was announced at Baselworld 2016 and it happens to be the coolest G-Shock to be released in a while. The GWF-D1000 Frogman diver is Casio’s premier G-Shock for serious diving; it has everything you have loved about a Casio G-Shock plus everything one might expect in a serious diving computer, built to cross the 500 feet barrier without any complaint. Or, to be a bit more specific, let’s call it neat-looking tool that covers every aspect of modern diving and not just the basic timing information.

But what I liked the most about the Casio G-Shock Frogman Atomic Triple Sensor GWF-D1000 is: It’s a timepiece that can be worn on a daily basis! It isn’t cheap and certainly not recognizable right away as a G Shock unlike its cousins, but there is no doubt that Casio has built the best digital dive computers for those who take water sports seriously and them whose jobs take them pretty much deep down. Those hovering in-between also give it a shot! You’ll like the shift from novelty watches to the exact kind of device that you wanted.

The G-Shock Frogman GWF-D1000 leaps out of the Casio production line a full 23 years later after the first Frogman showed its face, yet it secures a firm position in the Casio core collection. It has evolved, pulling in more specs, features and functionalities over time. The Tough Solar movement, the atomic time rectification for optimum accuracy, the DLC-coated steel – all intensify into this one single package!

Here, Casio’s three-sensor concept also comes into play. It measures temperature (showing 0.1oC increments), water-depth and finds out direction. One sensor dedicated for each function – that’s how it goes. No jumbling of data means there’s more accurate – near-perfect – readings! This compass; however, is different from those to be used on land – it has been optimized with an automatic horizontal-compensation system, for actual diving use requires tilts of up to certain degrees to get a proper compass reading if you want to follow a particular directional bearing. Here, you can reach 80o without even adjusting your arm!

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CONSTELLATION: For the starry cluster

Astronomy says constellation is a term that refers singularly to a cluster of stars. They move around the space quite consistently and therefore, their movements are predictable.

So Omega thought of naming their range of luxurious ladies’ chronometers accordingly and it’s also true that the name Constellation has been used previously by the brand to name their previous precision watches of the highest levels. It has occurred since the early ‘50s and the philosophy of combining sumptuous, elegant and refined cases and dials with ultra-precise, high-end movements stays intact!

Omega opted for the Cupola – a roof in the form of a dome – of the Geneva Observatory at first as their symbol for this line. This is also where Omega broke its previous records in 1951 for precision in every category – one of their greatest chronometric achievements.

How accurate is the Constellation? A standard Constellation (watch no.25699737) from its first owner (bought on August 25th 1969) was sent to Omega in 2005 for its normal service. This was followed by a COSC recertification upon request from the owner. Even after 36 years (October 25th, 2005), the watch passed the COSC chronometer tests.

The calibre 1021 is another example of the Constellation’s accuracy. This self-winding movement gave a 0 error rating showing a variation of 0.00 after 15 days of COSC testing in five positions and at varying temperatures. The certificate was marked Especially Good Result.

The Constellation line started with the Century in 1948 – it was a limited edition, self-winding chronometer wristwatch. It was launched to celebrate Omega’s 100thanniversary but not intended to start the series later on. But it was received enthusiastically by the buyers, making Omega decide on producing it for the mass.

The Constellation is available in both steel and gold whereas for Constellation Deluxe, it’s only gold with applied gold indexes and for Constellation Grand Luxe, it is gold and platinum. Some just have a star on the dial to denote the line.

Next came the Constellation Calendar, further expanding the line. These also had three different levels of finishes to choose from and the Constellation was advertised – “For the man who already has a watch”! It’s an allusion that can mean a million things. Constellation was so much more!

In its form, the Constellation retained it almost unchanged until 1964. The C-case watches then came out (the form of the case resembled two interlocked Cs) and were incorporated to the first ladies’ Constellation in 1967. Since then, much diversification occurred in the Constellation form, the most significant being the Integral line launched two years later. Consistent and flowing, it later inspired many other brands to use it as one of their main features in luxury sports watches.

The Constellation Manhattan came out in 1982 and introduced the four claws holding the sapphire crystal and ensuring a high water resistance, which has now become the design standard for the Constellation line. So are the half-moon facets on the lugs, the integrated hinged bracelet and carved indexes on the bezel.

Over the years, the Constellation has found place on the wrists of celebrities, the most notable, perhaps, being Mikhail Gorbachev. And HEY! James Bond wore the Omega too!

 

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Citizen Caliber F900: A bit more push over the edge

Part- II

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Let me finish this one off! I was quite astonished to see people still stuck in the past, considering GPS-watches good enough only for adjusting to a time-zone that you’ve selected manually. Nay, my friend; the F900 is tad brainier than that! It is able to update and shift to the time-zone that you are already into. That can be anywhere in the world; the F900 will be synching to GPS signals, but you don’t need to select the time zone here! This gives the 2015 version of the Citizen F100 the competitor’s edge; the Eco-Drive, Satellite Wave F900 – the Caliber F900 – is a movement that is finally able to determine its position on the planet without human interference and that too pretty fast! Might we just expect it evolving in the future, being able to read positions in the time/space continuum? We also might expect connectivity between those watches, so that you don’t leave even a single member of your group alone and out in the cold.

