Seiko SRP777 Review – The “Turtle” Diver’s Watch

Seiko SRP777 review

In this article, I’m going to write about Seiko SRP777 review, an affordable diver’s watch by the Japanese brand. It’s a step up from the famed Seiko SKX007 and SKX009 with updated movement (7S26 vs 4R36), and of course with a price increase of about $100.

Updated Version Of Seiko 6309 “Turtle”

This SRP777 is actually a new Seiko Turtle diver’s watch, made in homage to the Seiko 6309 that’s popular in the 1970s-80s. The 6309 has this peculiar steel cushion case (the case portion that sticks out from the sides of the watch) that’s well loved by fans. So now you know why its nickname is Turtle.

Seiko 6309 Vintage

A vintage Seiko 6309 – the old Turtle – from the 80s. Notice how Seiko plays safe by copying almost all of the design aspects of this vintage? Call them lazy but if it ain’t broken, why fix it?

Up until nowadays, the demand for vintage 6309 has never faded and it still retails second hand for around $100-$200. Now, I don’t really know how much the watch sells during the 80s, but I bet it must be lower than $200 for sure which means it must retain its value quite well.

Not too shabby for a Seiko eh?

So Seiko noticed this demand and gives what their fans wants: a total re-release of the well loved 6309 with movement update and some minor aesthetic change. The overall look is just about the same though.

They are very careful not to mess it with a watch that’s already great to look at. Plus, they want to capture all those nostalgia that fans have. Now that’s a great marketing strategy.

Enough about the vintage 6309, now let’s take a look at the Seiko SRP777 review, the new turtle diver’s watch.

Seiko SRP777 review turtle

Introducing Seiko SRP777 – the new Turtle

Seiko SRP777 Turtle Specification

Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Lug Width: 22 mm
Lug to Lug: 48 mm
Case: Stainless steel
Strap: Black silicone strap

Dial: Matte black dial
Watch Crystal: Hardlex crystal
Hands: Arrow hands with lume
Markers: Index markers with lume
Bezel: Unidirectional rotating bezel

Movement: Seiko Caliber 4R36 Automatic Self-Wind movement
Movement Features: Japanese made in-house movement, 24 Jewels, 21600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second, Hacking, Manual winding
Accuracy: +- 15 seconds per day
Power Reserve: 41 hours

Water Resistance: 200 m
Other Features: ISO 6425 Diver’s watch compliance, Suitable for SCUBA diving, Seiko’s LumiBrite lumes, Screw down crown and caseback, Day Date function

Best Place To Buy: Amazon

Unique Cushion Case

The first thing anyone would notice on the SRP777 is the wide watch base that make it look oversized. But that’s not the truth though. In actuality, the case is just enlarged at the top and tapers down towards the caseback – creating a unique steel cushion case.

It’s definitely a very peculiar design that something those people in Seiko can create ( just like that aggressive design on the Seiko Monster). This cushion case make it looks like a turtle looking from top and sides.

Seiko SRP777 Turtle side

Take a look at the cushion case of this Seiko SRP777 – it’s not that big actually. It’s just have an extending sides that tapers down (something like a turtle shell lol!)

 

One more important aspect is how wearable it actually is. Despite the 45 mm diameter, I believe the diameter at the caseback is only 40 mm. The lug to lug width is 48 mm, giving the watch a more square look. In comparison, most watches with 44 mm diameter has a lug to lug width that’s more than 50 mm.

The short watch makes it easy to fit with most wrists. So don’t let the big cushion case fool you as this is NOT a big watch for sure. It has a 13 mm thickness with 20 mm lug width. A black sillicone strap is used which is great for a diver.

But since it has drilled lugs, strap change is much easier (if you want to use a leather band to make it a work watch, as an example) as the spring bar can be plucked quite easily.

 

Seiko SRP777 on hand

 

As with any mid-level Seikos, the stainless steel case is finished with brushed and polished surfaces. With the SRP777, the top of the lugs/case is brushed while the sides are highly polished.

It’s crown is positioned at 4 o’clock which will not obstruct wrist movement like a normal crown position at 3 o’clock.

 

Legacy 6309 Dial

The dial of this Seiko SRP777 looks alot like the vintage 6309, the watch it’s replacing. Seiko only did some minor changes such as changing the lume pip of the seconds hand to the back tip, adding some markings on the dial such as the Perspex “X” logo (Seiko’s Professional Specification for diver’s watch), “DIVER’S 200m” and “Automatic”. It also has the same matte black dial as its predecessor.

It’s arrow hands are the same bulky hands with luxurious amount of Seiko’s LumiBrite applied on it. The markers are also the same shape as the 6309 version.

As with the hands, the markers are filled with lume. The amount of lume applied on the dial is massive. There is no doubt that this watch will shine brightly in the dark.

 

Seiko SRP777 Lume Turtle

Seiko’s LumiBrite in action. With a normal lighting, it can lasts for one movie screening (you can also expose it to high intensity torchlight to charge it up for brighter and longer lume)

At the right are the day and date windows which are very functional and practical in every sense. I really love this feature on all my work watches as it makes the watch more functions than just telling time.

As I become older, I’m losing my ability to remember what day and date today is (lol!). So having a watch that has all that info is very practical. There is no need to ask around what day today is, or flip open my smartphone to know what date is today.

 

Seiko SRP777 review turtle

 

4R36 Automatic Movement

Inside the SRP777 is the 4R36 automatic self-wind movement, the most important upgrade of this watch over the older Turtle 6309. This is the exact same movement in the Seiko Monster, and basically all other mid-level Seikos in the $200-$350 bracket.

4R36 is actually a downgraded movement from the 6R15 – the movement inside Seiko’s higher grade watches such as the SARB, SARX and Presage lines. It has about the same accuracy of +-15 seconds per day.

The main difference between these two movements are the absence of SPRON510 mainspring inside the 4R36. This mainspring (a proprietary material from Seiko) helped to give the 6R15 a good 50 hours power reserves. Whereas the 4R36 only has 41 hours power reserve without it.

The movement uses 24 jewels inside it, and has 6 beats per second for that sweeping seconds hand action. It also has hacking and manual winding features, something that the older 6309 doesn’t has.

 

ISO 6425 Complied Diver’s Watch

Another great thing about the Seiko SRP777 is it’s complied to the ISO 6425 diver’s watch standard. With it’s 200 m water resistance, there is no problem for it to be used underwater. Countless Turtle fans have expressed how great the watch perform during dives.

Great dial design, super bright long-lasting lume and comfortable on wrist – what else could a diver want? Not to mention it’s much cheaper than those expensive diver’s watches so you won’t really mourn should it got badly damaged lol.

 


Watch this video to have a closer look at the Seiko SRP777

Who Is The Turtle SRP777 For?

It’s definitely for those that want a pure functional diver’s watch, and don’t really care how fanciful the watch is. It’s not the best looking watch for sure: the cushion case is weird, the dial is simple and looks basic.

But this watch is filled with great functionality all around. LumiBrite ensures the lume stays up to hours provided its charged beforehand.

The simple dial gives clear visibility – there is no problem of telling time in any condition with the contrasting markers and black dial. The sillicon strap is to make it easy to fit the watch over a wetsuit.

Just like the SKX007, this SRP777 is a watch purely meant for divers and sportsmen with a good upgrade of movement (hacking and manual winding).

But the cool and stylish look of the diver’s watch means its also a great timepiece for casual or work use –  just change the strap to a leather or Nato and you are done =)

 

Seiko SRP777 leather band

Put a leather band and poof! It transforms into a stylish watch perfect for casual use =)

Who Should NOT Get This?

Basically those that want a more refined dial and case should not get this watch. As stated above, this is a true diver’s watch and not a fancy pretty watch. The turtle casing will turn off many people as the very simple dial will.

For a more beautiful casual timepiece, have a look at the Seiko SARB033, and the SARB017. Both has more beautiful dial design but still can be worn for casual and work use.

 

seiko sarb033

For something prettier, check out this understated but elegant Seiko SARB033

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  1. Unique turtle-like cushion case
  2. Great legibility with big bold markers and hands
  3. Long lasting and bright LumiBrite lume
  4. 200 m water resistance
  5. Diver’s watch with ISO 6425 standard compliance
  6. Very functional with day date displays
  7. Robust 4R36 movement

Cons:

  1. Cushion case is a bit weird and might turn off some people
  2. Too simple dial design

 

Seiko SRP777 on hand side

 

Seiko SRP777 For Sale On Amazon!

If you want to buy the Seiko SRP777, look at Amazon for the best prices. The MSRP of this watch is around $475 (taken from Seiko USA website) while Amazon sellers typically lists it for around $300, and sometimes even lower than that. Click the link below to check out this watch on Amazon.

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Final Thoughts

Seiko really have some crazy designers. The Seiko Monster brought a whole new level of design aesthetics that never been seen before. The Turtle on the other hand gives a really unique case design that no one ever thought of.

With this SRP777, fans of the original Turtle 6309 can enjoy their favorite watch with an update look and movement. With so many functionalities, this is a great diver’s watch all around.

 

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Hope you guys enjoy my Seiko SRP777 review. If you have any questions or comments on the watch, feel free to put it inside the comments section below. Till next time.

Cheers!
Isaac

Best Chronograph Watches For Men

Best Chronograph Watches For Men

Cool looking chronograph watch are popular but what are the best chronograph watches for men? This post will list down 5 of the best chronograph watches for men I’ve reviewed on this site. Now let’s get on with it shall we.

Bulova Precisionist Review

1- Bulova Precisionist 96B175 – Tough And Rugged 1/1000th Second Chronograph

I have to say this Bulova Precisionist is technically the best chronograph watch with analog display. The watch looks totally rugged with its big dimension and distinct styling. The watch construction is highly detail, and I’ve never seen any other watch case that has been put so much effort in designing and crafting such as this watch.

Its run by Bulova Precisionist movement, a cutting edge quartz movement from the legendary watch maker. For a start, this quartz watch is very accurate up to 10 second per year whereas normal quartz watch is only accurate up to 10 second per month. The 262kHz on the dial signifies the very high vibration rate of the quartz movement (262144 cycles per second) that is 8 times more than normal quartz watch. It also features a smooth sweeping seconds hand, a feat that Bulova achieves by their own patented movement.

