Bambino 2: Tradition in today’s language

Most people I’ve spoken to so far about wearing a classic watch seemed to be grounded in the idea that unless they are heading for a wedding or a dinner and cocktail, making a classic watch a part of your attire is an absolute act of heresy. However, my main interest here is not pointing out faulty mindsets but just spreading the awareness. Of course, I being the Watch Gonzo (quote/unquote), I’m bound to make people think otherwise, for I’m good at observing what others are doing in this department. Some might call it stalking but when the pen and the paper are involved, I prefer calling it research.

So, this is one of the few things I’ve seen. In the interaction between a watch and its wearer, things often turn funny.  For example, what one finds attractive at the first glance and makes a lunge for it might appear otherwise upon wearing and what’s readily noticeable at parties when you are dressed up might strike a different chord at the workplace. I guess this is where the debate starts and it’s very tough to make the ends meet. And this is where the Bambino comes to rescue. It stops you from getting vulnerable and exposed. Being considered hot or sexy without fitting into the definition is possible only with the version 2 Bambino; let’s admit the fact and move on further to discover its intricacies that highlight the stature (and the money-musculature) of its wearer.

Being over 60 years into the business, Orient created their Bambino collection to pay tribute to the watch-making traditions through new-age retro designs. The Bambino (Version 2) was borne out of the same philosophy, with Orient’s very own 48743 automatic movement placed inside. Every detail of the Bambino meets the high-quality standards, without which, the classy, vintage look would be a ludicrous affair, or a direct clone of Swiss dress watches. Anyone who has come across the Nomos Ludwig shall grasp the idea even more; just like the Ludwig follows the olden traditions, so does the Bambino II. There’s a fair bit of influence from the 1918 Bauhaus designs into both, only that this one comes a lot cheaper, which is one of the particular characteristics Orient is always admired for. Walter Gropius himself would compliment Orient, IMHO. Agreed that at this price point, investing in an absolutely original design is tough, but not following a certain, established track. Orient has shown outstanding intelligence in balancing both sides; it made the Bambino II come out looking like a true and original vintage but with an influence from something that earned substantiality through the decades. Orient proved a good and original visual design can exist below the $500 mark; only offered much cheaper at Creationwatches.

Watch (es) mentioned in this post are listed below.  Click to see details and buy them:

i. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/orient-automatic-288/orient-bambino-version-2-automatic-fer2400ew0-er2400ew-mens-watch-7125.html

ii. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/orient-automatic-288/orient-bambino-collection-black-dial-er24008b-mens-watch-5613.html

iii. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/orient-automatic-288/orient-bambino-collection-white-dial-er24009w-mens-watch-5614.html

iv. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/orient-automatic-288/orient-bambino-collection-white-dial-er2400bw-mens-watch-5615.html

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Orient Bambino Version 2 Automatic: An unbeatable beater

The Orient Bambino Version 2 automatic is a watch to leave you stunned! Let’s not weave a fairytale around it; the statement is a no-frill, honest one; at the most. You may call it gorgeous and unique,also in the price range. Frankly speaking, a work wear never came this elegant except for high-end Swiss products, for example, Breguet. It looks attractive from every angle and overall, it drips the retro-goodness both on its build and finish. In plain words, it’s a watch that calls for respect.

Getting a chance to review the Bambino Version 2 is an honour that Gonzo bestowed upon me, just to see how much I retain from what he taught. If you find this read inadequate, Gonzo shall fill in later; that he promises. Just remember the Maupassant and Flaubert connection; you’ll be able to grasp what I mean. Agreed you won’t find Gonzo’s notorious perfection and search for le mot juste (which he claims an influence from Flaubert) in this piece, but not all our readers are walking personifications of imperial vocabularies. My pennings are for them; the elite and erudite, please wait until Gonzo wakes from his sinful slumber.

Now, though not particularly a fan of Orient, still I’ve had chances to handle quite a few watches from the brand – some good, some okay and some even tasteless – so my primary question was – “What could Orient introduce more to the Bambino, already an established classic?” But blimey, it was a short but strong answer and the tons of watches that we see everyday fell bleak! The unique qualities of the 2nd version of the Bambino shone over and above all! Vintage at its best; elegance at its peak! That’s all I can say about it till I find another suitable adjective. Nothing is same – the case, the crystal or the movement; this time, the case is slightly bigger, the crystal domed and the movement, instead of the Caliber ER487 is a 48743. To know further about the intricacy of the movement, wait till Gonzo shows up.

But oh, the vintage style! It opts for even older aesthetics that is closer to the early 20th century and has a much more classical touch. You don’t expect that in a watch at this price range – that too in mechanical! Don’t know how Orient did that but it did for sure. Call it an evolution on the classical theme and that’ll probably define things under a better light. If you want me to go on more, I’ll say things are dynamic and elegantly gorgeous with the new Bambino and if I ever wear a tux or a suit, this will be the watch I’ll go for. None else shall fit in; none else would matter!

Watch (es) mentioned in this post are listed below.  Click to see details and buy them:

http://www.creationwatches.com/products/orient-automatic-288/orient-bambino-version-2-automatic-fer2400ew0-er2400ew-mens-watch-7125.html

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Newsletter : 72% off Seiko Automatic Superior Black IP watch with Free Worldwide Shipping!

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This week we have a fantastic Seiko Superior Automatic Watch on sale. This is a deal you really cannot miss – an all black (black IP coated case and band), 100m water resistant, handwinding/hacking capable, 24 Jewels Seiko watch for less than $170! And with Free worldwide shipping and free DHL Express 2-4 day shipping to most countries.