You must check on the full functionality here prior lusting towards the two, new sub-dials. These made possible throwing in a host of new functions. At default mode, they’ll show you persistently two time zones real-time. While it’s not going to benefit everyone (except, might be; when they are travelling) but we are facing increasing number of people every day with international connections! Going digital shrunk the world! And the Flyer (or Flieger, whatever you might say) class benefits the most!

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How about going technical for a bit? The F900 comes with the traditional function selector; a 1/20th-second chronograph – all the stuff professionals need. You already read about them so no point repeating. However, the increased durability is also a technical upgrade; the further hardening of the titanium (now it’s called Super Titanium, with a hardness of 2,200 on the Vickers scale) has given the case a brighter lustre and a resulting thickness of 13.1mm. This exceeds the F100’s dimensions by a full 1mm. Increased scratch resistance will keep the shine intact for at least a decade and a half.

Here, we arrive at the point of asking: With so much happening with the F900, is there going to be any taker for the F100 or the F150? You bet! Not everyone likes a complex dial and this is where the former two calibres win. There are distinct takers for clean dials; while you can wear one of the F100-s with your suit, you cannot do the same with the F900.

Enough said! Out of the 3,000 pieces, only 1,300 left Japan for the global consumers. Hurry, for stocks are not going to last forever.

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Newsletter : Mid-Year Clearance Sale is now on – Up to 70% off!


Clearance Sale

This month’s clearance sale is on with an additional 10% off on 200 selected watches with Free Worldwide shipping and Free DHL Express 2-4 days delivery to most countries! We have some real beauties in there with the best prices in the world!

Use discount code CLEAR for an additional discount of 10% on these watches.

Clearance sale on 200 watches with up to 70% off!

 

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Citizen Caliber F900: A bit more push over the edge

Part- I

Folks,

Let me apologise first about disappearing without a notice; about the long absence from the MAW blog. Life hasn’t been easy for the past few days and it reminded there are more things in the heaven and earth than watches alone. However, on the brighter side, this French leave allowed a comeback with a renewed, much more intensified zeal.

With much pleasure, I happened to notice the F900 calibre finally made way into the CW roster. I’m not sure if it’s the effect of the Mars retrograde ending (His number is 9), but one thing you probably can’t deny is it is more than just a mere coincidence. Let’s celebrate the renewed flight of Lord Mars with the instruments that are considered essential when we – the mere mortals – want to spread our wings towards our respective destinations.

Down to the very basics, the F900 is Citizen’s 2015 follow-up to the very impressive F100 and F150 (you can read about them here and here) from 2014. To the usual buyer, it comes as the Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave, with added functionalities and a marginal increase in thickness. However, if limited editions interest you, delay no more; these also offer some amount of durability upgrade. That’s enough to make a normal buyer pull the trigger on this impressive, great-looking GPS watch but oh, Mr. Gonzo is hard to please!

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Why I say this is upon mentioning the Satellite Wave Promaster Navihawk GPS, our man went whole hog about the battle of the Jap heavyweights – Citizen and Seiko! It seems arguments are what Mr. G lives for but it really drives the daylights off us – the CW crew. We absolutely do not mind them locking horns (that benefits us watch lovers) but please, we hate equally locking horns with Gonzo! Simply because there’s no way we can prove him wrong. Who, with a sensible mind would want to – Take arms against a sea of troubles? So, we decided, it’s better to let him speak while we enrich ourselves with his preachings about the most dominant of forces in the sophisticated GPS watch market. For to be fair, Seiko’s Astron looks bit old compared to Citizen’s Satellite Wave watches and that’s not only due to added features alone but for a movement that’s authentically GPS-controlled.

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So, before I get started on what exactly Gonzo thinks about the Citizen Satellite Wave, I would like to mention its very thin profile; this makes the F900 powered Citizen-s the thinnest among all light-powered GPS satellite-synchronization watches in the world. Also, the breakneck signal reception speed is something that’s unique to Citizen and Citizen only!

“But Citizen doesn’t call it GPS; let’s be clear about that first.” – Gonzo blurted out.  “It won’t tell you where you are at; it just tells you which time zone you are at! Unless you get your basics right, it’s not worth talking about something that’s super-fine and so highly efficient.

Aye, aye, Sir! Would you grant us sometime to update ourselves? For us mortals do not exactly run on the Calibre F900.

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Mt. Fuji is now a World Heritage Site! Seiko pays their tribute

Moral of the story: Get into the heritage diver scene without breaking the bank. This stylish, well-built automatic with sporty vintage looks is a great way to go.

