Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My Top 10 Affordable Watches

My Top 10 Affordable Watches

Top Row - Left to Right
Seiko SKX007 (to receive blue face mod), Parnis Power Reserve, Alpha GMT "Coke"

Bottom Row - Left to Right
HMT Pilot, Orient Mako black, Orient Millenium FD0E002W, Seiko SKX011

Not Shown
Alpha Chronograph Black Dial, Seagull ST5

To Sell:
Barbos Marine Blue

Possible Additions:
- Seagull 1963
- Rodina Automatic

Watches Bought and Returned:
- Seiko SKX781 "Monster", too much of a "tool" watch for me
- Seiko SNX123, prefer the Orient Millenium FD0E002W
- Vostok Amphibia "Blue Scuba Dude", too small
- Orient Ray, prefer the looks of the Mako

- High Value
- Less than $250USD
- Able to be purchased new
- Mechanical Watch

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Inexpensive GPS Watch

Around $100
Water Proof

Garmin FR10 $129
Waterproof 50m

Review on DC Rainmaker

Inexpensive Mechanical Chronograph

Less than $200
Good Quality
Support if breaks

Alpha Daytona, $152
Seagull ST19 movement
Screw down chronograph action
Case: 39mm case
Dial : chronograph hand at 3 o’clock, second hand at 9 o’clock, 24-hour follow at 6 o’clock
3 ATM water resistent
Bracelet: Solid stainless steel presidential style (hollow endlinks)
Weight : 128g
Watchuseek Thread Alpha Daytona

Ticino MS9650, $250 ?

42mm (not including crown) 
Solid brushed 316L stainless steel 
Screw down crown with 3 gaskets
Quick set date function days of the month 
Two push buttons operate the stop watch 
Top button starts/stops the chronograph 
Bottom button resets the chronograph 
Hi-end 29-Jewel automatic stop watch movement with date 
Left sub-dial, sweeping seconds 
Top sub-dial are minutes 
Bottom sub-dial are hours 
Large second hand only operates when stop watch is activated 
Luminous hands and hour markers 
Unidirectional rotating bezel 
Genuine leather strap with signed steel buckle 
Sapphire crystals front and back 
49 Hour Power Reserve
Thread on watchuseek

Ticino 44mm, $279
Case: 44mm all brushed solid 316L stainless steel, screw down display back with mineral crystal, Non screw down crown as per original pilots of the era 
Case Height: 13.8mm 
Dial: Sterile black with Swiss C1 Superlumious material Hands Black trim with Swiss C1 Superlumnious material 
Movement: Segull TY2903 hand wind 30 minute chronograph and 24 hour military time, 48 hour power reserve 
Strap: 4mm Thick premier soft calf leather with white stitching and rivet reminiscent of old pilot watch design 
Crystal: Hardened Mineral crystal slightly domed 
Functions: Hour, Minute second, Large second hand for stop watch second counter with fly-back reset, Left sub-dial your standard sweep second hand, Right sub-dial 30 minute register when chronograph button is pushed. The Lower sub-dial is 24 hour military time counter Top pusher: start and stop chronograph Bottom pusher: Reset chronograph
Watchuseek Thread

Size: 41x10mm excluding crown
Weight: 95 grams Moon-phase: genuine moon-phase complication at 6 oclock
Date: date of month display at 12 oclock
Second hand: sweeping second hand dial at 9 oclock
Stopwatch counter: 30-minutes stopwatch counter at 3 oclock
Bracelet: genuine leather
Clasp: butterfly deployment
Crystal: Sapphire
Case material: premium stainless steel
Waterproof: 5ATM Calibre: ST1908, manual-winding mechanical chronograph

Seagull 1963, $389
Case: Polished Stainless
Movement: Seagull ST19 19 Jewel chronograph
Dial: Antique silver with black indexes and gold markers
Lens: Domed Acrylic Case
Back: screwdown display
Dimensions: 38mm
Crown: 7mm x 2mm Push/pull
Thickness: 14mm
Lug Width: 18mm

Worn & Wound about 1963
Worn & Wound Thread about chronographs 
Seagull ST19 vs. ST25 

Seeking affordable automatic chronograph

Friday, September 28, 2012

Parnis Portuguese Power Reserve

Parnis Watch Website

Parnis Portuguese Power Reserve Review

Comparison of the Parnis Watches

They also make an IWC Chronograph copy

Casio WV58A

$27 on Amazon, Radio Controlled watch, amazing amount of technology for the price

Seiko Men's SKX781 "Orange Monster"

Seiko Men's SKX781 "Orange Monster" Automatic Dive Watch.

I had been looking forward to receiving this watch.  Ordered on Amazon, September 22, 2012, $209 plus shipping and tax.  When I received it, opened the box and was disappointed, too much "bling", big heavy hunk of stainless steel, not very elegant.  The Orient Mako has become my benchmark, if the watch isn't as least as nicely made I return the watch.  RETURNED

Dial material             Hardlex
Case material            Stainless steel
Case diameter           42 millimeters
Case Thickness        13 millimeters
Band Material          silver-tone-stainless-steel
Band width               21 millimeters
Dial color                 Orange
Bezel material           Silver-tone-stainless-steel
Bezel function          Unidirectional
Calendar                   Day and date
Features                    Seconds-hand
Calibre                      7S26 (21 Jewels) self-winding automatic movement
Water Resistant         200 MetersFeet

Seiko Monster Review on Ed's Corner 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Timex T5F851 Ironman Triathlete

The Timex T5F851 Ironman Triathlete

Travel Watch Cases

Diplomat Travel Case, $55

Diplomat 31-468 Black Leather Quad Watch Zippered Travel Case with Black Suede Interior Watch Case, $55 on Amazon

Orient FD0E002W, $165

Orient Orient FD0E002W purchased on Discount Watch Store, $165
Thread that got me started on the watch, My Orient Collection
On an Italian blog
On a French blog

Seiko SKX171K-P

Seiko SKX171K-P, $285

My Thread on Watchuseek

Victorinox Swiss Army 241316 Chronograph

$395 Amazon
Victorinox Swiss Army 241316 Chronograph Amazon

Casio Men's Edifice Chronograph #EF550PB-1AV

Great thread on Watchuseek, $500 like the Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave? answer Ediface
Casio Website 
On Amazon
On Watchuseek

Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave

Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite, $3000 

Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave Watch on Seiko & Citizen Watch Forum
On Japanese Citizen Website
On a Blog to Read

Friday, September 14, 2012

Casio GW2500

Casio GW2500, $248

  1. Solar Power
  2. Radio Controlled
  3. Alarm
  4. 200M Water Resistance

Watches by Use

  1. Weekends - Seiko Men's SKX007K, Orient Men's CEM65001B 'Black Mako'
  2. Casual Meetings - Seiko SNX123,
  3. SCUBA - *Aeris Manta Dive Watch
  4. Running - *Garmin Fenix
  5. Formal Meetings, Formal Events - Orient Men's CEM65001B 'Black Mako' 
  6. Travel - *Timex Ironman Marathon
  7. Skiing - Timex Ironman Marathon
* To bring when traveling