Just when I thought I had seen an interesting new series of Rolex Submariner inspired SNZF11K/13K/19K sports watches (they were introduced not hardly three months ago) along comes their latest SNZF-series designs that stylistically, reek of the classic Monster divers
Although no official nickname has been bestowed on this latest offering from Seiko, I kind of liked the suggestion that someone threw in SCWF � the �Monster Jr� or �Monster Lite�. Since this watch appears to be within the size parameters of the original Monster divers, I thought �Monster Lite� would be the more befitting nickname.
Originally posted 2008-10-27 00:42:59.
If you have already read my previous article on spotting fake Seiko watches, you may have learned how to distinguish the counterfeits from the real ones. Some are fairly easy to spot while others need careful scrutiny to determine whether it's fake or not.
Recently I came across an auction by a well known eBay vintage watch seller from the Philippines and what caught my attention was the fact he described the watch as "controversial". This popular Power Seller eBay merchant has never peddled fake vintage watches in the past and he would know a fake one from an original Seiko.
However, this particular watch for auction stumped the seller and after looking at photos of his listing I have to admit that the watch stumped even me. The seller couldn't verify whether this watch was a fake or probably a one-off Seiko model that nobody knew about, so he listed the watch as a "controversial Seiko diver".
Originally posted 2008-07-18 02:25:00.
- Date acquired: December 20th 2004
- Production Date: July 2002
- Source: Emotus Time Culture, Suria KLCC
- Price paid: MYR700 (USD212)
- Status: Discontinued in some markets
This watch happens to be my first Seiko Kinetic and it took me over a year to decide whether I wanted to try one for curiosity's sake. Coming from a long-running background of owning quartz and automatic Seikos, I had to do much research on Kinetic watches before contemplating this revolutionary hybrid movement.
Prior to my purchase of this timepiece, I wasn't particularly convinced if a Kinetic would make a wise "investment". It was probably due advice from one of the watch dealers that I had spoken to, who said that he had heard of Kinetic owner complaints through his network of Seiko watch dealers. Due to this, he pointed out that he sold only quartz or automatic watches in his store, never Kinetics.
I had to find out why he wasn't keen on selling Kinetics so I turned to the good old Internet for more information. It turned out that there were articles from dissatisfied Kinetic owners who highlighted the problems that plagued their watches.
Well, there was some truth in this as far as the early Kinetic watches were concerned. Seiko had since corrected their teething problems and their Kinetic models constitute their bread-and-butter, mid-priced watches.
Originally posted 2008-07-09 23:45:07.
- Type: Professional diver's watch, automatic
- Production year: 2000 (limited to 1,000 units)
- Retail price: JPY300,000
- Status: Discontinued
The SBDX005 was the last 600m automatic dive watch that Seiko produced. Limited to just 1,000 pieces it represents a tribute to the classic 6159-7010 shrouded diver that was made between 1975 and 1978. Some say that its sheer rarity puts its desirability well above above its predecessor, the 6159-7010.
Released in in the year 2000, this watch is part of Seiko's Prospex line of professional diver's watches and is marketed as the Historical Collection The Year 2000 with only 1,000 pieces to be shared amongst serious diver's watch collectors worldwide. Before getting to know the SBDX005, it would be beneficial to understand its ancestry so that we can appreciate this phenomenal industrial grade diver's watch.
Originally posted 2008-03-18 22:08:14.
Recently, I received the oddest email request from a reader from Santiago, the Republic of Chile who came across Quartzimodo�s Time Journal. In case Chile doesn�t ring a bell, it�s a beautiful mountainous country in South America with a super-long coastline stretching over 6,400 kilometers facing the Pacific Ocean.
Mr Patricio Abusleme, a journalist who is perhaps attached to the Pontificia Catholic University of Chile wrote to me asking me if I could identify an unknown digital watch worn by a Chilean Army corporal who was allegedly to have been abducted by a UFO way back in 1977 while on guard duty in the cold Andes foothills.
There is an interesting story behind this watch and if you�re a fan of the X-Files series, conspiracy theories or UFOs or plain curious you might want to follow the rest of this post.
Originally posted 2008-09-26 23:18:08.
Pertama Complex is one of the oldest shopping malls in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Strategically located at the intersection of the famous Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (previously known as Batu Road) and Jalan Dang Wangi (formerly called Campbell Road). It was first built in 1976 and was the hive of activity amongst local shoppers and tourists alike in its heydays.
Today, Pertama Complex (literal translation: (the) First Complex) has been overshadowed and outclassed by the ultra modern shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur and in the outskirts of the capital of Malaysia. Tourists, from overseas or out-of-town tend to flock to the newer and bigger shopping destinations, such as the Suria KLCC, Sungei Wang Plaza, Mid Valley Mega Mall and the likes.
If you�re expecting first class rest rooms, creature comforts, photogenic interiors, modern bistros and Starbucks � forget it. Pertama Complex is a basic, no frills retail center for bargain hunters who know what they want.
Originally posted 2009-08-10 23:49:15.
- Date acquired: Apr 21 2007
- Production date: Mar 2007
- Source: Higuchi Inc, Japan
- Price paid: JPY47,000 (USD429)
- Status: In production
When stock photos of the SBDC-series divers first appeared on the Internet in early 2007, it created huge ripples in the watch forum communities. It caused widespread excitement and speculation among the Seiko diver watch fans. This was the watch that Seiko enthusiasts had been eagerly anticipating for a very long time. It wasn't just the fact that these were entirely new models, they were also the first Seiko divers based on the relatively new manual winding and hacking 6R15 automatic caliber.
Originally posted 2008-01-04 00:16:00.