The watch on sale is the Seiko SA051K1 -part of the Seiko Superior series of Automatic Watches. Behind the scenes is the ever reliable 4R37 movement by Seiko. This watch features a 24 hour sub-dial, a unidirectional black IP bezel, super bright luminous hand/hour markers along with a see through case back!

All this for only US $169 with coupon code5OFFSSA051 which gives you an additional 5% off the price. This watch has a RRP of US$ 585 so that is about 72% off the retail price!

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The Casio Gulf Master: The face of rugged, unambiguous simplicity

So many times, so many people have asked about the Japanese versions of G-Shock watches, so let’s see today what they’re actually talking about. The JDMs are just better watches altogether and you do not need to scrutinize the entire construction to know that; the bands only speak about it. There’s a vast difference between plastic resin and neoprene, the latter being extremely kind to the wrist. The Gulfmaster, in this aspect too, lives up to the JDM G-Shock glory.

Those who are averse to the big watch theory shall find the Gulf Master comforting; its largeness just brims and doesn’t overflow. That makes it pretty impressive visually and imparts a way cooler look than the standard G-Shock models.

Those who are looking to shift from Pro-Treks shall find the Gulf Master a suitable alternative. The standard ABC functions aside, it also displays the moon phases and tide readout in analog format. I don’t need to mention about the shock and water resistances here (everybody knows they will be there if it’s a G-Shock) but if I don’t mention how lightweight and comfortable it is on the wrist, I won’t be doing justice to the Gulf Master.

The Gulf Master comes with a deep dial with three different ways to read the barometer, dished out for an added reading advantage. It looks great, too! The 3-way quick reading concerns the baro-graph, the pressure-differential pointer and a sudden pressure-fall/rise indicator (at the bottom of the tide-graph dial). On the bezel are the over and under numerical which, the pressure-differential pointer uses to denote differences between the current and previous (automatic) barometer readings.

Some of us need world time more than anything; the Gulf Master brings it as well. Here, it displays local time and another time-zone simultaneously that allows setting alarms in more than one way. The 24 hr stopwatch and the 60 min. countdown timer are just a part of the entire package and them not being there would have been surprising.

However, the best part of it is probably the multi-band (6) time sync and the Tough Solar technology. This is one of the chief reasons the Gulf Master stole my heart; I hate battery replacements, which is basically interfering with the watch’s internals. I do not like interfering unless something is really bothering me and I didn’t initiate the cause of botheration.

I found the electronic crown pretty much a breezy one; the large size allows for an easy grip-n-turn and you do not need to release the grip and catch it again to turn it full 360o. This allows for easy setting of time and functions but more than that, entices you to play around with the thing, which I did all through the last couple of hours. My verdict? – A genius design for dummies and pros alike, formed with thoughtfulness and brilliant craftsmanship.

Watch (es) mentioned in this post are listed below.  Click to see details and buy them:

1. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/casio-g-shock-atomic-95/casio-gulfmaster-g-shock-atomic-analog-digital-200m-gwn-1000f-2a-mens-watch-7107.html

2. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/casio-g-shock-atomic-95/casio-gulfmaster-g-shock-atomic-analog-digital-200m-gwn-1000e-8a-mens-watch-7106.html

3. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/casio-g-shock-atomic-95/casio-gulfmaster-g-shock-atomic-analog-digital-200m-gwn-1000b-1b-mens-watch-7105.html

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Pro-Trek returns bigger and better

The 3500 line showed up first at BaselWorld 2015, March and is essentially the PRW 3000 getting a step ahead; the Pro-Trek PRW-3500 now steps out of the stable to set on for bigger, badder and better adventures! Sorry if that sounded too poetic or overwhelmed, but the new ProTrek is going to sweep you off of your feet! Like it did to many others; especially, if those who are into any of the sports of mountain/rock climbing, kayaking or fishing, hiking and backpacking or skiing. Europe has loved them so much that now they have their own nicknames, for example, Cerro Tumisa for the PRW-3500T and Cerro Miscanti for the PRW-3500Y from mountaineers in South America. They have been named after the mountains in Chili!

As per the features, the PRW 3500 has little difference with the PRW 3000 ProTreks; the real difference is its rotating bezel set on a more rugged case, which allows quick switching of straps and bringing great many possibilities for personalization. But given that it’s Titanium, there’s not much chance you’d like to swap it with something else.

Those into ABC watches are going to grab the 3500 Pro-Treks right away! The ABC stands for Altimeter, Barometer and Compass, for which, there are dedicated sensors. But, the 3500 scores an extra point for temperature reading; you don’t need to take the thing off your wrist to get an accurate temperature reading real time like with the 3000.

Now comes the synchronization part. It does so every night with the atomic clocks spread over five locations worldwide: US, Europe (UK & Germany) and Asia (Japan and China). There’s also a small black triangle (left of the day/date display) that shows if the watch was able to synch automatically.

The 200 m of water resistance ensures you don’t need to take it off and wrap inside your sleeping bag if you need to swim a river in the rough terrain. Don’t take it for serious deep diving; rest it can handle. Even if you don’t take it out under the Sun for 7 months, once you get the thing charged fully.

The 3500 series is an intelligent one. It displays the sunrise/sunset data alright, but this time it takes into consideration the specific co-ordinates (latitude and longitude) of its position.  A very handy option for photo/videographers too!  That way, you come to grab the perfect lighting conditions photo-shoots; an hour following sunrise or an hour prior to sunset are always a photographer’s lookout!

