Citizen Stealth BV1085-31E: The Art of Hiding in Style

Secret living is a much cherished thing. Even the Gonzo sometimes wants people not to see what he’s sporting; those are the times for what they call the Citizen Stealth. Speaking personally, it’s very good looking, a boldness not comparable to other usual luxury beaters. The minimal contrast is not for all to like, much less to carry.

But hey! There’s no spy-thriller or concept attached to it; if you are looking for something that interesting, Citizen got some even James Bond would like to strap on. Find them here. If you want a simple watch with carefully imparted unattractiveness (in general sense), then read on.

It’s a well built watch with a different kind of aesthetic detail and design concept. Very comfortable to wear, in the sense – good old black will always be comfortable. Black is eternal; there’s no NEW to it. Black getting NEW is like steel without its temper!

This Citizen Eco Drive Stealth fills your every need for black. Black dial, black hands – all it needs is a proper angle to view things clearly. You gotta find that out. That’s not everyone’s cuppa. However, it’s not for extreme low-light situations, the green lume is minimal. If you want things even darker, black hardware can be used. Black leather and black PVD steel for the eyelets and the buckle are changeable.

Let’s see the utility part. We spoke of the time-telling earlier, so leaving that, there’s day/date and 100m WR. The Eco-Drive movement is better this time, in every aspect. Together, it rarely requires or attracts any attention – so a perfect everyday timepiece.

Returning to the aesthetic side of it, the lack of a long, ticking seconds hand is a relief to the eyes. Few like us who want their seconds hand sweeping or no seconds hand at all shall rejoice at this easy settlement. The separate seconds dial make the ticking seconds hand less hitting to the eye and it also kind of gives out a mechanical feel. Great for mech users who are looking for inexpensive yet quality quartz that won’t remind them every time it’s something different on their respective wrists. The stealth thing also comes into play here and it comes for good.

Let’s summarise why the Citizen Stealth is a wise buy.

  • It rarely requires any attention regarding maintenance. Wipe it once every day and it will be sparkly good.
  • A bold design; borrows a thing or two from the military
  • Rugged yet refined, sporty; effortlessly stylish.
  • Stainless steel with black ion plating is a lasting bond.
  • Style and functionality are well balanced; never stares stark at your face or catches attention due to untimely glimmers.

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

1. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/citizen-eco-drive-53/citizen-eco-drive-canvas-strap-bv1085-31e-mens-watch-6506.html

2. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/citizen-navihawk-222/

 

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Orient 3 Stars – The Luxury Beaters

Few watches can actually start you getting passionate towards mechanicals. Many would remember buying an affordable automatic for usual use –at work and off it; while doing the daily watering of the plants or taking the dog out for a walk. You don’t expect anything out of them apart from them doing a good job. You are never conscious with it. It grows on you and you grow on it. It becomes 24/7 and then you get bored of its trouble-free existence. The Orient 3 Star is one like that.

This is when you get into rotating. You buy another mechanical. The 3 Star got a few different versions, so you can play around the main theme by just changing colours. Within shall beat the same in-house 469 – the 21-jewel Orient workhorse since 1970. It’s one of the most noted among entry-level movements for its high precision and large power-reserve. Its accuracy, consistency and quick self-winding capacity need no hand winding and hacking facilities; they have been found to run the same even 20 years later and without any servicing. The 3 Star uses 316L steel and holds up very well against scratches and moisture. You don’t have to keep it dry every time.

Speaking of visual designs – it looks quite vintage, yet dynamic and therefore, interesting. The material quality and the craftsmanship that went behind it are top notch. The dial is nicely lacquered; however, don’t expect lume though. They are just urban-grade quality automatic watches; not meant for dark, dingy crevices.

These moderately-sized (by today’s standards) 3 Star watches also double up as dress watches, depending on the band and the colour of the dial. It’s the very simple case design and its standard shape that gives it the charm; its relatively-short and thinner, drilled lugs bring a minimalist look. It stays away from creating distractions and together, lends an overall retro feel.

The crown is not overly elegant but grooved practically to provide a firm grip. A bit of an atypical shape, it’s fairly flat, wide and stepped. It’s also slightly larger than the usual sized crowns for this category of watches; it adds a somewhat sturdy feel.

The 3 Star wears very well, either as a work wear or with slightly dressier clothes. But then again, you got three different options available, so you can take a pick according to your need. Flashy, subdued and elegant, three flavours to choose from! If you are inclined towards plain formal, the all-steel Orient Automatic Three Star shall be a good choice; for elegant formals, it’s the gold-on-black Orient Three Star Automatic. But for formal occasions such as wedding and family get-togethers, nothing beats this all-gold Orient Automatic Three Star!

