Casio G-Shock Steel: A more grown-up G-Shock faired to fit a day-to-day wearing

The Baseline: G-Shock is not always about loud colours and lewd sizes; now it’s also about simple stainless steel cases and bracelets. There’s some protective black urethane surrounding the case sides and lugs, but it is steel that rules for the most of it.

There are times even the most ardent, professional-standard Casio G Shock users crave for steel. Steel does wonders. Surgical tool, fine knives and timepieces got this one thing common. Agreed there are wonders in polymer-coated steel, but naked steel is a whole new show altogether. This is also why I’m for the Smith & Wesson Model 3 on a day of sightseeing rather than a Salient Arms International 1911 .45. The latter is for the dire times when you are fighting your way out, not sailing through it.

Similarly, it happens with the Casio G-Shocks. Not saying that the G-Shock steel is for the days of sightseeing but its beauty shall hold you from using it under harsh conditions. But the G-Steel solves the long-standing conundrum on whether to go for a G-Shock or not.

On one hand, there’s its legendary durability and reliability to bank upon; on the other, its size and material fit for the outdoor professional and the armed forces. In civilian life, there are not too many places where the G-Shock can fit in comfortably and can be used to their full potential. The G-Steel; however, looks more adult than its polymer brethren and can even sneak in with business suits and its functions can come to a lot of use of the busy executive.

There are four parts that make the G-Steel:

  • An analog time display.
  • A large number of functions.
  • An all-steel construction.
  • A truly, truly affordable price.

There’s no reason to think that a digital watch in thick, hard plastic is more durable. The steel here offers that premium aspect as good with the younger, more affordable G-Steel. True, this one doesn’t have titanium to go with, neither a GPS Hybrid WaveCeptor time setting technology but it is Solar and offers shock and water resistance as good as the rest in the creed. It has LED lights both on the face and back, calculates time for 31 zones including DST, offers 5 daily alarms and the hand-shift feature. It means, if the hands bar your view to the screens, you can move them out for some time. They return where they were after a few seconds.

The stopwatch and the countdown function comes useful both in office and in the kitchen and an auto-calendar (pre-programmed till 2099) doesn’t give you the scope to forget important dates. It’s a watch that can handle pretty much anything. Even dinners.

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Newsletter : Seiko Men’s + Citizen Women’s Titanium Sapphire Crystal Watches on Sale!

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This week we have on promotion 2 Titanium Sapphire Crystal watches – One men’s Titanium Watch and one Women’s Titanium Watch. They are a great couple’s watch, given Valentine’s day is just around the corner!

These are for those who don’t like their watches too heavy – Titanium is incredibly light on the wrist without compromising the durability of the watch. The Sapphire Crystal ensures there won’t be any scratches on the glass either. Both are extremely well made watches with 100 meters (330 feet) water resistance. The Citizen is an eco-drive which means it is powered by light so you don’t have to ever worry about changing batteries. The Seiko has a long lasting (5 year) battery. If you don’t lose them or drop them from a skyscraper, these watches will be with you for years, if not decades. And for less than US$ 200, a Sapphire Crystal Titanium body watch is a steal!

On top of that we have an additional 10% discount on these 2 watches just for the next 1 week. Use code TITANIUM to get the additional 10% discount.

Check them out here: Titanium Sapphire Crystal 100m Watches

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Diesel SBA: For the Brave, for the Brawny!

Gonzo writing about Diesel! That might not go down too well with some of the folks. Truly, do you think there are reasons enough for that? Gonzo is happy-go-lucky with just some appreciation for the finer aspects of life. Stiff lips don’t let you taste entirely. I want to taste everything I come across and savour the few I like among them. Closing-up to new tastes is just half the fun.

So whoever thinks Gonzo doesn’t write about apart from a few specific brands is wrong. Like I said – the finer aspects – it can come from any brand unless those which consistently make bad products. Diesel is not one of them. It might have been earlier but the brand learnt from its mistakes.

That was a good enough reason to check it out once. Slowly, it unfolded how Diesel is currently making quite a name for itself.

Over the past few decades, Diesel was known for its affordable, modernist watches. That in-your-face look delivered a lot of attitude, a load of spunk and the marketing department never missed these points to highlight and capture the attention of the modern watch aficionado. The entry-level sports-luxury Diesel SBA is neither an excess, nor short of anything that might not appear so appealing to an onlooker. It contradicts values with impressions and the way that challenge is met is enjoyable.

The SBA is made to fit into a lot of tasks. Racing, beach combing or climb the mountains – the SBA is built tough. Yet, they are classy enough to be a part of everything genteel. They are comfortable as indoor wears and meet quite a tall order regarding pulling off with the ruggedness vs. elegance/class combination so convincingly.

The SBA offers 3 key promises of rugged luxury. They have the right styles that mix; it must have other noteworthy contenders in its class and finally, a credibility that comes from the use of the right movement/mechanism and other must-have, value added features. Together, they firmly establish the sports-luxury credentials. The Diesel SBA covers a lot of ground on these criteria. The retro-designed cases and faces add in sumptuously.