Overall, a good value for the money you’ll be spending on it and feels bit more substantial, bigger and heftier than its predecessor the PRW-3000. But then again, if you don’t like big watches, stay away!

Watch (es) mentioned in this post are listed below.  Click to see details and buy them:

1. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/casio-protrek-58/casio-protrek-digital-atomic-tough-solar-triple-sensor-prw-3500t-7d-watch-7117.html

2. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/casio-protrek-58/casio-protrek-digital-atomic-tough-solar-triple-sensor-prw-3500-4d-watch-7118.html

 

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Invicta I-Force: For the alpha, from the rebel

Chronographs come and go, very few stay. The Omega Moonwatch, for example; while a spectacular piece beyond any doubt, the price factor bars most of us from approaching it. That’s extreme luxury; often not suited for situations we face in everyday life. However, don’t expect me now to go on explaining why; we know about our respective wallets and even then, being a millionaire also doesn’t mean I can shun away a few thousand dollars just like that. The person who became a millionaire clung to every penny and that’s why he is. If you are talking about Rothschild family members or Bill Gates or the President of the United States; then things are of course different and we all are not them. End of story.

For us, specialty must also fit within budget. And some of the Invicta watches are quite a specialty! Don’t know ‘bout snobs but well, our old friend Gonzo – though unbearable at times – agrees to me. They are quite luxurious and spot on accurate and also highly durable; I have no problems wearing their  I-Force Chronograph to the high places. Maybe even to the Yacht Club, if I get invited someday.
The chief reason behind is the I-Force sports a very pristine look and easily qualifies as an archetypal, masculine wrist-wear that embraces an off-beat style without being too hard on the eyes. It’s the kind that inspires you to go against the flow and well, not being a sheep. The design also appears highly technical and the reverse designing gives it – if not an extreme, then – an outstanding value. It’s very hard not to be asked by an onlooker about it. Striking and bold enough for just any man, but its ideal wearer is the refined gentleman who is bit (actually, quite a bit) alpha and rebel from within. You need the force to be reckoned with! For the ‘I-Force Chronograph’ represents the superlative superiority in alternative styles; unless you are a discerning watch aficionado, it won’t bring you the bold look you are trying so hard to achieve.

The downsides to this watch are few. First and foremost, it’s not for them who are afraid to face attention; next, it is not going to be loved by followers of convention. It is not for them with preferences for a whole lotta bling and also not for them who want their watches to sing! Its song is a silent one and you must have eyes for it! The harmony of classic and contemporary designs is not a very common thing to come across; it occurs only once in a blue moon. Or, we can say it the other way around: Every great piece of art is an accident! And this one is a pileup in a classy, pleasant way!

Watch (es) mentioned in this post are listed below.  Click to see details and buy them:

http://www.creationwatches.com/products/mens-watches-105/invicta-i-force-chronograph-100m-left-handed-inv2772-2772-mens-watch-7087.html

 

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Newsletter : Tissot Watches on Sale: Additional 5% discount coupon inside!

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Tissot is one of the iconic Swiss watch brands which has, since 1853, enticed watch lovers around the world with excellent timepieces for reasonable prices.

This week we have a further 5% discount on all ourTissot watches with coupon code TISSOTSALE. A Tissot watch will not let you down – its a brand known all around the world for its quality and design.

If you still don’t have a Tissot watch in your collection, now would be a good time to add one! All our Tissot watches come in signature Tissot boxes and with Free Worldwide shipping and Free DHL Express 2-4 days shipping to most countries as always!

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Newsletter : Clearance Sale – 10% Discount Coupon inside. Up to 80% off with Free Worldwide Shipping!

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This month’s clearance sale is on with an additional 10% off (on top of existing discounts of up to 70%) on 50 selected watches. We have some real beauties there this time, so don’t miss this chance! With Free Worldwide shipping and Free DHL Express 2-4 days delivery to most countries!

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

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Gonzo speaks LUXURY

 

Gentlemen,

You certainly remember that I picked up voluntarily a certain chore; of telling you what makes us humans the true luxury seekers. The time has come; the sourness is gone – but when the wolf crouches, know it’s his hunting time and someone is gonna die a brutal death!

I won’t go answering the most obvious of questions – “What’s the point of buying a luxury watch?” I’ve answered that in short more number of times than I have picked my nose in my lifetime (that’s the cleanest example I can cite, for now) and I’m not going to answer you why I always hold the $300 Seiko Premier in higher regard than the Diesel. You are free to put things the other way round. Just don’t expect me to wear the equestrian-inspired Dress-Age in premium wool with the Master Chief like a certain number of people would like. I can’t think of anything other than the Seiko Premier Kinetic Perpetual Calendar here. That’s luxury! On the flip side, when I’m in my pair of Levi’s and off to the local pub for a weekend drink, I feel nothing to do better than the Diesel Master Chief. I do not need a chronograph here; I’m not into competitions to set a new record in alcohol consumption rates, neither do I have any idea of pitting two people aided with an arsenal of beer bottles. But some like it just for the sake (or, thrill; you decide) of wearing a three-dialled piece (yes, that’s true; it’s just three dials to them); which, to me, is not a very compelling reason behind going luxury. But there are, so let’s have a look.

