Seiko has been working very hard to move upmarket. For a long time, they have had a bit of a "cheap Japanese watch" persona. While they made very good watches, they were sort of undervalued in the US for those who did not value their quality diving watches. In the past several years, they started to release some more interesting watches along with some very interesting movements. Seiko brought us the Kinetic movement (which uses a rotor like an automatic movement to charge the battery), and now the Spring Drive (also uses a rotor, but actually has a mainspring. Uses a quartz regulator to provide the reliability of a quartz movement with the look and feel of a mechanical movement). Each of this is a step above the standard quartz movement and Spring Drive watches go for thousands of dollars.
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The gift giving season is upon us, and at least for myself, the biggest issue is always, "what should I get ____?!" Of course, the commercialized nature of the season imbibes us with the notion that our paramount motivation for the next few monthsis ardently selecting those gifts that, "they will remember/will mean something to them/will make them think fondly of me forever." Often times this task requires far more dedication and thought than is possible for busy people such as ourselves.
These watches typically go for a lot of money, often in excess of ,000 due to the materials, quality, and rarity. I am not only surprised to see this watch on eBay, but more surprised to see it brand new and going for ,500. While this is not a budget price, it is certainly an excellent value for the watch you'll get. So unless you are a man with very small hands (or child), you'll have to appreciate this watch from afar, on a woman's wrist, ideally a woman who is close to you.
The legibility of the watch has never failed me. The hands are classically shaped without being too obtrusive; they are often referred to as "baton hands". One minor complaint about the Marcello C Nettuno 3 has been that it is not bright enough in darkness. It is true that it could have more super Luminova coated on the hands, but they would then suffer from looking too blotchy as the luminent on hands must be thick in order to radiate more light. The hands are purposefully delicate to increase legibility, and I have personally never had trouble reading the hands in darkness. If you are someone who requires bright watches for night viewing, there are other watches available that have very large, richly coated hands and number indicators that will serve for such purposes. The Nettuno 3 remains classic and aesthetic despite its utilitarian roots.
This device can be made given a few small technological steps. With the right investment, such a device could be a few years off. It is really about power through knowledge, and taking the guess work out of eating and exercise. Through having actual numbers, and not vague concepts, so many more, can achieve what so many want. The ultimate tool, for the lifelong goal.
The face of the watch is a well-chosen shade of black that goes well with the machine quality look of the steel used for the case and bracelet. Numerals are instrument functional, and efficient, a wise accompaniment to a watch emulating function over form, but inherently very cool. Certina placed an ETA quartz chronograph movement for increased functionality and a tachymeter for speed measuring. The overall look is very well integrated and will inevitably find lovers of the theme with ease.
I remember back in college when I first started appreciating watches. I began to learn that there were so many watch companies and manufacturers. With prices ranging from 0 to well over 0,000. The watch magazines (like WatchTime or InSync) categorized a "mid to low range" watch at between ,000-00. This is rather steep. And the tendency when liking watches is to want more and more of them as each embodies its own style and purpose. No watch enthusiast you meet will be happy with the size of their collection. There are always other they want. Which is not an indication of their lack of interest in their existing collection, but rather a mere function of the fact that like art, each arouses certain emotion in the wear, or at least, has a different function (dressy, sport, diving, bling).
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Omega has the rare privilege of selling true classics. And while I am not the biggest fan of all their watches, the Swatch Group owned brand has their share of laudable designs. Today I am speaking of the Speedmaster series of watches. There are experts on this watches; those fans who are familiar with the many iterations and fascinating history of the "Moon watch." I am not one of those people, but I can tell you what I know. The Omega Speedmaster was chosen by NASA for it astronauts in the late 1960s for the Moon missions. The design is pure legibility, and the watch has a easy to use chronograph. The thin white hands on the matte black face provide exceptional clarity. And the watch itself was made to endure the high g-forces of space rocket travel, as well as low and gravity free environments. Since then the Speedmaster has remained in production and has been released in countless variations, styles, and editions.
Bridges are nicely cut, not only to be minimally obstructing, but also to flow naturally creating synergy among the elements of the watch. Notice the slight spiraling pattern of the three-arm bridge securing the main spring barrel, or how bridges bend in order to enhance exhibition of the gears done in gold. These are touches that a company like Piaget never fails to give attention to, and an artistic value received in few watches.
