Friday, June 14, 2019

TimelyBuys 10 Watch Briefcase Black Carbon Fiber Zippered Travel Storage Case - This is a Good Buy and I Approve, A Review

Got myself another 10-watch watch-box. Made by TimelyBuys, via Amazon, it was priced at USD39.99 (plus another USD16.86 for handling and another USD2.84 for import fees deposit).

This time, I was able to use my gift card of USD27.85 given to me via my Amazon store. In total, I spent only RM136.05.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Seiko Gundam 40th Anniversary Limited Editions Prospex 1000m Marinemaster Professional Zaku II SLA029J1/SBDX027 (similar to SLA031J1/SBDX029) - Gundam Tuna, A Review (plus Video)

I have to be honest, I am not an anime fan. Although The Mobile Suit Gundam television series was launched when I was a kid (I was a nine year old then), it wasn't a series that local television companies in Malaysia (RTM and TV3) broadcast. As such, it was more than a decade later that the series was broadcasted in Malaysia hence the fan base is more junior in age compared to me. When it was announced that Seiko will be doing a collaboration with Gundam for its 40th Anniversary celebration, I wasn't that impressed.

As you know, I do have the SBDX011. When I compared the original Emperor Tuna against the collaborative Gundam Tuna, I started to get interested. There are a number of tweaks in the new Gundam Tuna that I recommended Seiko to consider changing when I first reviewed the SBDX011 years ago. Anyway, I am a sucker for unique stuff from Seiko and after considering the merit of getting it for the collection, I pulled the trigger.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Funding My Hobby

As at the time of the publication of this article, I was able to generate the following to help subsidise my watch collection hobby. The sources are:
1. Nuffnang - Blog advertisement - RM1,257.31 (paid); RM34.42 (in the account)
2. YouTube - Video advertisement - USD117.88 (paid); USD0.01 (in the account)
3. Amazon - Blog advertisement - USD27.85 (paid); USD0.00 (in the account)

Using the FOREX as at 29 May 2019 (USD1 to RM4.19), my total income at this moment is RM1,902.38.

Not much but with your support, it can get better.

If your would like to help, this is what you can do:
A. If you have a YouTube account, follow my channel =>
B. If you like to buy anything from Amazon, just following the Amazon link on my blogs. Every purchase made, a percentage will go towards subsidising the collection
C. If you would like to donate directly to me, at the side bar, there is a DONATION button. Through PayPal, you can make it happen.
D. Just visit my blogs and explore 😀

Friday, May 24, 2019

OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean Co-Axial Reference 2208.50.00 - An Update Review

Today I will be doing an updated review of my wife's Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Co-Axial Reference 2208.50.00. The previous review was done on February 14, 2014 and you can find the link here: Omega Planet Ocean. Since I got it for her, a number of interesting things happened to it that I would like to share.

The Basics 

The model of Planet Ocean I got for my wife is made out of stainless steel, A rather large watch, the casing is 45.5 mm wide and paired with a stainless steel bracelet. Lug width is 22 mm while its lug-to-lug length is 52 mm. Topped with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, the watch has a height of 17 mm. It features a black dial with a date window at the 3 o’clock position and its call-to-fame is its orange unidirectional rotating divers’ bezel. The watch is capable of 600 meters of water pressure and is powered by Omega's in-house Co-Axial calibre 2500 automatic movement.

This model's call-to-fame is the bright colour of its bezel. The unidirectional aluminum and steel insert rotating bezel is painted orange. There is a lumed pip at the 60 minute position as required under the ISO 6425 Divers' Watch Standard. The bezel is designed with a gear tooth-like design rotates very nicely in 120 click increments. Both sides of the domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal have been given an anti-reflective coating to reduce glaring.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Glycine Combat 6 Vintage Reference GL0122 - A Wise and Good Investment, A Review (plus Video)

I am definitely into the military or infantry watch phase. Everywhere I look, only military style watches appeal to me. When I was crazy for dive watches I used to wear them in every occasion but experience have taught me that contemporary styling is important and a mismatch situation of a timepiece with a specific attire is a fashion faux pas.

The Glycine Combat 6 Vintage Reference GL0122 is a simple watch. Made from 316L stainless steel, it has an original military style dial layout with an automatic movement. Manufactured strictly to the MIL-W-3818B military specifications (see the PDF document at the end of the review), the three handed watch with a date complication is easy to use, reasonably accurate and tough.

Since this is the first Glycine in the collection, it would be good to cover the core history of the brand.