With that said, the Diesel SBA watches are great as a daytime, outdoor watch. It won’t light up in the dark and the post-sunset outdoors demands that. It’s better to use it just for dress/sports-luxury purposes when there’s no more daylight left on the horizon. Their overall functionality and design cues will now offer pure pleasure through their looks only, not with their rugged function.

The Diesel SBA precisely brings the value to the table. It isn’t a perfect watch as the tight upper-lipped horo-cynic might like, but it’s a versatile, flexible, sports watch with luxury-looks.

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Newsletter : Citizen Sapphire Perpetual Watch for only US$ 199!

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This week we have on sale one of the most beautiful and functional time-pieces Citizen has ever produced. It is the Citizen Eco Drive Perpetual Calendar BL8050-56E.

For the price this watch is a real bargain. The RRP of this watch is US$ 450 and we have it for only US$199 with Free Worldwide shipping as usual (free DHL Express shipping to most countries!).

Featuring the trademark Citizen Eco-drive solar-powered technology, you won”t have to worry about changing the batteries ever. And the perpetual calendar ensures that you don’t have to worry about changing the day or date. It automatically adjusts even for leap years! In fact, the watch has a leap year indicator as well.
It also features an alarm, 100 meter water resistance, superb quartz accuracy and Citizen reliability.

And on top of that it has a Sapphire crystal – a watch at this price with a Sapphire crystal is not very common.

Get it while stocks last, this watch will not be available again at this price!

Get it here: Citizen Eco Drive Perpetual Calendar BL8050-56E Men’s watch

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Casio G-Shock GBA 400: Watches just smart enough

During my teens and as a young adult, music dominated the better part of my life. Bluetooth, those times, was a dentist’s responsibility and none seemed too happy to get one. But the changing times…well…spell different. Now Bluetooth is something people like with everything; it’s a staple to the smartphones, tabs, laptops…and now, it’s in the watch! I wish I was a teen or a young adult now; eating, sleeping and breathing music with minimal effort. With one of the G-Shock GBA-400 series Bluetooth-enabled watches and a smartphone/tab, I could have changed tracks just lifting the wrist. Agreed smartphones were never a part of my growing up; all I say is things would have been much better that way.

A lot of you might be wondering if the G-Shock GBA-400 watches were created with the sole purpose of listening to music. Not exactly, but well, that’s another good thing you can do with them. These Bluetooth watches will connect to your phone (w/Bluetooth connectivity) and play all the music in your phone’s memory, the way you want it; whichever track it may be, how much ever loud you want it to play. For Casio finally understood even the tough and the rugged need music to sustain, not just the frail and thin Gonzo.

Being a part of the famous G-Shock range from Casio, there’s the traditional ruggedness present in the form of shock and water resistance. They display both in analogue and digital formats and its Super Illuminator light is a big aid in the dark. That makes music pleasanter in the dark.

No, the G-Shock GBA-400 watches are not touch-screen phones. They are chunky and more capable to withstand rigours than other smartwatches, which sometimes, don’t even make it to dips in the bathtub. With the G-Shock, a 600 feet deep, saltwater pool is also no match.

Let’s see now what the two LCD screens do. The uppermost screen displays the date normally, but once connected, it acts as the screen that shows the track being played. The lower LCD shows time digitally. In between the LCDs, the large silver/gold disc indicates if your Bluetooth is on or not and is quite a bit of fun to watch.

The large, rotary crown is the master control for track changing and volume level alterations while the other five buttons establishes the Bluetooth connection and enable to activate/deactivate general watch functions like changing/selecting modes and activating the Super Illuminator light. As for other functions and features, there’s a flight mode which suspends the signal transmission when activated; a world-timer, an alarm, a stopwatch and countdown timer.

If you got an Apple iPhone or your phone runs on the Android platform, it will be only sane to opt for the GBA-400; not just the watch but also the app G’Mix, a dedicated media-player with custom/preset equalisers and interface.

But the most surprising part? Install in your phone the SoundHound; it will identify whatever song that’s been played nearby.

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Ask Gonzo ’bout watches XVII

Q. Hi Gonzo!
I find your articles, answers and explanations to watch-queries very intriguing and wanted to write you someday. There wasn’t much scope till now but finally!
I admit I’m still a newbie. My understanding about watches doesn’t go beyond quartz, solar and mechanical; you throw me questions on calibres and other deep technicalities and you’ll find me falling flat on the ground. Anyway, now I want to start afresh.
I still find it unclear when it comes to setting watches and their price points together. I’m unable to decide when it comes between choosing a watch with absolutely fabulous features and functions but running on battery-operated quartz and another with little less functions but running on a constant power source like solar, kinetic or mechanical. Besides, some say that my taste for watches is bit extravagant for my age, so please, please, please…find me my first non-digital watch within a grand. I also have Emporio Armani in mind besides other watches and IMHO, they are great-looking watches for their price with fairly high variations between shapes, colours and sizes.

A. Hello there!

There’s an old-saying – ‘if it’s too good to be true, it probably is’. Either that; or you are the last of the innocents. So, I’ll try to sound polite but cannot guarantee no mean-spirited jokes to follow.
I’m also in no mood to stir the shit-pot again on what all you must consider before throwing your money down; you’ll find those posts here. Hesitate not to make sumptuous use of the ‘search’ button. It’s given so that you may find your own way out.
That part done, here are three names for you to pick. These three relate to three different personalities and lifestyles. I’m sure you are aware of which one is yours. ‘Nuff said.

  • Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Automatic Chronograph H77616333 Men’s Watch: A bent towards history will make you love this Hamilton a bit more. The type is the one used in the first US postal service flight (Washington «=» New York). The flight chronograph and the drift-angle calculator are completely a pilot’s thing and make interesting additions to a watch you can use on a daily basis. Detailing on metal overlays complements the watch with a distinctive style. With 60 hours of reserve, you don’t have to bother much about it running out of power.

 

  • Casio G-Shock Atomic MTG-S1000D-1AJF Men’s Watch: Crafted in Casio’s Yamagata factory. This is where Casio builds its select premium styles entirely in-house, including the materials and components. It has a rugged, performance chronograph; an extraordinary mechanical integrity and a precision that’s never to flinch.

 

  • Tissot T Touch Expert Titanium T013.420.44.202.00 Compass Watch: The outbound urban will find the Tissot T-Touch Expert Titanium a high-precision instrument offering 15 separate functions, all touch-activated. by a touch on the screen. It’s technology at your fingertips, for both the professional and the extreme enthusiasts.

 

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i.http://www.creationwatches.com/products/hamilton-watches-250/hamilton-khaki-x-wind-automatic-chronograph-h77616333-mens-watch-2331.html

ii. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/casio-g-shock-57/casio-g-shock-atomic-mtg-s1000d-1ajf-mens-watch-4681.html

iii. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/tissot-t-touch-183/tissot-t-touch-expert-titanium-t013-420-44-202-00-compass-watch-2073.html

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MK Jetmaster: An interesting, fun watch

MK, despite a fashion brand, has stepped up recently and got committed to serious watch-making. The MK Jetmaster is nowhere near those incoherent designs that cast more attention than needed to show it’s indeed mechanical and make the primary function of showing time get lost amidst a flurry of flashy rings, springs and braces.

When MK thought of going skeleton this time, they understood one simple fact. No subpar movement would do. From a horological viewpoint (also a typically mechanical one), MK seems to have done with the banal, relatively unimpressive, inexpensive, battery-powered quartz engines and had to call it a day before opting for a better quest. MK was weary of the typically inexpensive segment named fashion watch and wanted to look bad. It’s no illegitimate wrist-trash this time. MK finally creates something suitable for people with horological and other taste and knowledge.

The money thing doesn’t become a defining factor here. But it’s a fact that those who prefer fashion brands over heritage watches shall also find the Kors Jetmaster an absolute fashion statement. Those trying to get into mechanicals from fashionable quartzes will find the Jetmaster as a foundation to build your future timepiece collection. No, we’ll certainly not consider the Jetmaster as a horological height, but it’s still closer to that height than many of its peers. The journey for going real helped MK to define an own, distinct niche between the two zones.

The Jetmaster didn’t walk the known avenue of chronographs. Instead, it puts in options you’ll find more useful in an everyday life. The registers are a bevy of day, date, month, and 24-hour time complications; there’s nothing chrono- among them and all adjusted with the pushers.

MK Jetmaster is perhaps the first one to put these four together on the face of a watch. They make the layout a little too full, but also a little more luxurious.

Looking at the movement, it’s impossible to recognise its Chinese origin unless told beforehand. It’s a very attractive mechanism that shows through the Jetmaster’s exhibition case-back and you can tell there are no merely-painted blue, red or magenta screws. The metal quality is thin, uniform and treated with a good finish.

The Michael Kors Jetmaster gets a variety of cues from other iconic watch models. There’s a bit of Hublot, the symmetrical pile-up as in an Audemars Piguet Grande Complication; chunky links with a brushed-satin finish like the Rolex Oyster Perpetual or the slightly-rounded, TAG look  – all rounded up into one. However, it also takes the bezel’s inspiration from the Seamaster, which it pays homage to. The overall aesthetics balances well an armada of disparate stylistic nous, making the Michael Kors Jetmaster Automatic an interesting watch to wear; at least, till it gets a top-notch Swiss movement inside. Then, it will be a real interesting watch.

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The Hamilton Jazzmaster auto-chrono H32616133: A truly enjoyable watch

It’s not about the Hamilton Jazzmaster auto-chrono but about the overall feel that a watch delivers upon wearing. The levels of curiosity and excitement that build up you may find very childlike unless you too, are into watches. With the Jazzmaster Auto Chrono, the feeling was almost like outdoing oneself.

There are advocates for Rolex, Breitling, TAGs and Omegas and other big-shot wonders but all I could say, as an average guy, is I can afford only the average-guy watch. The Hamilton auto chrono is an average-guy watch when it comes down to the price, with the make and feel of the big-shots. Those who waded through greater pools may come up with some or the other shortcoming, maybe hypothetical, but till then, there’s nothing the Hamilton auto chrono lacks. It is hard to believe the kind of excellence Hamilton has offered at under $1,000. It’s also surprising how Hamilton offers a full twelve-hour chronograph at this price point. It makes the Jazzmaster Auto Chrono a timepiece with a completely unique personality, the best piece to go with light business wear.