Craftsmanship is my number one point. The levels of skills that give form do not come out from the blue; it takes many painstaking hours of precise grind to make them. It also includes the finish; everybody loves to own a piece of finery that’s well made and that too in significantly fewer numbers. The Hamilton Venturas are fine examples, or the Seiko Prospex Automatic LIMITED EDITION watches. However, it won’t be ethical if we don’t mention the Citizen Largo here (or this diamond-accented Citizen); these are well under the $300 mark but fit enough to go with the Brioni. These also fulfil somewhat the most essential criteria of the luxury watches, which is, they shouldn’t be produced in large numbers. These fulfil the criteria, are made of superior materials and thereby, parts; and houses their own watch movements. However, nothing compares to the Orient Nobel or the Arena that way, but you must allow me another session to cover that. All of them boast a long, illustrious reputation and some of the most breathtaking movements in the world but surprisingly, that doesn’t increase the overall cost of ownership.

Watch (es) mentioned in this post are listed below.  Click to see details and buy them:

  1. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-premier-72/?currency=USD
  2. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-premier-72/?currency=USD
  3. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/orient-automatic-288/orient-automatic-arena-collection-power-reserve-cftab002w-4814.html

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Sybaritic Horologe: Look who’s talking!

 

Luxury watches were never quite my thing. The Casio G-Shock Atomic Sky Cockpit did just fine till Gonzo joined the team. The first few months he had been a real pain and posted quite a few of his opinions under my account; got no time to put them where they should belong. So, if you find me blabbering in any of the previous posts on how great luxury watches are, know it’s Gonzo’s doing. Not that I have anything against luxury or Gonzo, but less luxury suits me more. The Citizen Eco-Drive Super Titanium is a fine example of my kinda luxury; or say, this Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph. When I’ll like luxury to go a bit overboard, I won’t look beyond the Seiko Chronograph Perpetual.  These I find got a lot of character, look classic and still can take daily beating and after some good, hard use, I might be able to pass it to someone younger to me by a generation (or more).

Some might ask: “Well, what about the Tissot T-Touch? Sure, absolutely no doubt about it! But the question is: Am I wealthy enough to laugh away at least six hundred bucks on the face of a mishap? I guess not; not at this point. The rest; well, I really think I shall not have any problem with.

Still, Gonzo is successful in getting all of us infected with the luxury bug and seeing others in the team and off it, I think I finally could find out why there are some who would give their right eye (or the front two teeth) in the name of luxury.

But do these people know luxury the way Gonzo knows it? Surprised? You must be; you must be thinking where did those incessant rants go? Instead, where did these praises come from?!? No, really; I’m not blind to the good side of anything (or anyone, in that case) and I have no shame admitting I discovered there’s quite a lot to learn when you let Gonzo take the helm. His ideas go beyond brands and terminology; price or general history; with him, luxury is a feel! A feel that money alone can’t buy or just precious metals alone can’t convey. Even a vintage Sicura may open up a whole new dimension of luxury to explore; it’s impossible without the feel! Along with that comes the opportunity for learning something new; for some, that’s fun.

Enter Gonzo

Gentlemen,

You really think my learned friend spoke so well without accepting a small bribe? Perhaps he wanted bit more, else he would mention the arguments on the prime points by now. Instead, he just beat around the bush.

I pick up the duty of telling you what makes men (and some women) go (read: fly) after luxury watches. But not today; the fellow already turned my mouth sour.

Watch (es) mentioned in this post are listed below.  Click to see details and buy them:

1. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/casio-g-shock-57/casio-g-shock-atomic-sky-cockpit-gw-a1100-1ajf-4679.html

2. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/citizen-titanium-219/citizen-eco-drive-super-titanium-bm7150-51b-mens-watch-6466.html

3. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/citizen-eco-drive-53/citizen-eco-drive-chronograph-ca0315-01e-4315.html

4. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-perpetual-calendar-62/seiko-chronograph-perpetual-spc125p1-spc125p-spc125-4749.html

5. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/tissot-t-touch-183/tissot-t-touch-ii-t047-420-11-051-00-mens-watch-2452.html

6. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/sicura-watches-301/

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Newsletter : Casio Watches on sale: Additional 10% off coupon inside. Prices up to 80% off with Free Shipping Worldwide!

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This weekend we have a sale you just cannot ignore. On sale are all our Casio watches – yes, ALL of them. With an additional 10% off on all Casio watches with coupon code CASIO, the discounts are up to 80% off! And with Free Worldwide Shipping and Free DHL Express 2-4 days shipping to most countries as always!

Casio’s belief is Creativity and Contribution which is portrayed through their vast amount of technologically advanced products. Casio watches are known for their looks as well as their functionality, affordability and durability. Casio G-shocks are probably the toughest watches in the world and favored by armed forces, marines and law enforcement officials around the world. And for good reason. Digital watches are back in style and Casio was the pioneer in these watches in the 70s. A Casio watch represents quality and durability – and we think everyone should own at-least one Casio watch.

Use the coupon code CASIO for an additional 10% off all our Casio watches. Only until Tuesday next week.

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Bulova untold stories – Part II

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All right, people! Gonzo finally gave way to his late afternoon nap and here I am to wrap up the unfinished business on Bulova. It didn’t become possible last week due to some family obligations I had to attend to, but let’s shun that aside and see what else glorifies the brand instead.

The Loews Corporation bought off Bulova in 1979 and then Citizen, in 2008. Whether Citizen got interested in Bulova due to 10th April was marked the Bulova Day or not is still a matter to debate, but it’s for certain they found the 125 years of history (then) interesting and more than that, dependable.