The chronograph function is sort of extraordinary. First, the chronograph seconds hand and running seconds hand is the same that is the big seconds hand. This is only exclusive with quartz watch though. Automatic watch chronograph cannot do this and need two different seconds hand for both function. This is one of the reason why I personally favor quartz chronograph over automatics.

It’s able to measure up to 1/1000th second which is just outstanding. To put in context, the Bulova Precisionist enables you to measure time until 57.845 second – that’s something you can only do with digital watch. And did I mention it looks great with the very smooth sweeping seconds hand? For a tough and rugged watch that’s also a very accurate chrono, this is the best option for you.

Click here to read my in-depth review of the Bulova Precisionist 96B175
Click here to buy this Bulova Precisionist 96B175 at Amazon for $350

Seiko FlightMaster Review

2- Seiko FlightMaster SNA411 – Cool Aviation Watch With Rotary Slide Rule

Another quartz chronograph on the list. This time its this popular aviation watch from Seiko. The Seiko FlightMaster SNA411 is very popular because of the cool technical look of it. It has lots (and I really mean LOTS) of scale on the watch. It has rotary slide rule (useful for various simple mathematical calculations such as multiplication, division, even square roots), compass ring, tachymeter, conversion scale (weights, length, volume) and a few others. Seiko was able to incorporate those utility scales into a good looking and cool watch.

The chronograph has split time function, which means it can pause the display while still recording the time measurement. For instance, we can stop the chronograph display (the time measurement is still continuing in background), take our sweet time to jot down the time display somewhere and then by one click, the display will catch up to the actual time measurement. Very useful for racing events that involves many laps.

This FlightMaster SNA411 is a very utility and tool like aviation watch. If you need a chronograph that’s not just look cool but also have all the tools that a pilot uses, this would be the perfect choice for you.

Click here to read my in-depth review of the Seiko FlightMaster SNA411
Click here to buy this Seiko FlightMaster SNA411 on Amazon for $200

Citizen Eco-Drive Perpetual Chronograph AT4010-50E Review

3- Citizen Eco-Drive Perpetual AT4010-50E – Automatic Sync To Atomic Time

Citizen is very famous for their Eco-Drive quartz movement that boasts up to 9 months of power reserve and can be charged by light. This watch is no different except that it has 4 additional features: automatic synchronization to atomic time, perpetual calendar, chronograph and alarm

Every night at 2 am, this watch will try to get radio signals and automatically sync its time to atomic time. Considering the accuracy of a typical quartz watch is about 10 second per month, this watch definitely has the best accuracy of any watch at any time because it syncs every day! Just to be clear, it only works in the 4 major timezones in US (Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific) plus London timezone only.

Besides that, it also has perpetual calendar (meaning we don’t need to change the date to suit leap years), fully functioning chronograph and even alarm clock! Encased in titanium made the watch much lighter than normal stainless steel and perfect for those that has allergy to normal steel. Wanting a state-of-the-art watch powered by solar and always accurate? Then this is the watch for you. Who says only smartwatches can be a technology gadget?

Click here to my read in-depth review of this Citizen Eco-Drive Perpetual AT4010-50E
Click here to buy this Citizen Eco-Drive Perpetual AT4010-50E on Amazon for $375

Tissot Couturier Chronograph Review

4- Tissot Couturier Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 – Elegant Swiss Chronograph

Let’s move on to the Swiss chronograph watches for men. Tissot has created this amazingly sleek chronograph that looks really elegant. Just compare its look to the other chronographs listed above and you will get what I mean. Tissot also produces many super cool sporty chronograph watches (such as their MotoGP limited edition watches) but they never forget their root and still continue producing elegant Swiss automatics for their fans.

The face of this watch is pitch black, contrasted by the signatures, markers and hands on the dial. It looks absolutely stunning on a black leather strap, and look quite formidable with its 43 mm diameter and thick lugs. The chronograph automatic movement is made by Swiss ETA featuring their C01.211 movement. For a quality Swiss chronograph watch, that is still affordable, this is it.

Click here to read my in-depth review of the Tissot Couturier Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00
Click here to buy this Tissot Couturier Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 on Amazon for $580

victorinox infantry vintage review

5- Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry Chronograph 241526 – Military Chronograph From Swiss

Last but not least is another Swiss chronograph watch but this time with military/field watch styling. The Victorinox Swiss Army (or VSA) Infantry Chronograph has a very good looking military style design with gunmetal PVD case for that rugged look. Coupled with luxuriously applied lume on the dial, this is a full fledged handsome field watch.

This watch is powered by ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph movement – a legendary chrono movement in Swiss watch making history. One unique feature is the telemeter scale on it (it seems that Victorinox is hell-bent to create a real military watch with this feature). For a more adventure type of chronograph with automatic movement and made with Victorinox’s Swiss high quality craftsmanship, it can’t get better than this.

Click here to read my in-depth review of the Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry Chronograph 241526
Click here to buy this Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry Chronograph 241526 on Amazon for $570

Now, you might realised that in this list I’ve listed many quartz chronographs right? But this is supposed to be an automatic watches blog for men? Well, the truth is it’s very difficult to find an automatic chronograph watch that is affordable. Swiss automatic chronographs mostly retails more than $500. Some Chinese watchmakers do produce automatic chronos for cheaper prices but I’d steer clear of them until a clear quality record has been established and verified. Fact is, automatic chronograph movements are very complicated and hence very expensive. Quartz chronographs on the other hand will cost much less and has more features- the Seiko FlightMaster SNA411is a good example of how cheap a high quality quartz chronograph can be.

Another thing to remember is using the chronograph function will use up lots of juice of your watch regardless quartz or automatic. So keep this in mind when you want to watch that little seconds hand glide =)

I hope you guys find this list of best chronograph watches for men useful. If you have any questions, feel free to put it inside the comments section below. Till next time.

Cheers!
Isaac

Orient Ray II Review – An Improved Orient Ray Diver Watch

Orient Ray II review

Affordable Automatic Dive Watch – An Orient Ray II Review

Today, I’m going to write about Orient Ray II review, a follow up of some sort to the review of original Ray I made sometime ago (you can read my review of the original Orient Ray HERE).

Back then, I was impressed with the beautiful design, day date function and the fact that its a very affordable automatic watch.

But the main disadvantage of the original Ray is the outdated movement (non-hacking and non-manual winding), a problem that the original Mako has too.

Luckily, Orient was very sensitive to its fans needs and released this new improved version – the Ray II (along with the new Mako II) that comes with updated movement.

The use of modern automatic movement in this second generation Ray is very welcomed, and I’m not the only one that is happy about this.

Now, let’s get on to the Orient Ray II review shall we.

 

Orient Ray II Blue

Update: I’ve recently featured the Orient Ray II in my list of the top 10 automatic watches under $200. You guys can check the article HERE.

 

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Orient Ray II Specification

Diameter: 41.5 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Lug Width: 22 mm
Case: Stainless steel case
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet

Dial: Black or blue dials
Watch Crystal: Mineral crystal
Hands: Sword shaped hands with lume
Markers: Circle index markers with lume
Bezel: Unidirectional rotating diver bezel with 120-clicks

Movement: Orient Caliber F6922 Automatic self-wind movement
Movement Features: Japanese made in-house movement, 22 Jewels, 21600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second, Hacking, Manual winding
Accuracy: +- 15 seconds per day
Power Reserve: 40 hours

Water Resistance: 200 m
Other Features: Luminous hands and markers, Date display, Day display, Screw down crown, Unidirectional rotating diver bezel

Where To Buy: Amazon (usually less $200, than Click the link below). It’s MSRP is  $335

 

Sporty Diver Watch Dial

The look of the Ray II is a typical normal diver watch – but executed perfectly. It’s what people will call the modern dive watch with the customary circle index markers and minute markings on unidirectional rotating bezel.

Unidirectional rotating means the bezel can only be rotated in counter clockwise direction. This is a standard for all dive watch because the bezel is used to time diving time so the bezel. So a unidirectional bezel is used to avoid divers accidentally rotate it as this could spell trouble.

 

Orient Ray II Blue

 

The dial comes in two colors, either black or blue. The black is matte black but the blue on the other hand has this majestic sunburst metallic effect to it. It’s really beautiful to look at seriously. The old Ray has a more darker sunburst blue dial by the way.

So if you like a watch that catches people attention, I recommend to get a watch with sunburst dial like this. People are surely going to complement about it =)

Apart from the traditional circle markers, this watch also has the customary big bold hands of diver watches. The hands are sword shaped like, with the hour hand having a two-tier design which is a nice little Easter egg in this watch.

 

Good Looking Lume On The Dial

 Orient Ray II Black

 

Both the hands and markers have lume applied on it substantially giving the watch a nice lume performance.

The seconds hand is stainless steel with a red painted tip.

On thing that I love is how Orient went to great lengths to apply a small amount of lume on the tip.

This level of detail is very surprising, especially for a watch costing $200.

 

 

 

Orient Ray II lume shot

 

Day Date Display For Convenience

A great thing about this watch is the inclusion of day date function. To have these two features are very beneficial, especially if the owner intends to use it as a daily beater watch for work.

It will give a higher level of convenience to the wearer. There is no need to ask around or check our smartphones for what is the date of today. A glance at our wrist is all it needs to know the date.

Overall, the dial design of the Ray II is almost the same with the original Ray, just a brighter blue shade of sunburst dial.

It has a diver watch look, with all the elements done perfectly. The watch is moderately proportioned and not too busy. The usage of day and date brings the watch to a higher level of functionality.

 

orient ray ii on hand

 

A Diver Watch Case

The watch case of this Ray II is almost exactly the same as the original Ray. It has 41.5 mm diameter which is a very nice size for any men’s wrist. It’s not too big or too small in my opinion.

As I’ve mentioned in my previous post about 6 things to consider when choosing your wrist watch, a suitable watch for the size of your wrist is a must. Just like a fine tailored suit, a watch with the perfect size to YOUR wrist will look much much better compared to an over-sized watch (no matter how expensive it is).

It’s also quite thick at 13 mm. With all of this, the watch is by no means light. This will be good for those that prefer heavier watch. It’s certainly feels more rugged and sporty.