The Auto Chrono strikes balance in its execution. Its quality can trigger envy in many other watchmakers, sometimes selling double its price. The Jazzmaster auto chrono creates an air of sophistication that’s approachable and pleasantly surprising. The stainless steel case and the sapphire crystal are plenty durable for almost all kinds of activity and it can be a staple for both dressed-up and dressed-down looks.

Despite being a dress watch, the Hamilton Jazzmaster auto chrono, doesn’t leave you biting nails for night-time visibility.  It’s luminescent inlay (hour and minute hands and hour markers) is decent enough to give you a clear reading of the time.  It’s not as bright or long lasting like the professional tools.

The H21 movement makes its presence felt and you become sure that the massive 60 hours of power reserve is getting filled. Over time, the inherent intricacy grows into an astounding emotional attachment, with no element of fragility to cut it abruptly. The H21 movement is an enhanced and modified version of the Valjoux 7750, a widely acclaimed movement for its excellence and reliability. It’s kind of bespoke, or maybe different, since it’s not a stock movement as found in many other similarly priced watches. This is the next level of entry into the world of mechanical watches, a step above the standard ETA.

All that make the Jazzmaster Auto Chrono a watch I’ll truly enjoy. It’s that simple. I feel it significant due to all those aforementioned reasons.  Whether the Auto Chrono catches your eyes (or, tickles your fancy), fact remains that it’s something exceptional that Hamilton built and you’ll feel that every time you put it on. But none would blame you for feeling that way.

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Michael Kors Jetmaster Automatic: It’s bold and it doesn’t feign

Quite a few reviews addressed the Michael Kors Jetmaster Automatic watch as the new sheriff in town. The kid went away with the Eagles and the sheriff walked-in on proud gaits.

That sounds too sweet. Better, take it as a watch you might not be embarrassed about. Other enthusiasts around will also express their explicit interest about your wrist.

The massive Jetmaster was everywhere in Baselworld 2014; billboards and buses included. An expensive campaign it must have been, but it looked confident. It was kind of like a wind-vane directing the way MK might move in, finally.

The Jetmaster is bold enough to stand amidst others in the more expensive habitats. The media had their unwavering eyes fixed at the brand Michael Kors, which comes under Fossil. This time, MK was announcing about getting serious and letting all know the first milestone is been covered. A real watch, not just a decorative, fashion accessory – as the brand is often blamed for. Rebooting with a serious mechanical and automatic watch says there are more in the pipeline for sure.

Is that MK answering back? We were confirmed that Michael Kors is done with and will try nothing to get into the greater watch industry – it has nothing to prove. Kors cashed in on the idea of inexpensive but reasonably good, hardy watches that follow the trends (recent, retro and futuristic) – and earns a large margin from the United States fashion market. In terms of sheer sales, it is on its way of turning into a global powerhouse. Agreed they are more popular in the casual wearers’ realm, but truth be told, it takes to become a default.

That much done for the non-watch nerds; Michael Kors now turned towards writing true success stories. The Jetmaster – many thought – to be a near-impossible task from the brand and something must have been wrong in the news. Amidst the debates, it was still selling out across US and reserves were depleting fast. The mainstream media and blogs didn’t grant much space but the watch-media gave the Michael Kors Jetmaster an importance as a release this interesting deserves,

The Jetmaster is an interesting watch to wear. Contemplate to take pleasure in it. It’s ahead of many of the key developing trends in watch-dom across the entire watch industry for its ingenious build. It competes against the traditional watch industry. Technically smart, it’s the mechanical watch-domains answer to the digital smart-watches. Hard-to-please, hardcore watch geeks are now to accept the derisive fashion watch label is gone! Agreed it’s not the Speedmaster, but it’s impressive to see a company without any dedicated watch-making roots could come up this high, into the domain of real sophisticated wrist-options.

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Newsletter : Stuhrling Original Watches on Sale! Up to 90% off!

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CreationWatches.com now carries Stuhrling Original Watches! Starting at only US $69, they represent fantastic value for money!

Stuhrling Original Watches have undergone a complete revival, embracing significant improvements for its movements, designs and quality. The improvements significantly leveraged the Stuhrling Watches brand to new heights with the shining solidity on one hand to the bare-bones on the other. For the casual wearers, they represent something impressive as well as versatile, with a posh look and feel that’s similar to Swiss watches coming at a much higher price. The Stuhrling Original Watches look the part and play them too, without even being loud about it!

Get 10% off all Stuhrling Original Watches with discount code STUHRLING. That brings the discounts to up to 90% off some models!

Check them out here: Stuhrling Original Swiss Watches on Sale

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Citizen Eco-Drive Atessa Satellite GPS CC3010-51E Men’s Watch: Cool technology within a conservative package

For Citizen, a watch like the Eco-Drive Atessa Satellite GPS is their take on making high-end technology more accessible to the mass, instead of staying a rather exotic item. The downside is it will make the atomic-synch watches seem almost like dinosaurs, but there’s no doubt you can beat anytime a so-called smart-watch with a timepiece like this. It’s self-sustaining, more autonomous in nature and as long as you don’t feel lazy to feed it some light, you can find your watch automatically updating itself through the years and the latitudes and longitudes.

