Seiko SARY055 Review – An Affordable Dress Watch

Seiko SARY055 Review white dial

 

Hi and welcome to my Seiko SARY055 review. This is another great value for money automatic watch by the Japanese brand.

Known as SRP527 in international market, this JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) beauty is quite a nice watch to look at.

 

Seiko SARY055 review front

 

SARY055 And SRP527 – One Watch Two Names

This watch official name is Seiko SARY055, positioned under the Presage line up (the gorgeous looking Seiko SARX015 is also under this series).

The Presage is a very weird line up as it seems to cover many mid-range watches from $200 to $2000. Internationally, the SARY055 is known as SRP527. So if you find this watch at your local Seiko store, you should be able to tell that it’s the same thing.

Why is the name change and what is the difference? Frankly speaking I don’t know why Seiko would do that.

Perhaps the SRP527 is made in South East Asian factories. This is only my hunch though, I’ve yet to see anyone confirming this.

If you know the real reason, do let me know by putting your comments down below =)

 

Seiko SARY055 front

Notice the Japanese (or Kanji) language on the day window of this SARY055 and can always be swap with English. For the international version (SRP527), the day window has English and French languages instead

 

The only aesthetic difference between these two is at the day window whereby the JDM SARY055has dual language day (English and Japanese).

The international SRP527 version has an English + French day window. Everything else is the same between these two.

 

A Cheaper SARB035?

When I first laid my eyes on the Seiko SARY055, I thought it had the wrong name as the watch really looks like the Seiko SARB035, another great Seiko dress watch with white creamy dial.

But looking in detail, it’s apparent that this SARY055 is a different watch, though very similar in style to the SARB035.

It’s same with the use of white creamy dial, but the most telling difference is the blue hands and day date window on the SARY055.

The SARB035 on the other hand has big dauphine hands (with a lil bit of lume applied on the center) and only date window.

 

Seiko SARB035

Seiko SARB035 – The watch that looks very much like the SARY055

 

The next big difference would be the use of 4R36 movement in this SARY055 as compared to the higher grade movement 6R15 in the SARB035.

I strongly think this difference in movement is the reason why the SARB035 has a higher price tag (at $350) compared to the cheaper SARY055 (at $280).

So for those that love the look of the white dress watch of SARB035 but don’t want to fork out $350 on it, the SARY055 is a pretty good alternative if you are okay with the lower specification movement.

Anyway, we will get back on the detail comparison between these two gorgeous dress watches (skip down to the lower half of this review for that).

Before that, let’s have a look at Seiko SARY055 review shall we.

 

Seiko SARY055 Watch Specification

Diameter: 41 mm
Thickness: 12 mm
Lug Width: 22 mm
Lug To Lug Distance: 49 mm
Case: Stainless steel with exhibition caseback
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet

Dial: White sunburst dial
Watch Crystal: Sapphire crystal
Hands: Dauphine blue hands
Markers: Index markers

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
Power Reserve: 41 hours

Water Resistance: 100 m
Other Features: Magnetic resistance, day and date window, exhibition caseback
Best Place To Buy: Amazon

White Sunburst Dial

The dial of Seiko SARY055 is a white creamy dial with metallic sunburst effect on it. It’s very clean, very “angelic” looking dial.

It’s just soo good to look at! Not to mention the silver index markers just sort of blend in with the white dial.

The combination of the sunburst dial with the polished case gives a great reflection as the watch catches lights in a beautiful way. It’s truly a good looking dress watch.

 

Seiko SARY055 sides review

 

The hands are dark blue in color. They are reflecting lights, in which most of the time they will appear to be blacks (as in most of the photos here) but at some lighting angles, you can see that they are actually dark blue.

By using a dark blue hands, there is no question at all about the visibility of this watch. It’s totally legible as the dark hands greatly contrasts with the white dial.

 

No Lume On The Dial – A True Dress Watch

On thing that might have different reactions from Seiko fans is there is no lume on this watch. Seiko definitely wants to keep the SARY055 as a true dress watch without any lume on it.

For a start, it definitely give the watch a cleaner and elegant look. The hands are full with the dark blue colors without any white lume on it.

The markers are also free of lume which gives a better aesthetic to the watch in my opinion.

 

Seiko SARY055 Review white dial

 

But without lume, the watch is hardly any use even at minor low light condition such as any electrical trip at your office, watching movies at cinema etc.

This reduces the watch functionality to some degree, though if you always carry a smartphone with your body at all times (which I’m sure you are.. who doesn’t??) it’s not a big deal at all.

Still, some people loves their lumes (including me). Lumes are great, but not strictly necessary for a dress watch like this SARY055.

But if anyone is thinking to have a piece of that brilliant Seiko’s LumiBrite, you might want to look elsewhere (I’d suggest start by some diver’s watches such as the SRP777 Turtle or the Seiko Monster).

 

Day Date Window And High Degree Of Details

Another aspect of the Seiko SARY055 that I like is the presence of day date window at the right hand side of the watch. I can’t say how much functional a watch with day date windows is.

It’s truly make the watch more useful than just telling time, especially to someone with a normal 8-5 jobs like me.

Having a watch with this function reduces my need to have to look at my smartphone just to know what day or date today is.

Not sure about you guys, but I think my ability to remember a date is very poor as I grow up lol! Some study shows that our brain is constantly degrading the moment we hit puberty – so that might be the case here =p

 

Seiko SARY055 review side

 

The amount of detail put on the dial is typical of Seikos at this price point. In addition to the raised index markers, the Seiko sign at the center is also raised and not just painted on top of the dial.

Same case with the day date window. The minute markings at the outer edge of the dial are meticulously put and look very beautiful.

Average Size Watch With 41 mm Diameter

The Seiko SARY055 has a diameter of 41 mm, kinda the sweet spot between the bigger 44-45 mm and small 37-38 mm. Due to this, it appeals to lots of people since most wrists can fit comfortable with it.

With the bigger 44-45 mm diameter watches, you will need at least a 5 inch wrist to pull it off. On the other hand, I think a smaller wrist would do just fine with the SARY055.

It also has a 12 mm thickness and 49 mm lug to lug width. The case is finished with a combination of brushed and polished.

Looking in detail on it, the case design is reminiscence of Seiko’s signature case design with edges and curves around the sides and lugs.

The combo of brushed and polished is well executed in between the surfaces. The Japanese brand really have a knack for case construction.

The case is also anti-magnetic, a very useful thing to have. Magnetization of automatic watch is a very common problem and you might not even realize it until the watch starts to run very slow or fast, way outside its usual accuracy range.

Thus, to have this feature is a very good thing. Even though the watch has anti-magnetic protection, we still have to be careful to make sure it’s not accidentally magnetized by a very strong magnet.

Sapphire Crystal For Scratch Free Glass

As an added bonus, Seiko put a sapphire crystal on top of the SARY055, something that has just increased the value for money of this $280 watch. Sapphire in my opinion is the best material for watch crystals (or the glass on top of it).

It is scratch resistant to most material on earth, and will stay pristine for years to come. It’s not uncommon for a watch with sapphire crystal to look brand new even after more than 10 years of use.

 

(You guys can read my article on types of watch crystals (click HERE) for more information about the watch crystals)

 

Truthfully, I was very shocked to know that this watch has sapphire crystal on it. Seiko has always been stingy on this sort of things and only put sapphire on their more expensive watches.

Cheaper watches will get their Hardlex crystal, which is basically a toughened mineral crystal. It’s great for impact resistance but not so good in scratch resistance.

At this price, I think this might be the cheapest Seiko automatic watch with sapphire cyrstal that I’ve known.

(Though I can be wrong, as I’ve been in so many occasions. Do let me know if you find a cheaper Seiko with sapphire crystal on it!)

 

Curved Lugs For Perfect Fit

Another thing that might have been borrowed from the SARB035 is the curved lugs on this SARY055.

I’ve written about how Seiko loves to make curved lugs on their watches before, and am pleased to see this watch also got it.

As you can notice, the lugs of the SARY055 is extending downwards from the body profoundly. The result is a good hug on the wrist.