The lug width is 22 mm and attached to a stainless steel bracelet. The bracelet is nice, but comes with hollow end links to the lugs. This gives it some rattling noise. But for this price point, the bracelet is quite passable. Orient certainly took pride in their products as they engraves their logo on the bracelet clasp.

 

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Orient Ray II Nato strap

If you don’t like the bracelet that the Ray II comes with, a Nato strap can also be paired with the watch. With today’s booming online shops, these cheap Nato straps are just a click away.

 

The case also is rated to 200 m water resistance, thanks to the usage of screw down crown and caseback. But there are many complaints of how there are some water ingress into the watch just by swimming in a pool or showering.

For me, I’ve swam a watch with only a 100 m water rating without any screw down crown and it’s still ok. I believed those that got water into their watches don’t tighten the screw down crown properly.

But still, since this watch is not an ISO rated diver watch, I’d stay away from any deep dives. Leave those to the real diver watch such as the ISO rated Seiko SKX007 and SKX009.

Another thing to add is this watch uses mineral crystal. For those of you that don’t know what is that, I suggest you read my article on types of watch crystals (the glass on top of the watch if you may) HERE.

Mineral crystal is the cheapest but it’s not the strongest to resist impact, and can be scratched easily. So I would suggest anyone that has this watch to really be careful on what you do. A deep scratch on your watch glass can be very painful – to your heart and also your wallet.

 

3 Styles To Choose From

Orient has produced 3 different variations for the Ray II: Black dial, Blue dial and Black dial with gray IP coated case and bracelets (also known as Orient Black Ray Raven II). The IP coated version will costs more since it require a special method to coat the stainless steel with gray color.

In my opinion, the Ray II Blue is the most distinctive with the glowing sunburst dial, followed by Black Ray Raven and lastly the black dial version. Below are side by side comparison of these 3 watches.

 

 Orient Ray II Black Orient Ray II Blue Orient Black Ray Raven II

 

Shown above from top: Orient Ray II Black (FAA02004B9), Orient Ray II Blue (FAA02005D9) and Orient Black Ray Raven II (FAA02003B9).

 

Updated Orient Caliber F6922 Automatic Self-wind Movement

A celebrated update from the old Ray is the new Caliber F6922 movement. This movement is updated from the older 46943 movement.

The old 46943 movement is a very basic automatic movement without any hacking (stops the second hand/time when setting the time) and manual winding (able to recharge the mainspring by rotating the crown. Read my guideline on how to wind a watch here).

The day change also is not built inside the movement, hence the need to have an additional pusher just for the sake of changing the day display.

With the new F6922 movement, these flaws are all corrected. Orient has made it hacking and manual winding. They also incorporated the day change into the watch too.

The result is a modern automatic watch movement. In doing this, the jewel count in this movement has increased from 21 to 22 jewels. They kept the beats per second the same, at 6 beats per second. The power reserve is also comparable, at 40 hours.

On accuracy, the published rate is +- 15 seconds per day though most Ray II owners will report that their watches gives a higher accuracy, some as little as +- 5 seconds per day.

But these accuracy are not always come right out of the box. It will normally take some time until the movement can “break in” and become more accurate.

Also as I’ve pointed out in my article of accuracy of automatic watches, it will surely help to manual wind our watches to give it a full power reserve once in a while. It will definitely help in increasing its accuracy.

 

Comparison Of Orient Ray Vs Ray II

So how did the new Ray II compare to its older brother? Let’s find out!

Side by side comparison of the black version of Original Ray (top) and the new Ray II (bottom)

 

Dial: The dial of these two watches are basically similar. The Ray II just take the design without changing it – which make total sense because if it’s ain’t broken, don’t fix it =). A difference is on the bezel where the Ray II has 120-click bezel while the original Ray has only 60-click bezel.

 

Case: The biggest difference is the pusher at 2 o’clock that Ray has. It’s purpose is to change the day display. Ray II got rid of it by incorporating this function into the movement/crown itself. The other aspects of the case is almost the same.

But I have to say the pusher actually gives the Ray a more unique look, a different character. Ray II has the more normal diver watch look to it, while the original Ray is distinctive and out of ordinary.

 

Movement: This is the part where the biggest difference is. As I’ve mentioned above, the F6922 movement is used inside the Ray II while Ray has the older 46943 movement.

Both movements are in-house made by Orient but the F6922 is more modern with hacking and manual winding features. The result is a better movement technical wise.

 


A video review of the Ray II plus a comparison with the original Ray

 

So which one is better? The original Ray or Ray II? In my opinion, the Ray has a very distinctive look, unlike the Ray II with normal diver watch design.

It’s definitely more unique and very different than other countless automatic diver watches out there.

But the Ray II has a better technical specification with the new movement. The manual winding is just so beneficial and functional. For this, I would have to go for the Ray II purely on the better and more modern movement.

Plus, last time I checked the prices of Ray is higher than the Ray II – most possibly because of reduced production or what not.

So for those undecided between these two great watches, that’s another incentive to get the Ray II, a cheaper and better (technically) watch =)

 

Like This Orient Ray II? Check Out Orient Watches For Sale At Amazon!

If you like this Orient Ray II, you might want to take a look at Amazon. Currently, Amazon lists Orient watches for prices lower than its MSRP.

The MSRP for this Orient Ray II is about $335 (source: Orient’s website) while at Amazon you can get it for around $150 to $200. That gives up to 40% discount! Click links below to check out these Orient Ray II deals on Amazon.

Orient Ray II Black (FAA02004B9)

Orient Ray II Blue (FAA02005D9)

Orient Black Ray Raven II – Gray IP Coated Stainless Steel Case (FAA02003B9)

 

Conclusion

Are Orient watches any good? Well, I have to say they are. And many people also have the same opinion. The previous Ray version has a lot of character, but its not a really really good automatic watch for me (no hacking, manual winding). It’s still looks good though and is high value for money.

But this new Orient Ray II has improved it much more with the new F6922 movement. With a classic diver watch look, 200 m water resistance and very affordable price for an automatic, this is a great watch that’s hard to pass by.

 

I hope this Orient Ray II review has been very helpful to you guys. If there is any question or comments on the watch, feel free to drop it down below. Till next time.

Cheers!
Isaac.

Hamilton Khaki Pilot Automatic Review – The Hamilton Interstellar Watch

In today’s post, I’m going to write about Hamilton Khaki Pilot Automatic review, which if you notice is also called the Hamilton Interstellar watch.

It’s actually the same watch model worn by Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) in the 2014 sci-fi blockbuster “Interstellar”. Without wasting any more time, let’s get on to the Hamilton Khaki Pilot review.

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Automatic Review

Hamilton Khaki Pilot Specification (H64615135)

Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 11 mm
Lug Width: 20 mm
Case: Stainless steel
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet

Dial: Black dial
Watch Crystal: Sapphire Crystal
Hands: Skeleton sword shaped hands with Superluminova lume
Markers: Numeral markers

Movement: Swiss ETA Caliber 2834-2 Automatic Self-wind movement (Update July 2018: the watch currently uses Hamilton’s H-40 automatic movement)
Movement Features: 25 Jewels, 28800 vibrations per hour or 8 beats per second
Accuracy: +- 15 seconds per day
Power Reserve: 38 hours

Water Resistance: 100 m
Other Features: Date display, Full day display, Exhibition caseback

Best Place To Buy: Amazon

Hamilton Interstellar Watch Review

Screen grab of a scene from Interstellar. Pictured above is Matthew McConaughey wearing the Hamilton Khaki Pilot

Hamilton Interstellar Watch

The full name of this Hamilton Interstellar watch is quite long – It’s actually Khaki Aviation Pilot Day Date H64615135 (taken from Hamilton’s website) but it’s better known just as Hamilton Khaki Pilot or Khaki Aviation.

It’s worn by Matthew McConaughey in the sci-fi movie “Interstellar“. Hamilton sure knows how to market their watches by partnering with movie studios.

But one thing I’ve gotta admit is this watch really looks great on Matthew McConaughey in the film. Hamilton also produced another watch specially for the movie but sadly it’s not mass produced for their customers.

Hamilton Khaki Pilot Automatic Review Black Dial

Large Aviation Dial For Easy Reading Of Time

The watch has classic aviation watch styling all over it. The first thing I noticed was the big markers which definitely help to make the watch easy to read.

It’s in silver, catches light beautifully and contrasts nicely with the black dial. One unique thing is the main markers are the 60-minutes markings – something that I’ve seen in many aviation watches.

It’s a bit different than normal 12-hour markers and will take some time to get used to but on the other hand, it’s a nice change from a normal watch.

If you feel that you will not be able to tell time easily because of the minute markings, don’t worry as Hamilton also put a 12-hour markers.

It’s positioned at the inner center of the dial, outside of the inner circle. This is nice touch and nicely pulled off by the brand. It gives this normal watch a little bit complexity to its dial.

At the top is a day window with full wordings which is something that I really like. It’s quite boring having to read short-forms of day display in normal watches so having a full word on this watch is certainly a breath of fresh air.

At the bottom is the date window. Some people complaints that the date is too small to be seen, but I beg to differ.

It’s in white color and highly contrasts with the surrounding black dial – this will make it very legible to read.

To have date and day function on a watch is something that I’ve always recommend, especially for a watch intended to be used as a daily beater. It gives the wearer a lot of functionality.

For a start, you don’t have to take out your smartphone just to know the time anymore =)

 

Hamilton Khaki Pilot Review

 

The hands are beautifully designed too. The minute and hour hands have skeleton and sword shapes, something that’s quite rare.

I also like how Hamilton plays with both of these: the hour hand has the empty skeleton at the tip while the minute hand got the empty space at the bottom part.

And the empty spaces ends/starts from the same inner circle line too! That’s an incredibly nice design by the team.

Another thing I have to mention is the tip of the seconds hand stops precisely on the edge of the outer edge minute markings – another great detail.

The amount of thoughts put into this watch design really astounds me. Not to mention the symmetry that the dial holds – it’s totally amazing to look at.

I’m always a big fan of details on watches as it really fascinates me. Having a watch with many details are incredible and you will find yourselves always looking at that small perfectly executed detail.