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

1. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/orient-automatic-288/orient-automatic-fes00001w-mens-watch-6496.html?zenid=pq3d5e8366ojj3kh0al7uhqih0

2. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/orient-automatic-288/orient-three-star-automatic-em7p004b-mens-watch-6493.html?zenid=pq3d5e8366ojj3kh0al7uhqih0

3. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/orient-automatic-288/orient-three-star-automatic-em7p004b-mens-watch-6493.html?zenid=pq3d5e8366ojj3kh0al7uhqih0

 

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Cheap is not always a beater

Coming down to the third (the previous two are here) and the final instalment of the beater watch, now, the price factor barges in. We know time is precious so bypassing the long, meandering route.

Cheap! That’s one of the most defining characteristics of a beater! Yet it survives Hell and returns to tell the story! True, if it wasn’t at a price you can easily do away with, you are not likely to put it through Hell. Or at least, dirty jobs. If it gives you second thoughts while strapping it on (crystal getting scratched, case dinged – maybe even a broken strap!) for your next fishing/trekking trip. A cheap watch doesn’t make you worry. You don’t feel bad when you leave it alone for weeks; mechanicals are a step back in this aspect.

Modern technology has expanded the life of batteries immensely and some quartz watches may actually make you forget when you went for a replacement last. That also kind of backfires and creates abrupt circumstances; it’s for them who are neat and systematic on the nitty-gritty of daily life. For the rest, solar power works wonders.

The solar watches got one thing in common; they are built nearly impervious to shock and damages. It might lose some of its aesthetic appeal (as with the NaviHawk) if the blow is hard enough, but not its sense of duty. With Casio G-Shock, you don’t need to worry even on that!

The solar quartz are often multifunctional than not. They are not as cheap as simple, analogue-faced quartz watches, but neither are the latter as durable and good-looking. It’s always a privilege if countdown timers, alarms and stopwatches are a part of your everyday life. From timing water-drinking intervals to setting alarms for your medicines and supplements and world time, the electronic beater watch is also sometimes a storeroom of personal, life saving info. Blood type and everything else you want your caregivers to know.

Even some of Casio’s early inexpensive digital watches had great features (compared to those times) to qualify as a beater watch. The Ana-Digi Sports Runner Lap Memory, for example; some of the sportsmen of the highest orders then had it adorning their wrists. It was a cult classic, but in a different way than today’s G-Shock, a hot favourite among the Japanese teenagers and Special Forces alike. Passion-following, so to say; however, people have also been mad enough to test and break G-Shocks to see how much their loved piece can withstand. It’s tough love, sort of.

The durability of G-Shock comes from a free floating movement inside the thick, urethane case, specially treated and made resistant to high levels of shocks and resulting damages. Designed for protection, large protruded structures guard the buttons while the deep sunk crystal almost never comes in contact with the hitting surface. The Casio G-Shock is universally loved for this incredible durability and all that also makes them look incredibly evil, if not ugly!

But the ugliness is also what makes this a true legend; ride-wet-and-hard watches that you can put away with the oil and mud still clinging on it. The Patek won’t do that; neither Rolex, or Lange! It’s the Jap giants and their torchbearer who dominate here! Gotta shock the little peaceful world around? Put on some G-Shock!

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

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It’s beater if you can’t grind it into dust

So where were we? Okay, I remember – Worthiness!

Worthiness, IMHO, is 85% about keeping it up. That makes the watches on the wrists of fighting forces worldwide truly worthy. These can take abuse a lot; do a lot and no greater place for the beater to prove itself! A beater in a battlefield and all its heat, cold, sand and mud and all the rest of shocks and knocks – obviously you understand what it’s like. It’s all a big conspiracy to take the life out of a watch!

This is where the quartz industry cashes in. The biggest game-changer in the watch world, things were not opulently rosy for quite a long time. True, quartz comes with its fair share of brilliance; fewer parts and low production costs; a lighter built and hence, weight, was picked upon readily by the masses. ‘70s considered it fashionable; for the ‘80s, it was a cost-cutting tool.

They missed out on a little thing, though. The water resistance went after the first battery change. Most didn’t know about putting in new rubber seals (‘80s were like that; almost all sought cheap alternatives to costlier phenomenon) and some ignored, taking it to be an unnecessary expense. Basic needs at the cheapest, that was the general mindset back then.

‘80s, however; witnessed the advent of digital sports watches, which again brought back the essence of fashion into the thing. This new breed of watches exhibited essential features of a beater watch. So it’s needless saying they took over as daily beaters – from college students to regular office-goers; these were comfortable, had multiple functions and were more durable than their older cousins. The prices, comparatively, didn’t change much.

Mechanical watches, since then, are held as one of the faces through which luxury presents itself; it’s tough to believe something to be cuddled, coddled and collected ending up as your do-it-all watch. Aren’t mechanicals (in) famous for their heavy cases and movements; delicate arrangements and built? They were, but some of today’s mechanicals defy that logic; they are equally nice and easy-going tools on the battlefield, in sports and in the backyard. However, none wears a mechanical in the battlefield unless it’s only time he seeks; in that case, there must be another device to do the life-saving calculations.