Citizen watches took their GPS-control technology up a flight last year, in 2015. The 2014 models underwent some serious revamp this time and the Citizen Satellite Wave World Time GPS F150, showed up with a different case, a different dial (with different functions) and an upgraded movement.

The Citizen Eco-Drive Atessa Satellite GPS is what one might call a watch with true GPS functionality.  Prior to 2015, the Citizen GPS-technology allowed GPS signals to update and synchronise time but not update the location of a watch. So, first it used to be selecting a time zone for the global positioning satellite data update time and date-related information. Rival watch brands offered this functionality, so Citizen had to work on it to stay at the competition. But to tell the truth, they went ahead of it and packed in all that within a slim watch profile. Now we may call it a true GPS watch, since now, it allows updating the time-zone automatically.

The Citizen Atessa Satellite is currently the slimmest among the rest of the GPS-watches in the industry. The eco-drive feature ensures it never runs out of power while making the updates or in middle of a function. Fully charged, it will run for almost two years with the functions engaged on a regular basis. It takes just three seconds for the watch to receive/acquire GPS signals under an open, clear sky.

Apart from the GPS-synched time display, the Atessa Satellite also offers a perpetual calendar, with the day of the week indicator on the dial. It also shows the GPS signal strength and the amount of power left in the battery. Those aside, there’s the world-time feature, which denotes time in 40 different time zones and in 27 reference cities. You get a daylight savings time indicator along with but without cluttering the dial. It’s surprising the way Citizen fits them all in and still retains such a minimalist look! It makes a hi-tech product to be embraced by the lovers of traditional looks and conservative appearance, which is to say – it is built to appeal to the mass market and not the handful always up for unique designs.

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JDM SEIKO: Insanity, intelligence or plain exotic?

Japan is cool. So must be their watches!

That’s a wild guess. It really can’t affirm that it applies to all Japanese watches. But some are there – in fact – cooler than those made elsewhere. Many of them are dear to collectors. These are Seiko watches made and sold exclusively in Japan. Decidedly cooler than those sold in the United States, a JDM Seiko is one watch that turns you greedy.

Japanese Domestic Market/Models are exclusively built for Japan and JDM Seiko is for its home market. If a collector wants to buy a particular JDM Seiko, he might have to search place. Not every retailer will stock one.

So, why do we want to buy a JDM Seiko? – We still ask. It takes longer to deliver, makes you shoulder customs duties and still allures with its attractiveness. Superior movements are one.

Mechanical Seiko’s you find in US mostly use the 7S26 calibre, a basic workhorse that has a lot of things to be thankful about. Its reliability is legendary; still, it falls short in comparison to the 7S26. A JDM Seiko will always have the most robust Japanese movement inside, like the 6R15, 6R20, 8R28 and 8L35.

The 6R15 is a modified 7S26 and an equivalent to the Swiss ETA-2824. Unlike 7S26, it has hand-winding and hacking capabilities. It also has a higher power reserve of 50 hours and stays within the +15 seconds span. There are two separate pinions now on the bottom plate that allow hand-winding. For adjustments, it uses a pinned balance spring and a Spron510 mainspring brings it a 50 hour power reserve. The Blue Sumo and the SARB line use this movement. It is also sold as NE15A. It also forms the base for the high beat 8R28 chronograph module. The 6R20 is a higher-beating version of the 6R15 and beats at 28,800 bph.

As for the 8L35, the Seiko MarineMaster 300m uses it. Its glory is an undecorated and unadjusted form. Add some design and tune it up properly and it becomes the 9S55, the robust calibre that runs the Grand Seiko. An exceptionally solid watch with a Grand Seiko movement within the $2K range is not that bad a deal at all! This too beats at 28,800 bph and is similar to the 6R15 in terms of power reserve and accuracy. Both are at par with better durability than their Swiss competitors and threaten the Swiss value proposition quite a bit.

The JDM MarineMaster is significantly pricier than the Sumo and also boasts exquisite finishing details and finishes than you’ll find on a much more expensive watch. It is impressive both visually and functionally and possesses its hint of JDM character. Pull the triggers on a Prospex, a Monster and a Solar Chronograph Diver and for the rest of your life, you’ll carry a blatant disregard towards formal and business decorum wrist-wear.

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Omega movements: Better than Rolex?

Santo speaks:

That’s exactly where things took off. The recent flood of Omega – the other most well known watch besides Rolex – triggered the much-discussed topic once more. Both the Rolex and Omega camps tried settling the debate in the most honourable and most arrogant of ways. So, it is foolhardy to assume I’m here to settle this debate – no way, never – let me be perfectly clear it’s just my two pence on the topic raised by friends. I hope it makes for an enjoyable read.

Just like the Omega Calibre 2500, there’s the Rolex Caliber 3135, the workhorse three-hand movements found in majority of Rolex and Omega watches.
The most recent Rolex 3135 might have a pre-Parachrom Bleu hairspring inside; else, both the calibres use the Nivarox hairspring, bringing them an almost identical performance.

Whether the 3135 comes with appreciable advantages is a complex question. Better judge it yourself.