 

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Sides Curves

 

Solidly Crafted Stainless Steel Case

The case of the Hamilton Khaki Pilot automatic watch is proportioned nicely at 42 mm diameter which is the perfect size for a casual watch like this.

It can fit most men’s wrist nicely. At 11 mm thick, it’s also quite thin too which means it is not too heavy on wrist. The lug width is 20 mm which comes with a brushed stainless steel bracelet from the box.

Some distinctive characteristics of the watch case are the curves and layers of the stainless steel case.

Instead of having a normal straight sides, the curve has subtle curves at its sides. The case is brushed, but has a polished strip between the side and top of the lug.

This kind of detail reminds me of Seiko with their curving and inter-layer brush and polish finish (see this post about the Seiko SARB033 to see it).

It’s really nice to see Hamilton use this finish on this watch as it makes the case more refined and more exciting to look at instead of the boring straight sides.

The bezel on the other hand is highly polished and sloped from the body to the sapphire watch crystal at the top.

Sapphire crystal is the best material for watch crystal due to its resistant to scratching. You can use a watch with sapphire crystal and it will still look pristine after many years (read my introduction to watch crystal types here for more info).

Nowadays, sapphire is the common crystal used in most Swiss watches, though the same cannot be said for watch brands from other countries (yes, I’m talking about you Seiko).

On the back is an open caseback to view the ETA 2834-2 movement (more on this movement later).

Despite this, the watch has a water resistance rating of 100 m. All in all, this is a watch with perfectly executed stainless steel case.

It has unique curves at the sides and its lugs which are really nice to look at. The usage of sapphire crystal will give the owner an assurance that the watch crystal is well protected from scratches.

Hamilton Khaki Pilot Automatic Review Open Caseback

Swiss ETA Caliber 2834-2 Automatic Movement

Inside the Khaki Pilot is an ETA 2834-2 automatic movement. Being an automatic, it means the watch don’t use battery.

Instead it uses a self-winding mechanism to recharge the watch’s mainspring. This mainspring is the one responsible to “move” the watch by slowly winding out.

After 38 hours, the mainspring will exhaust its tension and need to be rewind again by rotating the crown. But since this is an “automatic” watch, the owner can rewind it just by simply wearing the watch.

The self winding mechanism using rotor (the half circle metal seen from the open caseback) will rotate when our hands move – and wind the mainspring.

Simply using the watch everyday will keep it running, and there is no need to change the battery at all (unlike those normal and boring quartz watches =p).

The movement features 25 Jewels, with 28800 vibrations per hour or 8 beats per second. This mid-high beats gives the watch a beautiful sweeping second hand which is prettier than 6 beats movement normally found in Japanese watches.

The accuracy is quite good. Even though it has a published accuracy of +-15 seconds per day, the actual accuracy as testified by its owners give it around +-6 seconds per day, well within COSC Chronometer range.


A video showing the Hamilton Khaki Pilot up close

Conclusion

Overall, this is a watch that is good looking with unique look on it. There is no doubt why Christopher Nolan and team chose this watch to be used by Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar.

The well thought dial design, with lots of details really astound me. The case also is carved with beautiful curves and comes with brush and polish finishing.

The usage of a tried and tested ETA 2834-2 movement with sapphire watch crystal helps to give assurance to its owner that the watch can withstand everything thrown at it.

It can even survive intergalactic journey for god’s sake =)

Hope you find this Hamilton Khaki Pilot review helpful. If you guys have any questions about this cool Interstellar watch, feel free to drop it down at the comments section below. Till next time!

Cheers!
Isaac.

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Orient Defender Review – Unique Looking Military Watch

Orient Defender Review

Hi there! Today’s post is going to be about Orient Defender review. It’s an automatic self-winding with military or field watch styling. But the big difference is on the dial design – it has these 2 subdials for 24-hours time and day indicator – making it a very interesting military style watch while being very functional. And it’s quite cheap for a full automatic watch! Read on for the full Orient Defender review.

Orient Defender Leather Strap

Orient Defender Specification (ET0N002B/K)

Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 12 mm
Lug to Lug: 48 mm
Lug Width: 22 mm
Case: Matte stainless steel case
Strap: Leather strap with pin buckle

Dial: Matte black or gray dial
Watch Crystal: Mineral crystal
Hands: Sword shaped hands with lume
Markers: Index markers with lume
Subdials: 24-hour subdial (left) and Day display subdial (right)

Movement: Orient Caliber 46B40 Automatic self-wind movement
Movement Features: Japanese made movement, 21 Jewels, 21600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second, Non-hacking
Power Reserve: 40 hours

Water Resistance: 100 m
Other Features: Luminous hands and markers, Date display, Day subdial display, 24-hour time subdial, Screw down crown

Best Place To Buy: Amazon at $250

 

Origin Of Field Watches or Military Watches

For those of you that are not aware, field watches or military watches are those watches that have this distinctive simple and easy to look styling. Their name “military watches” comes from the fact that these are the kind of watches used by army men during the first and second world wars. An interesting fact is these military men are those that initially popularized the usage of wrist watches.

 

Shown above is the Hamilton Khaki Field Officer (left) and Seiko 5 SNK809 (right), two examples of military watches. Notice how the similarity of their styling (also with the Orient Defender) with the rugged look and clear visibility to make it easy to tell time

In the earliest days of watch, it is used more as a pocket watch. Wrist watch is rare and only worn by women but as a “bracelet watch” for the simple reason that women don’t wear jackets with pockets to store their pocket watch. Men only limit their watch to pocket watches as it’s considered to be more gentlemanly to wear one. But around this time (18th century), watches are considered jewelry of high value (most are hand-made mechanical watches) and can only be afforded by the most affluent people.

During the war periods, the army men discovered the importance of synchronizing attacks without relying on hand signals which can give your position away and are not reliable (in the dark for instance). Thus they begin to use wrist watches as we know it today and the popularity of watches continued to boom afterwards.

Nowadays, I’m sure most military men would use prefer a digital quartz watch as they offer more functions (backlight to tell the time in the dark please!) so these military watches with analog are not having that much military time anymore. But the simple styling and vintage aesthetic look of it continue to win people over and it’s still in demand nowadays.

Orient Defender Gray ET0N002K

Orient Defender Gray ET0N002K

Unique Military Watch Dial With 2 Subdials

The dial of this watch is very unique and different than other military watches. Right off the bat we can see the two subdials on top of the watch face. The top left subdial is dedicated for 24-hour time display which I really love. The problem with analog watch is we don’t know what time it is (am or pm) as the hour hands only display 12-hours. This is not really important but I find it a bit annoying when I have to restart a watch from stop – since you don’t know what time (am/pm) the watch is in, more often than not you are going to encounter the annoying problem of the date/day displays change at noon. That’s very inconvenient and downright embarrassing when you are one day ahead of everyone.

The second subdial at right position (3 o’clock) is for the day display. It uses a circle instead of a normal day display (something like the date display at the bottom of the dial) which is quite unique I would say. At the bottom left is Orient’s logo and signatures. These elements make the dial unsymmetrical but very practical and unique. The 24-hour GMT subdial, day and date displays are very useful and make the watch highly functional.

Orient Defender Black ET0N002BOrient Defender Black ET0N002B

There are two colors for this watch: black and gray. Both color variations comes matte. The same design is also applied to the matte stainless steel case – a true military watch cannot be shiny because it will attract attention in battle field. It also make the watch look more tool-like and vintage. The markers are big and bold to assist in easily reading the time. The same is with the sword shaped hands. Both of these got lume applied on top of them to help with visibility in the dark. There are clear minute markings at the outer edge of the dial for more accurate reading of time.

Orient Defender Lume ShotOrient Defender lume shot

All in all, the dial is far from the simple and rugged styling of typical military watches. I believe Orient designed this watch with the intent of making it stand out from normal – the usage of 2 subdials and asymmetry dial make the look more interesting and busy but still following the standards of big bold markers and hands with matte finishing of military watches. It’s also very functional with the 24-hours time, day and date displays.

 

Matte Stainless Steel Case

The case is made from stainless steel with matte finish. This finishing (instead of the ordinary polished or brushed finishing) and the solid construction are clearly to make the watch more rugged and suitable for actual usage in harsh environments (war zones, mud, etc.). The usage of screw down crown and caseback also gives credibility to this. Because of this, the watch is rated up to 100 m water resistance. Since it has a screw down crown, there is no issue of using this watch underwater – you just got to be sure to screw it in properly beforehand. The case also is simply constructed without any complex case designs – it’s a $250 watch after all.

Orient Defender Review

It’s properly sized to most wrists with a 42 mm diameter and 48 mm lug to lug which is totally inline with today’s trend. It’s not too big for small wrists and not too small for bigger wrists. It’s also only 12 mm thick and quite light. Again, as a full military watch, the weight of the watch is important to be kept as low as possible. Our military men are going to have to carry those heavy equipments all around the battle field and it’s more beneficial to wear a light watch. The positioning of the screw down crown at the 4 o’clock position instead of the normal 3 o’clock also helps with making the watch more ergonomic. I find that the normal crown position will hinder our wrist movement to flex upwards and the unorthodox 4 o’clock position is much better (just that it look a bit weird though).

The Orient Defender comes with a leather strap attached to its 22 mm lug width. By having a normal lug width, it’s fairly easy to find a replacement strap if anyone don’t like the strap it comes with. I’ve seen a lot of owners pair this watch to a black or brown Nato straps and it look amazing. At the back is a normal screw down caseback and the top comes with a mineral watch crystal. I’m not a fan of mineral crystals as it’s not really scratch resistant and lack the ability to be polished (like acrylic does). But for a watch that comes in this price point, mineral is the standard. You guys can read my post here introduction to watch crystals for more info.

Overall, the stainless steel case is a tough and rugged case designed for actual field works. The matte finishing is meant to make it more functioning – no military men in their right mind would wear a shiny timepiece on their wrist which will blow their locations to enemies. The usage of matte finish of the dial is also because of the same functional reason. I like how it has a screw down crown that helps with its 100 m water resistance rating. A watch that can be used in and above water is very versatile for its users.