Going back to the Accutron again, it was in 2010 when the world saw the comeback of the Bulova Accutron, almost half a century later. This time, they released only a few limited editions with exhibition cases (the Spaceview) while getting started on a new project – the Precisionist.

The Precisionist stands as the most precise of watches and despite a quartz movement, features a sweeping seconds-hand. The mechanicals, bangles, diamonds, the Marine Star, Adventurer, Dress and Speciality collections, the Swiss-made Accutron and the Caravelle are brand Bulova’s other range of products.

However, it’s Accutron that rules the roost following the Precisionist and is further sub-divided into Kirkwood, Curacao, Eagle Point, Gemini, Corvara, Stratford Masella, Amerigo, Mirador, Exeter and Saleya. Some of these are affordable to most of us all, while others might want the majority pay through their nose. For Caravelle, there are the Basic, Diamond, Sport, Crystal, Expansion, Bracelet and Strap collections – but hey, we really did miss out on the Accutron II! This is a Bulova even Gonzo would go ga-ga upon!

Last year (2014) the Accutron II saw daylights but let me not explain it within the historic context of the Accutron. In modern context, it’s still bit complicated and the Accutron II Alpha was presented in Baselworld to honor the iconic Spaceview and was given the Precisionist movement; not the previous thick one but a much slimmer version. This slimness defines the Accutron II sub-label; also, the Precisionist movement was also bit different this time. Or, you might call it less accurate than the previously larger Precisionist watches with a reduced movement size and smaller batteries. However, compared to other quartz watch movements, they are way higher in accuracy – 262,144 Hz – about +5 seconds per month.

But well, you can still have that sweeping seconds hand and the Accutron II goes easily where wearing a mechanical watch is a norm or a part of some dress code. To keep up with the idea, the design is a classic one; let it be the Surveyor or just another model from the series.

Watch(es) mentioned in this post are listed below.  Click to see details and buy them:

http://www.creationwatches.com/products/bulova-watches-271/

 

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$155 only while stocks last!

This week we have on promotion a classic, beautiful, sturdy and high quality automatic diver watch from Seiko. It is the Seiko Automatic Diver’s Japan Made SNZF17J1.

Popularly known as the the “Sea Urchin” amongst the watch enthuisiast community, it is a perpetually best-seller watch. And for good reason – this 23-jewel, mechanical marvel from Seiko runs on a traditionally-built mechanical, automatic movement, much like in the most expensive, commercially produced mechanical watches from all over the world. It is built to last and the looks don’t disappoint either. Housed in a staintless steel body with the solid stainless steel strap it is a hefty piece on the wrist, but at the same time not too large or bulky. The bracelet can be easily changed to a 22mm leather or Nato strap. There are 2 version of this model – the cheaper version is the SNZF17K1 while this version – the SNZF17J1 is fully made in Japan.

And only for the next 4 days or while stocks last we have this fantastic watch at an astounding price of only US$ 155 with Free Woldwide Shipping (and free DHL Express 2-4 days shipping to most countries).

Get it here while stocks last: Seiko Automatic Diver’s Japan Made SNZF17J1 for $155 only!

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Orient Galant: A concise read for the unspecific and the uninformed

As soon as the Galant collection peeped up on the Creation Watches pages, questions poured in; far many more than I can possibly answer within the next few days. The Watch Gonzo sleeps watches, all right, but he also must eat, drink, shit, shave and shampoo. Can’t sacrifice the basic needs of life and he also needs some time out riding on his stallion (currently running on its 43rd year, a magnificent piece of machinery that was built in England many moons back) and feel the wind in his hair. The stallion needs a royal treatment and I must also take out the time for it. So I’ll try to answer the queries all at once and hopefully, you all shall get your answers. If you don’t, that’s not Gonzo’s fault. For additional queries to be answered, you got to wait for a bit more.

That’s not to say your queries exhaust me; by no means, never. In fact, I find them intriguing enough to continue my quest (c’mon, being Gonzo is different from being Mr. Know-it-all) but right now, I’m overloaded and beg to clear things off at one shot. I’ll try to keep it as interesting and vigorous as possible but can’t vouch for any unexpected pleasure. But certainly, an entertaining perspective is not something that’s impossible.

All right; now to business!

Let me mention it here that the Orient Galant has been the first choice for many who sought a tank-styled watch but were reluctant to go for the Cartier. Definitely, it’s the price point and then, you can’t use such a costly item with a free mind and on a regular basis.

This is certainly one of the reasons quite a few real Tank owners went for the Orient Galant; the rest went simply because they liked the shape at a lesser price point. Needless saying a large chunk among them admired the early 20th century Art Deco (stylized forms and geometric designs) style; the rest just found it attractive.

However, the slight difference you’ll notice is it is tad larger in width than the real Tank. But in a very manageable way, though; the Galant looks great even on wrists less than 6-inches around. It’s meant for those with willowy frames but its sternly masculine disposition makes a creative environment evolve around its wearer. But if by any chance you got girlywrists, stay away from the Galant; it’s not meant for you! For everything else, the Galant would do real nice.

Just like any other Orient, the Galant is all about value and quality, next only to the Symphony. It runs on Orient’s in-house calibre 46B40, a 21 jewel automatic movement with a hacking feature; a date complication, 24-hour display and a day-indicating sub-dial. With all that, I can’t really fuss about its +15 seconds of daily fluctuation!