But coming to the bottom line and by its definition, a beater watch is a simple creature with only one job in hand. Looks are secondary; it’s not meant to impress anyone but its wearer. And it impresses! Sorta like the old wife with more wrinkles on face than in her brain, but an absolute goddess when cooking is concerned! It’s ready to survive under rough duty and return home to tell the story.

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

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

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Newsletter : Mother’s Day Sale: Up to 60% Off on 50 Women’s Watches – Coupon code inside!

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Mother’s Day sale is on! We have selected 50 fantastic Women’s watches one of which will make a perfect gift for mom. With Free Worldwide shipping and free express DHL 2-4 days shipping to most countries! And with the lowest prices anywhere on the internet!

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The Beater Watch means Built to Take an Abuse

A couple of days back, a query came from within the family circle. It was about the term beater watch; the questioner surely felt perplexed with the idea that he landed up with the wrong choice before he sent forth his question.

It was a purchase from a brick-and-mortar watch retailer with few ill-informed staff to assist customers making their purchases. Surely enough, it couldn’t have been anything better; a whole lot of disappointment later on teaches the lesson:

Try dazzling the people around only when you know your shit!

That perhaps went a bit too harsh. So, no more reason to anathemize the sinner! Let’s see instead what the sin is.

The beater term doesn’t imply a watch that beats a several thousand times every hour. It’s also not always the thing you wear with your business or evening formals! A daily Beater is something that keeps up to your daily beats – all the errands and the running around. Our boy spent money on the Seiko Cocktail whereas he should have bought the Navihawk instead! Or, if he wanted to stick to Seiko, there is the Seiko 5 range; he would’ve cracked a deal!

I’m not saying the Cocktail can’t be a beater! But then, you have to be a member of the Royalty and be assisted even when making sumptuous use of the toilet paper.

You don’t think about your beater watch getting stolen or damaged – it’s meant for that! You don’t worry if you drop it into the burnt oil tumbler accidentally. With the Cocktail, you can’t do that! I’m against vandalism.

Note: That way, even the Navihawk is also not an appropriate beater, but it’s built to survive hell, hails and high water. But you’re going to feel bad about it.

Enough said. What qualifies for a reliable beater apart from the Seiko 5?

Most of us shall vote for Casio. Casio has got a name for being the right watches for the dirtiest of jobs – especially G-Shocks – the black, digital, lots-of-buttons and rubber strap kind. However, the thing is – even the $200 Casio can handle all those things that might make a 2,000-meter water-resistant, tough-as-a-nut Swiss tool watch cringe and quiver fearfully. Sure, it’s a lot unattractive but warfare doesn’t hold pretty face a criteria! You will always need your beater watch up for anything! It’s an integral part of being a beater watch!

There are also some real high-end watches from Nautica, Suunto, Sicura and Citizen (apart from the NaviHawk) but those we’ll talk about later. Know this much for now they are meant for the battlefield, turbulent underwater and to go high-up in the sky! These are different from the Swiss luxury market and its hyperbolic hypes trying to tout military and extreme sports pedigrees. Worthiness can’t be defined by price alone.

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

http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-automatic-sports-89/

 

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Altichron Cirrus: It’s T-Time

Momentary Lapse of Season: Showered in Floyd-ian thoughts

Many a times I’ve faced discernment and criticism and confronting critical eyes is not something very rare in the close circuit. If you must, call it flattery but you can never say that Gonzo had been unfair! Calling names (standard-bearer, gatekeeper and a few more other bittersweet epithets) is what a pitiably small group of  illogical, bubbleheads do best and I admire whoever does his job best unless it’s crime.

It’s not my cuppa to be awash in timepieces that suffocate their magic with the price! Neither do I have that kind of easy, spare-able money. But nevertheless, you can’t help admiring a beauty. More like that Sophia Loren or Audrey Hepburn thing; you can’t hang around with Marilyn always. She’s too flashy! And strong.

So rather than the Rolex or something equally expensive, I’d anyday vote for the Citizen Promaster Eco-Drive Altichron Cirrus Titanium if I’m preparing for the field. In the watch wearing world, practicality rules. Buy what you normally need, not the bells and whistles. This one gives just as much what you need while going up there.

Verity never goes out of style! Neither does leanness.

My particular hots for the ALTICHRON CIRRUS was looked down with disdain upon revealing desires related towards its all-time use. It’s not for its technical side solely that I wanted defining it. There could be (and are) many reasons that surpass the facades created from half-baked fashion and horological senses; mountains of press releases may make a watch (the blingy outside, sleazy inside types) today but it’s an honest and authentic timepiece! Praises are its best rewards! Not propped up with marketing gibberish; rather it’s intrinsic, useful functions and overall quality that adds to its value. It’s not something a scathing critic may damn! It’s unbelievable!

