Precise notes on the Precisionist – II

How ethical is it to conceal the true nature of quartz and give it a smooth sweep that’s smoother than that of a mechanical? The problem with Gonzo is, he takes things in their literal senses at times and a simple joke turned into a tantrum in no time. The Bulova Precisionist is one of the Gonzo favs and this is what the team admires: If Gonzo is heart and soul for something, he will fight tooth and nail for it. Not just watches, but everything. Someday, I’ll tell you about other instances where the warrior side of Gonzo shows up and here I wish to change an age-old adage:  Women hath no fury like the Gonzo scorned! For now, let’s focus precisely on the Precisionist.

Here, I must admit that masking the quartz nature of a watch, whether ethical or non-ethical, for sure, looks damn pretty good. Gonzo calls that a logical improvement and the rest of the team didn’t quite oppose his thought. For secretly, all of us want the seconds-hand in a watch to go around in smooth sweeps rather than single ticks – that too not lining up with the markers! With the sweep, such frustrations go down to zero and additionally, you get to enjoy an increased accuracy. In the case of Precisionist, the smoothness is beyond the sweep of a mechanical.

While Gonzo is ga-ga over the sweep, I’m sold on the Precisionist’s function and versatility. The 1/1000th-second analog chronograph function makes me drool over it; also, the way it operates. Here, you got to press the button at 8 first to send the seconds-hand back to the origin. This ensures a correct reading of the elapsed time. But the real fun is where 1/10th and the 1/100th-hands kick in spinning wildly. Worry not, the hands will reset by themselves at the lapse of 30 seconds to conserve energy. The movement calculates internally with a computer rather than showing it real-time on an active stopwatch. Pause the function and all the hands related to the chronograph function jump into the right places; the elapsed time is shown with incredible precision! It is not something very common and this feature makes the Precisionist a chronograph watch that is a step above the rest.

That said, the Precisionist also has a design that comes out successful among the oversized, über-masculine watches and is probably the best among a handful. I don’t expect it to appeal to them with hots for understated designs (with such an extreme look, the idea of a classic and versatile casual watch definitely goes out of the window), but people with even medium-sized wrists – indulge fully; it’s not going to look out of proportion.

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The Seiko SNAB71: The Flight Master is famous by its nickname

A very beautiful watch! It’s tough not to step on the gas while cruising through the labyrinthine praise highway in this vehicle. It’s a fantastic, top notch quartz movement inside and its face is bordered with a filigree of numbers in two rows, the lower one turning. That gets done almost any calculation related to travelling. That one is its ‘Flight-‘thing and makes it half a pilot’s watch! The three-zone time tracking and a professional chronograph function comprise the other half.

The chronograph is bit different from the way we mostly know it in semi-pro watches and sometimes, even in some professional watches i.e. 1-second counts. Here, Seiko gives you 1/5th. Every second is covered in 5 ticks, just like a mechanical. It’s outstandingly responsive (thanks to the big plate on the pusher) – perhaps – a bit too much. You might have to check following any considerably large bump or knock. Mine has had a couple of instances so far; thankfully, it survived all the nastiness (sewage water and mud; rock under turbid water and some leeches) without a single blemish! It applies even to the leather strap! It paid off feeding the band with leather nourishing cream for three days.

Note: For best results, create a layer of the cream by dipping both sides of the strap into the container till the steel buckles. Pick up and leave it like that for overnight in room temperature. Rub it off the next morning. If you can do it once a week, it’s all the better.

Either the steel doesn’t catch the skin oil or I exude it less and it got to be one. The official feel depends a lot on it and it’s good that it doesn’t need a wipe every day.  Unless the finely crafted details have everything clean over and around them, it wouldn’t have been half as extraordinary as it is.

The dial layout – to me – has the ease and beauty of a mechanical chronograph. The top mini-dial is the minute-register for the chronograph and the seconds sub-dial is at 9’o clock. The lower dial either denotes a second time zone or tracks time for the alarm to ring, which is sharp, sustaining and pleasantly loud. Whether it can wake you up or not is an individual thing. During the daytime, it can be heard clear and loud. You do it by unscrewing and pulling out the 3’o clock crown and also set the second time zone; the other one works the EB-6 rule. The battery is supposed to run for three years with moderate use of the functions.

Reading the date and other lettering are certainly not your thing if you wear fat glasses; to normal vision people, they come precise and pristine.

Three days are enough to learn all the operations. The manual gives it clear and simple.

So, where’s the third time-zone? It’s simple; just remember how many hours it is ahead or behind the second time zone. That’s all!

 

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Ask Gonzo ’bout watches – XXXI : Never tickle a ‘Seikopath’

Q. Hey Gonzo!

I recently stumbled upon MAW and going through all your posts and answers to queries (I appreciate and sometimes…I’m impressed by the wit), I draw an entirely personal conclusion. I guess it’s high time you come up with a digest. That’s to say – Why isn’t there a recommendation for the best in your every price segment? You come up with Seiko-s all the time, almost condemning all other brands. Do you mind sharing what would change your mind about it?