Watch(es) mentioned in this post are listed below.  Click to see details and buy them:

I. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/orient-automatic-288/orient-automatic-galant-collection-fetac002b-mens-watch-6649.html

II. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/orient-automatic-288/orient-automatic-galant-collection-fetac002w-mens-watch-6650.html

III. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/orient-automatic-288/orient-automatic-galant-collection-fetac004b-mens-watch-6655.html

IV. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/orient-automatic-288/orient-automatic-galant-collection-fetac005w-mens-watch-6653.html

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Ask Gonzo ’bout Watches (XXII)

Note from Santo: There goes Gonzo, again! It’s been long he didn’t get a chance to chew the heads of the questioners, far less to satisfaction; so when the query arrived, he was unstoppable and went whole hog on it! Sorry folks, thought about sharing few more facts on Bulova today, but as you know this madcap, he didn’t only spare me a chance! Maybe tomorrow, or the day after; that is, if Gonzo finally allows. But certainly, within this week and that’s for sure.

Q. Dear Watch Gonzo,

Don’t know which part of the world you are, so please fill in appropriately. According to my time, it should be “Good Evening”. I shall put forth my question, but here’s a little bit on my background first.

I’m just out of high school and trying to get an admission in a reputed college to study either Oceanology or Marine Biology and want to change my Casio Youth Series Digital World Time for something better – let’s say worthwhile; something that can accompany me into my professional life. Not saying I want to leave my last three year’s companion bereft; it still runs fine and despite a myriad abuses it faced during the volleyball matches, it’s almost scratchless and certainly unshaken. It would be nothing better than betraying a long-time friend.

Please don’t ask me to go for something giga-pricey as the Omega Seamaster; even if I could afford, I would probably wear it to a party where wine flows in excess and not amidst an ocean of brine and rocks.

I trawled through quite a few many forums and asked people around but since I consider you to be speaking the last word in affordable choices, so here I am, with my query upfront.

A. Dear Mr. Future Oceanology Expert,

You certainly don’t want me to differentiate between a rose and a noose, do you? You haven’t yet reached the age to wear an Omega Seamaster, neither a Rolex Yachtmaster. Let another couple of decades pass and Gonzo won’t pose any bar on you owning either of the two, or both. Yours fall within the tranche of queries that portray an asker as a naive young man, trying too hard to fake modesty. The Gonzo shall never ask you to go for the one you mentioned; his choices are always practical and always match the age of the wearer. And affordable too; not something that will bother your rather slim wallet. Don’t take it as an offence, though; at your age, we all had so.

IMHO, nothing quite beats the Jap masters of horology in this regard. You got three choices: Citizen, Casio and of course, the SEIKO. Now, don’t expect me to spoon-feed you on their pros and cons (Really? Are there any cons at all?); read up a bit on their details and jump for the one that suits your budget the most. But wait, I haven’t yet spoken about the Prospex. I guess those are the ones you are specifically looking for and among the lot, the SBCZ023 JDM (pictured above) is what I consider to be the best.

Watch(es) mentioned in this post are listed below.  Click to see details and buy them:

i. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/search/results.html?search_in_description=1&keyword=Citizen+Promaster+Aqualand+Eco-Drive+Diver%27s

ii. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-divers-60/

iii. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-prospex-299/

 

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Bulova: The hidden tales

Among the widespread Bulova stories, it’s their 1951 partnership with NASA and Air Force One that most of us are aware of, but the Bulova Corporation is more than that! Those who think it’s just some starter company (with respect to the horology field) are advised to think over again; the brand has a rich history which you may call extremely interesting at the least!

Let’s go back a hundred and forty years. 1875 and a 23-year-old Czech immigrant (from Bohemia) opened up a jewellery store in the lower part of Manhattan. The immigrant, Joseph Bulova, named the store under his own name and it didn’t take long for his rise to fame. Quality and artistry in a perfect blend with innovation and technique; recognition came to Joseph Bulova flying at a fast pace within almost no time.

The year 1911 is not only famous for John Moses Browning’s design coming into production; for those who are clueless on what it is, it was the standard-issue sidearm for the US Armed Forces (1911 – 1986); it was also when the late Mr. Bulova started designing and producing clocks and pocket watches.  America was taken aback and the demand for Bulova timepieces spread far and wide, to cope up with which, Bulova’s first production plant was established in Bienne (Switzerland). Every component of the watches were manufactured here, not just the jewelled movements, which were mass produced on the assembly line. Bulova brought standardization into the industry and as time passed, pocket watches gave way to wristwatches but without compromising the staunch outlook towards maintenance of the standards. It changed only for better with time.

Eight years later, in 1919, Bulova introduced jewelled wristwatches for men and the following year, the Bulova Observatory came up. 580 Fifth Avenue; that was at the top of the skyscraper. Mathematicians were employed to set the standard of timekeeping in the Bulova Observatory henceforth and the data was used by the Setting and Timing unit for setting time on every Bulova timepiece. Needless saying, it brought precision to the max! Little do people know about the 1928 Bulova Clock Radio; the first ever!  Three years later, electric clocks – also the first of its kind – added another plume to the Bulova hat. These found extensive usage in the railways and ten years later to that, the first Bulova TV commercial – also the first in the world – came about.

Today, Bulova is mostly known for their Accutron technology (the first, fully-electronic watch), which was, initially, only for NASA’s Vanguard-1 satellite (1958) but did you know the first shuttle to land on the Moon had all its time-keeping devices built by Bulova? That same technology powers the Bulova Accutron watches, till today but now it is many grades higher. Would love to continue (and we will), but some other time.