Orient Defender On Wrist

Orient 46B40 Automatic Movement

Inside this watch is the Orient 46B40 automatic self winding movement, Orient’s own in-house movement. Orient has been known to only use in-house movements for all their automatic timepieces – something that most Swiss brands can’t say the same. The usage of in-house movements give them the flexibility of altering or modifying any movement to suit the design of the watch. A simple change in the movement can be done by using parts that they have in hand. This makes Orient able to produce variable watch designs at lower cost than other watch companies.

The movement comes with 21 Jewels and vibrates at 21600 per hour or 6 beats per second. It’s non-hacking and has a 40 hours power reserve. In short, it’s a normal Japanese quality movement except with the addition of 24-hour time and day display subdials. Many reviews online about this movement has praised it to be quite accurate, with some even +-6 seconds per day. Though I would suggest if you want to get this watch, don’t expect very high accuracy for it. It’s best to downplay our expectations of accuracy for any non-COSC chronometer watches to about +-15 to +-20 seconds a day.

As I’ve written in this post here on difference between automatic and quartz watches, automatic watches is the less accurate, by a lot of times. Even a chronometer (the most accurate automatic watch) will gain or lose up to 6 seconds per day. A quartz will gain/lose that much in a MONTH. That’s a lot of difference in accuracy between these two and you will have to reset the time once every few days.

I believe it’s important for those joining wanting to buy their first automatic watch to know this fact to avoid regretting buying the watch. But in return, you are getting a piece of old technology that is kinda romantic, unique, has gorgeous sweeping seconds hand and very different than those boring and common electrical powered quartz or smartwatches most people wear today =)


Watch this video review for upclose view on the Orient Defender

 

Conclusion

It’s not hard to tell that this is an interesting and unique watch. The dial design with 2 subdials for 24-hour time and day display is not common after all. This with the applied lume on top of the hands/markers make this military watch very functional for day-to-day use. Not only that, the matte stainless steel case also lend some toughness and rugged look to it. With a slim body and light weight, it’s comfortable watch to be used for outdoor activities. Having a 100 m water resistance and a screw-down crown gives it’s owner more confidence too. For an interesting take on military watch, Orient’s little timepiece here surely impress.
I hope you guys like this Orient Defender review. If there is any questions or comments regarding this watch, feel free to drop it inside the comment section below.

Cheers!
Isaac

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Seiko SARB035 Review – White Version Of The Popular SARB033

Seiko SARB035 Review

The White Seiko SARB035 Review

In this article, I’m going to write about Seiko SARB035 review, which is the white version of the highly popular Seiko SARB033. The Seiko SARB series of watches is one of the watch world little known secret. High quality automatic wrist watch with exquisite fit and finish, gorgeously designed but comes at an unbelievably affordable middle price range.

And that’s just what the Seiko SARB035 is – a good looking dress watch, with quality case craftsmanship and the robust 6R15 automatic movement. And all of these in  an affordable price range, much cheaper than what the Swiss will charge for the same quality of watch =)

Without further ado, let’s look a the Seiko SARB035 review and you guys will surely understand why I give it such good words.

 

Seiko SARB035 Review

Seiko SARB035 Specification

Diameter: 38 mm
Thickness: 11.2 mm
Lug To Lug Width: 45 mm
Lug Width: 20 mm
Case: Polished and brushed stainless steel
Strap: Stainless steel braclet

Dial: Creamy white dial with date display
Watch Crystal: Sapphire crystal
Hands: Dauphine hands with lume
Markers: Index markers with lume

Movement: Seiko Caliber 6R15 automatic self-wind movement
Movement Specification: 23 Jewels, 21,600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second, Manual wind, Hacking feature
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Accuracy: +25-15 seconds per day

Water Resistance: 100 m or 330 feet
Other Features: Date display at 3 o’clock, Exhibition caseback, Non-screw down crown, Luminous hands and markers

Where To Buy: Amazon

 

Before we get into it, let me give some primer on what the “SARB” actually means. If you’re in a hurry, you can skip this part to go to the main review.

 

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Seiko SARB Series

The SARB, SARG, SARX series are highly unknown in the world of watchmaking, and for good reason. Seiko are a very  productive company with thousands of models. It’s a good thing but when some of their products are quite similar to each other, it’s quite hard to differentiate which is which.

They are very popular with their Seiko 5s models – very cheap automatic watches, cheap quartz models and their top of the line Grand Seiko (will set you more than $5000 a piece). But the middle range watches are largely absent from our mind and eyes though.

And this is what the SARB line is: the middle range watches from Seiko. Typically priced at $300 to $500, they are the highly regarded for their crisp and detail craftsmanship (on both dial and case). Not to mention it’s also very good looking and have the robust 6R15 in-house automatic movement by Seiko.

Some people even went so far as to say the SARB models can even beat Swiss watches double their price! Now that’s a huge good value for money. Just take a look at two other models that I’ve reviewed (SARB033 and SARB016 Cocktail Time) and I’m sure you will agree to this.

Another Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) Watch

A big reason why they are not popular is because they are JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) models, meaning Seiko only produces these watches to be sold in Japan. Now that’s a big loss to us right?

I really don’t know what they are thinking. If they will just flood the whole market with SARBs helped by some aggressive marketing, Seiko would be far more successful worldwide not just for cheap watches, but also for automatics and collectors worthy watches. Just like the Quartz revolution, Swiss brands will be wiped out completely again (at least the lower priced ones…).

Fortunately, the advent of online shopping has made it easier to buy stuffs from other countries. Because of this, the SARB models are more accessible than before to every Seiko fans all over the world.

 

Seiko SARB035 Review

 

The SARB is not the only model line up by the Japanese brand that isn’t marketed worldwide. The SARG (such as the simplistic beauty SARG009),  SARX (e.g the matrix looking SARX015) and some Seiko Perspex diver’s watches are exclusively made for Japan market only.

Seiko SARB033 Is Simple But Has Highly Detailed And Elegant Dial

The Seiko SARB035 has a traditional and classic look in its dial. It’s very simple, clean and not cluttered – perfect for those that prefer a watch like this. But despite that, it has the elegance and sharpness to it, contributed by the clean cut stainless steel dauphine hands and index markers.

The dial is white with a subtle hint of yellow-cream colors. I really love how pretty the dial color is. It got a brightness and the creamy color is very pleasing to the eyes.

The hands are sharp, with lume applied on top of it. Same as the index markers, a bit of lume is applied at the end pointing towards the center of the watch. The use of lume makes the watch usable in dark, and a bit sporty with more casual look.

I also really like how the index markers got some little ridge at the center. This detail adds some texture to an otherwise boring markers. Minute markings are placed at the edge of the dial for accurate time reading while date display is positioned at 3 o’clock.

 

Seiko SARB035 Review - Lume

Lume shot of the Seiko SARB035. Nothing to shout about the lume but it give a bit of practicality in low light situations

 

What I love the most about the SARB035 (and also SARB033) is the sapphire crystal. I’ve talked in length about various watch crystals and how sapphire is the best to keep off any scratch from your watch glass.

So it’s very nice to see Seiko moves away from their Hardlex crystal (which is still a mineral crystal that can be scratched easily) to the more expensive but undoubtedly superior sapphire crystal.

Overall, the dial is very gorgeous to look at, thanks to the beautiful application of cream white color on top of it as well as the laser cut hands and markers. It’s very simple and elegant to look at. Very dressy but also a bit casual look due to some lume on it.

Baby Grand Seiko?

Again, like the Seiko SARB033, the SARB035 watch also borrows inspiration from the Grand Seiko which is a very beautiful watches. Don’t believe me? Take a look below:

 

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 White- similar to SARB035

Shown above is the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat, a very beautiful watch by Seiko. It’s less sporty and more dressy to me though – there is no lume and the lugs are straighter than the Seiko SARB035. Nevertheless, the similarity in the dial design is very prominent until it is being dubbed “baby Grand Seiko”.

 

Beautifully Crafted Stainless Steel Case

The 38 mm diameter stainless steel case of the Seiko SARB035 is beautifully crafted, and very sturdy to hold too. It has an 11.2 mm thickness with lug to lug width of 45 mm. The lug width is a 20 mm, and fits a stainless steel bracelet.

The big and wide lugs are curving downwards, as if to hold the wrist in place. This gives it a very unique look and sleek looking. It’s also very comfortable to wear too!

A very astonishing fact about the watch case is how the detailing and finish is done. Seiko makes the top of the lug brushed, while the top of bezel and sides of the watch highly polished. The multi-layered brushing and polishing finish of the case is very pretty, not to mention how detail the craftsmanship of these Japanese are.

Adds on with a nicely done Seiko “S” engraving on top of the non-screw down crown, this is a watch with very high level of detailing done by the watchmaker.

 

Seiko SARB035 Review Lug

Just like the SARB033, the lug of this Seiko SARB035 also is curving down to hug our wrists for more comfort and greater fit

 

The big lug makes the watch a bit more sporty though. It’s not a totally sleek dress watch, but a hybrid which is very good as people can use this watch for almost all function and events.

To make it sweeter, the watch also comes with 100 m water resistance and an open caseback to view the automatic movement from the back.

To sum it up, the watch case is a product of great craftsmanship with beautiful and detailed finishing. For this price, it’s totally unbeaten.

 

Seiko SARB035 Review open caseback

Exhibition caseback of the Seiko SARB035 features an un-decorated Seiko Caliber 6R15 automatic self wind movement

Seiko Cal. 6R15 Automatic Self Wind Movement

The automatic movement inside this watch is Seiko’s own in-house movement, the 6R15 caliber. It’s the middle range automatic movement by the company and is typically used in their SARB line. A great thing about this movement is that it is also used in Seiko’s mid-range diver watches.

That shows how robust and tough the movement is. If it’s good enough to be fitted into a watch that’s designed to be used in rough condition, I’m definitely sure it will be up to task with the more mild environment that future SARB035 will use it for.

The movement has 23 jewels with 21,600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second. It’s a slower beat movement than most Swiss watches that usually comes with 8 beats per second. This results in it having a less smooth sweeping second hand compared to the Swiss.

But on the other hand, this lower beat movement gives it a higher power reserve (50 hours – compared to 38-40 hours of Swiss ETAs) and a longer service period.

It also comes with manual winding and hacking features, which are very helpful (and some sort of compulsory for any movement in this modern age).