I happen to travel between Japan and (…….) a lot, chiefly business trips. No, I got nothing whatsoever to do with watch-trading; I’m just an ardent follower of true horological wonders that are not just technical. My Japan trips got me into the habit; couldn’t make it till now to the Swiss Alps though. But one day…Yep! That too!

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True! It’s as clear as calling an old pile of weather-beaten stone ‘home’. For much of it will sound absurd. It is a misfortune to suffer from the periodic ‘Best-bug’ bite, so here I insist this purely psychosomatic development to be taken care of. Worry not, each of us team members are now busy making their own lists; you go through them and pick 5. We’re happy to provide the assistance.

While they stay busy, we’ll talk ‘bout something else.

Somehow, something doesn’t sound too correct in your excessively judgmental personality. The point you raised is something we have been arguing over months. We ran through the simple to the exotic; tried finding out if aromatic watches really exist. That would really make them expensive. But hobbyists are about writing cheques for bad advice. “That’s money well-spent” – if you ask them.

It can be very hard to rouse Gonzo. I’m even unaware if it’s a Grand Seiko that you wear or is it the Premier that you adore? Maybe, a Sportura? Or, could it be an Astron?

Oops! Sorry. You did mention about feeling nauseated at the mention of the brand. But you know what, there’s one brand whose repute grew from producing respectable watches that are not just automatic, at unbelievably low prices. There’s nothing that’s cheap-digital about it; the high-end Grand Seiko (one that I mentioned a little while back) line probes the brand’s mechanical prowess.

But hey! Did you check out Suunto? But you got to be an outdoorsman for that; Japan has plenty of skiing arrangements and that should make them most desirable to you. You may also show a Jap friend that Swiss digitals are tough competitions to the Jap digital industry.

Don’t think you’ll be out of luck. The few things at play (the movement, size, influences and inspirations; features and general designs, accents etc.) are as far from garish as possible. It’s a pretty good choice well under $500.

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Expensive watch wearing….revisited

Some of you who are kind enough to bear through the rumblings every week or twice often hold a grudge against Gonzo that he is averse to the use of plastics, circuit boards and batteries! True. If they belong to irresponsible, disposable watches.

Else, he values them for almost the same reasons you value them for. This is not just a fine-art domain. Crude (in its good sense) or brutal art is also a part of it. But it should be well-designed and functional; better, if it’s a tool by itself. Though the mechanical watches are a timeless celebration – if I may be so grandiose – for Gonzo, he’s not blind to a digital/electronic ingenuity that triggers (you read it right; it’s triggers, not tickles) his fancy. All of us here at CW admire the fine mechanisms to capture time by means of gears set against one another and we agree upon it being a remarkable feat never to grow obsolete.

However, unless there were battery-powered watches, picture-perfect precision would have been marginally more accurate. We agree and admire electronic horology too.

Wait! Does that mean spot on accuracy is not attained even by the finest of mechanicals?

A mechanical watch can be 99.999% accurate. The cost of acquiring jumps those many times.

Back to defending Gonzo – okay, you might be thinking “why”? It’s not defending; just that his inclinations to the classic and robust sides of horology were wrongly interpreted by a few (identities not to be disclosed, so please don’t ask) as he is trying to disturb the trends from pushing forward.

Gonzo laughed the allegations away. Responsibilities, too; for the time being! This evening, he goes out for a round in the town. His weekends start bit early. I’m just trying to tally the different sets of logic.

The first one is that low prices affect craftsmanship, durability, design – and needless saying – materials. An ironic counterargument or a reverse version of fine horology that throws the doors ajar for conspicuous consumption for the cheap quartz to become a person’s emblem! That’s to save money? Guess there are better ways to show that humbleness borne out of fiscal responsibility and sensibility. People get way more cheap, fleeting and wasteful through different means.

It’s not to say everyone wearing a one-time-use/throwaway watch is a spendthrift in some other manner. Those who are not and still wearing cheap, plastic toys may be doing so because either fund is insufficient, or knowledge is not up to the mark or just a case of bad taste.

That’s quite a bit of a running around! Also, I got no desire to dabble in the high-minded ethics of the horological world and its economics and a watch-buyer’s rights. I would love to continue this argument, but all that running around makes me aware that I’m feeling a sudden craving for some yogurt and juicy red meat!

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Newsletter : Seiko Prospex “Baby Tuna” Diver’s 200m Watch on Sale – $255 only with Free Worldwide Shipping!

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This week we have on sale one of the recent hits from Seiko – The Seiko “Baby Tuna” 200m Automatic Diver’s SRP641K1.