This reduces any gaps between the lug and the wrist, giving a better fit to the wearer. It’s definitely something that is very comfortable to be worn!

 

Seiko SARY055 Side Curved Lugs

You can see for yourselves how the lugs of the SARY055 curved down beautifully from its case

 

The watch also has a 100 m water resistance for some peace of mind. There is no screw down crown though, so I will be wary to get this watch close to water.

But then, who would swim or dive with a dress watch? In this regard, the decision to not have a screw down crown is spot on.

 

22 mm Lug Width

One weird thing that I found the Seiko SARY055 has is the 22 mm lug width. With a small 41 mm diameter, to have a 22 mm lug width is very unusual.

The bracelet will look bigger than the watch as a result of this, and break the proportion that it has.

 

Seiko SARY055 hands on

It looks a bit weird to use a 22 mm bracelet on a 41 mm diameter watch. I honestly think the major flaw with the gorgeous SARY055

 

Honestly, I believe Seiko can do a better job in this aspect. The 22 mm bracelet just looks much bigger overbearing the watch, and it’s not a pleasing sight at all.

Again, I might be wrong, but I feel that a 20 mm lug width will look so much better on the watch. Let me know if you guys think otherwise on this =)

On the back of the watch is an exhibition caseback to show the 4R36 automatic self winding movement (more information on the movement at the next section).

Considering the SARY055 cheap price (for $280, it’s still can be considered “cheap” among automatic watches out there), there is not much to expect.

 

Seiko SARY055 exhibition caseback

The caseback of the Seiko SARY055 is not decorated, save for a gold plated rotor

 

So, don’t expect any pretty flashy jewels on the exhibition caseback lol. But Seiko did put a gold plated rotor just to liven things up.

Nothing fancy of course (typical of Seiko). Just some signatures on it here and there but this effort is definitely something good and managed to make upgrade the typical dull silvery movement into something bearable.

Seiko’s 4R36 Automatic Movement

Running the watch inside the Seiko SARY055 is the 4R36 automatic self winding movement. As some of you might aware, this is the exact movement found in many Seiko watches at this price range.

Two examples of such watches are the Seiko SRP777 “Turtle” and Seiko Monster, both are diver’s watch.

What does this means? It basically means for the sake of simplicity, Seiko designed and produced a typical movement (this 4R36) to be used for all of its watches in the $200-$300 range.

They have to design it so that it can even be used for their diver’s watches, watches with the most extreme use. And that is the movement found in this SARY055.

What better assurance than to know the movement in your dress watch is the exact same as inside those diver’s watches?

The 4R36 is a 24 jewels movement and beats at 6 times per second. It’s also hacking and can be manual wind, the basic features in today’s automatic watches.

 

Seiko SARY055 Vs SARB035

Now, let’s breakdown in detail the comparison between these two very similar watches: SARY055 vs SARB035.

 

On the left is the Seiko SARB035 side by side with the SARY055 on the right

 

1 – Dial Design:

Both watches have the same white creamy dial color. The index markers are a bit different with SARB035 has a more rectangle index markers.

It also has lumes on it (on the hands and tip of the index markers). Its hands also is bezeled, creating a very nice 3-D effect look.

There is also no gap between the index markers and outer minute markings on the SARB035. The gap is prominent on the SARY055 and frankly speaking, it makes the watch looks a bit odd with those gaps.

Another big difference is the day date window on SARY055 compared to the date window on the SARB035.

Both have similar dial design but SARY055 has day date window which is very functional. On the other hand, SARB035 has lumes on it, which also makes it functional.

 

2 – Case:

SARY055 has a bigger case (41 mm diameter and 49 mm lug to lug distance) as compared to the SARB035 (with 38 mm diameter and 45 mm lug to lug distance).

In my opinion, this is the deciding factor between these two watches.

While the SARB035 is more elegant and refined with its smaller case (and smaller 20 mm lug width),

The SARY055 is bigger and definitely has more sporty/casual look to it. It’s still an elegant piece, but it’s less dressy if we are comparing these two watches.

And not to mention the SARB035 might look weird on big wrists. This is something that you guys need to consider too.

As much as it’s not very pleasing to look an over-sized watch on small scrawny wrist, it’s also not great to wear a watch that’s too small for your big manly wrist.

Just like a suit, perfect fit is a must and that is the key to great style.

 

3 – Movement:

Last but not least, let’s compare the movements inside these two watches. The SARY055 has 4R36 movement while the SARB035 has the 6R15, which is the better movement of the two.

The 4R36 is actually derived from the 6R15. While the latter has SPRON510 mainspring that gives a good 50 hours power reserve, Seiko uses a normal mainspring in the 4R36 (presumably to cut costs). But it still managed some 41 hours.

Not to mention 6R15 is by far the most accurate of the two. Most owners will report its accuracy to be within +-5 seconds which is very good.

The 4R36 is a bit of hit and miss though. Some people get a great accuracy but some (including me) managed a much less desired accuracy at more than 20 seconds per day.

 

Verdict:

The SARY055 and SARB035 are both similarly styled watches but the smaller size of SARB035 makes it more elegant and dressier as compared to the SARY055 which is more casual looking.

On the other hand, due to this the SARY055 is more versatile and can fit with most sizes of wrists.

Functionality wise, the SARB035 has lumes on it (good for sudden electricity breakdown) while the day date window on SARY055 is very useful to be used to work.

Most of the cost difference between the two watches (SARB035 is about ~$70+ or so more expensive) comes from the better 6R15 movement inside the SARB. It has 50 hours power reserve and much better accuracy.

If you guys want a great automatic movement, get the SARB. But if you are okay with only 41 hours power reserve and lesser accuracy, then this SARY055 is it.

 

Who Is This Watch For?

The Seiko SARY055 is definitely for those that want a good dress watch for everyday use. It’s very handsome with sunburst dial and very functional with the day date window. With an affordable price, it’s a good value for money too.

 

Who Should Not Get It?

Somebody that is looking for a more casual and sporty timepiece should definitely look elsewhere as this is not the watch for that. While the 4R36 is a robust movement, it’s not well known for its accuracy.

Thus if you want the best accuracy in your automatic watches, I’d suggest to check out the SARB035 or other Seikos with 6R15 movement.

 

Watch the video above for a closer look at the Seiko SARY055

 

Pros and Cons

Let’s see what are the pros and cons of the SARY055. A bit disclaimer here: these pros and cons are my own personal view of the watch.

If you guys disagree with some of it, leave a comment down below so that we can discuss it further =)

Pros:

  1. Beautiful dress watch design with white sunburst dial
  2. Good average size of 41 mm diameter watch fit for all wrist sizes
  3. Curved lug design to hug the wrist for comfortable usage
  4. Day date window is very useful especially for normal office workers
  5. Use of sapphire crystal that is highly scratch resistant

Cons:

  1. 22 mm lug width is too big and not proportionate to the 41 mm diameter case

 

Seiko SARY055 white dial

 

Like The Seiko SARY055? Buy It Cheapest On Amazon!

Love the dressy look of this Seiko SARY055 and want it for yourselves or as a present to someone? You can always try your local Seiko dealers but make sure to ask for SRP527 instead for around $350.

They are both the same watch but the SARY055 is for JDM only. Alternatively, you can also get it cheapest on Amazon at lesser than the MSRP price! Click the link below to check out Seiko SARY055 on Amazon!

 

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Final Thoughts

Seiko SARY055 is without a doubt a great looking watch. It’s white sunburst dial is mesmerizing, so as its dark blue hands.

Not only that, it also has sapphire crystal making it a great value for money. With its day date window, this is a perfect watch for daily wear.

 

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Bulova Moon Watch Review (96B251) – The Watch Worn On Moon

Bulova Moon Watch Review Front

The Second Watch To Be Worn On The Moon – A Bulova Moon Watch Review

Hi there! Welcome to my article on Bulova Moon Watch review. Everyone knows about the Omega Speedmaster as the watch that was worn by US astronauts on the moon.

But nobody really knows that there is another watch that has the same credential. Yes, that’s right, this Bulova Moon Watch is the only other watch to ever be worn on moon.