Glycine was founded by Eugène Meylan in 1914, The company has been producing watches at its factory in Bienne, Switzerland. One of its famous series is the Combat range. Combat or military style watches stand out for their classic design, enduring strength and reliability. Since the early 1960s, Glycine has offered a slew of examples made for severe conditions of wear and use using military specifications.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Vulcain Cricket Dual-Time Reference 100105.019M Silver Dial Stainless Steel Bracelet - Mechanical Alarm Icon, A Review (plus Video)

I have always fancied a mechanical alarm wristwatch. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Memovox Alarm and the Vulcain Cricket series of alarm watches are two options that I wanted to add into the collection. However, the price points of these watches are too high for my wallet. It was just a stroke of luck that I happened to be in one of my favourite ADs in Kuala Lumpur which was keen to release their Vulcain stocks for an insane discount.

Vulcain is not well-known in Kuala Lumpur. Unlike other mainstream Swiss brands, Vulcain is deemed to more 'American'. This was due to its association with former United States President Harry S. Truman, who wore one of their watches and helped inspire the brand’s reputation as “the watch for Presidents”. Vulcain milked it aggressively and even initiated a gift programme of a Vulcain watch to every seating President of the United States since to propagate the notion that it is the watch of choice for any holder of the office. For more insight of this sub-story, please refer to the a special section at the end of this review.

I decided to choose the Vulcain Cricket Dual-Time Reference 100105.019M to be a new member of the collection as this is the most basic of the mechanical alarm examples available (also the cheapest). This particular model has the silver dial with stainless steel bracelet.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Ingersoll 1892 ID00202 Limited Edition Disney New Haven Wristwatch (similar to ID00202) - For Disney Fans, A Review (plus Video)

I love anything Disney and when that brand joins up with a watch, I am all keen to know more. Ingersoll 1892 has been doing a co-branding with Disney since 1933. The one that I have for a few years now is the 30's Collection Watch. That watch is truly magical.

Historically, the first Ingersoll Disney watch was produced in 1933 where it featured Mickey Mouse on the dial with a seconds sub-dial. It was a marketing success and by 1957, 25 million of such timepieces was sold (Mr. Walt Disney was presented with the 25 millionth Ingersoll Disney watch that year).

Unlike the original designs, this particular version (the ID00201) is more sedated with normal hands and without a seconds sub-dial. The only thing that gives it away as a Disney timepiece is a rather unobtrusive and nonchalant Mickey Mouse leaning against the 9 o'clock marker with both hands and legs crossed.

In all honesty, this purchase was purely opportunistic. I didn't plan to get it but when I saw it, I just can't let go.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Seiko Prospex Jade Monster Third Generation 200M Automatic SZSC005 (similar to SBDC023, SBDC025, SBDC067, SBDC073, SBDC075 & SZSC003) - The Ultimate Testimony of an Icon, A Review (plus Video)

The third generation Seiko Monster (GEN3 Monster) sparked my revival of interest on the Monster line. The SZSC005 is my choice over the others in the series. Reviews on my GEN1 (Click here for the review) and GEN2 (Click here for the review) Monsters are already on the blog.

Seiko seems to have a very interesting marketing strategy for the Monster series. For the GEN1, Seiko launched 11 models, seven of which were available internationally while the other four were JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) only. For the GEN2, Seiko launched 12 models, six of which are standard production while the other six were limited editions. Honestly, after getting my GEN1 years ago, the number of available models was overwhelming and it actually put me off from getting another Monster. However, I must say Seiko read the market sentiments well and the Monster series became a collectors item despite the various examples available. In fact, the Monster has become a watch icon in a similar vein like a Rolex Submariner is to a serious (and rather well-to-do) watch collector. This accolade is seldom given to any watch as it is not dictated by a standardised award or regulatory body (such a GPHG or Fondation du Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève) but purely by the legions of fans.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Head-To-Head: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Deepsea M116660-0001 versus Omega Seamaster PloProf 1200M Omega Co-Axial

Two major Swiss brands, famous for their undersea timepieces now come head-to-head to grab the price of the King of the Swiss Deep.  In this posting, two famous dive watches from Switzerland, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Deepsea Sea-Dweller reference M116660-0001 (L of picture) and the Omega Seamaster PloProf reference (R of picture) stands up to be judged.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Head-To-Head: Citizen Promaster Eco-Drive Professional Diver 1000M Titanium BN7020-09E Solarzilla versus Citizen Promaster Autozilla 1000m Titanium Divers Watch NH6930-09F (NH6931-06E)

Citizen Watch Company, under the Promaster line has come out with some heavyweights in dive watches in the last few years. The brand's extreme dive watches, capable of withstanding 1,000 meters of water pressure under the Godzilla series have become iconic with collectors. The two famous models, the Citizen Promaster Eco-Drive Professional Diver 1000M Titanium BN7020-09E Solarzilla (left of the photo below) and the Citizen Promaster Autozilla 1000m Titanium Divers Watch NH6930-09F (NH6931-06E) (right of the photo below) are Kings of the Hill for Citizen.

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