Side by side comparison of the SARB035 (top) and SARB033 (bottom)

Seiko SARB035 Vs SARB033

So which one is better – the SARB035 or the SARB033? The match up between these two “twins” cannot be avoided. This is a very common questions among watch lovers and the comparison that I have written below is my personal view of both watches. If you guys  don’t agree with it, feel free to let me know in the comments section below =)

Both of the watches are basically the same. The internal working mechanism and case construction is totally alike. But it’s apparent the only difference between these two watches are the colors of the dial.

The SARB033 is the one with black dial while SARB035 has a white creamy dial. All others (case, dimensions, hands, markers, movement) are basically the same.

In my opinion, the white dial of SARB035 is dressier while the SARB033 with black dial is more versatile and can be used in more casual places. Not to mention how sharp the SARB033 with black dial looks. It’s just truly amazing and so elegant.

This by no means the SARB035 is inferior though. It is the dressier watch of the two and I really like how the white creamy dial and the stainless steel markers/hands just sort of blend in with the dial. It reminds me of another great dress watch which is the Tissot Visodate.

To sum it up, SARB035 is dressier and will do much better in black tie events and such. But for versatility of use and style, it is the win of SARB033 and its sharp black dial.

What do you guys think about these two watches? Do you agree with me? Let me know what you guys think by commenting below.

 


Above is an excellent side by side video comparison of both watches.

 

 Seiko SARB033 (Black Dial) Seiko SARB035 (White Dial)

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SARY055 – A Cheaper Version Of SARB035

If you like the SARB but feel it’s a bit expensive, you might want to check out the Seiko SARY055 (I’ve written a review of the watch HERE) for less than $300. It also is a dress watch, in fact it’s a truer dress watch than the SARB since it does not have any lume on it.

The dial is also white in color, with sunburst metallic effect on it. Not only that, it also has day date window which gives a great functionality as compared to the SARB035 that only has date window.

 

Seiko SARY055 watch face

Seiko SARY055 – the cheaper version of SARB035

 SEIKO SARY055

The SARY055 and SARB035 also differ in watch size. While the SARB is a more classic size, the SARY055 is more modern at 41 mm which also makes it more casual watch.

So why the difference in price between these two watches?

The answer lies in the 4R36 movement inside the SARY. While it’s a good movement, it’s still not up to the 6R15 in the SARB. It also only 41 hours power reserve compared to the 50 hours in the 6R15.

And of course, the finishing on the SARY055 is not as good as on the SARB035.

 >> For More Info, read my full review of the Seiko SARY055 HERE

 

Conclusion

An absolutely gorgeous watch. That’s my personal view of the Seiko SARB035 and I’m sure many will definitely agree with me. What more can be said of the captivating creamy white, simply stunning dial design. It’s really great to look at, just like the Grand Seiko look that it’s based on.

The case is meticulously fabricated with inter-layering of brushed and polished finished. The dedication to detail for this watch is really outstanding, and put forth again the high quality craftsmanship of the Japanese.

 

 

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Cheers!
Isaac

Gift Ideas For Men – How About A Watch?

Cool Gift Ideas For Men

Looking for cool gift ideas for men? How about a watch? It’s holiday season again and I’m sure most of us are busy preparing the perfect gifts for our loved ones. But if you are still undecided for the perfect gift to your men (be it husband, boyfriend, father or relatives), you might want to consider a watch as your gift.

(Even though I’m writing this during this year’s Christmas season, giving a watch as a gift is a great idea for basically all events: birthday, valentine’s day. Major turning point in life/work such as promotion or graduation are most recommended as a watch is always related to being on time and being professional – the kind of things you would expect from a worker)

 

Why A Watch?

There are lots of gift ideas for men. Depending on your man’s age and interest, lots of gifts can be given. Is he a sports junkie? Then a new pair of training shoes to replace his worn ones will be perfect. A scientist? Then the latest book by Stephen Hawking will make him drool. Someone who loves bikes? A new leather jacket to be worn while he’s riding his bike is a great idea. Fact is there are lots of cool gift ideas for any man. Just think about what he loves or his profession, imagine what sort of things he would like to have and you’ve got a gift that will make him grateful for your ingenuity.

But one thing for sure, most guys would love to have a watch (except your guy is still a kid or a teenager when the concept of keeping up with time does not really exists). Below are the 4 top reasons why I think a watch is a great gift idea for a man.

 

1) Watch Is A Practical Tool

Most men are logical and like useful stuffs. Unlike women, “unnecessary” stuffs like clothes, wallets, etc are not that enticing as a gift to a man. He already has those things, and unless the shirt you give him fit nicely and still within his taste, chances are it won’t be used much. Wallets are also not a good option for a gift as unlike women, men don’t change their wallet everyday. From this, you might realize that ties, handkerchiefs, or that latest Macbook Pro are among the best gifts for a guy as they are useful to him.

The same thing applied to watches. From the last century, watches have been a staple tool for people to tell time, especially for those working adults. Teenagers don’t really have that sense of urgency as adult has. Adults need to conform to time restriction during working (go to work, 1-hour lunch, go back to work) and also deadlines. These needs to keep time in check constantly makes a watch very useful.

Some people have the opinion that since everyone has smartphone which can also tell time, there is no need for a wrist watch. For me this is more to convenience. Just think about it, what you have to do to check time at your smartphone? You have to take it out from your pocket and then open it up. No issue when you are at the comfort of your home but if you are in a fully packed bus/train? Or you are driving? In these situations, a watch is more convenient to tell time – just flip your wrist towards you and read the hands. That’s it. No need to take your smartphone from your pocket, activate the screen etc. That’s real convenience to me, and most guys out there.

 

Seiko FlightMaster Alarm Chronograph SNA411 Review Cool Gift Ideas For MenAbove is the Seiko FlightMaster SNA411 with it’s various scales that can be used for doing lots of calculation just by rotating the bezel. It’s also a chronograph too and comes with 200 m water resistance rating. Nothing can beat this watch as a tool.

 

Another good thing is there are utilitarian tool watches that can do lots of things and still look great. A great example is the Seiko FlightMaster SNA411 that have all the conversion scales I can think of in a watch. Compass, unit conversion and slide rule (which can do lots of stuff from conversion to multiplication to calculating fuel consumption). It also is equipped with a chronograph which can be used as a stop watch.

 

2) A Watch Is Valuable

Unlike a cloth, a man knows a watch is expensive/valuable and we tend to take better care of these things – which also makes it a perfect gift to a man. That’s why we wash and maintain our cars and bikes lol. Having a solid metal watch in our hands feels much more manly as compared to a new cloth. That’s just how it is with men. Women love all those silk fabrics with beautiful colors while men love metallic expensive things like cars, bikes and watches.

 

Hamilton khaki king review Cool Gift Ideas For Men

Hamilton Khaki King, a rugged looking military watch – perfect to be used in casual events.

 

And if you are worried that he already has a watch, don’t fret as most guys can and will like having few watches at their disposal. Having a few watches will give him the freedom to rotate wearing them, just like how great it feels to have few cars in your garage. So, if you want your gift to be cherished and look after by him, get him a car – or if you can’t afford it, a well made watch instead.

 

3) A Cool Fashion Accessory

Believe it or not, a watch is one of the acceptable fashion accessories that a man can have. Women have necklaces, bracelets, rings, handbags, shoes, and beautiful dresses. For a man, the choice is rather limited. Except for basic clothing items, a ring and watch is the only thing that I can think of that passes as an accessory for a man. Which is why the idea of having many watches is slowly becoming a trend. Now guys can swap their watches for the one that is perfect for the event: Tissot Le Locle dress watch for black tie function, Seiko SKX007 diver watch for going scuba diving, Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph for going to watch that F1 race and maybe a Swatch Sistem51 for casual look with that funky colors. In short, watches can be a fashion accessory for a man that also looks cool and a useful tool.

 

Citizen Eco-Drive Perpetual Chronograph AT4010-50E Watch Cool Gift Ideas For MenCitizen Eco-Drive Perpetual Chronograph in above picture. Chronograph subdials are always nice to look at. This one also will automatically reset the time according to your timezone (only works in US and London though) every morning and recharged by solar panel on top of the watch. Looks cool and does not need any maintenance at all.

 

4) Automatic Watches Is A Unique Gift

I’ve written a post comparing automatic/mechanical watches versus quartz watches here in which I stated that automatic watches are more unique due to its hundreds moving parts. Sure, it’s not as accurate as quartz is, but there is something special about the movement that powers it. An automatic watch is a culmination of a hundred year of research and innovation by men in order to create a more reliable watch. When you own an automatic, you will also own the past hundred year of innovation. Same thing why vintage cars are still well loved – people appreciate the beauty and style of yesteryear’s, even though it’s almost obsolete in the face of today’s technology.

Another unique thing about automatic watches is it’s not run by electricity unlike most of the things around us. Smartphones, laptops, TVs, cars, basically everything that we use nowadays are powered by electricity. Automatic watches are very unique in this sense. And it basically will run forever as long as you keep wearing it or manual wind it. Last but not least, automatic watches are the minority right now. Not everyone can appreciate the style and mechanism inside one. In any given room, I’m willing to bet that most of the people inside will wear a quartz or electronic watch while those wearing an automatic will only be a few. This will give a sense of exclusivity to its owner, knowing that the watch you are wearing will not run out of battery at all.

 

Tissot le locle T41.1.423.33 Watch Review Cool Gift Ideas For MenTissot Le Locle, a popular dress watch by Tissot – a brand with over 100 years of experience

 

Conclusion

A watch is a very cool gift idea for a man for any occasion (Christmas, Valentine’s day, birthday, graduation, etc.). It is stylish, can be made a fashion statement by the guy, and will be a very useful tool to him. Nevertheless, it’s the thought that you put into your watch that will make him happy. Don’t give a sporty and rugged biker a slim and pretty dress watch and don’t give a refined matured gentleman a big ass watch. Think about the man that will receive it, what he is like and whether he will like it or not. That way, you are more likely to give him something that he will love for the rest of his life.

 

I hope you like this article and find it useful. Drop your comments or suggestions down below. I love to hear what you guys think (I for one will really love getting a brand new watch for Christmas). If you are finding a suitable watch as a gift, read my top reviewed watches at the sidebar to the right. Till next time.