Before we go into the watch’s review, let’s delve deeper into the space and Bulova Moon Watch history. You can skip this part to go directly to the moon watch review at the middle of this page.

 

Apollo 15 Moon

Apollo 15 – the first lunar rover (aka space car) expedition when Commander David Scott wore his Bulova Moon Watch

 

Watches And Space Age

Around the 1960s to 1970s at the height of the space race, a question was asked: what is the watch that will be used by astronauts in space? Astronauts need watches to tell time, and it’s very important during flight.

A chronograph is definitely needed for its stopwatch function. This was a very interesting issue as the watch needs to pass high technical specifications.

For a start, any watch to be used in space need to be able to withstand cycles of high and low temperature throughout the entire flight (space travel is akin to flight, albeit a very dangerous one).

It also need to have great impact resistance and pressure resistance while able to handle the g-force while ascending and descending from space.

 

Vintage Omega Speedmaster

A vintage Omega Speedmaster issued officially by NASA to be used by all astronauts

 

Many companies submitted their watches for testing by NASA, but in the end, only the Omega Speedmaster was selected. It became a standard government issued item to all astronauts from then on.

On 1965, the Speedmaster smelled space for the first time. It was strapped (it was literally strapped around the bulky spacesuit) on the wrist of Edward White, the first American to spacewalk.

 

Edward White wearing omega speedmaster spacewalk

Edward White, the first american to space walk wearing an Omega Speedmaster strapped on his left wrist (the red circle area)

 

Omega Speedmaster And Buzz Aldrin

In 1969, mankind made history by having the first man to walk on moon during the Apollo 11 mission (Jul 1969). Apollo was the space program launched by the US to put a man on the moon and return him safely to earth.

A little know fact is that Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on moon, didn’t wear his Speedmaster during his famous walk on moon. Neil voluntarily left it in their cabin to replace a malfunction clock.

But Omega was lucky that Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on moon, was wearing his Speedmaster at that time.

 

Buzz Aldrin Omega Speedmaster Moon

Buzz Aldrin with his Omega Speedmaster

 

Omega Speedmasters were used for all the subsequent moon landings by the Apollo program. It greatly improved Omega’s image as a watchmaker that created a very tough watch that can even be worn on moon. And helped by its stylish sporty look, the speedmaster quickly become a very popular watch.

 

“That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Neil Armstrong, July 21, 1969

 

Bulova Moon Watch Worn By David Scott In Apollo 15

So where does Bulova came in all this? Well, apparently the Bulova Moon Watch (known at that time as Accutron Chronograph) was brought into space as back-up to the standard issue Speedmaster by David Scott, commander of the Apollo 15 in Jul-Aug 1971.

 

David Scott Commander Apollo 15

David Scott – 7th person that walked on moon, the first lunar rover driver, and owner of the original Bulova Moon Watch

 

Apollo 15 was the 9th manned mission of the Apollo program, and the 4th successful landing on moon. The program was also the first time lunar roving machine was used -the first vehicle on moon driven by David Scott.

It was reported that the David Scott, the 7th person that walked on the moon, had to wear his Bulova because his Speedmaster’s watch crystal pop out.

This was quite an issue at that time as the watch was not a standard issue item, and some people have the opinion that David Scott should not have worn it.

Conspiracy theory aside, the fact is Bulova was the only other watch to have been used on moon aside from Omega Speedmaster. This testifies to the quality and craftsmanship that Bulova has.

This new Moon Watch (96B251) is a reissue of the old Moon Watch with some update befitting this modern age.

 

David Scott Bulova Moon Watch

David Scott wearing his Bulova Moon Watch during his moon walk

 

Fun fact: the original Bulova watch worn by David Scott on moon was auctioned for a cool USD $1.6 million! It was a good thing that David wore it during his lunar mission as it’s his personal property compared to Speedmasters which belong to government.

Enough about with our history lesson. Let’s go to the Bulova Moon Watch review shall we.

 

Original Bulova Moon WatchThe actual vintage Bulova watch that was used by David Scott on the moon. It fetched a whopping $1.6 Million for the former astronaut in 2015

 

Bulova Moon Watch Review Front

The new Bulova Moon Watch 96B251

 

Bulova Moon Watch (96B251) Specification

Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 13.5 mm
Lug To Lug Distance: 53 mm
Lug Width: 20 mm
Case: Stainlesss steel
Strap: Leather strap and Nato strap

Dial: Black dial
Watch Crystal: Sapphire crystal
Hands: Bar hands with lume
Markers: Index markers with lume
3 Subdials: 60-minute chrono(left), 1/10th second chrono (right), 60-second running hand (bottom)

Movement: Bulova Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Quartz Chronograph Movement with 262 kHz frequency
Water Resistance: 50 m
Battery: 2-3 years
Other Features: Chronograph, Tachymeter scale, Date window

Where To Buy: Amazon

 

Sporty Chronograph Dial

On the first look, we can notice that this new Bulova Moon Watch 96B251 version greatly resembled its vintage chronograph worn by David Scott, and to some extent the Omega Speedmaster.

Well, its not surprising as NASA had put the requirement that any watches to be considered for its space program has to be a chronograph and has a simple look (not too complicated) so that astronauts can easily tell time.

And that’s the main attraction the dial of this Moon Watch has. It’s a sporty chronograph watch with classical and simple look, very different than the more complex that modern chronos has (such as the Bulova Precisionist).

 

Bulova Moon Watch Review Front

 

Black Watch Face

The whole watch face (or dial) of the Bulova Moon Watch is black in color with white markers and hands. Again, it seems this is the color scheme that NASA prefers since the Speedmaster has the same colors too.

Lume are applied on top of the markers and hands which I believe will only give a mediocre blue colored lume because of its small lume area.

At the outer edge of the dial, there is a chapter ring with tachymeter scale on it. This scale can be used to easily calculate the speed of an object (such as a spaceship for example?) while using the chronograph or stopwatch, provided we know the distance traveled.

(Read my article on chronograph here for more information on this feature.)

One unique thing about the tachymeter scale on the chapter ring is it’s actually not at the same level with the dial. It’s a bit raised up from the dial, giving a nice 3D look with depth to it.

The usage of black color for the watch gives it a very nice sexy and elegant look. Black has always been a safe choice of colors for very good reasons. For one, it never goes out of style. Well, just look at the vintage Bulova Moon Watch and you’ll notice how good it still looks even after all these years.

 

3 Subdials On The Dial

Moving on to the subdials, there are 3 of them on top of the Moon Watch’s dial. There are the 60-minute chronograph subdial (left), 1/10th second chronograph subdial (right) and 60-second running hand (bottom).

 

Bulova Moon Watch Review 96B251

 

The chronograph will be operated by the 2 pushers at the right hand side of the watch. The pushers are very unique to this watch as it’s very different than normal pushers on other chronographs that looks more like a crown knob.

This watch’s pushers looks like a triangle metal lever, which makes them easier to use since it’s bigger than normal pushers.

 

Bulova Moon Watch Chronograph Function

Let’s head over to how does the chronograph function works in this watch. The main seconds hand is the chronograph hand and do not move in normal condition. Instead, the bottom subdials will move continuously marking the running seconds hand.

Pushing the top pusher (at 2 o’clock) will start the stopwatch and Bulova has a surprise in store for us. As soon as the chronograph starts to move, the main seconds hand will start to sweep smoothly – which is a characteristic of Bulova’s special quartz movement. We see the same thing with the Precisionist chronograph too.

At the same time, the right subdial hand will move much faster. It is dedicated to show the 1/10th second time measurement and will sweep beautifully until it stops at the 30 seconds mark to conserve battery.

This addition of a 1/10th second measurement is a nice addition as most chronograph watches only give 1 second accuracy measurement.

Once the time crosses 1 minute, it will show at the left subdial which measures up to 60 minutes. To reset it, simply push the bottom pusher.

This chronograph setup is the major difference between the vintage/old Moon Watch with this latest version. The old one has time measurement up to 12 hours while this version only up to 1 hour.