Available only for the next 5 days or while stocks last for an uSRP641K1 MEDnbeatable price of US $255 with Free Worldwide Shipping!

This new Baby Tuna is a part of Seiko’s international Prospex releases. The shroud is different here – it is hardened composite material and the movement – a self-winding Seiko 4R36. It has both hack and manual winding features and the hardened mineral on top is a Hardlex crystal. It is still the best for shatter resistance while the Lumibrite lume takes a minute in the sunlight to charge and glow brightly for the next 15 minutes.

Get it here: Seiko Prospex “Baby Tuna” Automatic Diver’s 200M SRP641K1

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Inside the Recraft: Views on a missed point

Sometimes, Gonzo is hard to be understood. No, rather, his doings! Once he had tried to ride his motorcycle backwards; it was a blunder! Fortunately, his posts – while sometimes atrocious – are far less harmful. Praising a timepiece without nearing technical details doesn’t bring bruises and heartbreaks so painfully as in real life. Only that a reader must bear with it, not Gonzo; unlike his m’cycle stunt! There, it involved Gonzo and one of the interested observers.

There might be questions arising why I’m so much after the movement, but those who have known the venerable 7S26 need no answer. Those who don’t, Google it around a bit and then come back and read the rest of this post. But then, you have already known it; this post will just uncover some personal viewpoints.

Every bit of whatever Gonzo spoke about the last time is true; yet, it’s the movement I find the only, truly and worthy retro piece in the whole Seiko Recraft Automatic ensemble. Seiko gives us a puzzle to solve; this is how I solve it.

The movement under discussion is a 21 jewel mechanism. Numerous Seiko models run on it, over many decades, for many decades. Both entry-level and mid-tier Seiko-s have time to time got a touch of the 7S26; though older 7S26 movements are found to be bit rattlier and short of grace, they still ended up being a lot of people’s favourite Seiko calibre. Its genius workhorse predecessor, the 6309, also earned the fame for being incredibly durable and efficient. It’s the same ingenious engineering that creates the 7S26 and in the Recraft, experiencing the version of the 7S26 is a revelation.

It might not be too much to guess if Seiko threw some special regulations to the 7S26. It is more solid, more reliable than ever! Absolutely a rock-solid built. Its strictly-industrial finish doesn’t stop you from truly enjoying a gaze at it through the clear case-back.

Fluidity is its main theme this time. From the sweep to the day/date function, all are remarkably fluid and easy! The Seiko ingenuity is preferred for a lot of reasons; this is one. Maintaining superior quality while keeping things cheap and cheery – it’s the concept the Seiko Recraft is built upon. If this is going to be your first automatic watch, its in-house movement will make you fall for the higher ones above.

There are expensive watches. There are more expensive watches. There are more and more complicated watches, some of them not even mass-produced. But it all comes down to the amount of heritage that goes into the execution.

It makes some of the Recraft-s too precious to be beaters, for their distinct, too individualistic designs. But they are versatile and appreciated everywhere. You are never to worry about it.

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Seiko Recraft: Infectious, compulsive, old-school vibes

The retro-themed Recraft series is comparatively newer; it was introduced only last fall. Seiko seemed to have remained enthusiastic all through; their response to the Recraft stimuli shows. The amount of appreciation it gained come as quite a bit of a surprise in an age when awful sizes and decorations are more in demand. The Recraft is how Seiko embraces vintage aesthetic of the ‘60s and ‘70s (keeping the Grand Seiko aside) and has turned many of the first-time watch buyers into full-fledged obsessive fan-boys.

It also proves something else. Seiko is not a brand confined within the watch-nerd circuits.

The excitement of wearing the Seiko Recraft on one of your wrists is impossible to jot down; everyone will interpret it in his own way and none will be the same. Rhapsodic – and that’s no rhetoric – for all the nostalgia it induces! Seiko broke out at a crucial point of time when they got almost synonymous to Kinetic; the old mechanical flame was relit.

Note: The Recraft does have its Kinetic versions, but that’s another story. This time we focus on models that are automatic.

From pristine white to luminous emerald green, from the extremely gentlemanly to the impressively bold – but the true experience is when there’s one on the wrist! Over the months as you let it grow on you, the tenability of your anticipation starts showing. Seiko hits many a sweet spots with the Recraft and you start appreciating it fully for not just being a reissue. It’s neither a re-imagined copy of any previous model tucked in the lab corner. The Seiko Recrafts are totally new creations and embodies the true, vintage mechanical spirit and a great deal of fun. That makes it troublesome to be objective about the Recraft; there’s virtually nothing to dislike about it. Pricing, precision or privileges, it fills all the cups equally, right up to the brim! The truly mechanical Recraft with its unexpected style makes for both an incredible bargain and a fabulous wrist presence. It proves well-beyond satisfying in several ways.