That’s why you wear it. That’s why I need to wear it. All the time!

A return to senses: Coming back to life

High time to explain why those high flown words came about. It’s the 1st anniversary (ok, almost; mid-May 2014 was when it was released) of the ALTICHRON CIRRUS! Eco-Drive with dual sensors running the electronic compass and the altimeter fills out the show!

The newest among the PROMASTERs, it’s hard to tell whether the titanium version beats the pearl-white titanium or just the opposite; however, both have heard some good things from professionals held in highest regard worldwide. Supreme durability, far superior functionality (10,000m up; 300m down) and out-of-the-world esthetics captures imagination just like that. And, the compass! All that makes for some complex array of information on and around the dial, but the CIRRUS’ sophisticated display capability turns it all very easy. It enhances and adds prominence to the 3D-depth, imparting a floating impression of the indexes and hands beneath the crystal. Imagine clouds sailing along the dome of the sky!

The CIRRUS comes under the LAND collection of the Promaster series – in Citizen’s own words: “…Reflecting Aspirations toward Exploring Infinite New Territories”.  Hardened with DLC (amorphous, hard-carbon film with excellent abrasion resistance; greatly improves surface qualities due to high adherence). Citizen’s own plasma CVD film-coating technology uses a middle-film that clings to the material underneath and the DLC on top. The Diamond-like-Carbon filming process uses hydrocarbon gas and a mix of diamond (sp3) and graphite (sp2) structures, the core materials for the DLC film. Its great hardness (Hv1000-1400), excellent abrasion, chemical and corrosion resistance and a small friction-coefficient is helpful for the shine to stay longer; the elegant tint comes as a bonus!

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

http://www.creationwatches.com/products/citizen-promaster-47/citizen-promaster-eco-drive-altichron-cirrus-titanium-bn4035-08e-mens-watch-6439.html

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Newsletter : $122 only : Orient Bambino Domed Automatic Watches with Free Worldwide Shipping!

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The Orient Bambino series of Automatic watches are perhaps one of the best series ever produced by Orient. And for good reason – elegant and classic styling, genuine high quality leather straps, domed (convex) scratch-resistant crystal and a highly accurate in-house automatic movement.

We have 4 new models in this spectacular series for an unbelievable price of US $122 with Free Worldwide Shipping and free DHL Express Shipping to most countries. It really doesn’t get any better than this :-) Really, a watch of this quality with an in-house quality movement for this price is unheard of. Orient has been producing automatic watches for a very long time with a long tradition of excellent craftsmanship for prices that are really out of this world. A watch of the same quality with “swiss” it in would easily sell for maybe more than 10 times the price or more.

Get them here at this initial introductory price: New Orient Bambino Domed Crystal Automatic Watches on Sale

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Pickin’ watches: Should you let your significant other choose?

Caring about what others think of – to a certain extent – is neither diffidence, nor naivety. It’s perfectly human, admit it or not. Extents; however, may vary and that draws the line between normalcy and diffidence and naivety. That’s the scene with almost everything – SUV-s, cell phones, clothes….even the weapons of choice. I personally like the S&W Guv’nor more than the Taurus Judge and I know I’m not the only one. I got my own reasons to like it; nevertheless, there are certain advantageous points, the greatest being an extra shot to fire. This is why we have forums with the same question popping up every now and then; the “what do you think of this (fit any of your happy stuff here)?” posts, almost on a daily basis.

Ironically, there’s inevitably going to be a – “I give a damn to what others think” reply for almost every such post. No kind words here – it just plain sounds forced once you are past the raging testosterone phase of your life. It’s sensible, too; for it keeps away a lot of unwanted attention. Even standing-out nowadays got the same formula followed by hordes, so the same tattoo at the same place for two different people is not impossible at all! You see, somehow you are fitting into the same club to obtain the against the norm branding; I’m too doing the same but minus the hypocrisy. Easy acceptance also stresses you less and I’m into an anti-stress lifestyle.

So I’ll gladly pick the Orient Bambino Classic Automatic for the regular working day, the Seiko Core Solar for a formal dinner,a Seiko Alarm Chronograph World Time for the semi casuals on the weekends and a G-Shock Illuminator if I’m to go fishing. Try to fit them the other way round; you’ll definitely stand out from the crowd. For bad taste, that is.

Now, with young girls – as noticed – it’s a different story. They love the big, bold and bad G-Shocks…more specifically, the G button (no wild guess, please) on guys; younger Ladies, mostly, got hots for larger, flashy watches that look expensive but not worthwhile in any other way. Sounds a stereotypical behavior, right? But it’s only because there is a lot of truth to it; stereotypes do not come of out of the blue.

So what do they like for themselves? I don’t feel much confident commenting on that department, but I have seen women like to go easy with plain quartz, with or without embellishments, as required.

But there are different types of women and their choices vary, but my personal experience says things are not much different between the chick who likes to take funny selfies  and the lady executive who usually puts up a stern face at her workplace. At least, when it’s about little things of personal preferences.