It does not really make a difference to me as someone who don’t use chronographs often. In fact, I prefer this latest version since it has the cool 1/10th seconds subdial.

But for those that uses their chronograph watches to record long events such as F1 racings, then this could be a deal breaker to them.

 

Watch the video above to see the Bulova Moon Watch 96B251 up close. You can also see how magnificent the sweeping movement of its chronograph hands =)

 

Great Craftsmanship With Satinized Case

Moving on to the case, it seems Bulova did not do anything much to the shape of the watch here. It still has that satinized finish on the stainless steel case, which is very great to look at.

It gives the watch a tool like look. It also kinda make people remember the dusty and powdery surface of the moon, the one thing that make this watch very famous.

It has a unique case with that rounded sides and big lugs that lends some toughness look to it. Another unique element is the raised sapphire crystal on top of the watch which look cool. There are concerns that having a protruded crystal will damage it easily, but by using sapphire, I don’t think that’s much of a concern.

Sapphire is a very hard and scratch resistant material. It’s the best material for watch crystal right now (see this article on different types of watch crystal and it’s pros/cons) and Bulova did the right thing to use it here.

Bulova Moon Watch Case Back Engraving

 

At the back of the watch is a nice engraving showing Bulova’s logo and the details of the Apollo 15 mission. There are the duration of the mission with coordinates and location of where David Scott and co. landed on moon.

It’s definitely a nice little detail by Bulova here which makes the Moon Watch more unique and make it a valuable watch in a collector’s list.

 

Too Big Of A Case?

Another major complain by fans on Bulova Moon Watch is the bigger diameter of 45 mm compared to the original which is about 39 mm (44 mm) (this is just my assumption based on the trend of watch sized at that era. If you know the right diameter, do let me know in the comments below will ya!).

 

Update: Thanks to Guillaume, the original version actually had a 44 mm diameter. Thanks for pointing that out!

 

This seemingly big size for a watch, coupled with a 13.5 mm thickness and 53 mm lug to lug distance does not really goes well with loyalists of the original design as they think its too big.

It might look like that’s the case, but in my opinion, it’s not a big deal at all. The trend now is going towards bigger watches and for me, this is still an acceptable size for a watch and most of diver’s watches nowadays has the same dimensions.

With that 53 mm lug to lug distance, a 2 inch wrist can pull it off comfortably. (Actually, that’s coming from my own experience as my wrist size is 2 inch and my Seiko Sumo is the same size with this watch. It honestly looks totally great on my wrist. Lol!)

 

Bulova Moon Watch Side

 

Of course it will look a bit more refined and classical if it’s slightly smaller, but to have a watch with 45 mm is not a bad idea. It has a tougher look and has huge wrist presence. And not to mention, nobody will fail to not notice the Bulova Moon Watch =)

 

Interchangeable Leather And Nylon Straps

With this 96B251 version, Bulova ships the Moon Watch with a leather strap and an extra Nylon strap.

To have a nylon strap on this is reminiscence of how the astronauts used to strap their watches on their bulky spacesuits. Putting a leather patch on it with the date of mission (2nd Aug 1971) also makes it quite special for collectors.

Bulova Moon Watch 96b251 Box

The leather strap on the other hand is attractive with a cool carbon fiber pattern on top of it. For the convenience of its owners, Bulova provided the pick tool to easily change the strap.

 

Bulova’s Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Quartz Movement

Running the Moon Watch is Bulova’s new Ultra High Frequencey Quartz Movement developed with Citizen. It’s basically the same technology as with the Bulova Curv and Bulova Precisionist models though I’m not quite sure why they don’t continue using the precisionist name.

The main feature of this quartz movement is its very high frequency of 262 kHz, 8 times more than a normal quartz movement. The result is a much higher accuracy with this movement.

Bulova states that the UHF movement will gain or lose about 10 seconds per YEAR while a normal quartz watch will gain or lose that amount of time in a MONTH.

This huge improvement in accuracy puts the watch in the front row of non-atomic watch’s accuracy.

In addition, it’s this movement that gives the chronograph such a beautiful sweeping seconds hand action.

 

Bulova Moon Watch On Hand

 

Who Is The Bulova Moon Watch For?

Those who are amazed by our space exploration especially the lunar landing should definitely get this Bulova Moon Watch. It’s very rich in history, even though this latest version is not exactly space-ready. But to have a reissue of the vintage Bulova Moon Watch that’s been used in moon is just sooo cool.

For those of you that are not really that enthusiastic about space exploration, the Moon Watch might appeal due to its sporty chronograph subdials, but with a touch of simplicity and elegance.

Its perfect balance of sporty and elegance is something that not many watch can attain.

Not to mention, it also has the unique and very accurate UHF quartz movement – there is nothing more satisfying to know that your watch is more accurate than 99.9% of watches out there. And the 1/10th second chronograph subdial is just mesmerizing to say the least.

In short, the Bulova Moon Watch not only has the backing of a rich legacy, but also has the look and technical prowess in it =)

 

Bulova Moon Watch Leather Nylon Straps

 

Who Should Not Get It?

The 45 mm diameter and 53 mm lug to lug distance might be a bit too big for some people. Like I’ve written above, any wrist smaller than 2 inch might want to avoid this watch as it won’t fit well. But for most of the other guys out there, this might be the perfect watch because of its great wrist presence.

 

Bulova Moon Watch Pros And Cons

Pros

  1. A very handsome sports watch with classical look
  2. Simple chronograph watch design giving it an elegant vibe
  3. Huge amount of history of the only other watch to be worn on moon
  4. Very beautiful sweeping seconds hand action
  5. 1/10th of a second time measurement chronograph is unique and useful
  6. An additional nylon strap and pick tool provided with the watch
  7. Super accurate UHF quartz movement by Bulova

Cons

  1. Leather strap is a bit stiff and is not as good as the watch itself

 

Want To Own This Bulova Moon Watch? Buy It From Amazon!

Smitten by the Bulova Moon Watch? You can always get it officially from Bulova for $550 (that’s the MSRP) or get it cheaper from Amazon at much lesser than that. Click the link below to check out the watch on Amazon.

 

->Click Here To Check Out Bulova Moon Watch 96B251 On Amazon<-

 

Final Thoughts

Bulova Moon Watch is filled with history of the space exploration age from 4 decades ago, which makes it a very cool watch to have. Not to mention Bulova also package it to be a collector’s items with the special engraving on its caseback and nylon.

Not just banking on its legacy, the new Moon Watch is a very handsome watch too, with high performance UHF quartz movement with the cool 1/10th second chronograph. With all of this, it’s definitely a great value for money watch.

 

 

I hope you guys enjoy my Bulova Moon Watch review here. If you guys have any questions or comments, don’t be shy to ask.

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Isaac

Seiko SARG009 Review – The Japanese Explorer

Seiko SARG009 Review

The Seiko/Japanese Explorer – A Seiko SARG009 Review

Welcome to the Seiko SARG009 review. In this post, I’m going to cover this Seiko watch dearly called the Japanese Explorer due to its numeral markers and watch design.

Looking at the watch, it’s no wonder why many people will mistook it for being a Rolex Explorer or even a Tudor Ranger. It has that numeral and index marker combination so famously associated with the famed Rolex on top of a deep black dial.

With a not overbearing watch size, the Seiko SARG009 is very much keeping true to the Rolex. One thing for sure, Seiko does not copy Rolex.

Instead of blatantly copying famous watches, Seiko put some effort in order to make the design totally theirs. Looking closely, the Seiko and Rolex/Tudor are similar, but not alike.

Rolex Explorer I

The famous Rolex Explorer I

Some changes can be clearly be seen between them. For instance, the numeral markers on the Seiko SARG009 are at 2,4,6,8,10 and 12 (basically at each even number) while the Rolex Explorer numeral markers are at 3,6 and 9. This is just one of the main difference between these two similar good looking watches.

The end result is a handsome watch that looks as good as the Rolex Explorer, but at a fraction of the latter’s price.