Simple, yet dramatic! Simplicity has both its own attraction and charisma; the first thing you’ll notice about the Seiko Recraft Automatic watches is their dramatic dials. The 40mm dials (with case, it is 3mm more) exude a pure ‘60s vibe. It holds for all sorts of white/gold/silver combos as much as the modernist gold-tone (full) or the gorgeous dark shades often giving out psychedelic ripples on the dials against sunlight. The seconds-hands are often strikingly coloured, vivid and vibrant! The classic inner seconds track imparts each of the models a bold look. The quality of the satin brush finish, contrasted with polished surfaces brings them a more substantial feel.

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GPS Time Correction: Who does it best?

Each of the big three Jap watch-giants (Citizen, Seiko & Casio) offers something or the other that directly connects to GPS satellites to make your perception of time as accurate as possible. They sync to the GPS signal to tell you the correct time. But, the way each of them work is different; are very different in designs and come with their respective pluses and minuses.
 We are here to see how far the Atessa Titanium can go in the run for excellence against Astron and the G-Shock GPW1000. The latter is a mix of every possible feature into an impressive, albeit rather large wrist-wear, including the traditional atomic clock radio signal technology. This works along with the GPS. Not just telling you the time-zone, it automatically adjusts to DST (daylight saving time).

That’s too much of technology unless you are a meteorologist, a naval commander, a pilot or some similar kind of a professional. This is where both Seiko Astron and the Citizen Atessa F100 win!

Citizen is done with their atomic time control technology; now it’s time for GPS. Citizen was fiddling with the idea for quite some time until they got at it properly. It’s been a couple of years more after that. Citizen has improved and sharpened their innovations further, but this is kind of the first real high-end facelift the Atessa got. The 2014 Citizen releases had this GPS watch (it syncs with global positioning satellites to adjust and maintain correct time, irrespective of wherever you are on and above the surface (land and water). Hitting right upon an excellent mix is pretty rare; the Citizen Eco-Drive F100 Satellite Wave Air GPS World Time blends functionality with design flawlessly. The Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 – as it’s known in the circles – is a fruit of a chain of tests and imaginations that started in 2011. The original Satellite Wave then got more practical (2013) and became the Satellite Wave-Air and in 2014, they are all the way interesting! The Satellite Wave F100 comes in a relatively thin (and therefore, very light) DLC titanium case and bracelet of the same material. It’s chunkier than the Seiko Astron (released 2012), which primarily appeals to them with a sophisticated bent of mind. The Astron is able to indicate the time zone but not adjust for DST like Casio. The Astron is much larger across but less thick than the Satellite Wave F100. Depending on whether you are sporty or sophisticated, both make for impressive travel wears. Or, a daily beater if wearing a piece of technology is what you like! With Citizen, you get the fastest!

Citizen’s speed of receiving a signal outruns both Seiko and Casio; three seconds to connect and update, anywhere on the globe, under the open sky! It matches the Atessa’s sharply tooled, knife-sculpted look!

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i. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-japan-82/seiko-astron-high-intensity-titanium-sbxa003-sast003-3978.html

ii. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/casio-g-shock-57/casio-g-shock-gravitymaster-atomic-gps-hybrid-wave-ceptor-gpw-1000-2ajf-6385.html

iii. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/citizen-eco-drive-53/citizen-eco-drive-f100-satellite-wave-air-gps-world-time-cc2006-53e-mens-watch-8460.html

 

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Newsletter: Clearance Sale on Watches

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This month’s clearance sale is on with an additional 10% off (on top of existing discounts of up to 75%) on 50 selected watches. 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.

Get them here while stocks last: Clearance sale on 50 watches with up to 85% off!

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Cost: From a vegan perspective

“Hamesha itnie kimti ghadiya kaheko lagaata?” – “Why do you put on such costly watches every time?”

Things are not much different in India. Here, too, the craft of watch-making comes under siege at times. Stepping into the battleground thus created is a matter of choice; to defend it; plain, cold logic is enough. Their question, de-fabricated, is – “What makes your watch so costly?”

Now, I never, ever claim to wear costly watches. Cost is relative; to a $50 watch wearer (A), $500 (C) might seem absurd; to someone wearing a $10,000 piece (B), a watch priced $500 will seem dirt-cheap. The truth here is: Both A and B are unable to perceive the finer sides of C! Clearly, there are many bones (read: features, functions and materials) to pick within the C bracket, which shall make understanding the problem easier.

Another dilemma that needs to be cleared no later: I’m NOT a VEGAN; neither VEGETARIAN! An absolutely harmless and unbiased explanation, that’s what I mean. I don’t intend to look down upon or promote societies that value wealth as the only pinnacle of success either. Displaying wealth through ownership of expensive items might just prove that you are rich but not necessarily your seriousness about what you own or how important you consider it to be. You need to understand your thing first, like with everything else.