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A man and his watch – What every gal should know

Masterful subtlety! That’s one of the things you cannot expect every time out of men; we love to become the boisterous, noisy, beer-guzzling brat at the slightest chance we obtain and show the world our prized, muscle-packed toys. We fight over whose stuff is the greatest and then we laugh and enjoy The Expendables! Certainly, subtlety can’t hit us everytime; more so, for it’s subtlety, after all.

Does it have anything to do with watches? You bet; else, I’d be posting in a M1911 forum instead. The message here is: Girls certainly got something towards an overpowering, manly tool (on your wrist, I mean) but that’s when you are working alone (no pun intended) or taking her out on a wild ride in your jeep/SUV. Out for shopping or dinner; that’s when you should know how to deal with women. Sorry, with women’s choices – also regarding your wristwear.

A lot of us got some problem in that department and that’s because women communicate very subtly. Guys prefer a large neon sign declaring what’s in her mind; however, we are aware that neon prices are through the roof, so a little less subtle signal will do. For example, say high-shine and day-date, no windows  instead of just flashy. Be generous on specifics – we men love that – not hints. With hints, things often turn up as extravagant choices that oddly bling; what follows – if in any greater magnitude – could be called waging a global war! As far as we are not pushed to settle for the high-impact and swaggering, oversized fashion absurdities, it’s fine; we don’t need to overcompensate for anything.

So what do we don’t want our watches to tell the world? We certainly don’t need to announce (even if it is) of being nouveau riche, we don’t present industrial-strength magnets in fine jewellery cases. There’s difference between being rich and being an ugly chunk of ostentatious wealth; Ladies, do remember this when suggesting your man a watch. A diamond-riddled, platinum/titanium laden watch with more technology than NASA might be an exotic showpiece; in real life, it just pukes bad taste. Better staying the adventurers – what we are – at heart!

Tell us to be the happy medium instead. We’ll appreciate that! We’ll like it simply because it will look good and many of them help stay close to busy dials without looking out of place or ostentatious. These do not require credit cards to be maxed out and there are a ton of slick, elegant watches to be found. These are trend-proof, so no need to bend to your whims to look just as smart again, after paying an eye-watering price. Help us to stay polished and sharp-styled; don’t tinker with our powers to invest.

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Seiko Prospex 200m Baby Tuna: From two different perspectives

The new, 2015  Seiko Prospex “Baby Tuna” Automatic Diver’s 200M are a range of dive watches that are full of interest. Desk diving or scuba diving, the Baby Tuna’s only intention is seducing recreational and semi-professional divers with its purposeful build. The PROSPEX are vastly different from Seiko’s standard mechanical line-up and is an innovation in dive watch advancements. – The Team

It doesn’t take an expert to point out the Baby Tuna as an exotic piece of equipment, but we wanted to hear from the two of our watch freaks. Here’s what they have to say.

Santo’s views: The MarineMaster Tuna, undoubtedly, is one of the Seiko creations that define the brand but when did the Japs stop at one thing? They never seem to be content on their technological prowess, so they always push their boundaries. The Baby Tuna came around due to something like that; unlike the Eagle, it’s a hit!

The Baby Tuna is Seiko Prospex "Baby Tuna" Automatic Diver's 200M SRP641K1 SRP641K SRP641 Men's Watchstronger with its very qualitative construction.! That’s true; despite that it is the actual Tuna’s affordable edition that bends more towards urban-friendliness. As for the rest of it, it is as impressive as the professionally-oriented Tuna!

The Seiko Prospex Automatic Diver 200m (that’s the official name for the Baby Tuna) is a lot cheaper! Seiko’s Professional Specifications (or, Prospex; it’s actually Pro-Specs) attributes take you to the borders of deep diving: it’s a solid and fully developed underwater timepiece with an in-house (4R36) movement and that’s a great value for money!

Seiko Prospex "Baby Tuna" Automatic Diver's 200M SRP639K1 SRP639K SRP639 Men's Watch

Gonzo sez: Iconization is a different thing altogether and it doesn’t come easy. So, confronting a replica of that icon often doesn’t go down too well, save this 2015 Seiko Baby Tuna! I’d rather say it’s more of a new edition of the iconic Tuna; with all its vibe and glory intact within an immensely personal design. Why I say personal is even amidst dozens other, you can readily recognize your own. Sure, that comes as you both grow on each other but this is the instant thing I’m talking about. If you have seen it once, you know it for a lifetime.

Whether the 47mm case is bestial or not is a personal choice; some watches are meant to be large; else, they don’t look good. Seems that’s a part of its DNA, as much as the scalloped caseback. It has a purpose. The lugs do not stick out due to the curve, so it eliminates the chances of unwanted hitches completely. The shroud protects both the case and the rotative, unidirectional bezel; for the latter, it also allows a tight and perfect grip. If you wear diving gloves, you’ll know it better. It’s made of stainless steel and comes either in black or silver.