I certainly won’t say the SARG009 can beat the Explorer in terms of fit, finish, movement, and material quality, but at the very least, this Seiko enables fans to own their “Explorer” without taking expensive mortgage =)

Without further ado, let’s go to the Seiko SARG009 review and have a closer look at the watch.

Seiko SARG009 Review

 

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Seiko SARG009 Specification

Diameter: 40 mm
Thickness: 12 mm
Lug Width: 20 mm
Lug To Lug: 47 mm
Case: Stainless steel case
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet

Dial: Black dial
Watch Crystal: Sapphire crystal
Hands: Sword style hands with lume
Markers: Numeral markers with lume

Movement: Seiko Caliber 6R15 Automatic self-wind movement
Movement Features: Seiko In-house movement, 23 Jewels, 21600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second, Hacking, Manual winding
Accuracy: +-25 seconds per day
Power Reserve: 50 hours

Water Resistance: 100 m / 330 feet
Other Features: Date display, Explorer dial, Exhibition caseback

Where To Buy: Check the watch on Amazon for the best price (Click link below)

 

A Simple Yet Elegant Explorer Style Dial

As mentioned above, the dial (or watch face) is styled after the famous Rolex Explorer. As a result, the Seiko SARG009 has that simple yet handsome dial on it.

The watch face is deep black in color, with minimal signatures on it. There’s also a date window at the right for some functionality.

 

Seiko SARG009 review

 

The markers are numerals markers (at each even numbers) and index markers (at each odd numbers except 3). They are over-sized markers which means there is no legibility problem at all.

These big white markers on top of that black dial really stands out and give this watch its signature look.

 

Seiko SARG099 Lume Shot

The lume on the Seiko SARG009 is very satisfying to look at, thanks to the over-sized markers that gives lots of lume real estate

 

Its hands are also made with the same size proportion. The hour and minute hands are sword style shaped with generous lume applied on it. Lumes are also applied on the markers too.

With Seiko’s LumiBrite lume technology, the lume of this watch is not just brilliant, but also unique because of the generous lume on top of the numeral markers.

 

Great Amount Of Details

Another thing that I love about the Seiko SARG009 dial is how much detail is put into it. The “SEIKO” signature at the middle top is not painted but seems to be a piece of stainless steel glued on it. It gives a very nice 3-Dimensionality to it.

Looking closely, you can also notice that at the middle of the watch the 3 hands circular attachment to the stem are stacked nicely on top of each other giving a very nice pyramid look.

 

Seiko SARG009 dial close up

Notice how the “SEIKO” signature is glued on top of the dial instead of painted like what other watches do. The center connection of the hands are designed to make a circular pyramid. These are some of the easter eggs that the SARG009 has =)

 

Overall, the Seiko SARG009 is a handsome and elegant watch. It’s heavily influenced by the Rolex Explorer, but it also has its own personality to it.

Very great as a casual and even a dress watch for sure. The usage of little details on the dial are so easy to miss, yet it shows just how much effort is put by the Japanese on it. Thumbs up to Seiko for this gorgeous watch!

 

Solidly Built 40 mm Stainless Steel Case

The case of the Seiko SARG009 is a nice 40 mm diameter size. Depending on your taste, it can mean that it’s the perfect size for your wrist, or too small for your liking.

It’s indeed a bit smaller than typical 44 mm watches nowadays but that’s the whole point of the design – to make a small and elegant watch.

 

Seiko SARG009 on hand review

The style can be easily changed just by using a different strap. Look how casual the Seiko SARG009 look on a leather Nato strap

 

In addition to that, the stainless steel case has a 12 mm profile which is not too slim nor too thick. Its lug to lug width is 47 mm, with 20 mm lug width that’s coupled with a brushed stainless steel bracelet.

The lugs are small and short. And with the thin bezel, these accentuates the deep black dial making it more prominent on wrist. There’s more dial real eastate on this watch, and with a great dial like this that’s a really good thing to have.

 

Seiko sarb033 lug curve

Instead of the modern and elaborate case design at the sides of the watch (like the Seiko SARB033 above has), the SARG009 opted for a more traditional case design

 

Like most Seikos, the case finishing is a combination of brush and polish. The top of of the bezel and lugs are brushed while the sides are polished.

The sides are normal with little curvature, devoid of any spectacular edge design like what the SARB033 has. While the SARB033 sides and case is more modern, I think this SARG009 is more refined, kinda like what vintage watches had.

 

Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal

A great element that this Seiko SARG009 has is the sapphire crystal on top of it. The slightly domed sapphire is the best choice in terms of scratch resistance and longevity.

Seiko typically put their Hardlex crystal (which is a hardened Mineral crystal) on their mid-level watches so the choice to put sapphire on this one is a great relief.

 

Read this introduction to watch crystal that I’ve written for more info about types of watch crystals and its pros and cons.

 

On the crown is an “S” engraving signalling Seiko, a normal detail on their mid-range watches. The crown is not screw-down type though. Even then, the watch has 100 m water resistant for peace of mind.

On the back of the watch is an exhibition caseback that’s showing the back of the 6R15 automatic movement inside it.

 

Seiko Cal. 6R15 Automatic Self Wind Movement

Running the watch inside the SARG009 is the ubiquitous Caliber 6R15 which is an in-house automatic self-winding movement by Seiko.

This is one of the unique trait of all Seiko watches – the movement engine are develop and manufactured by the company itself, something that not all major watch brands can brag about.

It surely gives a different feeling to wear a watch that you know is built almost completely by the company itself.

Going back to the movement, it has 23 jewels inside it and designed to beat 6 times in a second. Not a high beat movement for sure, but Seiko says this design will greatly reduce the stress on the movement by 25% as compared to the typical 8 beat movements that Swiss watches has.

 

Seiko SARG099 Open Caseback

There is an exhibition caseback at the back of the Seiko SARG009 for its owners to look at the automatic movement

 

The result is longer service life and more robust movement. Well, Seiko is well known to be making workhorse watches that don’t need to be serviced for years. With the 6R15, it surely looks like they are taking that route again.

Inside the 6R15 is also the proprietary SPRON510 mainspring which gives it a great 50 hours power reserve. It’s truly a step up against the ETA 2824-2, the other ubiquitous movement from the Swiss which only has a meager 38 hours.

Accuracy wise, it’s not the most accurate with published gain/lose time of 25 seconds per day. But most owners of the 6R15 movement reports higher real life degree of accuracy of up to +/-4 seconds per day.

 

Some Note About Accuracy Of Automatic Watches

One thing about non-Chronometer watches are that they are not designed to be accurate at all positions of the watch (such as dial up, dial down, vertical, left side up, right side up, etc.) and are usually set to one or two positions only. So the published accuracy rate is the maximum gain/lose time at its worst position.

One way to ensure an automatic watch keeps great time is by keeping notes of how it fare at different positions. There are lots of apps that can help with this (simply search “watch accuracy”).

Test the watch at different positions using the help of the app and you will know what’s the position that gives the best accuracy for the watch. Then, simply use that position a lot (i.e if the dial down is the best, then store your watch dial down etc.). This will make sure the watch is the most accurate most of the time.

Seiko SARG009 review on hand

 

Who Is The Seiko SARG009 For?

So who should get this watch? I think those that want a Rolex Explorer but are held back due to its price tag can get the Seiko SARG009 as a cheaper alternative. It has a great style and character of its own that won’t lose to the Rolex in my opinion.

Even for those that never know what the Explorer is can get this watch solely for its good looks and more classical size. It has a great fit and finish on it that’s just great value for money.

Additionally, it also has a date window and superb lume on those big markers/hands that’s just very functional to have – for example, a well charged Seiko’s lume will glow throughout one movie showing.

 

Who Should Not Get This?

In my opinion, those that prefer bulky watches might not find this Seiko SARG009 to be that attractive. It has a 40 mm diameter which is the smallest size nowadays for men’s watch. Those with very big hands might find the watch to be dwarfed on their wrist, which is just not a good thing to do.

As much as the watch is gorgeously designed, a fitting watch to the wrist size is a more important aspect just like how a designer brand suit won’t look as good if its fit on the body is not correct.

Read more about the things to consider when buying yourselves a wrist watch here.