What raises my eyebrows (I repeat, eye-brows; not blood pressure) is arguments are often held between two entirely different contexts. Clearly, the Chinese-make quartz a dozen a dollar doesn’t even equate to a $500 Seiko, Citizen or Orient, but still the question! Then again, that’s not the real problem. The real problem is just mentioning Swiss justifies it all! Even to the $50-user! Anything other than that very word triggers ignorant and simplistic arguments, ridiculing your internal clockwork and later, for an expensive fix.

Worse is facing a laughter from someone who pays twice (sometimes even more) as much for an inferior product and mocks the substantial. But that’s another story and draws us into a debate with philosophical thoughts that don’t exactly give us too many scopes to celebrate.

People with a socialistic bent of mind have been the most ardent in explaining the absurdity of such expensive watches when the majority of the people live in poverty. I want to draw their attention to them who are richer than I am. And them.

Okay, so back to cost. We narrowly escaped an argument about how one gets his money and the ways he will spend it.  Debating on the merits and demerits of the costly timekeeping devices is more encouraging and shall leave any corrupt ideas behind.

But not today. We are out of space and time due to all those high-minded societal arguments. But I guess there are many who place value on a well-made timepiece, with picks that are not overt, blatant display of riches. Hope to see them around. Soon.

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A spectacular watch? – Gonzo gives his two cents

There was a time when I didn’t own even a single timepiece. Then came the time when, looking from the middle-age plane, I didn’t own a watch that’s worth mentioning. I’m thankful those phases are over; yet, without those phases, I wouldn’t have become the WG as you know me today. I learnt from my past mistakes and unlike the former times, even if I have the budget, those realisations do not allow me to invest my money into something that would hold no true meaning to me in the days ahead. I guess it applies to all who have wasted their resources in the past upon things of little to no value and turned them into discerning buyers. It takes something pretty spectacular to make us buy something.

I can already hear the question coming – “What do you consider as spectacular?” But instead of defining that very word, let me explain with examples.
Let’s take the Seiko Premier. The series starts with the plain Kinetic and ends with the Kinetic Spring Direct Drive. It’s a vast arena where your selection can go horribly misguided, especially if you haven’t stepped out of the battery-powered quartz domain yet. Fear not, for picking out something that’s charmingly appropriate is easier than you think. You can get some pretty amazing stuff from the Premier range without diving for the Grand Seiko and Ananta. The Premier, with all the hyperbole removed, brings some of the best watches for which, you don’t need to break the bank (or rob your boss); attracts a lot of wows and people who really know how to spot a good timepiece shall definitely give you an affirming nod, if not the really loud applauses. The reason behind? Firstly, it’s a Seiko; next, they invented the mecha-quartz concept. Is that spectacular enough? You bet it is. Whether you were entirely into the usual quartz watches or mechanicals, the Kinetic makes you step into the right direction to start your new journey into the horological domain.

However, things start to get tough defining the term to them who are averse to quartz in its every form. Here, mechanical stays the only choice – but wait – what do we call spectacular in the mechanical domain – a manually-winded watch or an automatic?

IMHO, the beauty of manually-winding watches is perceived only by the blessed lot who doesn’t flee when it comes to face commitments. It becomes a fitting metaphor; whereas for an automatic, the first criterion of being spectacular is an in-house movement. In the affordable domain, nothing – and just nothing – beats Orient in this regard and though both the types (manual and automatic) have their own merits, a manual winding watch actually makes you take the interaction higher. That’s how I would like to define ‘Spectacular’!

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Heard ’bout SCED? – I

The problem with Gonzo is – as I told you earlier also – being painfully stringent about sharing information at times when some more would have actually done good than being elaborate at times when a little would prove enough.

Why I say this, you might ask.  No problem.

That last post where Gonzo replies the 30th question thrown at him by some weirdo, but we got to admit it – that guy was EXTREME in his queries! He sounded more curious about Gonzo’s internal clockwork rather than clockworks that interest Gonzo.

So things went as expected. Gonzo is bit of a foul-mouth but only when his sentiments are challenged. We who are near (and dear) just shoo it off. However, he is sensible enough (thankfully) not to litter posts with profanity, so the fun was kind of dulled to its half – maybe a quarter!

I dare not cite any example. Guess it’s better to shift focus towards the info Gonzo missed out on.

It’s about the relaunch of the Seiko Bishop now named the Seiko Spirit. They are new versions, so obviously, they come with minor changes. The movement and crown placement are the first things you’ll notice.

A little recap on Giugiaro is necessary here. The Seiko Giugiaro is all about its unique design; chosen by James Cameron to don the wrist of Ellen Ripley – the main protagonist of the mid-80’s movie Aliens. Ever since, Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed Ripley watch has earned an iconic status. Seiko pays homage with the SCED series, starting from 2013. It was the 7A28 Aliens line with a wide variety of combinations created well and purposefully.  Some of them are pretty rear and run on the 7T12 movements. Whether it’s better or worse than the 7A28 is up to the user to decide; opinions vary. Being non-serviceable is a boon and a curse at the same time but its biggest point is it’s an acceptable movement that comes inexpensive. The specs also cut down to half (1/5th-second chronograph; not the 1/10th; no split-seconds); in short, it’s a good choice for a standard, urban life and occasional outdoors; if you are a pro in speed/timing-related anything, the 7A28 is a better pick.