There’s a common point I share with Gonzo. We both love Seiko-s, though not all the models. Gonzo’s preferences run towards the classier kind while mine is about sportiness. Yes, preference of calibres match more often than never; Seiko makes movements that range from ‘very good’ to ‘par excellence’ and here I follow Mr. W.G most of the times.

So what I thought to be the perfect watches for the weekends by the nearest seaside didn’t go down well with Gonzo. Except the above one! He thinks a proper ‘Diver; is must for such outings. Beach rigors like volleyballs and beach-cricket or any similar other games are handled well by them and even if you do not travel deep into the waters.

I agree it needs to be well made, nicely detailed et al; an automatic movement here – again, we both agreed – would look fantastic! Even if there is water seepage, it doesn’t burn out mechanical parts the way it burns/short-circuits pcb-s. Printed circuit boards; not polychlorinated biphenyl! The latter is a class of very stable chlorinated organic chemicals that dangerously pollute the environment.

Bright, versatile and unique – that’s what it needs to be. Affordable too; but that doesn’t mean you won’t grieve its loss. The Mt. Fuji Special Editions – a Seiko limited edition release in the Seiko5 range – fits from every aspect.

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The story behind is the 2013 naming of Mt. Fuji as a World Heritage Site and bringing it under the list of 1,000 unique cities, buildings, monuments and natural wonders around the world. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization handled the whole affair and Seiko, as a tribute to this distinction of cultural importance made some among the Seiko 5 family bear the words Mt. Fuji as a World Heritage along the ring around the display caseback.

Let’s hear why Gonzo went after his model. It’s a dive watch that’s not too expensive yet looks nice and rugged. It has one of the latest watch movements (the 4R36) with hacking, hand-winding and a sane number (24) of jewels with specified jobs; not just mere settings. It can store a couple of days of power when fully wound and a tighter mainspring helps to retain accuracy. But otherwise also, the accuracy seems to be pretty good, as testing shows (in different positions).

The other Mt. Fuji models differ quite a bit from this one apart from the handful of design elements deliberately thrown into every model. The blue colour and the prominent bezels are the first to get noticed. The white-pearlescent textured dials create a background that brightens the blue, plus lumed hands at night gives it quite an uber-earthly (if not unearthly) look from above the Hardlex crystal.

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Newsletter : You can’t miss this Father’s Day Sale on Watches

There are busy dads and lazy dads, fun dads and grumpy dads, golf dads and football dads, but they all have one thing in common: they are the best dads in the world and yea, no matter how many watches they already have, they won’t mind one more. Every watch is gift wrapped with love.
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Use Coupon Code DADDY while checking out for an additional discount of 5%.

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Smart or Simple – Who wins the game?

This again happens to be another futile attempt at covering the occasional – now a bit old – dire warnings of modern electronics sucking out the lifeblood off watch-crafting as we mostly know it today. If that’s a little hard to understand, it is the chewed-dry remnants of the smart versus classic watches debate.

The bemusement credits belong to the watch-enthusiast press. Tales of premonitions always sell, so making the usual watch industry face an approaching terrible crisis (at least fictitiously; through creative threats) coming from smart watches is all about networked information. There’s no denying the potential of smart watches to offer up everything from the usual and extending into more exotic data (like biometrics); it would be foolish to deny these certainly remarkable pieces of technology. They are a separate class with no clashes with the watches the way we know them. The collapse of the current watch-making concepts for smart watches are here – is absurd! Maybe a couple of hundred years from now, when we all are gone and none to mourn the demise!

It has been a mistaken assumption that smart watches will soon drive out the mechanicals from business. Did we look at the products the way they serve their purpose? They could never be same –like your clothes! You don’t wear gym or trekking outfit to weddings and award ceremonies; if you still want to look tech-savvy, there are quite a few marvellous complications to choose from the mechanical and quartz domains.

To be honest, this prediction on the forthcoming demise provokes conversation than imposing a serious opinion.  The smart watch’s technical advantage is an evolution from the multifunctional quartz and sometimes, mechanical watches. Digital watches (sometimes sensor-enabled) can provide more than time, date, month and year including world time, temperature, barometric pressure and compass. Stopwatch, alarms, countdown timers…the list is pretty long! The advent of quartz timekeeping, despite precipitating a crisis in traditional watch- making norms, but the industry learnt from it. Niche alternatives will always be at the low-end of luxury; a flat-out plutocratic statement! At the high-end, only arts and artists exist, far beyond the comprehension of programmed machines building components or assembling parts.

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From a different angle, some might question about wearing what fits your lifestyle. And there’s the answer! Every person in this world has a different lifestyle. So traditional watches shall also adorn the wrist of some like the smart watch will – to another crowd! If utility had been the only deciding factor, we wouldn’t have Lamborghini’s, Jaguars and Maserati-s or that Harley shining on the pavement. Combat boots would drive out John Lobb from business! That would be incredibly disruptive and destructive, my gut feeling says.

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