 

Pros and Cons Of The SARG009

Pros:

  • Elegant and simplistic Explorer design watch with Seiko’s own touch
  • Great visibility due to over-sized markers and hands
  • Substantial lume performance
  • Scratch resistant sapphire crystal
  • Open caseback
  • Huge 50 hours power reserve

Cons:

  • Can be too small for some people’s wrist

 


Watch this video to see the Seiko SARG009 up close

 

Smitten by the SARG009? Where To Buy It?

Feels like the simple and elegant Explorer dial of this Seiko SARG009 is the one you’ve been looking for? Well, you can get it now from Amazon. Amazon usually has the cheapest price of Seiko JDM watches among all other online stores. Click the link below to check it the latest price on Amazon.

->Click Here To Check Seiko SARG009 On Amazon<-

 

Note: Amazon can be a bit confusing sometimes. They list the SARG009 as a Seiko 5 Sports, which I believe is not accurate. Seiko 5 Sports is the cheapest grade of automatic watches by the Japanese brand, as compared to the SARG line which is at mid-level grade.

Cheap, but still full of value. The SNK809 and SNZH53 are some of the models of Seiko 5 with great design and high value for money.

 

Final Thoughts

Seiko SARG009 is a great looking watch for sure. It’s simple, and yet handsome with that contrasting black dial and white hands/markers. It’s similarity to the famed Rolex Explorer is telling, but with touches by Seiko to fully claim the design their own.

With great craftsmanship and detailing both on the dial and the case. In addition, it has a full fledged automatic self-winding movement.

Without a doubt, this is a good value for money watch, just like how the other JDM watches (SARB017, SARB0033, SARB035, SARB065 etc) from Seiko has been.

 

 

 

I hope you guys enjoy this Seiko SARG009 review. Drop your comments and feedback of the watch down below will ya. I really love to hear what you guys think about the SARG009.

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Isaac

Bulova Curv Review (98A162) – The Curved Watch

Bulova Curv Review Side

In this article, I’m going to write about Bulova Curv review, a watch that has made headlines for its drop dead gorgeous look and curved shape. The watch was released early last year (2016) to wide, and it sure did grab lots of attention.

So what’s so special about this Bulova Curv? For a start, it has the “world’s first curved chronograph movement” – that’s taken straight from Bulova’s ads. Well, I don’t really care about the world’s first and all, but what truly matters is this curved watch is something really unique, and best part of all it’s a gorgeous and cool watch.

In this review, I’m going with the 98A162 gray titanium version because it has the coolest look among the Bulova Curved watch lineup. Without any delay, let’s go for the Bulova Curv review.

 

Bulova Curv (98A162) Specification

Diameter: 44 mm
Thickness: 10.1 mm
Case: Gray titanium case
Strap: Black rubber strap

Dial: Gray exhibition dial with rose gold accents
Watch Crystal: Sapphire Crystal
Hands: Skeleton hands
Markers: Index markers
Subdials: 3 Subdials: 60-minute subdial (right), 12-hour subdial (left), 60-second subdial(bottom)

Movement: Bulova Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Quartz Chronograph Movement with 262 kHz frequency
Water Resistance: 30 m
Battery: 2-3 years
Other Features: Exhibition caseback, Curved case, Curved sapphire glass

Best Place To Buy: Amazon at $680, MSRP is $899 from Bulova’s dealers

Bulova Curv Review Side

Bulova Curved Watch Case

Let’s start with the elephant in the room, the curved watch case. It’s truly a remarkable design for sure. Well, there’s not much curved watches in the market right? I’m not sure whether somebody has done this or not, but as far as I know, Bulova’s curved watch is the current watch with this form. Just look at that circular curve! It’s totally outrageous and looks great.

Besides being unique, the curved case also makes wearing it a very comfortable experience. It just hugs your wrist while sitting on it. Many brands have produced watches with a curved lugs to achieve the same thing (such as the Seiko SARB033 and SARB035), but this watch brings it to the next level.

Bulova Curved Watch on hand

The watch has a 44 mm diameter, but it’s very wearable even with small wrists due to the curved form factor. At just 10.1 mm thick, it’s very stylishly thin and looks exquisite.

The case is made of titanium with gray color which blend well with the gray watch face. Made from titanium, it’s also very light and lends to comfort while on wrist. The watch only has 30 m water resistance but I believe that would be enough for most people. It’s not really a sports watch and honestly I don’t think anyone is going swimming wearing that lol.

Bulova Curv Side

Take a loot at the Bulova Curv from the side. It’s truly something unique to have a full curved watch like this

Perhaps the only thing “off” about this watch is the usage of black rubber strap on it. And worse of all the strap cannot be changed out since it’s attached to the case with a special attachment.

I won’t deny it actually looks good with the titanium gray case, but to have a rubber strap for a watch at this price range is just not right and not value for money. A compatible titanium bracelet would have been perfect in my opinion =)

 

Modern And Stylish Watch Face Design

On the dial or watch face of this Bulova Curv is a very stylish gray dial with openings on it to show some of the quartz movement inside it. Due to the opening, the dial looks to have multiple layers on it which gives a nice depth perception.

Bulova Curv Review Dial

There are index markers and skeleton hands on the watch with 3 subdials. The bottom subdial is for 60-second chronograph, right subdial is for 60-minute measurement while the left subdial is for 12-hour measurement. (more explanation on the chronograph function is written a few section below)

A great addition to the watch face design is the gold accents that’s used for the index markers and hands. It’s beautifully done and totally looks great with the gray dial.

 

Curved Sapphire Glass

On top of the watch is a curved sapphire glass which is absolutely great to have. By having a curved watch, there is a higher chance the watch crystal might be bumped with many things. So for Bulova to use a sapphire crystal is definitely on the mark here.

Sapphire is the best among the 3 common watch crystals as it’s super resistant to scratching and have a higher impact resistance than normal mineral crystal.Bulova Curv Review Side

Exhibition Caseback To Show A Quartz Movement?

Another weird design selection by Bulova is to use an exhibition caseback on the Curv. But isn’t exhibition caseback a great thing because it allows people to see the watch’s movement from the back? Well that’s correct for an automatic watch. But for a quartz? I beg to differ.

Looking through the caseback of the watch, I hardly see anything interesting at all. The back of the movement is finished in gold color with many cut out for some solenoids and transistors. Bulova did try to make it more pleasing by some well positioned logo and signatures on the movement’s back but that’s it.

Bulova Curv Open Caseback

I don’t know about you, but having an open caseback to show a quartz movement is not a really good decision to me. Just take a look at that thing.. =P

I’ve read some other reviews that the caseback is interesting and they liked it. For me, it’s interesting too but I’d prefer a titanium caseback with normal engraving on it rather than seeing this. Quartz movement is accurate, but it does not have the same unique characteristic of an automatic watch and this caseback just proved my point.

 

Ultra High Frequency Quartz Chronograph Movement

Inside the Bulova Curv is a high performance quartz chronograph movement, or what Bulova likes to call Ultra High Frequency (UHF) quartz movement. Actually, I think it’s using a similar movement as the Precisionist since it has the same 262 kHz frequency but I’m not sure why Bulova does not use the same movement name in their website and ads.

But regardless, this movement has the cutting edge quartz movement that comes with vibrates at 262 kHz – 8 times faster than a normal quartz. The result? A much more accurate quartz movement.

Consider this: A normal quartz (the cheap Casio that can be had for $10 off Amazon) can gain or lose 15 seconds per month. Bulova’s UHF (and even the Precisionist before it) will only gain or lose that much time in a YEAR. Now that’s a huge improvement.

 

Chronograph Function – No Main Seconds Hand?

Bulova Curv is a bit different than normal watches because it does not have a main seconds hand. It also does not have a running seconds hand – the 60-seconds subdial at the bottom is the chronograph seconds hand.

So in normal usage, there is no running seconds hand which is quite unsettling for me because you never know when the watch might drop dead lol.

To run the chronograph, simply push the top pusher at 2 o’clock. This will move the seconds hand at the bottom subdial to start the stopwatch. Push the top pusher again to pause it. The time will then be shown at the left subdial (hours) and right subdial (minutes). The bottom pusher at 4 o’clock will reset the chronograph to starting position.

