Category Archives: Diver’s

Gonzo’s Postbag [XLV] – QUARTZ VS. AUTOMATIC: WHO IS WINNING?

Q. Dear Gonzo, I have been following your column and I found my interest on watches growing leaps and bounds; it’s been quite a while. I have accumulated a small collection of – not watches, as you might think – names from which, I’m going to pick just two. One I definitely wish to be

Monikers: Represent more than just a watch.

Whether it was the shape of the case or a specific color scheme or its association with an important person, the question “Why?” fades over time, leaving just the nickname behind! The secrets of appropriate naming Contrary to many people thinking a brand attaching some fancy names to its products right off the factory floor,

Seiko 5 automatic vs Tissot Swissmatic – A lookback (II)

Statutory Warning: Luxury watches are addictive, expensive and still massively enjoyable. Something we missed out mentioning previously about the 7S26; it has been discontinued now. Newer versions of older watches (e.g. Next Gen Monsters, now a part of the Prospex) therefore, receive the 4R36, mostly. It makes most Seiko collectors – dive watch enthusiasts, in

Seiko 5 vs. Tissot Swiss-Matic: A lookback (I)

Or, do we call it just one more ‘Japanese vs. Swiss’ debate? A necessary declaration It’s quite an opportunity to try responding to this question; feel free to counter and contradict what will follow. Such questions have been asked and answered by many; many times over by now. But as of now – Nobody asked

Clearing the ‘Mall Watches’ stigma (II)

Mall Ninja gave you enough entertainment, I presume. Them willing to catch up with the entire conversation, this is for you! Mulling ‘bout the mall Shopping malls today are vastly different from what we saw as kids. It’s much more now than the previous days’ ‘just a few times larger supermarket image. There are hardly

Diver watches: The First & the Furious [I]

silver and black round analog watch

One hundred years ago, people had a very different idea of what a watch would mean. Understanding that shift in thinking can tell us a lot about the fluid designs of today, argues Gonzo. Genesis of the first-s As the ‘50s kicked in, it brought along a slew of watches that you could wear in

Watches for the Midnight Zone: It’s freezing, crushing out there!

How deep would you go? All dive watches flaunting the 1000m depth-rating mark stark on their respective dials actually mark a threshold beyond which the watch shall – probably – fail to hold and perform due to many a reason; from shattered crystals to complete implosions and failure of ingress points but given the fact

2 easy ways to match your clothes and watches!

The power of a wristwatch, gentlemen – like that belt, the tie and those shoes of yours – can build your appearance as easily as it can destroy! Earlier, we had a somewhat similar discussion on this; now, we broaden the aspects. As an ideal example of an ungentlemanly style of dressing, nothing compares to

Why would you buy a deep-diving watch at all?

It’s a valid question demanding answers regarding vaguely ridiculous but nevertheless awesome purpose-driven, functional, wrist-wears; for an open secret is – most among us will never dive beyond 300m under water. Rarely do we go for a swim in the rivers; to oceans, even rarer – only when we are in for some beach fun.

The Russians and their timekeeping devices

Soviet watches are not collector’s items in general but frankly, that’s part of their charm. It’s the Russian watch under discussion which, despite their list of tech specs making them look like many-an-other sub-$1000 dive watches, they feel much more unique. Were Russians successful in making watches? Or are they, now? Success – as it

Are Orient diver watches anywhere near to Seiko’s?- I

To answer this question, I will have some prerequisites. Firstly, I’ll not include diehard Orient fans in this discussion (they can go read about the Kanno or the M-Force AC0L instead); next, those who think nobody else can build a diver watch better than Seiko. In simple words, we’ll not let biasness and bigotry clutter

Seiko Street Fighters L.E: Just ‘Style’ is not enough

The Street Series from Seiko was the first thing we spoke about at the very starting of 2021 but that wasn’t about the Limited Edition Street Fighters now glorifying further the Seiko range. Seiko 5 Sports Street Fighter Zangief Limited Edition Automatic Neither was it about the Prospex Street covered last year; what we’re talking

Which Hamilton mechanical watch do you think is the best? Part – I

Hamilton: An account of excellence  There’s no denial that a lot among us bought a Hamilton as our first nice – even real – watch and as the days passed, many got hooked onto the brand and started procuring every model that appealed to them. Sure, such collectors argue, appreciate and discriminate one model from

How good are Invicta watches?

Who tells the truth? Almost three decades back, Extreme came out with one of their finest – according to their own ratings – which most their fans and critics that time didn’t quite agree with. Their opinions differed from each other and were very different to that of the band. So III Sides to Every

Is Citizen more accurate than Seiko?

Grand Seiko, undoubtedly, stands as the most accurate watches from Seiko, either mechanical or quartz or Spring Drive. Unfortunately, most think Citizen maxes out with their GPS watches or the Campanola; they probably haven’t yet heard about the very impressive Citizen Caliber 0100. It’s the world’s most accurate, self-contained, quartz movement. One might well argue