Cheers!
Isaac.

Orient Symphony Automatic Watch Review

Orient Symphony Automatic Watch Review

 

Orient Symphony is another classy dress watch by the Japanese brand, and this review is dedicated for this beautiful timepiece. It’s in the same class as the Bambino, another beautiful dress watch by Orient.

Both are affordable and have the same classical look with the biggest difference in the crystal shape. Let’s get on the Orient Symphony review shall we!

 

Orient Symphony Automatic Watch Review

 

Update: I’ve recently featured the Orient Symphony in my list of the top 10 automatic watches under $200. You guys can check the article HERE.

 

Orient Symphony (ER27007W) Specification

Diameter: 41 mm
Thickness: 12 mm
Lug Width: 22 mm
Case: Stainless steel case (also comes in gunmetal and rose gold PVD case)
Strap: Leather strap with pin buckle

Dial: White dial (also comes in black dial version)
Watch Crystal: Mineral crystal
Hands: Dauphine hands
Markers: Index silver markers

Movement: Orient Caliber 48743 automatic self-wind movement
Movement Features: 21 Jewels. 21600 vibration per hour or 6 beats per second. Non-hacking and non-manual winding.
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Accuracy: +- 15 seconds per day

Water Resistance: 50 m
Other Features: Date function, Exhibition caseback, Push pull crown

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Orient Men's ER27007W Classic Automatic Watch
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Classic Looking Dial

Orient Symphony Automatic Watch Review ER27007W

The Orient Symphony has a nice traditional dress watch look. It has a good proportion due to its almost symmetry dial design. All the elements on the dial are moderately sized with respect to each other.

It has minimal signatures on it, with only the Orient logo, “Automatic” and “Water Resist” signatures on it. They are done in stylishly small italic font, which further give the watch a classical look.

The markers are stainless steel index markers. But what is interesting is the markers are beveled instead of flat, which gives a very nice dimensional look due to it reflecting lights from different angle.

The dauphine hands also has the same beveled design. On top of the markers at the outer edge of the dial are minute markings which is useful to help tell and set time accurately.

There is also a date window at the right for some functionality which is very beneficial, especially for those wanting to use this watch to work.

The dial comes in two color variations: black and white. I much prefer the white dial as I like how it harmonize with the silver stainless steel markers and hands.

The black dial on the other hand does not really go well with the hands and markers as they are light reflecting elements.

Moreover, there could be a problem to tell time in low light condition with the black dial if the markers and hands are not painted.

All in all, the dial is nicely done with various elements complimenting each other in harmony. Truly a nice design.

 

Orient Symphony Automatic Watch Review

Slim Stainless Steel Case With Flat Mineral Crystal

The case of this gorgeous watch has an average diameter of 41 mm, with a thin profile of 12 mm. The Orient Symphony also has small short lugs, which will keep the watch short.

The use of short lugs will make sure that most wrists will be able to pull it off perfectly while also keeping the look of the watch compact and elegant.

This is very different that sports watches that have big bulky lugs which will really look more rugged on a men’s wrist.

But for this watch, the design is more to dressy and casual like so pairs of short and slim lugs are the wisest design decision.

It has a mineral watch crystal which is flat. This is the biggest difference of the Symphony and the Bambino, another popular dress watch by Orient.

The Bambino has a very domed mineral crystal, which looks great to look at. There are also some difference in the dial design but the difference in watch crystal form is the most obvious between these two lovely watches.

 

Orient Symphony Automatic Watch Review

As you can see, the profile of the Orient Symphony is this and looks really sleek and stylish

 

The lug width is 22 mm, and is fitted with a leather strap that comes with pin buckle. There are 3 variations of the case finish: stainless steel, gray gunmetal and rose gold colors.

The gray and rose gold case colors are achieved by using Ion Plating technique to “paint” the stainless steel case. The rose gold version comes with a special markers and hands which also have the rose gold finishing on black dial, which to be honest looks great too.

Unlike Seiko, Orient seems to be more willing to fork out more money to produce different variations of a single model. This is a very good thing as not all people have the same taste =)

 

Orient Symphony Automatic Watch Review

Above is the Orient Symphony ER27006B with a black dial and silver stainless steel case – for those that prefer the cool black watch face look

 

Powered by Orient Caliber 48743 Automatic Self-Wind Movement

This watch uses the Cal. 48743 automatic self-wind movement made in house by Orient. The usage of automatic movement means that it basically does not uses any battery like a quartz watch.

Instead our wrist movement will rotate the rotor inside the watch (which can be seen from its open caseback) and then will tighten the mainspring. The mainspring is the source of power for the watch, which will last up to 40 hours in the Symphony.

Inside this movement, there are 21 jewels that act to reduce frictions at various moving parts inside the watch. It’s also moving at 21600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second.

This means the sweeping seconds hand is actually ticking 6 times in one second. It’s without a doubt not as fluid as most Swiss movements that have at least 8 beats per second, but then we will get what we pay for right?

Swiss watches typically will go for more than $400, so for a watch that can be gotten at $200, it’s totally an unfair comparison right?

A big disadvantage with the movement is that it is non-hacking and non-manual winding. These two features are kinda normal for most automatic watches right now (I can’t even think of any Swiss watches that don’t have these functions) so to not have these features are a shame.

Hacking means the seconds hand will stop when you want to set the time – great to get the watch set accurate to the atomic clock.

Manual winding means the mainspring that powers the watch can be tighten by rotating the crown as an alternative of using the watch.

Both have big advantage to the usability of an automatic watch, though I have to say that in my opinion manual winding capability is a much bigger advantage to have (read my post here on why and how to wind an automatic watch for more info).

Overall, the movement is a robust and has been used in many Orient’s for many years without much issues, though I kinda feel Orient should upgrade all of their watches with their newer movement.

 

There Are Variations For Everyone

As mentioned above, Orient has produced at least 4 different variations of the Symphony. There are the black and white dials, that comes with either silver stainless steel, IP gray gunmetal or IP rose gold cases. You can see below pictures on the various variations of this watch.

Clockwise from top right:

1- Orient Symphony Black Dial With Silver Stainless Steel Case (ER27006B) 2- Orient Symphony Black Dial With Gray Gunmetal IP Case (ER27001B)
3- Orient Symphony Black Dial With Rose Gold IP Case (ER27002B)
4- Orient Symphony White Dial With Silver Stainless Steel Case (ER27007W)

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What’s the best place to buy this beautiful watch at the lowest price? The watch typically retails around $230 in Orient’s website but you can get it for a cheaper price on Amazon. Click the links below to check the latest deals on Amazon.

 

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Orient Men's ER27007W Classic Automatic Watch
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End Thoughts

Orient Symphony is a beautiful classic looking watch with gorgeous dial and case design. It’s dial is very balanced, and all the elements are in harmony – befitting its Symphony name.

The stainless steel case has a thin profile and comes in 3 colors (silver stainless steel, gray and rose gold). The Caliber 48743 automatic in-house movement by Orient is a robust and workhorse movement.

All in all, this is a watch for those looking for a more affordable automatic dress watch that does not look cheap at all.  For a great value for money watch, this Orient Symphony is the one to have!

 

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I hope you guys enjoyed this Orient Symphony review. Feel free to drop your comments or questions that you have for the watch. Till next time.

Cheers!
Isaac.

 

Tissot Automatics III Watch Review

This post will be dedicated to review the Tissot Automatics III, a dress watch with simple watch face design by the famous Swiss watch brand Tissot. I’ve always love simple dial designs as I feel it does not scream for attention and more elegant to look at. I believe busy dials are more suitable for casual and sporty watches while dress watches are much better with simpler but sharp dials. Let’s take a look at this watch here shall we.

Tissot Automatics III Watch Review

Tissot Automatics III Specification

Diameter: 40 mm
Thickness: 10 mm
Lug Width: 19 mm
Case: Stainless steel
Strap: Brown leather strap or stainless steel bracelet

Dial: White dial with circular texture at center
Watch Crystal: Scratch resistant Sapphire crystal
Markers: Index markers
Hands: Index hands with lume

Movement: Swiss ETA Caliber 2836-2 automatic self-wind movement
Movement Features: 25 Jewels, 28800 Vibrations per hour (8 beats per second), Hacking feature, Manual Winding
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Accuracy: +- 15 seconds per day

Water Resistance: 30 m or 100 feet
Other Features: Date display, Day display, Exhibition caseback

Best Place To Buy: Amazon at $380. MSRP for this watch is $595 from Tissot dealers

Tissot Automatics III Watch Review

Simple White Dial With Circular Texture At The Center

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the dial is very simple. It’s white in color with stainless steel silver hands and markers. But Tissot knows their stuffs and put a circular pattern at the center, giving the dial a nice look to it. It’s hard not to relate this to the Le Locle, another dress watch from Tissot but instead of circular pattern, they put a guilloche circle at the center. While the guilloche design on the Le Locle looks more unique and eye-catching with the its reflections, the circular pattern in this watch is less captivating but still looks good, unique and different than anything on the market right now. It gives the dial some character and depth to it which is really nice to look at.

The markers are index markers with long polished stainless steel bars that looks absolutely stunning. Minute markings are located at the outer edge of the dial. No lume is on the markers though a little bit of lume is applied on the stainless steel hands. Don’t expect the lume to hold up for long though as it’s applied on a very small area. It’s much better if Tissot don’t put any lume in my opinion. It’s a dress watch and people won’t expect any lume on it. I would prefer if they put a nice beveled stainless steel hands instead. It will surely look gorgeous on the dial =)

Minimal signatures are on the dial here – good thing as I would hate if many things are on the dial to block that circular pattern at the center. The watch crystal is made of sapphire crystal, as typical of most Swiss watches. I’ve written an article about various crystals here and sapphire is definitely the best for a hassle free watch. Use the watch carefully and you won’t get any scratch on the glass for its whole life. At the right are the day and date display which are very very convenient to have, especially for a work watch. I could not emphasized more on how convenient to have these while working. No more taking out our smartphones to check the date. A glimpse at our watch is what’s needed.