The Seiko 4R36 movement is the most interesting part of the watch; it’s a 24 jewels calibre that allows both automatic and manual winding. Fully wound, it runs for over 40 hours at a reasonable 21.600bph. It replaced the 6R15 (a 7S26 derivative) but nevertheless, shares most of its specs. That makes it reliable, efficient and ready to take a lot of grinding.

The rest about this huge watch is visible and it doesn’t required to be told it’s meant more for professional endeavours than for elegant parties in tuxes.

But is it priced right? No romanticism here; it’s a definite YES if compared to Swiss novelties; the 2015 Seiko Prospex “Baby Tuna” Automatic Diver’s 200M is a fabulous deal!

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

i. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-prospex-299/seiko-prospex-baby-tuna-automatic-divers-200m-srp641k1-srp641k-srp641-mens-watch-6375.html?zenid=dqu7q8nt1agp4nvhklspoaceu7

ii. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-prospex-299/seiko-prospex-baby-tuna-automatic-divers-200m-srp639k1-srp639k-srp639-mens-watch-6374.html?zenid=dqu7q8nt1agp4nvhklspoaceu7

iii. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-prospex-299/seiko-prospex-baby-tuna-automatic-divers-200m-srp637k1-srp637k-srp637-mens-watch-6373.html

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Newsletter : Michael Kors Watches on Sale – 55% off with Free Worldwide Shipping!

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This week we have our entire Michael Kors Watches collection on sale! Get an additional 5% discount on top of the existing up to 50% discounts. With Free Worldwide Shipping and Free DHL Express 2-4 days delivery to most countries!

Michael Kors Watches bring luxury to the affordable price range. Trendy designs that have set the world of fashion watches by storm are a hallmark of Michael Kors. We have a great collection of both men’s and women’s watches. And with up to 55% off on these at CreationWatches.com you are truly getting a great deal.

Get them here while stocks last: Michael Kors Watches on Sale – up to 55% off!

Enter code MKORS in the “Comments/Instructions/Codes (Optional):” section while checking out for an additional discount of 5%. (Use standard checkout and not PayPal Express Checkout).

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Newsletter : Casio G-Shock Watches on Sale – Discount coupon inside for up to 65% off !

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This week we have a grand sale on Casio G-Shock Watches. With up to 60% off retail prices and an additional 6% off with coupon code SHOCK. And with Free Worldwide Shipping and Free DHL Express 2-4 days delivery to most countries!

Casio G-Shock watches need no introduction. These are timing and measuring instruments for actual specialists but to wear one, you don’t need to be. From dotcom millionaires to fashion editors, there’s one Casio G shock for all! Casio shock-resistant watches have been around since early 1980s, becoming a cultural phenomenon worldwide, especially among pro-skaters, hip-hop stars and IT guys. Also the Navy Seals and in several other armed forces, the G-Shock stays as the timepiece of choice! For Casio g shock watches are more than just durable or rugged; it is their unrivaled accuracy under highly adverse conditions that is very impressive.

Get them here: Casio G-shock watches on sale

Enter code SHOCK in the “Comments/Instructions/Codes (Optional):” section while checking out for an additional discount of 6%. (Use standard checkout and not PayPal Express Checkout).

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G-Shock Watches on Sale. Free Worldwide Shipping!

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Newsletter : Up to 75% off Watches with Free Worldwide Shipping!

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This month’s blowout sale is here. We have a further discount of 5% on 50 selected watches while stocks last. This is probably the best price anywhere for these watches. And with free Worldwide shipping with free DHL/FedEx Express shipping to most countries.

Check out the sale here: Blowout sale on Men’s and Women’s Watches for April 2015

Enter code BSW25 in the “Comments/Instructions/Codes (Optional):” section while checking out for an additional discount of 5%. (Use standard checkout and not PayPal Express Checkout).

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Up to 75% off with Free Worldwide Shipping

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Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical: Reliable, robust – pure joy to wear

For about a month this watch had been under scrutiny and all the important things from a wearer’s perspective is here. It is a watch that makes the wearer keep coming back, for, at well under the $400 mark, it gives you all that few – if any – others deliver.

Whether you call it a bigotry towards mechanical hand wind movements or something else, but those who are more into watches shall be sold on this first aspect. You do not usually come across fine Swiss mechanical movements at this price range.
Agreed it’s not some super-fine, technical hiatus, but at the same time, it is the ubiquitous 4 Hz, 17-jewels ETA 2804-2 (the hand-wound version of the ETA 2824; comes with ETACHRON regulation, 28.800 beats/hour), which means, it has almost the same built as the 2824, the reliable and robust workhorse of the Swiss watch industry. With a power reserve of nearly 40 hours, wind it once every 36 hours. Unadjusted, it fluctuates to a max of 6 seconds, on either side.