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As most of you already know, the Citizen Campanola series of watches represents the highest level of watch making from Citizen. Each is hand assembled and lovingly detailed. The craftsmanship is really top-notch and the materials used spare no expense. To visit Citizen's Campanola home page here.
A glaringly open segment of watch magazines are those dedicated to, or even those that mention at any length less expensive watches. It is true that in terms of auto magazines, one prefers to read about high performing and beautiful exotic cars that they may rarely see, but it is important to have editorial content on watches that people can find in any city.
The rubber strap has a really nice steel deployment with diving extension. The strap also helps reduce overall weight. Parts of the watch case are PVD titanium, which is really nice as well. Inside, the watch has a well-to-do ETA 2897. It is resistant to 1000 meters, so and certainly looks it. Due to the complexity of the case, it is about 46mm wide and relatively thick. Personally I love large watches like, but I don't think this watch will look totally appropriate in formal settings as it looks like you are a spy. Which may be good 🙂
The newest commercial viewing focused on the new Omega DeVille, but did not mention the model by name, just "Omega." And then the phrase "hour vision" which alludes to the fact that the watch case has sapphire crystal sides for viewing of the movement. Much of the commercial's imagery in fact focused on the watch's mechanical movement; indicating a return to the ideal of the mechanical watch. The 80's and 90's were not golden eras for mechanical watches in the US, but since the late 90's there has been a resurgence in the popularity and prestige of the mechanical watch, most those which are automatic self winders. This commercial displays how watch companies are pushing complex mechanical movements again. A good sign for enthusiasts. The Tourneau commercial was sighted on CNN, typical ad space for watches as most print watch ads are located in newspapers and financial magazines.
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In terms of the automatic mechanical movement, you have an mechanical movement that winds automatically when you wear the watch. This means that you need to be wearing the watch most all the time to ensure that it is accurate, otherwise the watch will stop. There will be deviations however, and it is impossible for almost any watch to remain fully accurate. Even the best mechanical movements lose or gain a couple of seconds each month. Unless you have some very accurate sundials, it will be difficult to maintain the right time over a period of years. Which brings up two good points. One, that you should have a sundial. They are easy to make as long as you can accurately mark the circle around the stick which draws the shadow. Using this in conjunction with a wrist watch will help you ensure your time keeping is accurate. The second point this brings up is that you most likely do not need a watch that is so accurate. While it would be nice to know when 10am is each day, what is more important is being able to measure time intervals, not the time itself. Life on an island is contingent on many things which have cycles, from tides, to weather, and wind cycles. It is important to able and measure long measurements in time to allow you to anticipate what your actions ought to be; when to fish, when to set sail, when it will rain. This does not mean that your watch needs to have a full calendar, but you need to have the ability to measure out the days and months in preparation for daily or seasonal changes. This can most likely be done by combining some system of marking a makeshift calendar with your watch in indicating the passage of the days and months.
A perfect condition Sinn 757 on a black bund strap is available on eBay right now. I cannot say what the reserve price is, but I do know the Buy It Now price is a good deal less than retail, which is only one authorized place in the US (WatchBuys.com). Otherwise you have to fend for yourself in getting one, so it is fortunate one is available now.
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The images are just a few examples of their work, and lots more can be found on their website. Prices really vary with what you need to get done, but the profit margins aren't too high. This is craftsman level work from skilled workers in a boutique industry. Let IWW know if you have any questions, I am sure they will be happy to work with you.
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If you do see a watch on eBay.de that you love, I would recommend an attempt to contact the seller (in German) and ask if they will accept your US bid and ship to the US. When sending the message to them, make sure to say that you used Google Language tools and that you apologize for any odd grammar. They will understand, but you don't want to come across as odd or shady given the lack of proper writing. A good deal of the time, the sellers will be amenable to your requests given your willingness to pay for the increased shipping and assisting them were necessary.
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Overall, I enjoyed what I saw in terms of watches, but really have to evaluate the participants in this hobby. These people were into expensive collectibles, not watches. They didn't really care about value, and the only people I had a decent conversation with were the people selling, not buying the watches. Still, I have to remember that this show was for lovers of the most exclusive and expensive manufactures, not most of the watches we wear.
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