Watch(es) mentioned in this post are listed below.  Click to see details and buy them:

http://www.creationwatches.com/products/bulova-watches-271/?currency=USD

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SOLAR or KINETIC? – Gonzo’s take on Seiko’s quartz prowess

The recent ramblings in this blog on Seiko’s solar-powered movements triggered this thought. All know that nothing appeals to Gonzo more than finely tuned mechanical hand-winds and autos, but well, when did a hunchback claim he doesn’t want to lie prostrate and enjoy a beautiful dream? Calling a spade a spade is essential and that way, even the Gonzo can’t deny the simple truth. For a while, I’ll stop romanticizing mechanical wonders and look elsewhere and I see nothing more worthy than the solar and kinetic movements to be mentioned here.

Note: I know there are digital ones and some of them are commendable enough to receive a nod of appreciation; however, that we’ll keep for some other time. We are talking about strictly analog forms here.

For a moment, let’s think your wrist is naked and you need just one watch to don (or adorn; it depends to the degree you are inclined towards it). You are no aficionado to the world of high-end horology; so what should ideally be your choice?

Surely you’ll want something that’s fun, functional and of course, fabulous. Now, the last term can be interpreted in a myriad ways; however, for the sake of convenience, let’s keep it to the extent that you’ll be proud to wear it. That’s fabulous at its basic sense and it covers all the points that a casual watch wearer might have in his mind; the most important one being it goes up max to $500 and shall keep working perfectly, without any service and maintenance, for at least a decade and a half. In a word, it should offer the value; at least, twice its price. Only then, you may call it a true beater watch!

The solar definitely fits these criteria; next, it’s the kinetic. Natural, that is, from the light to the movements and you are free from running costs. Better save up the money for changing batteries and maintenance to buy a mechanical later. Just remember not to keep either in your cupboard or closet for too long during the few initial days and you will be fine!

We already have tons written upon the solar, so let’s focus on the Kinetic. This is exclusively a Seiko creation; there’s no other brand making another one of these. It works the way a mechanical (again!) does; a large rotor spins and turns a tiny electric generator within the movement, which creates electrical charges and stores them in inbuilt storage units. So basically, both work on the same principle; only the way they generate the charges are different.

Those thinking about the nightmarish issues that came with the earlier Kinetics, stay calm; modern kinetics are all about solid performance. Just take care that you don’t drain the charge completely and the Kinetic is gonna be your simplest solution towards owning an inexpensive and accurate, grab-n-go rugged timepiece!

Watch(es) mentioned in this post are listed below.  Click to see details and buy them:

  1. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-kinetic-68/
  2. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-solar-273/

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A close encounter of the SOLAR kind

Seiko Solar watches are not a recent thing. It’s been almost 40 years that they are around. Starting in 1977, they are older than the Citizen Eco-Drive. It didn’t take them long to catch the attention of serious watch lovers and within a short time, Seiko brought out a full range and entered the world market. These were more higher-end than the introductory models (like this one or say, this)and how much ever predominant Citizen’s Eco-Drive models are, the Solar-powered Seiko-s hold their own stance being less expensive and sturdier. No gimmickry (read: fancy naming) here; Seiko Solar watches do just that much what they claim. Nothing more, nothing less; it’s the same concept of transforming light energy into electrical energy through photovoltaic cells and storing it into little ESU-s or electrical storage units.

Normally, these movements are for a lifetime! Sturdy and simple (provided it’s just time-telling and no other functions), they are designed to run on a tiny amount of power, which makes the Seiko Solar watches run for many months at a stretch once the ESU-s are fully charged. That’s a matter of a few hours or a few days; depends on how you are dividing the 18 or 20 hours of charging time; or, on the intensity of the light under which you are charging the cells. Sun light is the best and requires only around four to five hours to fill up the cells completely; with incandescent lights, charging time may stretch up to longer than 15 hours.

Unlike Citizen’s semi-transparent dials in the older Eco-Drive watches, the recent Seiko Solar watches use dials that do not even come closer to their traditional designs. Besides, they are entirely opaque (to the human eye) and allow a larger extent of design possibilities. As a result, Seiko is now concentrating more on their Solar watches and slowly retracting their battery-powered quartz collections from the market.

Seiko Solar watches range from the ultimate dressy styles to watches with highly complicated functions, targeted towards the niche crowd. This shows their future to be a bright one and also more exciting than before. Not just in the sporty or the dive categories; the chief difference shall remain under the dial. That’s to say, the movements; Seiko has introduced a large number of calibres and they both work and look cool.

Now, you may ask very rightfully: “Doesn’t so many of them going to get the consumers confused?” Or, in a more simplified manner: “How do we know which one is going to be the best?” Let’s answer it for once and for all: Focus on what functions and features you want rather than the technicalities behind the movement. They are all from the house of Seiko, so stay rest assured they all excel in terms of practicality, lifespan and usefulness.

Watch(es) mentioned in this post are listed below.  Click to see details and buy them:

  1. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-japan-82/seiko-astron-high-intensity-titanium-sbxa003-sast003-3978.html
  2. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-chronograph-watches-63/seiko-pilots-solar-alarm-chronograph-flightmaster-ssc009p1-ssc009-ssc009p-mens-watch-2898.html
  3. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-chronograph-watches-63/seiko-solar-chronograph-divers-ssc017p1-ssc017p-ssc017-mens-watch-3206.html

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Dating the Seiko

To those who already raised their eyebrows:

I’m certainly not talking about some fetish or that way, about any kind of perversion; nor about turning into an iconoclast. What shall follow is how to find out the birth details of the Seiko you just bought. It applies to the vintage Seiko-s as much as the most recent of releases; from the venerable Seiko 5 to the elegant and sombre Grand Seiko. And to everything that are in between.