That Hamilton pays a homage to the Military field-watches through  the Khaki Field Mechanical is evident from its emphasis on its indifferent, stern looks on one hand and legibility on the other. The whole presentation is devoid of any unnecessary elements and the uncluttered layout is really soothing to the eyes.

The 38mm case has a somewhat coarse (bead-blast) finish to it, which also adds to its durability and pleasant looks. The drab, olive dial produces a contrast in the background against the matted metal but all in a very subtle way. Topped by a scratch-proof, slightly domed sapphire crystal, it receives a greater perception of depth, enhanced further by the bead-blasted hands. The lack of shine in the entire setup is appealing to them against any sort of bling.

Coming to the controls (sorry, got into the military mood) or the crown, it’s a substantial slug of metal facilitating an easy grip. This is a great help towards the task of winding up; it feels pleasant also.

The Khaki Field Mechanical is that sort of a watch that encourages a lot of experimentations, the basic one being with straps. The drilled-through lugs facilitate it greatly and with a pin, your job is done! They have also been made longer intentionally so that you can put in the 1-piece military straps too, but this one already has a surprisingly good strap; a heavily-padded, olive canvas w/ nubuck backing. The holes got rivets into them and the fixed holder comes with steel retainers. Overall, that’s durability re-explained!

The Hamilton Khaki Field mechanical stands out as a piece with a great quality and features usually found in watches belonging to much higher price ranges. It’s also a model that Hamilton makes no more. Get it if you love rarities or if you got any fascination towards the classic, military-styled mechanical watches. Chances are, you won’t find another this appropriate fitting into the category.

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

http://www.creationwatches.com/products/hamilton-watches-250/hamilton-khaki-field-mechanical-h69419363-mens-watch-5446.html?currency=USD

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The other side of the Seiko 5 SNK

There’s an unknown side to the Seiko 5 SNK series of watches. It’s usually the impressive and dignified visuals that get the attention, but that’s not all. Unlike some of my fellow clansmen, it’s not my recommendation to go ahead and buy the first SNK you come across; to appreciate fully something this subtle and subdued, you need to perfect your taste with understanding. It will fulfill your timetelling needs even more; else, your every single cell will tell you to settle for some extra-adequate alternative. Always heading for a competition is not always a solution; with SNK, you got to keep that in mind.

The SNKs’ tool background – or say, inspiration – is well hidden beneath the steel except for some of the overtly military styles. That’s the spirit we are talking about; not the 21-jewel 7S26C automatic movement. Though, it imparts the watch a large chunk of its overally fantastic value.

Now, a lot of you might ask if the 37 (or 38)mm size is okay for men, to which, a plausible answer will be a lot of men prefer smaller watches when it comes to daily, rigorous use. Fanciful watches make you cautious in your subconscious and steals your freedom of free movement; with Seiko SNK, the question doesn’t arise for you know its built for rough use.  For women, it makes just about right size and an excellent choice for them with a preference for boyfriend-style accessories.

The real strong point of the Seiko 5 SNK; however, is its abundant aftermarket parts. There are tons of mods available and if you dislike something about a particular model, you can simply put something else on it and make it exotic. This makes the SNK series are a one-of-a-kind of watches bring the real fun of watch collecting.

Customising a watch (the insides, not just the strap or band or bracelet) and making it your own, IMHO, rules out even some of the high-end staples. Simplicity is key on these; there’s no place for pouty pleasures. While sanding a dial and removing all of the markings before applying a coat or lacquer is all right, putting a Hello Kitty  pic on the dial is not. Flip the SNK’s styling with clean and contemporary aesthetics; don’t flip it over totally give in to frivolity.

But, a word of caution! Despite the simple sounding methodologies like sanding and applying coat, they shall require dismantling the entire watch, which is a tricky endeavor. Though you don’t need to strip the movement to its components, but it is still a tricky affair and without experience, it might mean a big blunder.

But then again, you’ll end-up gaining some knowledge working on a real watch. For real cheap.

 

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

http://www.creationwatches.com/products/SNK

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Newsletter : $196 only: Orient Automatic Sapphire Crystal Sun And Moon Phase ET0P003B Men’s Watch

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$196 only: Orient Automatic Multi-Eyes Sun And Moon Sapphire ET0P003B

This week we have the spotlight on a great Moonphase Automatic watch with sapphire crystal for under US$ 200! It is the Orient Automatic Multi-Eyes Sun And Moon Phase Sapphire ET0P003B for only US$ 196 with Free Shipping Worldwide and Free DHL Express 2-4 days shipping to most countries!

It is no secret that Orient makes fantastic Automatic Watches that are great value for money. But with this watch they take it up a notch – a sapphire crystal, accurate automatic movement, sun/moon phase, see through case-back and a beautiful leather strap for this price is unheard of. And without compromise on quality in any way. It comes with one year international warranty which, given Orient quality and reliability, you will most likely not use. (Orient is owned by Seiko Watch Corp.)

