- Date acquired: May 9 2005
- Production date: Dec 2004
- Source: Premierworld, eBay
- Price paid: USD101.50 (w/o shipping)
- Status: Possibly discontinued
The SKXA49K, or affectionately known as the Black Knight is one of's contemporary design, true dive watches that broke into new grounds. It was designed to look more dressy than a serious tool-like watch. The case design itself is unique, having a streamlined, bulbous case that smoothly follows the 's curvature and lines.
The Black Knight was one of the watches that grew on me. I didn’t like it at first by merely looking at stock photos of it on the Internet. The SKXA49K is one of the three automatic 7s26-01X0 models that Seiko launched in January 2004. The other two were the SKXA47K and SKXA51K in silver/white and orange dials respectively.
Originally posted 2008-01-02 04:30:04.
- Date acquired: Aug 27th 2003
- Production Date: June 2002
- Source: Style Watches Sdn Bhd, BB Plaza
- Price paid: MYR1,070 (USD319)
- Status: Discontinued
The SNJ001P was first Sportura model to use the analog digital H023 module. It’s not the first H023 caliber timepiece - that title truly belongs to the short lived Prospex Sky Professional series that debuted in 2001.
The H023 also happens to be Seiko’s last analog digital caliber with world time capability and a high precision, 1/1000sec stopwatch that times up to 100 hours. Its successor, the H024 caliber unfortunately lacks the world time function and a second hand.
This watch certainly has an interesting mix of a dress watch with useful, utilitarian functions. If you had to have just one multi-function watch, the Sportura SNJ001P would be a good candidate.
Originally posted 2008-03-15 01:18:57.
- Date acquired: Nov 26 2005
- Production date: Aug 2005
- Source: Capital Mall, eBay
- Price paid: USD147 (w/o shipping)
- Status: In production
Having a plethora Seiko watches by late 2005, I thought of trying out a Citizen watch for a change. The Citizen Nighthawk had garnered a cult following in SCWF and received a mixed bag of responses. Some liked its undeniably classic and unique looks. Others shunned it because it was quartz controlled, too large or the dial looked too busy and distracting. For some, it was a love-at-first-sight kind of timepiece while for others like me, it was an acquired taste.
Originally posted 2007-12-30 10:55:54.
Some months back, one of my blog readers from the Netherlands wrote to me asking me about the authenticity of a Seiko Sportura which he had purchased via the Internet. Mark (not his real name), submitted me some photos of the watch and I took a good look at them.
According to Mark, he managed to buy the watch for just 80 Euros (approx USD113) from a local Dutch online marketplace. That’s not a bad price for a watch in a good condition, considering that Sporturas often retail for at least 400 Euros (approx USD569) when they were brand new.
Originally posted 2009-08-01 23:52:41.
- Date acquired: Sep 12 2003
- Production date: Jan 2003
- Source: Spark Time Trading, Pertama Complex
- Price paid: MYR480 (USD143)
- Status: In production
The SKX779K, or affectionately known as the “Black Monster” by Seiko watch collectors around the world is a total departure from the classic Seiko diver lineage inherited by the 7s26-0020 or the SKX007K model and its siblings. It was first introduced in 2000 but I only caught sight of the watch in 2003 when my watch collecting hobby started.
The SKX779K was my first automatic watch since 1976 and it’s also my first Seiko diver’s watch. Powered by the tried-and-proven 7s26 caliber, it has gained popularity amongst Japanese dive watch enthusiasts and enjoys brisk sales to this day.
Originally posted 2007-12-23 19:31:41.
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.
This may be somewhat old news, but I thought it’s still a worthy mention in Quartzimodo’s Time Journal.
If you haven’t already read the superb interview at the GMT+9 blog, here’s the inside scoop on the man who has been highly instrumental in giving watch enthusiasts around the globe access to Japanese market Seikos that are normally not sold outside of Japan.
While there are several online watch vendors in Japan, unfortunately many do not sell to overseas customers, including yours truly. It’s most probably due to the English language barrier itself or a lack of interest in opening their online business to the outside world.
Originally posted 2008-11-12 23:19:10.