The 3135 has a glucydur balance wheel using the Microstella system for fine tuning timekeeping. The balance wheel houses 4 screws, placed at equal distances and moved towards or away from the centre of the balance wheel to speed up or slow down. For Omega, it’s the Etachron adjustment screw that looks less elegant (keeps the price down) and offers slightly less control and precision while fine tuning. But that brings the huge price differences between Omega and higher Swiss luxuries, not just Rolex. However, both 2500 and 3135 opted for freely-sprung balances besides the Nivarox hairsprings; for Rolex, it’s now the in-house built Parachrom Bleu hairspring. Rolex incorporates KIF shock protection and provides further protection against impact-generated timing errors, but the ETA Incabloc shock-protection system resists shocks just as well. Still, some watchmakers give KIF an upper hand.

It seems Rolex beats Omega from a theoretical viewpoint. I say this for maintaining the COSC standards of accuracy requires periodic adjustments. They are almost same for both 3135 and 2500, may be they are just a few days apart.

Gonzo’s gabbles:

With regard to the calibres equipped with the co-axial escapement, Omega went off the safe routes. It was a brilliant move from the marketing perspective; it differentiated the brand from their chief competitors. Particularly, it was Rolex. The gee-whiz new technology promised a longer-lasting watch requiring less maintenance. This hit the average Joe watch buyer accurately and helped them understand with an extended, 3-year warranty coverage on Co-Axial watches.

The Omega Co-Axial escapement runs almost without any lubrication, if compared to traditional escapements. It has a lower beat speed that brings 1 tick less in a second than a high-beat watch. To consider that stagger, you need to be really anal retentive. Of course, everyone wants the smoothest sweep but then again, the dollars go up.

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The Omega De Ville Prestige Co-Axial Chronometer – Very favourable first impressions

The OMEGA De Ville Prestige Co-Axial Chronometers bring mixed reactions; neither unpleasant. Their large and loyal following is not just about the classic and elegant crowd; its design and characteristic luxury styling is a subject of interest to anyone admiring timeless existence. It exudes from the design.

They are perspicuous right at the first glance, but a closer inspection shall reveal there’s more to see. A large part of that is under the scratch-resistant sapphire crystals, the striking dials with Roman numerals at the midpoints and the date window at the 3 o’clock position. It’s the heart of these timepieces, the Co-Axial calibre 2500.

[Note] Co-Axial is a type of escapement with two escape wheels mounted together. They release the torque from the main spring by working in conjunction. There is an additional jewel to lessen friction. It’s much lesser than just two jewels sliding along the teeth of a single wheel. The third jewel catches the edge of the teeth on two wheels lessening friction in the escapement and resulting in longer gaps between services.

This is the first escapement design with a practical usage for the mass to come out in the last 250 years. It’s larger than Swiss-lever escapement. The Omega Cal. 2500 was introduced in 1999.

The Omega DeVille Prestige is also very low-profile at the same time. It’s sober as a dress watch, but its relatively low publicity makes it the member of close circles. It is not a widely known watch with a large following; it is about creating impressions from the connoisseurs’ point of views.

There is no other complication into it apart from regular timekeeping, which is its appeal. Being a current Omega product, all that we can say is it is very well made. It would be naiveté judging Omega and giving it points.

Else, let’s consider it a pleasant deviation from the trend of big sports watches, of military appearances and dominating by looks. The current fashion has gone bit to awry on legibility issues; multiple functions are more important now. So is sturdiness; all these are appealing with today’s trends.

But the distinguished crowd often run into a variety of social situations, where the military looks are never the priority criteria. Elegance and lightness are appreciated more for those settings; the soberness of formal clothes match with thinner volumes better. The wrist and the cuff don’t allow for a very wide gap and the OMEGA De Ville Prestige fits in perfectly.

The OMEGA De Ville Prestige watches got a very nostalgic appearance. It brings back the memories of days past and proudly wearing dress watches. Its elegance is its smaller size and it fulfils the intended goal of being a fine old-fashioned timepiece with a small crown, as opposed to the large heaps of metal often accompanying many of today’s best-sellers.

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Newsletter : New Year’s Sale on Watches – Discount coupon inside

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Use coupon code NEWYEAR for the additional 10% discount.

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Co-Axial escapement: Omega’s signature creation

These entire years horology – as a whole – witnessed many different escapements. They came and they went; they still come and go and its discussion is limited within close circles. Even then, the world outside the shrunken range must know of the Co-Axial escapement.

Designed by George Daniels in the 1970s, the British master watchmaker thought about something radically different from the Swiss lever escapement. So much that it creates a cornerstone. The pitfall George Daniels tried correcting was eradicating the need for lubrication.

Note: Certainly, an Omega still needs tiny droplets of oil in its components – say, contact points – but there are looong gaps in between. The ultimate aim is to remove the need for lubrication, take it out of the picture completely.

None was interested in his escapement save Nicolas G. Hayek. His visions led him make several bold decisions and the Co-Axial calibre is now public domain! Still, none tries to copy it. That shows it is not very easy to master. And it’s not coming in any other Swatch models any soon.

The new Co-Axial escapement system w/anti-magnetic Nivagauss balance-staff and pivots. It also has the Si14 hairspring.