Bulova Curved Watch Side

Who Is This Watch For?

Anyone that want to set him/herself apart from the others should get it. The strength of the Bulova Curv watch lies in the curved form factor, which is something that is very rare ,in fact I’ve never seen any curved watch before lol. It’s truly unique, not to mention the dial design is just terrific.

Titanium lends to its lightweight case which is another great reason to own this watch. Coupled with the curved form, it’s very comfortable on wrist – something that will surely gain the watch many fans. And have I mentioned it looks super cool with that gray dial and gold accent?

 

Who Should Not Get This Curved Watch?

Without a doubt, it’s $680 price tag will deter many people from it. It’s very stylish and all, but the fact is this is a normal chronograph quartz watch. Unlike its older brother the Precisionist, it does not have a very smooth seconds hand movement (that doubles as running seconds hand as well as chronograph seconds hand). On top of that, the Precisionist also can measure up to 1/1000th of a second.

From a technical aspect point of view, the Curv is definitely not that high on the scale. For anyone wanting a watch with a great chronograph function, you might want to look elsewhere.

I’ve listed down some of the best chronograph watches I’ve reviewed on this site here for you guys to check it out.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Unique curved watch case
  • Stylish watch face design
  • Titanium case is lightweight and anti-allergic
  • Very high accuracy UHF Quartz movement

Cons:

  • Rubber strap is used instead of higher end material
  • Strap cannot be changed due to special connection design
  • No running seconds hand will make it hard to know if the watch battery is low or dead

 


Watch this video to see the Bulova Curv up close and how its chronograph functions 

Want To Get The Bulova Curv? Buy It From Amazon!

Bulova put a hefty price tag on the Curv at an MSRP of $899 (the other versions with stainless steel cases are cheaper though). Fortunately, there are sellers on Amazon that sells it for just around $680, giving a nice 25% price reduction from the MSRP. Click the link below to get it from Amazon.

->Click Here To Check Out Bulova Curv At Amazon<-

Final Thoughts

Bulova Curv is a very unique looking watch with the curved case. It’s also designed beautifully marrying the gray dial with gold accents. The gray titanium case compliments the watch nicely as well as being very light on the wrist. Stylishly built, this is a watch to get for those that want to try something new and set him/herself apart from the crowd =)

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Orient M-Force Review – (SEL03001B0) An Orient Diver’s Watch

Orient M-Force Review SEL03001B0

In today’s post, I’m going to write about Orient M-Force review, a tough diver’s watch from the Japanese brand. It is widely considered as an upgrade from the Ray and Mako watches.

Movement upgrade with power reserve indicator is the main thing that separates this watch from its “cheaper” siblings.

But what’s more impressive is the fact that Orient mount this watch upgraded specification: ISO 6425 compliance, anti-magnetic and shock resistant – that’s for sure is going to protect the watch from whatever comes in its way.

 

Orient M-Force Review SEL03001B0

 

Now, let’s get to the Orient M-Force review shall we.

 

Orient M-Force Specification (SEL03001B0)

Diameter: 46 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Lug Width: 23 mm
Case: Stainless steel case
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet

Dial: Black dial
Watch Crystal: Sapphire crystal
Hands: Sword style hands with lume
Markers: Index markers with lume
Bezel: 120 clicks unidirectional rotating bezel

Movement: Orient Caliber 40N5A automatic self-winding movement
Movement Features: 22 jewel movement, Hacking and manual winding, 21600 vibrations per hour, 6 beats per second
Accuracy: +- 15 seconds per day
Power Reserve: 40 hours

Water Resistance: 200 m / 660 feet
Other Features: Power reserve indicator, date window, ISO 6425 Diver’s watch compliance, Anti-magnetic, Shock resistant, Screw down crown

Best Place To Buy: Amazon

Diver’s Watch Dial, But A Bit Jumbled Up Design

The M-Force dial is like any other diver’s watch, index markers and hands filled with lume for visibility at night or low light condition.

Dial is made in black color with the seconds hand in red, which is a very nice detail there. There are also date window and power reserve indicator that are very useful to have (more on that later on).

But I bet you could notice by now the dial design is a bit messed up right? It does not look like a normal watch at all.

For a start, the Orient signature and logo is at the bottom of the dial. The date window at left side while the power reserve at top.

 

Orient M-Force On Hand

Now.. which way is up which way is down again?

 

I bet Orient’s designer wanted to make a unique watch but fails terribly. Many times I was mistaken about the orientation of the watch because of the logo at the bottom.

It’s totally annoying and frankly speaking, it kinda make the dial a bit less pleasing – and this is coming from an avid diver’s watch fan.

 

Very Useful Power Reserve Indicator

One thing I want to highlight is the presence of a power reserve indicator at the top right of the dial (once again, why would this be placed here?).

There are markings of 10 to 40 – signalling the power reserve left in the watch (40 is the maximum power reserve of the 405NA movement – scroll down for more info on it).

To have this is god send. Really guys. Now there is no need for many assumptions with an automatic watch. Common questions with an automatic watch owners such as:

 

“How much is the power reserve left?”

“Should I wind my watch before going to sleep? I’m afraid it’ll die since I haven’t used it today”

“Did I fully wind it or not? I would like to wind more but I’m afraid to accidentally overwind it”

 

Such issues with manual winding and power reserve will not occur when our watch is equipped with this feature. No more guessing or whatsoever. Just wind when the power reserve is low (less than 10).

We can even approximate when we need to wind it. Not to mention we can know if it’s going dead and can choose to let it die. No more surprises folks. To me, power reserve indicator is a great tool to have.

Rugged Looking Textured Bezel

Another eye-catching element on the M-Force is surely the textured unidirectional rotating bezel. It’s not an ordinary diver’s watch bezel for sure.

The minute markings are there with a lume pip at 12 o’clock. It’s also manufactured with 120-clicks mechanism for that satisfying bezel usage.

 

Orient M-Foce On Hand

The textured bezel really make the watch look much more rugged and sporty

 

But what’s really interesting is how Orient uses textures on the bezel, making the minute markings sit on lower surface.

The contrasting between the stainless steel finish and black IP coated finish also adds to give this watch a unique character. It gives the Orient M-Force a rugged and edgy look to it.

 

A Big 46 mm Diameter Case

The watch is quite big, at 46 mm diameter, a bit bigger than the average 40-44 mm diameter nowadays. But the lug to lug is not that long, about 4 to 5 mm longer than the diameter, making sure the watch is still wearable even for those with a not so big wrist (cue: me lol).

It’s also beautifully polished and brushed all around with some sublime edges at its sides.

With a 13 mm thickness, this is one heavy timepiece for sure. It also comes with a stainless steel case bracelet which is coupled to the 23 mm lug width.

It’s a normal low end bracelet without solid end links and cheap looking bracelet. Fortunately, a replacement strap can always be found for cheap prices =)

A weird thing I found with the bracelet is it don’t have diver extension. It’s basically a mechanical extension to lengthen the bracelet when a diver put up his wet suit.

It’s very strange that Orient positioned this watch as a true diver’s watch, but lacks a diver extension on the bracelet!

 

Anti-Magnetic And Shock Resistant Diver’s Watch Case

It seems the weight of the watch is not for nothing. Orient has included in the M-Force an anti-magnetic case that will help protect the watch from magnetization (read my article on how magnetization can ruin your automatic watch).

But I would recommend that the watch is not exposed to strong magnets – even though it has anti-magnetic case, we never know if a really strong magnet can still affect it.

The shock resistant inside the M-Force is due to some spring absorber on the balance wheel pivot (also read my article on automatic watch parts and movement to know more about the balance wheel).

Little information is provided on this though (if you guys can point it out for me, I’ll be very grateful). But I believe the system would be just like Incabloc or Diashock shock absorber system in Swiss and Seiko watches.

 

Orient M-Force Review

 

It’s very reassuring to have these two beneficial features inside a mid range automatic watch.

