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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Hamilton American Classic PSR Digital Quartz Reference H52414130 (similar to H52424130) - A Time When it Became an Industry Disruptor, A Review (plus Video)
Monday, September 14, 2020
Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT Chronograph SBGC201G Sports Collection (similar to SBGC203G) - Quintessentially Seiko, A Review (plus Video)
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Thursday, August 20, 2020
Prior to the Covid-19 lock-down in Kuala Lumpur, I got myself a well-known military watch from a famous Canadian brand, Marathon. The Marathon GSAR Government Diver Automatic WW194006 was purchased from Gnomon Watches of Singapore back in March 2020 (The link to that watch can be found here). That watch is a famous dive watch by Marathon.
Another iconic design by Marathon is the GPM or General Purpose Mechanical model, a field watch. I decided to get one also and I chose the reference WW194003BK for the collection. This watch is a subject of this review.
This field watch is issued to entitled military personnel especially those serving with ground forces. A no-frill timepiece, the watch provide the two basic tenets of is specifications - accuracy and simplicity. The specifications is based on the US Government Standard MIL-W-46374 specifications which states that a timepiece fulfilling this standard must need to have: 15 jewels (or more) mechanical movement; at least 36 hours of power reserve; has a hacking mechanism; shock resistance; water resistance of at least 30 meters or more; have nylon straps; and have luminous hands and markers that have to glow for 8 hours or more in total darkness. There are other requirements but the one listed above are the primary ones under the standard.
Monday, August 10, 2020
Prior to this model, Casio launched the Casio Pro-Trek WSD-F series in 2016, designed for the great outdoors. This series has in its core the Google Wear OS which makes it a mini-computer for the wrist. Charging the watch was via a magnetic USB charging cable. A load of applications can be downloaded for all kinds of activities such as hiking, fishing and tracking. A touch screen makes it easy to manipulate and control the vast number of applications that can be uploaded. This particular model fits perfectly with the definition of a smartwatch.
In 2018, Casio launched the G-Shock Rangeman GPRB1000 series. This is basically a high-end hardcore G-Shock plus additional sensors such as the Bluetooth and GPS. Casio has taken a different approach on the GPRB1000 series compared to the Protrek WSD series. For the new generation Rangeman, Casio kept the 'watch' as the core instead of creating a 'smart watch'. This factor alone resonates strongly with fans. Casio also introduced a dual power charging system: the traditional solar photovoltaic cell as well as a wireless USB charging cradle.
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Seiko Presage 2020 Limited Edition SPB127J1 Tribute to the 1964 “Crown Chronograph” (similar to SPB129J1 and SPB127J1) - Well Sized, Fairly Weighted and Comfortable to Wear, A Review (plus Video)
A lot of write-ups about that limited edition timepiece advocate that Seiko was 'commemorating' the 1964 Seiko Crown Chronograph. However, it was the movement that was being recognised (for more, visit this article I wrote). I was actually surprised that a lot of people got that wrong. Even the design of the SRQ031J1 looks different when compared to the 1964 Seiko Crown Chronograph.
This time around, Seiko launched three specific models with different dial colours to commemorate the 1964 Seiko Crown Chronograph. These models are limited editions and only 1,964 units of each model will be produced. Visually, these new limited edition models have more in common with the 1964 Seiko Crown Chronograph than the SRQ031J1. Nevertheless, these new models are not chronographs unlike the 1964 Seiko Crown Chronograph.
Friday, June 5, 2020
Seiko Prospex 4th Generation Monster SRPD25K1 (or SBDY033) Dive Watch (similar to SRPD27K1/SBDY035 and SRPE09K1/SBDY045) - The Quintessential Tool-Watch, Review (plus Video)
In my collection, I already have a model under each of the earlier generation. Gen 1: SKX779K1 Black Monster; Gen 2: SRP311K1 Sunburst Black PVD Monster; and Gen 3: SZSC005 Jade Monster. Although I should have made a decision back in 2019 to get one, I had to re-prioritized my acquisition plans as a number of other timepieces took precedence.
During the current unpleasantness of the Covid-19 pandemic, I had the opportunity to re-look at my original plans and I decided to get the SRPD25K1 to complete the Monster family.