One thing that I don’t like about the watch is the usage of the “T” at the tail of seconds hand. This is something like a trademark of sorts for Tissot. I think all of their watch (please correct me if I’m wrong here) have this. In my opinion, the “T” does not blend in the whole design of the minimalist Automatics III dial. You’ve got a long index markers and long slim hands and suddenly there is this “T” at the seconds hand. It just break the whole theme of dress dial design as the “T” is kinda sporty. Tissot should rethink using this element for their dress watch models in future. Overall, the dial is very beautiful to look at, thanks to the stainless steel markers and circular pattern at the center.

Tissot Automatics III Watch Review

Solid Stainless Steel Case

As with any Swiss watch, the case of the Automatics III does not disappoint. Being a 40 mm diameter and 10 mm thick watch, it really looks elegant as a dress watch. The stainless steel case is a combination of brushed and polished surfaces. It has short and small lugs – nicely designed to shift all attention to the watch face. The lugs are also curving down to give a smooth transition of the strap to avoid any peculiar gap underneath it.

Look from sides of the Automatics III. You can see how the case is not as simple as it looks

 

The sides of the watch is quite unique and not as simple as it looks. It has a straight profile, but slopes towards the center at the top and bottom of the watch, creating a nice profile if looking from sides. Even the crown guard is uniquely designed, with Tissot’s “T” logo on the crown head. The lug width is 19 mm and comes with either a brown leather strap or stainless steel bracelet. I would totally recommend for anyone wanting to buy this watch to get the bracelet version as the bracelet is just out of ordinary. It has textured intermediate links that’s simply gorgeous. It makes perfect sense to buy the bracelet version and then buy an aftermarket leather strap if you want it. That way you can always change it later on if you feel like it.

At the back is an open caseback that shows the ETA 2836-2 movement. It’s always a pleasure to be able to look at the movements of our automatic watches. There is a special feeling when you see the rotor moves with your slightest movement, or the back and forth movement of the balance wheel that seems to entertain me. It makes me able to appreciate what’s happening inside these little timepieces.

All in all, this watch is built with solid craftsmanship and superb attention to detail. It’s these attention to details that makes the watch a pleasure to wear and look at.

There are two variations for the band: Stainless steel bracelet and the leather strap. In my opinion, the bracelet is more worthwhile to get as it looks more exotic than normal watch bracelet and will last longer than any leather straps. Plus, it will cost a bomb to get one of these Tissot original bracelet if you are looking to buy it afterwards.

 

Swiss ETA Caliber 2836-2 Automatic Self-Wind Movement

Inside the Automatics III is the ETA 2836-2 automatic self-wind movement, which is very popular among low to middle range Swiss watches with day and date function. This movement is modified from the ETA 2824-2 (another very popular movement too. Used in the Tissot Le Locle and Hamilton Jazzmaster, among others) by adding day wheel. This movement is automatic (can self-wind by wrist movement) and can be manual wind – a very beneficial feature to have in order to keep the watch running. The low 38 hours power reserve is definitely not enough to keep it running through weekend, so a good 20 or 30 rotations on the crown will ensure it’s running, and you can just pick it up on Monday’s morning without having to tinker to adjust the time and date. I’ve always recommend manual winding feature for the huge convenience benefit. (Read this post on how to manual wind your watch)

Apart from that, this movement also has 25 jewels in them, and runs at 8 beats per second for that smooth sweeping seconds hand. It also has hacking feature which means it will stop the time completely (including the seconds hand) when you want to adjust the time. Some older (and cheaper) movements cannot do this though. This gives the advantage of being able to set the watch accurately, down to the seconds. If you are obsessed with keeping your watch to follow the atomic clock, then this is the feature that you must get for your automatics watch. But if you are like me that don’t really care about a few seconds fast or slow on his watch, then you don’t need this function =P.

 

An awesome video review of the watch (featuring the stainless steel bracelet version). Notice how unique and mesmerizing the circular pattern on the dial is. And that intermediate links of the bracelet.. What unbelievable detail on a watch

 

Conclusion

Tissot Automatics III is another dress watch the Swiss brand, alongside it’s Le Locle and Visodate models. It has a very beautiful dial thanks to the harmonious white dial, circular pattern at the center and the silver stainless steel markers and hands. Not only that, the case is perfectly crafted, and made of curves and slopes that looks unique and pretty. Inside it is the Swiss ETA Cal. 2836-2 which is a workhorse movement of the Swiss world.

 

I hope you guys like this Tissot Automatics III review. I’ve tried to lay out every single detail but if there is anything amiss or you guys just want to ask questions about this watch, feel free to drop your comments below. Till next time then.

Cheers!
Isaac.

 

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Tissot Automatics III Price

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Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic (H32515555) Automatic Watch Review

Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Automatic Watch Review

 

In this review, I’m going to look in depth at a very beautiful dress watch, the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic. There are several models of this line of watch from Hamilton so I’ve selected the H32515555 which is one of the most good looking of them all. It looks very smart, sleek and sharp as a dress watch with guilloche dial design at the center. Now, let’s get on to the Hamilton Jazzmaster review shall we.

 

Hamilton Jazzmaster Review

 

Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic (H32515555) Specification

Diameter: 40 mm
Thickness: 11 mm
Lug Width: 20 mm
Case: Stainless steel case
Strap: Brown leather strap

Dial: Silver guilloche dial
Dial Window: Sapphire crystal
Markers: Index and numeral markers
Hands: Stick hands with lume

Movement: Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic self-wind movement
Movement Features: 25 Jewels, 28800 vibrations per hour or 8 beats per second, hacking, manual winding
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Accuracy: +-15 seconds per day

Water Resistance: 50 m / 165 feet / 5 bar
Other Features: Date display, Exhibition caseback, Lume on hands

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Slim And Sharp Stainless Steel Case

One look at the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic and you know that this is a very smart and sharp dress watch. And it is built that way too. The diameter is just 40 mm, quite small by today’s standard, and measures 11 mm thick. This make the watch small and look very dressy.

It’s obviously will fit with most people’s wrist, except if you are a very big guy of course. I like the slim profile as it will slip effortlessly underneath shirt sleeves and won’t get stuck like other bulky watches.

The lug width is a typical 20 mm, and sports a dark brown leather strap. One unusual thing that I notice is the leather strap is using pin buckle, instead of butterfly clasp usually found in Swiss made watches. I would prefer butterfly clasp as it is more friendly to the strap and won’t damage it as much as the pin buckle will.

The stainless steel casing is highly polished and features slim lugs, which is very suitable for the small, sharp and dressy theme of the watch. There is a layer textured design at the sides of the watch, which will not make it look too boring. On the back is the open caseback (which is where the “Viewmatic” name comes in.

You can “view” the “automatic” movement) where you can see the ETA 2824-2 automatic self-wind movement ticking away. On “flaw” that I can complain is the very low water resistant – only 50 m or 165 feet.

This is quite a low water resistance rating, even for a dress watch. Because of this, don’t try and get the watch close to wet area (rain, sauna, etc) as moisture could get inside it.

 

Hamilton Jazzmaster Review - Open Caseback

At the back of the Hamilton Jazzmaster is the open caseback to show the ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. This open caseback is what “Viewmatic” means, you can view the movement and be amazed at this mechanical marvel.

Beautiful Guilloche Dial

Apart from the slim casing, the sleekness of this Jazzmaster Viewmatic is contributed by its beautiful guilloche dial. The dial is white in color, with an inner circle of guilloche textured at the center.

The white dial is complemented by the silver hands and markers which make the whole dial design looks fabulous without any contrasting elements.

The hands are sharp slim hands with little bit of lume on top. The markers are combination of index markers and numeral markers at 6,9 and 12 o’clock (or better known as explorer style markers).

I really love how the markers and hands look so sharp with those clean edges. It really gives a modern look to an otherwise simple and clean dial. The font of the numeral markers are also a bit different than other watches too, a detail that I kinda like.

For added functionality, Hamilton added a date display box at the right of the dial. The date display is surrounded by a not so symmetry box frame, which is another design element that I absolutely adored. At the outer edge of the dial are minute markings to help telling time with greater precision.

There are no bezel for this watch, leaving us with lots of dial space for our viewing pleasure =). I really love how simple, clean and sophisticated the dial looks.

The sharp silver stainless steel elements really makes the watch look modern. And not to mention the gorgeous guilloche at the center. A very beautiful watch indeed!

 

Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic On Hand

 

ETA 2824-2 Automatic Self-Wind Movement

Inside the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic is the venerable ETA 2824-2 automatic self wind movement. For those familiar with Swiss made watches, you might have heard about this movement. It is one of ETA’s most popular automatic movement and used in many low to middle range of watches, normally in the Swatch group brands.

The thing is Hamilton and ETA are both subsidiary of Swatch, so it is no surprise here. This movement also is featured in many watches that I’ve reviewed such as Certina DS Podium, VSA Alliance Mechanical and Tissot Le Locle.

This movement uses 25 jewels and has 28800 vibrations per hour, or 8 beats per second. This gives it a smoother sweeping seconds hand action as compared to most low-middle range Japanese watches from Seiko or Citizen.

The movement can be hacked and manual wind. It also has an accuracy of +-15 seconds per day, though most owners report that their watches will run more accurate than that.

A great thing about the 2824-2 movement is how robust it is without much problems to the owners. It comes as no surprise as the movement has been around for about 3 decades and ETA/Swatch don’t have any indication of replacing it. This gives testament to how trustworthy it is.

One thing that I would consider ETA/Swatch to improve is the low power reserve which is about 38 hours. They should really consider giving it at least 50 hours power reserve to keep up with the Japanese. Other than that, this is a great movement that will lasts for a long time.

 

Above is an unboxing video review of the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic automatic watch. Notice how sleek and gorgeous it looks on hand!

 

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Conclusion

Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic is one of the brand’s good stuff that most people aren’t aware of. It has a beautiful guilloche dial, encased in a gorgeous sleek stainless steel casing which make it one of the best dress watch I’ve ever seen.

For those wanting a smart dress watch, want it to have that “Made In Swiss” tag without breaking your bank, then this gorgeous timepiece is for you.

 

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I hope you guys enjoyed this Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic review. Feel free to drop any comments or even experience owning this watch. Really look forward to hearing from you guys. Till next time.

Cheers!
Isaac