We have limited stocks at this price and don’t expect them to last for long. Get it here: US$ 196 for Orient Automatic Multi-Eyes Sun And Moon Sapphire ET0P003B

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Watches for the guy with no appreciation for watches

I write this to challenge Gonzo: Despite your high-flown explorations and voyages within the horological galaxy, we haven’t heard you speaking for them who really don’t care about wearing watches. I’m talking ‘bout him who stopped at one watch; the ‘tells time,looks okay, no such maintenance – that’s enough’  kinda guys.

Gonzo has advices galore for them enamoured with high-end technology, suaveness and interesting complications. What about the other side of the world? This is where sapphire crystals are ignored as much as flyback chronographs; watch collecting is frowned upon as a bizarre, nonsensical wastage of money. This is the society where buying a watch simply translates to :

Go to a mall or a department store > See watches in showcase > Buy the one that you think looks best > Wear it for eternity (or atleast, till it breaks or develops oily deposits under the crystal and rendered nearly unreadable) > Repeat.

Ever cared what would go into this market segment? Mr. Gonzo, if they are just buying one watch for the next 10 years, let’s give them something that shall not fetch any complaint for the next 12 to 15 years. Certainly you could recommend them a white dial Stiletto from Citizen, but imagine it becoming a badge! Nobody likes getting pigeonholed; nor does them.

In my not-so-humble opinion, them needs something that’s fairly sturdy, reliable, with water resistance and without the inconvenience of hand winding. It must also be of a decent size with clean looks for a versatile usage and of course, less than $100. 

What qualifies? A search in earnest brought up no better contender than the ultra-plain Seiko 5; the zing here is: these are tad different Seiko 5-s with the 7s26 movement, a workhorse automatic with a long and accurate, trouble-free life. These are quality, inexpensive watches in durable cases with the right looks.

I don’t intend to be an expert and hence, do not want to bore the readers with endless grumblings on the physics and chemistry that went into it; all I can say is: no-watch guys shall love this watch. It’s built to sustain through the ruffling times and motions and still remain shiny and unshaken over the years. It’s a daily wear with your business suits and doubles-up as a weekend-wear that goes equally well with the jeans.

All in all, it is a solid and versatile watch at a throwaway price. These, certainly doesn’t qualify as divers, but a quick dip in the pool or a running faucet above for a few minutes is fine. But beware, it’s a drug to draw you deep into the – what you once considered – dweeby world of horological nerdery.

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

i. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-automatic-sports-89/

ii. http://www.creationwatches.com/products/citizen-eco-drive-53/citizen-eco-drive-stiletto-super-thin-ar1110-11b-mens-watch-2918.html

 

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Obsession vs. Dedication: A look into why men wear watches

Ever since digital gadgets made into the average human life, the watch has become an option. There seems a watch (or, clock) in almost anything and everything – from your juicer to your washing machine and micro-waves to the mobile phones and computers. None particularly needs the watch today to tell the time.

Besides, a large chunk of them are in the seriously expensive category. Yet – you wonder – how the watch companies pump in huge loads of money to show their faces on the pages of the magazines – some of them with largest circulations. Power watch adverts are also not hard to come by. All these show the industry is right now booming and watches are big business today.

A not-so-humble opinion would be – It’s all about clubbing together; about a sense of belonging, to the same clan or league. People actually portray their respective mindsets through their choice of dressing (it also applies to food and lifestyle but that’s not what we are at right now) and the watch just fortifies that.

Price of a watch is, definitely, a defining factor here. Men like to show their worth through their watches, including societal stance. One can’t drive his Beemer or Jaguar inside the restaurant; that’s where the watch comes useful. It is good for making covert statements.  Over the last five years (give or take another couple), watches are making it big and the sector is facing extraordinary growth is solely due to this reason!

Another factor that’s pushing the watch industry forward is we all like a little extra among standard arrangements. When a watch does something more than its primary function of telling the current time (also, in some cases, the day and the date), we all feel nice about it. It’s men’s innate struggle for technical delights that does it. There’s really nothing more that need being said, apart from the fact that some indeed ran into spending thousands after marvellous, technical wizardries, that often holds them back from using the watch for the real purposes.

This is where affordable luxury watches kick-in; a market dominated by the Japs. The real high-end products come up to – in some cases, even exceeded – the Swiss standards. But, at a price not even a tenth! A large chunk of them are quartz, but when you are up to some very high precision pro-level usage, mechanicals don’t stand a chance. They are good for everyday use (including complications like perpetual calendar and chronograph); if you are with Nasa, you would perhaps want a spaceship that sits neatly on the wrist. In that case, you got no choice other than to go for quartz accuracy. This is what dominates the glamorous, high-octane world of PRO-s!

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

http://www.creationwatches.com/products/new-products/index-2.html?currency=USD

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