Why I embarked upon this particular topic is so far, I’ve received multiple questions from buyers who asked how to find out how old their respective Seiko-s are; to be more precise – What’s it manufacturing date? So I thought of answering them once and for all. Let’s see how the production date of a Seiko can be detected.

Actually, it’s very simple. Follow the set of numbers that come with every Seiko, etched/printed at the back. This also reveals the history or significance of that particular Seiko watch. Thus, you gain the knowledge and also, the power to choose and bargain, in its real sense, especially when you are buying a Seiko from the new, old stocks or models that have been discontinued. These, ideally should come at a lower price than what they were made available first; knowing the significance of the numbers at the backside shall help you obtain the item at a more reasonable and realistic price.

A Seiko with a solid case-back shall bear the 6-digit number etched in a straight line; for a transparent case-back (e.g. the modern Seiko 5), it shall remain printed horizontally, on the glass display. These types are easier to miss, so you need a pair of keen eyes. A higher end Seiko (e.g. 6R15 calibre Premier) shall have it on the rim of the case-back. However, in case of the mid-to-late 1960s Seiko-s, the serials are 7 digits long. For Limited Edition models, there remains a unique, numbering sequence; to be more precise, set of three numbers each, separated with an oblique. If it’s 040/100, it denotes, it’s the 40th piece from a total of 300 pieces manufactured.

However, let’s concentrate on the 6-digit serials, for they are the most abundant ones. Deciphering is as follows:

1. The first digit (0-9): Denotes the year of manufacture; not the decade. So, 1 could be either 1991 or 2001 or 2011.

2. The second digit (1 – 9): Denotes the month of production i.e. from January to September. Huh? What about the remaining three months, then? Well, October bears the number 0 (zero), while for November and December, it’s N and D, respectively.

3. The remaining digits: These represent the sequential production number. The first watch in the production line shall always have 0000 while the last one rolling out shall be 9999. Seiko makes up to 10,000 watches for particular models a month; once that limit is reached, the number is reset to 0000 again for the next month.

So there you are! Whichever calibre or whichever model you choose, match the serial number to find out the production details.

Watch(es) mentioned in this post are listed below.  Click to see details and buy them:

  1. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-japan-82/seiko-automatic-presage-23-jewels-sarx015-4496.html
  2. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-prospex-299/seiko-prospex-automatic-limited-edition-srp577k1-srp577k-mens-watch-5392.html
  3. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-japan-82/seiko-automatic-alpinist-watch-sarb017-1850.html

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The Swiss/Jap conflict continues…

Everyone wants a watch that works. A moderately large number of users know how they work; few like to know how they work. The majority goes walking the plank vastly uninformed. Now, no one says it’s a norm of watch-wearing to know the details of the mechanism inside; however, a personal preference is knowing about what’s going on inside and how it is rated in the long run. That’s quite helpful towards a wise selection. A good-looking (and just good-looking) timepiece does not make everything in watch-craft. Just like luxury alone doesn’t make a good car. The engine matters and also where that engine was made.

Several countries specialize in making watch movements. Switzerland and Japan comes first, then Germany, England and France … also US! Traditional routes always lead to the Swiss path; a standard for quality, for mechanical movements. Now the Swiss are also catching up with quartz and Japs with the Swiss…to some extent, Japan beats Swiss in certain aspects. However, due to scarcity of space and time, we shall confine the discussion between Swiss and Jap movements. The rest shall be covered at some other time.

One magnum exemplum of Jap superiority is the movements from Orient. Sure, Japan also makes Miyota and it is much closer (in terms of popularity) to the Swiss ETA than any of Orient’s. We’ll pull it into the discussion but all in good time.

ETA is from the Swatch Group and is found in almost all luxury watches capable of breaking your bank. Few watch companies now produce their own movements, so ETA is their saviour. Breitling or Omega, Tag Heuer or IWC – many of these popular and pricey products got ETA running inside. But Orient, nowhere near their price horizons, showcases own movements. But the astonishing part is: School of Horology found Orient Caliber 46943 (the most popular Orient movement) a worthy competitor to the ETA 2892.a2, which is the most popular among ETA movements.

Upon comparison, Orient was found to possess a greater capability to wind; it requires less movement and its efficiency is due to its straightforward design. Less frill, use of fewer parts…well, that’s the secret behind Orient’s higher powers.

But Orient also makes more expensive movements with higher levels of complexity; perhaps we should compare one of them to the ETA. No worries, but some parts just don’t change, which are the in-house production, hand assembling, exclusive only for the brand and highly efficient!

Comparing the Orient to Miyota, well, you can put the same stigma the ETA alike; they too found way into too many watches. That includes Citizen and Invicta, brands with impeccable standards for durability and accuracy. Its 8215 movement holds the same platform as the other two, but with a flaw. It is use and throw, kind of; due to its single main bridge construction. With Orient, there are two, which says: Miyota is as good as long as it lasts! It is non-serviceable, most of the times. With Orient, they are serviceable even after it passes on as an heirloom.

Watch(es) mentioned in this post are listed below.  Click to see details and buy them:

  1. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/orient-watches-252/
  2. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/hamilton-watches-250/

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