Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Casio G-Shock

I have to admit that it has been months since I last visited the Casio G-Shock Japan site. I did recently and it has changed and changed plenty. 

Photograph: Casio

The new updated site is great, offering more information and more links to the models available. However, I realised that the G-Shock model search tab or button is no longer available. That is until I noticed the magnifying glass icon on the top right hand side of the screen. It is still there. Great, as it is the tool I use most when I was collecting Casio G-Shocks. I am of course at the moment reducing the collection, selling most of the G-Shocks keeping only a select few. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Colours of summer....

Midway through summer and the kids (and I) got ourselves some watches for summer. It is pretty colourful, I have to say.

The watches.

Two from Swatch and one from Super Dry (?). 

Swatch Chrono, reference SUS0400 Wild Orange from its 2012 Summer collection. Very bright orange and nice size.

Swatch Roland Garros, reference SUOZ702. Cool blue watch with orange highlights from the 2012 Spring/ Summer collection. I like the watch.

This one from Super Dry. Never heard of the brand before this. Now I know a bit more. A brand that fuses design influences Japanese graphics and vintage Americana, with the values of British tailoring. Well that is from their website. I just like the camo strap and phantom dial. 

More on the watches in a later post....

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Italian Boys

Yes, I like the brand and the watches..... 

PAM00000, the Zero. My first base.

PAM00003. The first, the one that started it all.

PAM00092. The Arktos.


PAM00183. The first Radiomir.

PAM00243. The Submersible. I love this watch, more so in the I series iteration.

PAM00337. The 42 mm Radiomir. First in house movement in the collection. Well, not really mine. :)

PAM00367. The China SE. Was lucky to get this.

 PAM00390. The one to end it all? 

Perhaps not. Maybe one or two more.....

Tudor Collector site

Looks like the Tudor Collector site has a new owner. The Tudor Collectors site is now part of the Vintagerolexforum.com family. I am sure with the support and strength of the new owners, the Tudor Collectors site will grow and improve. Congrats to the new owners and to Mr. Morgan Jones, the founder of the site. Yes, I like the Tudor brand. :) Oh, I also like the video on the homepage of the new site. 

Photograph: Tudorcollector

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Battery change

Yet another battery change. This time it is my Casio Data Bank calculator watch, reference DBC-V50.

The watch. Note the blank screen.

Tools out, blower, screw driver, plastic tweezers (for the battery) and metal tweezers. Oh yes, work place mat.

The case back is held by 4 screws. You can see holes on the case back. This is for the sound.

Unscrew the case back screws. As usual, I hold down the case back when loosening the screws (in criss-crossed manner) so that the screws are not under pressure from the case back.

The case back removed.You can see the module and the battery holder. Pay attention to any warning stickers on the module. Also do not flip over the watch to remove the case back. You may cause some springs or screws to drop out from the module.

The case back. You can see the piezoelectric speaker attached to the case back. You can also see the old (melted) gasket around the edge of the case back.

Note the reset warning. This watch requires you to perform the AC twice, one for the timepiece and the other for the voice circuits. 

The battery holder latch mechanism is at the 9 o'clock position.

Insert the plain end of your screw driver (make sure it is thin and fits the small slot) or use the tip of your tweezers to unlock the locking tab of the battery holder.

The battery holder is unlock. Slide out the battery, use your plastic tweezers. You do not want to short-out your module.

The old battery.

Use your blower and gently blow out any lint or dust that may have gone into the battery slot. 

You can see the AC reset hole at the 1 o'clock position. 

The new battery. The watch uses a CR2016 battery.

The new battery is in the module. Press down the holder and it will lock itself. Make sure you reset the module and check that everything is working before you close the base back. Do not flip the watch over to check, just lift it up and look. You do not want to lose the spring (at the 8 o'clock position) that connects the module to the case back speaker.

The rest is the opposite. Don't forget to lubricate the gasket.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


What happens when you have to many straps.....

IWC Watch International

For those with the iPad can subscribe for free the IWC Watch International magazine. The magazine is published 4 times a year. The iPad edition is interactive and has the same content as the hard copy available at IWC Boutiques. Back edition is also available for down load. 

Watch International (Latest edition).

Photographs: IWC

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

More watch photography....

More of the same I am afraid. The temptations is great on this one...

Lucky (or unlucky) for me, nice pieces like this one is few and far in-between.....

The patina is just awesome.

The twin lock crown.

Drilled lugs....

The older non flip-lock clasp.

I think it is time I break away from my love affair with the Italian boys.....

The closest I will get to the Explorer, here with it's cousin.