Monday, February 18, 2019

Yet another unboxing..

I actually shot this much earlier but never got around to posting it. This can be considered my first attempt at unboxing although I did post another unboxing earlier. 

Yes it is a Seiko. The white outer box.

And yes it is a monster. It is the Seiko SBDC067 aka the Blue Coral Reef. 

Again, what the boxes are made off. 

The warranty card and instruction manual. 

The gray Seiko inner box. 

The watch, Seiko SBDC067. This Seiko Monster was issued in 2018. 

I like the yellow highlights on the tip of the sweep seconds hand and at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock markers. 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Lume shot...

Yet another rule shot...

The Rolex 116710LN. A very nice watch indeed. 

Fortis Colour battery change

I was on holiday when the battery on both the watches I brought with me died. Luckly I was on holiday in Malaysia and headed to my favorite watch shop to have the batteries changed. It is Hings in Bangsar Shopping Center.

The Fortis Colour.

Actually after a close look at the watch, had the battery died at home, I would most likely send it to a watch maker to have the battery changed. Why?

I don't have the proper tools to do at home. You need to remove the module from the interchangeable black body. And from the pictures, I can't really find the gap to put the blade to remove the case back. 

The other reason is that I also do not have the proper tool to close the case back. With the module removed, the crystal does stick out a tad. Not having the right tool could damage the crystal.

So what is inside?

The module or movement. Yes it is a quartz watch. it uses an SR626 (377) type battery. 

The movement is a Miyota 2115 basic 3 hand movement offering the date complication. 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Decisions decisions...

This is the Breitling Aerospace that I had. 

As you can see, the date display is flashing. It is indicating that the battery needs to be replaced. The question is, do I do it myself or advise the owner to send it to Breitling to get a full service. He wants me to just change the battery, but I think it should be sent to Breitling. 

I think I will tell the owner to send the watch to Breitling. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Cellini Watch Fair NYC 2019

Cellini Jewelers will be hosting its first Watch Fair NYC  starting from 26th. February for 5 days. It will be held at its flagship store at 430 Park Avenue. 

For more information on the event:

A number of exhibitors will be exhibiting at the fair and this includes A. Lange and Sohne, Bovet 1822, BVLGARI, Cartier, DE BETHUNE, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, H. Moser and Cie, Jaeger-LeCoulter, Parmigiani, Ressence, Ulyssee Nardin Urwerk and Zenith among many others. 

Expect to see more then 120 new watches from the 21 exhibitors.

Seiko Monster unboxing

I think this is the first time I am doing this, an unboxing. Well, I guess there is always the first time....

This is the unboxing of the Seiko SBDC075 monster. This is not mine. 

The white outer box. Standard Seiko box.

What is in the box. The Seiko SBDC075 and what the boxes and insides are made off. :)

The warranty card and user guide. The watch is from Japan. 

The dark gray inner box. 

The contents, wrapped in plastic.

This is first for me. I have never seen this outer plastic wrap with the watch model number and serial number on the plastic. Normally you just see the watch.

This is also new, the watch head wrapped in bubble wrap. You can see the tags that comes with the watch and the price.

And finally the watch itself, the Seiko SBDC075. This is the first (of two) Seiko Monster for 2019. 

The orange sunburst dial is just awesome. 

A closer view of the watch and the lovely sunburst dial. I hope to review the watch soon. 

Included with the watch is this bag/ pouch from Seiko. I think the pouch is for the Seiko Tuna and not for the Monster. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Magrette Moana Pacific Waterman Bronze

It has been some time since I reported on Magrette Watches. It looks like they have been busy and for 2019, they will be launching a new watch. 

The watch is the Moana Pacific Waterman Bronze. It is currently at the pre-order stage. I like the look of the watch.

More about the watch...

We are very pleased to introduce to the Waterman family the new Waterman Bronze.

The name represents us as New Zealanders and our Māori and Pacific Island whanau, the love of the water. The bronze patina changes every day, like the ocean itself. The symbolism of the blue dial represents the surrounding waters of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean and the gold bronze case the changing landscape of time.

We use a marine grade CuSn8 bronze so when the patina forms, it is hard and can't be scratched off easily, and forms a protective surface layer.

We hope you enjoy the new Waterman Bronze as much as we enjoyed creating it.

CASE DIMENSIONS: 42mm x 51mm lug to lug, 22mm lug width, 15.3mm tall.
MATERIAL: Solid CuSn8 bronze case, crown, and buckles. Fine brushed finishing throughout.
BEZEL: Ceramic (matte finish), engraved and fully lumed (Swiss Super-LumiNova® BGW9, pip in C3).
DIAL: Sandwich construction with Swiss Super-LumiNova® BGW9 lume; fully brushed hands with Super-LumiNova® C3 lume.
WATER-RESISTANCE: 500m/1650ft water resistance. Viton gasket used on case back.
MOVEMENT:  Swiss Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement. 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4Hz, hacking seconds. Power reserve 38 hours.

CRYSTAL: Sapphire (high domed), AR coating.
CROWN: Screw down, bronze, raised Magrette shield logo.
STRAPS: Rubber Tropic and leather.
LIMITED: 1st Edition 500 pieces

For more information:

The watch...

I like the luminous bezel insert...

Photographs: Magrette

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Some interesting clocks...

I spotted these at a bookshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is pretty interesting and I was very tempted to get one ... maybe more. 

I figure it would be a nice clock for those who like antique stuff, maybe for a themed restaurants or perhaps your garage?

The clocks...

I am not sure if there are more but the bookshop had these five different models..

The back.

The price.

Have to say it is pretty nice, no?

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Lume shot

A long time ago I posted this lume shot of the Rolex Explorer II polar...

However, if you exposed the watch to sunlight, I have to say that the watch has one of the brightest lume I have seen...

Now I know why Rolex created the Explorer II for spelunkers. 

Seiko BAPE

Seiko and Bape is collaborating to produce a watch. I am sure the watch will be a hit. 

Here is the article about the watch...

A BATHING APE proudly presents a collaboration with SEIKO, a Japanese watchmaker loved worldwide for its innovative technology. The diver’s watch from the crossover will be available on Saturday 9, February 2019. The unique combination of the BAPE’s original ABC camo featured on the face of the watch, the urethane band famous in a diver’s watch and sublime black bezel gives the exclusive item a casual yet luxurious feel. The back of the watch is engraved with “A BATHING APE LIMITED EDITION” making the collaboration item a premium, one of a kind. Available at A BATHING APE locations in Japan, BAPE.COM WEBSTORE and ZOZOTOWN.

Items will be exclusively available in Japan.

You can read more about the watch and how to get the watch here:

Photograph: BAPE

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Casio MD703 Battery Change

Although I have slowed down on me doing my own servicing, battery change and all, there are some that I still do by myself. One of the watches I enjoy doing the battery change is my Casio MD703 series watches. 

Sadly I don't use them as much as I use to.

The Casio MD703 white dial (now off white).

The new battery. 

The process, not in detail...

Remove the case back.

The movement exposed, with the spacer intact.

Remove the spacer.

Remove the old battery. Do not use metal tweezers and also try not to use your fingers. Do remember to inspect the seals and lubricate.

Putting on the case back. I find using a bit of Rodico helps to position and turn the case back (removal and installation). And we are all done. :)