Friday, April 19, 2019

Seiko Gundam Collaboration...

Seiko is celebrating the Mobile Suit Gundam’s 40th. Anniversary with 3 models. These models will be within Seiko’s Prosper line of watches. The three watches are the SBDB033, SBDX029 and the SBDX027. 


The Seiko Prospex LX Spring Drive GMT SBDB033 gets its inspiration from the RX-78-2 Gundam. The watch will be rendered in white, blue, yellow and red. The watch has a titanium case (44.8mm diameter) and is rated to 100M. The GMT ceramic bezel is rendered in white and blue with the 12 o’clock maker on the bezel designed to resemble the RX-78-2 head sensor unit. The watch is powered by Seiko Spring Drive GMT caliber 5R66 that has a 72 hour power reserve. 


The watch will also feature the Earth Federation Force mark on the crown and caseback. The watch is a Limited Edition run of only 300 pieces and Taiwan will get 25 pieces. The watch is expected to retail at about USD5,660 and will be available in August.


The second watch is the Seiko Prospex Marinemaster Professional Zaku II Limited Edition. The watch is known as the SBDX029 and also as the SLA029J1. Different model reference for different markets. 

The watch is inspired by the one-eyed Zaku Mobile Suits used by the villains in the TV Series, the Principality of Zeon. It is rendered in green and is a 1,000M diver. It will be powered by Seiko 8L35 movement and has a 50 hour power reserve. The watch comes in at 52.4 mm in diameter and is 17.2 mm thick and is made of titanium. 


The watch will feature a red counterweight on the sweep seconds hand, reminiscent of the mechs signature mono-eye sensor (Zaku II cyclops visor). The chapter ring is also modeled after the power pipe of the Zaku II robot. 

The watch is a Limited Edition of 1,000 pieces and Taiwan is allocated 50 pieces. The watch is expected to retail for about USD3,600 and the watch should be hitting the market now. 


The last watch in the collection is similar to the SBDX029, with the difference being the colour. The Seiko Prospex Marinemater Professional Char’s Zaku II (also known as the SLA031J1) is inspired by the Mobile Suit of Char Aznable. Char Aznable is the bad guy of the TV series. 



The watch is rendered in red (crimson) and black (shroud) and will feature the personal crest of Char Aznable. The watch is also a Limited Edition of 1,000 pieces and again Taiwan will get 50 pieces. Pricing is the same as the SBDX029.


Photographs: Seiko

For more information, please refer to your local Seiko distributor. 

Strap change...

This is something I have not done for sometime, in fact something I may not be doing for the foreseeable future. Well not since I no longer play with Panerai watches. :(

Anyway changing strap for a friend who has lost some weight and need to swap strap because the current strap, is loose as the gaps between adjustment holes are too big. So it is either too loose or too tight. 


The watch with the Gunny 74 strap. It is an awesome strap and ages very well. 



The underside of the strap. Indeed a well made strap. 


The Gunny signature, disappearing. 


Not sure what this is, but could be an internal coding of some sort. 


The 'new' strap. Notice the gaps between the holes are closer. 


Also a very well made strap. The strap ages very well. 


It is the Heroic18 strap. I like the strap. 


The buckle is also signed. Nice touch.


The strap is not new. :)


You will need to get the correct size screwdriver to remove and install the screws. Make sure the width of the blade is not too narrow or wide.



Closer view of the blade. 


The screws removed. 


Don't forget to remove the tubes as well. And don't forget to transfer the tubes to the new straps. 


The watch after it has been cleaned. 


Screws and tubes ready for the new strap. 


The owner have a lots of straps to choose from. Yes, these use to be mine. 


The tubes going into the new strap.


Tighten the screws and you are done. Make sure you don't cross thread or strip the screws. Take your rime when doing this.


All done and the owner is happy. 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

When brothers meet...

I went to my favorite strap maker to pick up a new strap for my Tudor 7016 when it met its elder brother.... The Rolex 5512. 

This post is picture heavy and apologies for the poor quality of some of the photographs.


Harsh lighting... a bit of washout. Can't really see the patina.







After making some slight adjustment. 


Swiss only dial on the Tudor 7016. :)


Beautiful patina on the Rolex 5512. 










Just awesome...


The Tudor fitted with a new strap. 


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Minuteman Parker Chronograph Wristwatch

Minuteman Watches today announced reinforcements in its campaign to raise money for Homes for Our Troops – the Minuteman Parker Chronograph Wristwatch.

The Parker Chronograph is named after Captain John Parker. Parker commanded the Lexington Patriot colonial militia at the Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775. The watch features a variety of different color options for its face (including the beautiful “panda” black-and-white face) and is hand-made in the USA by Minuteman Watch Co.



The Illinois-based watch manufacturer recently selected Homes For Our Troops to be its 2019 nonprofit partner. That means that a portion of all sales of Minuteman watches for this year (including the new Parker) will go to help Homes For Our Troops build adaptive homes for severely injured post 9/11 veterans.



The company hopes to raise $10K for the charity through sales of its 2019 watches.



“Helping our veterans is one of the core principles of our company,” says Minuteman Watches owner Thomas Carey. “We are honored to be able to bring these fine warriors a little bit closer to owning their own homes with each watch we sell this year.”



The Minuteman Parker brushed watches are presale priced at $399, and the DLC watches are presale priced at $419. Following the company’s presale launch, the price of the brushed watch will increase to $569, and the DLC to $599.



Photographs: Minuteman Watches

Specifications:


  • Width: 42mm
  • Stainless steel case
  • Luminous hands and dial
  • Water resistant: 100 meters
  • Hattori VK73 Meca Quartz movement
  • Handcrafted Italian leather “rallye” style strap
  • Double-domed sapphire crystal with clear type A/R on the inside
  • Assembled by hand in the USA by highly-skilled American watchmaker
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