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Seiko Presage SRPE15J1 Cocktail Time "Mockingbird" Green (similar to SRPE17J1 and SRPE19J1) - A Beautiful Dress Watch, A Review (plus Video)
After many weeks under the MCO, the Malaysian authorities started to ease some restrictions. On 4 May 2020, shops were allowed to open subject to a set of crowd control measures that must be instituted by the businesses. To support my favorite AD, I decided to visit and buy at least one timepiece to help.
I was eyeing the SRPE15J1 when it was announced earlier this year. The dial is so mesmerizing. I bought this piece when I found out it was available.
I actually got something similar. The SRPB41J1 has a blue dial and is nicknamed the "Blue Moon" after the cocktail recipe (Blue Moon consist of ice, gin, Creme de Violette and lemon juice). It was bought in 2017. For more information, please click here.
Saturday, May 9, 2020
This is the first of the series where I present a famous iconic watch and its homage. If you are into dive watches, a famous iconic dive watch is the Rolex Submariner Steel Black Reference 114060. The Citizen Watch Company made a homage to this watch is the form of the Citizen Automatic NY602151E Diver.
Citizen Automatic NY602151E Diver
Rolex Submariner Oyster Reference 114060
Case Material: Stainless steel 316L
Bezel: Stainless steel with aluminium insert
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with push-button
lock and safety latch clasp
Complications: Day & date
Water Rating: 200 meters
Production: Made in Japan
Weight: 163 gm
Width: 43.5 mm
Length: 49.5 mm
Height: 13.4 mm
Lug Width: 20 mm
Movement: Caliber 8203 automatic with hand winding but no hack function
Accuracy: -10/+20 seconds per day
Power Reserve: Approximately 50 hours
Case Material: Stainless steel 904L
Bezel: Cerachrom insert in ceramic
Strap: Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system
Water Rating: 300 meters
Production: Made in Switzerland
Weight: 155 gm
Width: 40 mm
Length: 48 mm
Height: 12.5 mm
Lug Width: 20 mm
Movement: Caliber 3130 automatic with hand winding and hack function
Accuracy: -2/+2 seconds per day
Power Reserve: Approximately 48 hours
The Citizen Automatic NY602151E Diver was introduced to the market in mid-2011. I got the watch in 2013.
Based on the specifications, the Citizen Automatic NY602151E Diver is a relatively low end homage to the Rolex Submariner 114060. In fact, one can safely wager that one is not a homage to the other.
Head-To-Head: Bracelet Square G-Shocks - Composite (GW-M5610BC-1JF), Stainless Steel (GMW-B5000GD-1ER) and Titanium (GMW-B5000TCM-1JR)
Saturday, May 2, 2020
|Athaya Vintage AV002 Lamafa Diver||Seiko 6105-811X Diver|
|Width - 44.3 mm|
Length - 48 mm
Height - 13.5 mm
Lug width - 20 mm
Complication - Date (hidden)
Movement - NH35A; 24 jewels
Material - Stainless steel
Strap - Rubber
Crystal - Domed sapphire & AR coating
Water rating - 200 m
Crown - Screw-down
Bezel - Unidirectional 120 clicks
Weight - 107.4 gm
MSRP - USD350
Produced - 2015
|Width - 44 mm |
Length - 47.5 mm
Height - 12.5 mm
Lug width - 19 mm
Complication - Date
Movement - 6105B; 17 jewels
Material - Stainless steel
Strap - Rubber
Crystal - Dual-curved Hardlex
Water rating - 150 m
Crown - Twist-and-lock
Bezel - Unidirectional 60 clicks
Weight - 70 gm
MSRP - USD75
Produced - 1970
As you can see from the specifications, the AV002 Lamafa is closely aligned with the 6105-811X in terms of dimensions. Athaya Vintage does provide options of a watch with date aperture or otherwise. I chose not to have a date window (the date wheel is still there nevertheless). If you would like a real likeness to the original, you can order one with the date window as per the 6105-811X.
If you are a collector but may have problems getting an original 6105-811X. The AV002 Lamafa is an excellent proxy to the original.