Omega says there are three major advantages to the Co-axial. Firstly, it reduces friction within the calibre. Second, this reduces the number of times you need to open and service it to keep the chronometric performance going. Last – It doesn’t depreciate as standard escapement does.

Omega’s visionary ideas turned into industrial reality within a few years. The success of the Co-Axial escapement continues.

A concrete redesigning completely rethought and then adapted to work. It has been ten so far – Co-Axial calibres – 2007 onward. The first Co-Axial movement – 8500/8501 – was used in the De Ville Hour Vision model. The most recent is the 9605/9615. There’s a chronograph, GMT and date functions in that calibre. Contextually: Omega’s 9300/9301 is the first Co-Axial chronograph calibre.

The range of Co-Axial calibres is a constantly expanding one.  It’s pretty wide at this point and reflects Omega’s efforts in demonstrating an innovative ability. The backing from Swatch Group brought Omega back to the industry. Today, they offer a full four-year warranty on their Co-axial escapement.

There’s Silicon too in the movement and that’s the non-magnetic balance-spring. They are highly resistant to shear. Meaning, the balance-spring is the mystery behind an improved chronometric performance.

Silicon also wears nominally. It wears much slower than normal metal. It is lighter, too.

Omega makes roundabout 750,000 watches every year. Stephen Urquhart, the CEO says two-thirds or more out of those watches are mechanicals, incorporating Co-Axial technology. In 2012, the COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute) tested and certified 526,046 Omega mechanical movements.  were certified by

Omega’s automated assembly line is the ETA assembly line in Granges. It’s completely dust free. This is where the exclusive production of the 9300/9301 occurred. The assembly line is a series of small, automatic, track-run carts holding the movements. They stop at each assembly phase, allowing technicians to work on them. A technician plays his specific part in the assembly procedure each time a cart stops in front of him. The whole work procedure gets recorded on a microchip embedded into the cart, at its every phase. Once been through all the workstations, it moves on to the testing station. Once Okayed, they are sent for the COSC labs for the certification.

We look forward to find all Co-Axial calibers in their non-magnetic form soon. Also, a certification that’s beyond COSC and that’ll keep the gold oscillating-weights and balance-cocks intact!

Wish you all a Happy New Year.

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Speed & Sea: The ways James bonds with his watch

We talk about films today. James Bond movies those were made 1995 and later. Any plausible reasons behind? – Certainly. And I see some of the readers ready to spill it out. Wait, we all know it; let the bubble burst not so fast.

The thing is, Omega, unlike what many of us think, is adorning Mr. Bond only since 1995. Mr. Bond needed a more ‘Euro’ look that matches his needs as a sophisticated British gentleman. It was Golden Eye. In the film, the watch has a remote detonator implanted and a laser beam; this Omega Seamaster Professional (blue dial, quartz) is actually what Swatch introduced in 1993 as a professional diving watch.

A couple of years later, Bond wore the Golden Eye Seamaster Chronometer in Tomorrow Never Dies. This too had an integrated detonator while in The World Is Not Enough (1999), it was the Omega Seamaster Professional on his wrist. This one dragged him out from under 30 feet of snow. The bezel hid a wire with a grappling hook that Bond shoots for a secure target. The bezel then turns in the opposite direction, picking 007 up on the ground.

In Die Another Day (2002), Bond’s Seamaster Professional also features a remote detonator (the helium valve) controlled by the bezel. The crown threw a laser.

Casino Royale in 2006 is when Daniel Craig came in replacing Brosnan. This was a newer and harder Bond wearing the Omega Seamaster Professional and the Seamaster Planet Ocean. Both had co-axial escapements, were water-resistant to 600 meters and allowed Bond to handle dangerous situations better, including underwater. Both these watches then appeared in the market as limited versions, with a definitive 007 logo. But this 42-mm watch appeared somewhat smaller than the Planet Ocean seen in Casino Royale later on. However, Quantum of Solace (2008) onward, Bond has ceased wearing the blue Omega Seamaster Professional. That’s after spending half of a century with it! Now, in Skyfall, it is the Planet Ocean.

As the ‘official’ Skyfall watch, 5,007 limited-edition James Bond timepieces were released worldwide before the film debuted. These boasted specialist diving features – a helium escape valve and a chromium nitrate diving scale – besides the rotating diving bezel and 1,960 feet water resistance. They also had exclusive co-axial caliber 8507 movement with a Si14 balance spring made from silicon. There’s also a 007 insignia on the dial and Skyfall 007 engraved to the rotor.

It has a titanium version as well but these are not as atrociously priced as the one Mr. Craig wore during filming Skyfall. It sold for £157,250 or $254,273 at Christie’s. Comparatively, the Omega Seamaster, sold at the same auction, fetched £33,600. The estimate for both was around 8000GBP.

We hope Bond sticks to Omega. If he can’t, he must make sure his new watch is as great as an Omega.

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GMT: A useful complication to any man

The New Year is just around the bend. Wishing friends and families living abroad often brings time-clashes; let it not happen this time. Those who already bought the GMT watch solved half the problem; the other half is about knowing how to put it into use.

Earlier there have been posts on GMT watches but none explicitly focused on their way of usage. It is considered a complication since it is beyond merely telling time. This is no doubt not a mechanical wizardry, but its rich history compensates. There are reasons why it is one of the seven best known watch complications till date.