But both got well-made cases; all in stainless steel and some even come coated and solve the cracking and splitting issues of paint and plastics under strong impacts.

The next year i.e. in 2014, the Giugiaro watch lineup was reissued but as limited editions in the Spirit line. They all came with the 7T12. The blues and blacks are pretty cool for peppy parties and with 2,500 pieces of their every model, many came in those two shades; sometimes together.
Last year’s additions are the Ripley Giugiaro watches – awaited with a hot anticipation! How much amusing as it may seem – it’s in demand because of getting more screen time than the Bishop! The 7T12 movement sticks around but the whole package is an almost-perfect wartime-watch that Ripley wore. Any guess on how quick they sold?

We’ll get to that. Actually, to a lot of things which should have been discussed earlier. Till then,
Au Revoir! 

 

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Newsletter : Citizen Watches on Sale – Coupon code inside!

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This week we have a sale on ALL Citizen watches! Use code CITIZEN to get an additional 5% off on any Citizen watch. With Free Worldwide Shipping!

Citizen is a brand that is at the cutting edge of technology when it comes to watches. The Eco-Drive (light powered watches) which Citizen pioneered almost 40 years ago, along with new break throughs in watch materials like the super-titanium, are a testament to Citizen’s dedication to produce quality timepieces at affordable prices.

Check out our Citizen collection here: Citizen Watches on CreationWatches.com

Use discount code: CITIZEN while checking out

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Ask Gonzo ’bout watches – XXX – Ripley creates ripples.

Q.

Hey Gonzo!

I don’t happen to realize something – have you ever felt bored blabbering about watches? How can a man be so relentlessly addicted to machine units and moving parts? Are you a nerd? Are you autistic? And do you have ADHD too?

If you tick all of them “Yes”, I feel it’s time for you to move on. To pure quartz; it is also what I would recommend. There are better things than your old styled watches in this world; do some of them. I bet you won’t like your springs and wheels again. I collect pure digital quartz, the rare of the rarest pieces. Yes, even the calibre 7A28 analog. I hope you know it’s the first quartz chronograph. I’d rather like to hear something about it to test your mettle.

And oh, designing a circuitry with wheels is tougher than putting wheels and springs together. Compre?

A.

A few things you got to quickly get into your head before we move to the main topic.

  1. This is a watch related site, so if you are to treat your constipation with chalk-dust or an electric drill, go find them elsewhere.
  2. For that, dear Watson, you need brains.
  3. Yes; Never-Ending-Research-and-Development.
  4. Yes, as much as it’s required to maintain consistency.
  5. Yes again, only that much as required to fish out subjects of interests. Oh, that includes the watch.
  6. Testing my mettle? Heck, I don’t even need to.
  7. Lastly, this is where decent people mix. Please use decent language.

But I reward you with a small read. Despite your loutish letter, you brought up a good topic. I’m sure you found the recent supply of the SCED series we got; so your glee knows no bound. But you see, you must truly understand watches if you truly want to love these. It’s your ego talking, proud to acquire the first of its kind. As for these, they are how Seiko celebrates its 30th anniversary of the Giugiaro collaboration.

It’s not purely quartz. Neither are its reincarnations. It was truly alien for its times; like some fabulous fictional technology coming alive! Pure quartz can’t have stepper motors and analog features; it must be fully digital and devoid of any moving part. This turns me skeptical towards your watch collecting basics.

There is quite a bit of Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro behind the watch and also notable as Ripley‘s timepiece of choice. Don’t pigeonhole it. It was radical for its times for reasons you can’t probably even guess! One is its all-metal jewelled movement but that’s a no-brainer. Getting one (or all, if you got money; which seems to be) will be a truly valuable addition in a collection, which I think, might not be as bad. Your ego doesn’t seem to let you pick up just anything lying on the floor.

And oh! Yes; I forgot humans learnt dexterity from the machines. Thanks for reminding.

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Ask Gonzo ’bout Watches – XXIX

Q.

Hi Gonzo. Which do you think are the most expensive quartz watches with a reason? What’s the max you would pay for a quartz wristwatch? What you consider would be a suitable cut-off?

A.

I’d like confess first. It’s not till the year 2000 I considered watches to be of any special value; a variety of quartz watches occupied a wooden box (it was not even a watch-box) with faux velvet lining along its inners. All gimmicky stuff; some bought with near-to-atrocious prices (I realise now) but suddenly, my grandpa’s Citizen automatic became mine. 1962 and still running, it’s factory seal still intact.

