Seiko’s humble classic: The Great Blue series


Some years ago my long time friend Eddie spoke of a Seiko watch that he had seen in a watch store and was pretty excited about it. I was at my infancy of watch collecting and had absolutely no idea what this watch looked like, much less his enthusiasm for this mysterious timepiece.

As fate would have it, one day we happened to be at a shopping mall and he pulled my arm towards a display window of a watch retailer. “There! That’s the one I was talking about!” he gushed in excitement.

I peered closely at the watch. It had a very dark blue dial, bordering on black and had an intricate grid lines on the dial, very much like the Mercator lines you’d see on a globe. “Ah, I see what you mean!” when I saw the intricate globe-like appearance of the dial and “The Great Blue”

So what’s interesting about the Great Blue series?

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Originally posted 2010-09-21 22:06:50.

Chrono Wars: Citizen Cal 2100 vs Seiko 7L22


AV0031-59E dial (WinCE) 6961773_o (WinCE)


Being an owner of both the Citizen Promaster Eco Drive E2100 and Seiko Sportura 7L22 Kinetic chronograph, I thought a comparison between these two distinct yet similarly featured movements would make an interesting subject. :-)

Why am I comparing these two movements? Well, for starters they are both quartz-controlled watches with unique, mechanically actuated chronograph functions. These two hybrid calibers are also mainstream calibers  and both companies have manufactured numerous models based on them.

The most glaring difference between the Cal 2100 and the 7L22 is that the former is solar powered while the latter is a motion powered movement.

Let's examine the merits and demerits of both animals. :-)

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Originally posted 2008-08-05 23:04:04.

Why You Should Not Buy From Replica Watch Sites



It seems that online fake watch merchants have decided to spread their wings and expand their wares to include Seiko, Citizen and Casio watches. This subject actually surfaced in the Seiko & Citizen Watch Forum several times this year.

Personally, I couldn't care less about replica Swiss watches. There's a healthy market for them and people buy them as gifts, to try them out before deciding to buy the real thing, for safety reasons (they don't want to wear their genuine Rolex Daytona going to unsafe places or events) or just for pure fun. Heck, someday I might get myself a replica Omega Speedmaster automatic just for kicks! ;-)

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Originally posted 2008-12-25 00:39:00.

Citizen Nighthawk BJ7010-16F review

bj7010-16f_MED (WinCE) 

Watch History



I’m the sort of person who seldom buys watches on impulse unless the particular timepiece exerts a powerful influence on me that I had to go ahead and pull the trigger on one.

The saying goes like so: “a fool and his money will soon be parted”. Nothing could be further than the truth but in my case, I was a happy fool anyway! :-)

After owning my first ever Citizen Eco Drive – a Nighthawk BJ7017-59ET, a watch that I had procrastinated buying for years, the leather-clad BJ7010-16F needed no further introduction for me. I knew how lovable a Nighthawk could be once I got accustomed to its looks and err…quartz based movement.

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Originally posted 2009-01-28 22:48:00.

Seiko Prospex SBDC001 Scuba 200m review


Watch History

  • 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.

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    Originally posted 2009-09-04 22:38:00.

    Seiko SKXA35 Diver’s 200m review



    Watch History



    This yellow faced Seiko divers' watch actually took quite some time for me to decide. Yellow is not my favorite color in a watch (orange is more acceptable) and I think most yellow dials are hard to read. It's neither white nor orange. It's probably an in-between hue. Perhaps the most positive point of a yellow colored watch is that it's very unique and striking on the wrist.

    It's not a popular color for a watch and that's probably why one seldom sees yellow dialed watches in the stores or on people's wrists. I was considering the black SKX173 7s26 diver but I already own two SKX007J divers. The SKX173, apart from its rectangular index markers and the lumed ball on the tip of the sweep second hand, didn't offer much difference from the classic SKX007 divers.

    What made me eventually choose the SKXA35?

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    Originally posted 2008-07-19 00:49:56.

    Seiko SKX011J Diver’s 200m review


    Watch History



    The SKX011J is the orange dialed 7s26-0020 diver from Seiko. It was first released in the mid 90s as the SKX011K, which was mostly probably targeted at the SE Asian market. The SKX011K has since been discontinued, while it's unclear as to why Seiko stopped making the "K" version, it may be possible that the model wasn't retailing too well.

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    Originally posted 2008-03-16 16:34:33.