At the beginning of the Jet Age (May, 1952), 36 people were experimentally boarded a De Havilland Comet jet (owned by British Overseas Airways Corporation or BOAC) and flown from London to Johannesburg without a break. It introduced a decidedly modern ailment – the Jet Lag. It became necessary to keep track of time. When Greenwich was declared as the Mean Time in 1884, it was the slow travel phase the world was undergoing. Time zones didn’t change as fast as in a jet today.

Anyone flying such long haul routes needed a way to keep track of local time and the destination-time. Rolex came forward to build a watch for this new purpose. They introduced the GMT-Master in 1954. It could track two time zones simultaneously and told you when you need to sleep.

The atomic clock came about the very next year and in 1960, U.S. and UK synced their radio time signals to form the UTC (Universal Time Coordinated). This effectively replaced the meridian line, but not the name GMT.

The GMT watch is a brilliant complication but it’s not the complexity for which it is adored. It is simple ingenuity on the existing gear-train of a conventional watch that moves the hour hand around the dial every 12 hours. It’s a second hour hand that runs at half the speed and completes a circle in 24-hours. The tip points to the corresponding hour and you don’t need to calculate if it’s a.m. or p.m.

The colour coding (sometimes) on the bezel also helps to differentiate between day and night time. Like the iconic red-and-blue “Pepsi” bezel of the Rolex GMT-Master; blue for the night and red for the day. If the bezel turns, you can set any hour corresponding to the GMT hand. It’s an utterly genius and incredibly simple way to track instantly a second time zone. However, the pilot’s preference is always tracking the GMT or UTC time (their navigation and communication protocols responsible); if you too do that, keep a chart handy or remember the offsets to tell the time at any zone instantly.

Today’s GMT watches do not need the bezel to be turned if you are setting a second time zone. They are much more sophisticated than before and come in two formats:

  • With an independently adjustable GMT hand: This means the GMT hand can be set separately from the local time. It is also not linked to the date function.
  • GMT hand linked to the minute hand: The normal hour hand stays independently adjustable and linked to the date. This type is considered as classic and more user-friendly if you are travelling. Just flip the hour hand forward (or back) without messing with the minute hand; it’s a quick operation allowing time-setting within a jiffy.

Next, we’ll see how to set and read a GMT watch in full details.

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Newsletter : One of our biggest sales yet – Up to 90% off on 100 selected Watches

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This is one of our biggests sales yet. We have 100 selected watches with an additional discount of 20% with discount code BSW25. That brings the price down to up to 90% off RRP for some models! With Free DHL Express 2-4 days shipping to most countries!

Only till 25th December but we don’t expect the stocks to last that long. Check them out here: Our biggest sale on Watches

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Swatch Body & Soul: Smiles through an open face

Swatch is affordable, Swatch is casual; therefore, it highly makes for your standby watch. But the Body & Soul makes one thing clear: It is bound to make you consider many others a standby. In fact, Swatch shunned its plastic identity to embrace steel and the result is a pure example of the brand’s power of creative imagination. It gets you hooked on its design and if you are one of them afraid to make a transition into the world of automatics, it will transform you body and soul and turn you into a hard-core automatic lover and set you up for the next levels.

Anyone with an engineer’s mind will find the ‘Body & Soul’ interesting and send him to seek answers to why this watch was designed for. Well, the answer seems to be: To set an example in creating a fine watch with the minimal investment of time and money. It’s much harder making a world-class watch for the masses, for under $200. Putting in style into a mechanical watch at this low a cost is not a simple task.

The Swatch Irony Automatic ‘Body and Soul’ is a skeletonised, mechanical watch that allows an unobstructed view through it, revealing every component of its ticking heart inside. The movement Swatch used in it is a 21,600 bph ETA 2841, a highly modified version of the caliber 2824-2, which is still hugely popular among the watch-lover circuits. The modifications curbed both cost and components of the movement and also the higher frequency. The plates now stay integrated into the case and the hack-ing feature remains no more. At the given frequency, the seconds-hand ticks five times every second, which is moderately smooth.

If the news of a non-hacking movement upsets you, do you really think you need a hacking movement in a watch without markings on the dial? This is certainly not the watch for someone to whom precision is an obsession.

Outside, it measures 36mm across and 13mm thick. The 3/5 alternating links of the bracelet, the friction-fitting clasp with fliplock and secured split-pins are all other cost cutting measures beside the high-grade plastic windows on the front and back.

Now, to answer the obvious question on the readability of skeletonised watches, the Body & Soul will take some time to get you used to it due to the lack of hour and minute markers. But telling the time is not the point of the Body & Soul; it is meant to give you the pleasure of viewing its tiny beating heart! The modified bridges and plates display more of what’s going on inside; including the working view of the mainspring barrel and the free spins of the rotor. The hands; however, have been thoughtfully fitted and applied with white, luminous material; it improves the visibility both during night and day.

However, if you want a piece that can keep time to within a few seconds a day, sits very easily on a wrist of just any thickness and slides effortlessly in and out of dress cuffs, you got a good point to go after the low-and-bevelled Body & Soul.

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