That got me into mechanicals. I still wasn’t aware of the high-end quartzes. The point is: You ask something that’s very common in the watch-nerd circle and every nerd has his own opinion.

It’s the same with me. I don’t claim I’m the final! If you are still interested in my opinion, here it is.


Today, I’m more inclined towards quartz if it’s something more than a three-hand time teller. A chronograph and a GMT must be a part of it; additional functions like world time, time-signal sync, alarm….the list is endless if it’s from Gonzo.

What I forgot to ask you earlier: Quartz comes in three forms: Analog, digital and ana/digi; which of the three do you target? You didn’t specify; so, we’ll take the first and the last under scrutiny.

We got to see first the price range for worthwhile quartz watches and then, tally them with each other.

However, we are not going to bring in Grand Seiko into the fight. The GS has a very special quartz movement; it’s more powerful (its hands are longer), uses tracking mechanism (to cut out alignment issues) and never goes beyond 5 seconds a year on either side. Besides, it is meant for a multitude of settings; has a superb finishing and needs service once every 50 years. Or so people say.  However, keeping it out of the fight means I’m willing to pay the price for it. There’s no need to grade the Grand Seiko.

Invicta 16803 Men's Venom Hybrid Reserve Stainless Steel Watch

As for the others, deciding is not even a bit tough, because what all Gonzo needs come together only in a handful of watches.

Consider the Citizen Blue Angel, the Seiko Flightmaster and some from Invicta’s Venom collection. It’s not that I like all from the ranges; just some of them, including Venom ana/digi models. The Flightmaster is my ideal example of clean quartz analogue; the Blue Angel a flurry of everything useful for international travelling and doing business offshore and the Venom, just when you need something extra than your oomph.

I left out the Seiko hybrid Kinetic and the digital Suunto from this discussion on purpose. They are whole new chapters by themselves.

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Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT: Tailor-made for the outdoor-ian

The Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT combines excellent dive watch traits to a true GMT complication!

Whether you have an idea of what Kinetic movements are like or not, it’s not going to stop you from owning the Prospex Kinetic GMT. But know your stuff before you buy. The quartz/automatic hybrid mechanism uses an automatic rotor to charge an internal battery instead of winding a mainspring. On full charge, they’ll run – on an average – for 6 months lying still; those with power-saving mode will even more.

You might think a power-reserve indicator would take away the guesswork. So Seiko gets you that. The pusher on the case sends the seconds-hand flying as the power-reserve indicator. The Kinetic is Seiko’s next step from solar-powered quartz movements.

The Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT watch houses the Kinetic caliber 5M85; the one with a GMT hand, independently adjustable in hourly increments. It kind of makes it easy to start liking it. While it doesn’t have an entirely mechanical movement, it is only very accurate, very reliable and all you need to do is wear it to keep it running. It stays accurate to within +/- 15 seconds a month and brings the GMT in at a worry-free and affordable price point. Within the Prospex family, the Prospex Kinetic GMT is a very solid option.

The Prospex Kinetic GMT is presented to face the greatest challenges on land, in air and in the sea. Its true professional specifications bring together all of its rugged expertise within a small space. Or, let’s call it an all-terrain watch with dive-ready qualities. Whether you are a hiker or a mountain climber, the Prospex will meet the challenge, deliver precision and act reliable amidst situations most adverse. It is built to perform, enduring the stresses of wild, intense and extreme sports. This 2015 model is perfect for any kind of outdoor adventure. Atop the robust, cushion-shaped case is the rotating bezel that serves as a compass. It’s for times when the outdoor demands a secure and rapid orientation.

In an urban life, the Kinetic GMT is an excellent companion when you don’t want to lose sleep over losing hours. Its rather daunting appearance to an onlooker wears smaller than you would expect.

In all of your adventures, the Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT watches will perform just as they should! They make excellent safety backups for the primary dive computer; their legibility not hazed even by heavy surfs.

Bottom line: A very wearable, considerably large adventure watch with a functional design and travel-ready features. The fuss-free movement ensures the only watch you need to take along for a week in the waters or on the hard rock or for the places above it.

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Newsletter : Clearance Sale on Watches

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This month’s clearance sale is on with an additional 10% off (on top of existing discounts of up to 75%) on 50 selected watches. 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.

Get them here while stocks last: Clearance sale on 50 watches with up to 85% off!

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Le Locle – Memories from Motherland

Tissot celebrated its 150th in 2013. An anniversary of Tissot, undoubtedly, will be something grand; that’s a no brainer. The real deal is they were been doing things the right way to make the 150th a hit! The Le Locle is a clear indicator of this.

You can see glimpses of Royal architecture in it. Every Tissot Le Locle – you got to believe me – bear an avalanche of crisply flowing classical inspirations. The watch, much resembles a house with just the right hints modern designs. It’s not meant to go with the jeans and the tee and you better dress up for it! Even if it is in semi-formals or say, traditional ethnics.

The Le Locle are pieces that earn respect. You don’t need to empty your wallet for one of them; the best bang-for-the buck in the dress/formal range is offered by Tissot! These watches are for everyone and shall obviously hold a special place both in their heart and in their – as I like to say – watchdrobe, but as two different things. Inside, it’s alive; outside, a dazzling addition to an existing array! It’s good as a ‘first, truly good’ watch; as a start to future; as a college student’s watch and as a wristwear to an adult with a correct sense of responsibility.

Inside the Le Locle is an automatic ETA 2824-2 movement. Hacking, hand winding, quick-set date complication – all melded into one! Accurate to 11 seconds of actual time on an average at first, it gets even as the watch breaks in a bit. The rotor is a gold-plated one with a Tissot 1853 engraving (top) and (Swiss Made 25 Jewels) just underneath. The movement 28,800-bpm count makes the seconds-hand sweep pretty fluid.

There’s no need to talk about the case and its finish, you can see that very well. I would say, as infamously – “You don’t paint a Lily”. Obviously Tissot won’t leave a sharp edge or a steep corner, so ‘perfectly rounded’ et al is really, a waste of time. And words, space, energy, patience, skill….you name it. Still, if you are really reluctant to let it go, let’s say Tissot brings a new touch to the whole PVD plating business!

Certainly you won’t compare it to VC-s, Patek-s and Lange or in that case, JLC, for they are in a class of their own. Here, we are talking luxury within limits of sanity. Those insane prices are for times when you have an insane kind of figure showing in your bank account. Unless you barely feel the snip (or don’t sense it at all), you can’t really feel the watch. That is not the case with the Le Locle. It’s not phenomenal, but extraordinary!

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The Turtle trots to town – again!

There’s absolutely nothing to love in high-end watch making apart from its artistry! That’s what really makes a difference! That kind of artistry, however, is not always accessible. Plus, practicality issues might just come up.

Certainly, it takes a watch seeker to transcend those barriers without taxing the wallet too much. So Seiko stressed on affordability; but even then, that’s not the point! Its incredible value is not because it’s every bit as good as many much-higher priced brands; at its real root, the appeal comes from the way they look, feel and perform. It’s more like the times when watches were really a need.

That’s to say, it’s the Turtle reissues. You got two choices in strap material: Stainless steel bracelet and silicon rubber strap. They are no doubt the mid-level divers – you might even call them entry-! But they bear the Prospex badge; a cushion-shaped casing and an automatic movement – the first of its kind in the Seiko mid-/entry-level dive watches, with promises to create more watch enthusiasts in the future.

There are ample good reasons behind. Honesty, practicality, durability and a history – all combine at an astoundingly reachable price, for anyone either into the mechanical world or planning to take a trip there. Compared to the classics, they are not bad at all! The certain, deliberate simplicity about Seiko dive watches is present here as well.

So, where did this name come from? Seiko’s nomenclature derives from the cushion-shape cases of the divers of the 70s and the 80s. The 6306/9, 150m WR watches weren’t technologically very much advanced like the specially-made, professional/commercial dive-oriented watches, but were extremely durable, reliable and came for prices much, much lower. The price/performance ratio was satisfactory.

It’s the cushion cases that were called Turtles; annoyingly but lovingly. The coinage occurred much later but it stuck. So, these ones are the Turtle reissues. Hopefully, they will serve the purpose of a tool if needed, like their predecessors.

You might argue there are other Seikos with the self-winding caliber 4R36 and 200 meters WR, but here. There is a ISO 6425 compliancy certification that defines why the new Turtle should be treated as the divers’ watch.

Functionally, the new Turtle shows its biggest difference through its manual-wind feature. There’s no need to swing it up and down in case you feel the mainspring needs to be tightened up. This small thing makes a big difference and equivalent to keep check of the gas level in the tank.

Aesthetically, the new Turtles are solid and pragmatic with plenty of little, refined touches. You might need several days to find them out. There stays one thing unchanged, though; which is the unnaturally luminous Seiko lume. Walk out on a sunny afternoon and let the Turtle suck up some of the sunlight; when you move indoors, you’ll feel lit up almost like a torch!

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Newsletter : Seiko Prospex Monster Diver Watch on Sale! US$ 212 only!

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Just for this week we have an unbelievable deal – additional 15% off on one of the nicest diver watches Seiko has produced recently. The Seiko Prospex Monster 200m SRP581K1 is available for only US$ 212 with coupon code MONSTER.

And with Free Worldwide Shipping + Free DHL Express 2-4 days delivery to most countries

Don’t miss this deal. Click here to check it out and (use discount code MONSTER ): Seiko Prospex Diver 200M Monster Automatic SRP581K1

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