It makes the M-Force not just a great diver’s watch, but also a great sports watch – the shock resistance particularly is very useful to protect the balance wheel from swift hand movements.

 

Sapphire Crystal For Maximum Protection

One last thing that I’m amazed is the usage of sapphire crystal on a $250 watch. Now that is great value for money. It’s very difficult to find any manufacturer that can give a sapphire crystal at this price point.

Even those famous Seiko diver’s watches (SKX007, Monster, Turtle SRP777) are donned with hardlex crystal on top of it – which is just a hardened version of mineral crystal.

Most fans as well as watch manufacturers regard sapphire as the best watch crystal due to its scratch proof. Only a handful of materials (diamond and moissanite) is harder than it.

This means that only those 2 can scratch a sapphire crystal. With it, I can bet that the watch crystal will be like brand new even after years of usage.

 

405NA Automatic Self-Wind Movement

A major upgrade from the Mako and Ray is the usage of 405NA automatic self winding movement inside the Orient M-Force. It has 22 jewel, 21600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second), hacking and manual winding capabilities.

It also has 15 seconds accuracy per day though most owners reported a much higher accuracy (some up to 3 seconds per day).

But of course the best part of this movement is the presence of a power reserve indicator. That alone is a great feature in an automatic watch movement.

To be able to gauge the power reserve left in the mainspring and then show it on the dial is a unique complication that’s very useful, and very rare in watches at this price range.

 

Orient M-Force Review SEL03001B0

 

Who Is This Watch For?

So who will enjoy this watch the best? I believe those that like a good watch for some dives, swimming or any sports can really benefit from the watch.

It’s a great fit for those activities, not to mention it also has the shock resistance that’s very important for any sports watch.

Power reserve and date indicators will be very useful for just about anyone that want to have a functional watch with information on what’s the power reserve now like.

In addition to that, the sapphire crystal is another element that greatly increased the value of this watch. In short, those that want the highest value for money should consider this watch seriously.

 

Who Should Not Get It?

Well, for a start, the layout placement of the dial is very weird which can turn off many people (including me!).

If you don’t like the dial layout but love the functionality of the watch (date, diver’s watch, power reserve, etc), then you might want to check out the Orient M-Force Delta which is basically the M-Force but with a normal dial layout.

Alternatively, the Orient Star Retrograde is also a great choice for those that want many functions in an automatic watch. It has day, date and power reserve indicator but in a dressy watch design. Check out my review HERE for more info on it.

 


Watch the video above for a closer look on the Orient M-Force

Pros and Cons Of Orient M-Force

Pros

  • Sapphire crystal is a big bonus for a $300 watch
  • Unique and rugged textured rotating bezel
  • Very useful power reserve indicator
  • Anti-magnetic and shock resistance for greater proctection
  • Solid stainless steel case with 200 m water resistance

Cons

  • Weird layout placement on the dial
  • Cheap looking bracelet
  • No diver extension on the bracelet

 

So Where To Get The Orient M-Force? Check It On Amazon!

If you want to get ahold of the Orient M-Force, I strongly suggest to get it from Amazon. The MSRP for the watch is $715 but Amazon lists it for just around $250 to $300.

Of course the price will fluctuate just like any Japanese watches but then the MSRP $715 price tag is just ridiculous. I mean, with that kind of money, you can actually buy a Swiss chronometer right? Orient really need to stop their absurd pricing lol!

Thanks for online shopping, we can always enjoy cheaper prices of our favorite stuffs =). Click link below to check out the watch on Amazon.

 

->Click Here To Check Out The Best Prices Of Orient M-Force On Amazon<-

Final Thoughts

The M-Force is a very capable diver’s watch with numerous functions. Power reserve indicator, anti-magnetic, shock resistance, and ISO 6425 diver’s watch compliance are some of the features that make this watch such a great value for money.

The one area that it’s lacking is the weird layout placement of the dail, though with some time, I think it’ll grow on you. Overall, a great affordable automatic diver’s watch.

 

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I hope you guys enjoy this Orient M-Force review. For any questions or comments, kindly put it in the comments section below. If you like this article, share it with your social media.

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Thanks for reading!

Cheers!
Isaac

Movado Museum Watch Review – The Simplistic Watch

Movado Museum Black Dial 0606502

In this post, I’m going to write about the famous Movado Museum watch review. I’m sure most of you have seen this watch. It has this very unique and distinctive watch design with single dot at 12 o’clock without any markers. Frankly speaking, it looks very sleek, elegant and leaves a long lasting impression. Definitely not a watch to be forgotten!

Movado Museum Black Dial 0606502

History Of Movado Watch Company

Movado watch company has been around since 1881. It’s founded in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland by Achille Ditesheim. Like most watchmakers around that time, their main trade focuses on mechanical movement and pocket watches.

For about 136 years, Movado has been producing watches with great quality, befitting its Swiss Made tag. And the Museum watch line by the company is another example of how the brand brought out beautiful watch design to the masses.

Movado Museum Watch History

The history of Museum watch begins in 1947, when an artist named Nathan George Horwitt invented the famous watch. He designed a watch without any markers but only a single dot at the top to signal the sun at its highest point. From his own words:

“We do not know time as a number sequence but by the position of the sun as the earth rotates”

Nathan George Horwitt

Nathan George Horwitt, the artist that designed the Museum watch in 1947

So famous and distinctly elegant the watch design was, until it’s selected to be a permanent collection of Museum Of Modern Art, NY. And that’s how the watch got its name “Museum Watch”.

Movado Museum Watch Original 1947

The original Museum watch

It was originally manufactured by Vacheron & Constantin-Le Coultre Watches, a Swiss company. But sometime later, Movado started to produce a watch with a similar design. Things finally went well when Movado paid Nathan for the usage of the Museum watch and its design. Well, I guess the copyright law is not so strict back in 1947 lol.

Total Simplistic Design – Black And Blue Dial

The current Museum watch is a homage to the original 1947 Museum watch with some changes to “modernize” it, though in my opinion the original design is as timeless as a watch could be. The new design still uses the simplistic concept, with empty dial without markers except for a single dot at the 12 o’clcok position.

Movado Museum Blue Dial 0606610

The latest Movado Museum watch. It comes in two dial colors: black and blue

Its hands have the biggest change with a wider dauphine hands, as compared to the slim hands in the original. Another update would be a ring on the dial that appear to divide in into inner and outer portions. Movado also releases a dark blue dial version as alternative to its fans.

As mentioned above, the Museum watch’s design is just out of ordinary and unique. It’s simplicity will be a breath of fresh air to those common with normal watches. It’s very recognizable, eye catching and have that minimalist characteristic to it.

Now, enough about the dial and let’s take a look at its specification.

Movado Museum Watch Specification

Diameter: 40 mm
Thickness: 8 mm
Lug Width: 22 mm
Case: Polished stainless steel case
Strap: Black calfskin strap with pin buckle

Dial: Black or blue dial
Watch Crystal: Sapphire crystal
Hands: Dauphine hands
Markers: No markers except for a silver concave dot at 12 o’clock
Bezel: Empty bezel

Movement: Swiss Quartz movement
Accuracy: +- 15 seconds per month
Battery: 2-3 years

Water Resistance: 30 m or 99 feet

Best Place To Buy: Ebay for $330

Polished and Slim Stainless Steel Case

The Movado Museum watch uses a slim stainless steel case to keep the minimalist design theme. The diameter is 40 mm with 8 mm thick – a size that would have trouble to fit nicely with a bigger wrist. It’s 22 mm lug width is coupled with a black calfskin strap with pin buckle. The case is also rated to 30 m water resistance to guard it from the accidental rain splashes.

Movado Museum Black Side

Its stainless steel case is polished at the bezel and top of the lugs, while brushed at the case’s sides and back. The lugs is of moderate size and curving downwards to hug our wrists. On the top is a sapphire crystal which is perfect to guard the watch against any scratch (read my comparison of watch crystals to find out the different types of crystals and their pros and cons).

To be honest, I prefer the original case design than this latest version. I find the original design has slimmer case and lugs, which perfectly capture the minimalist watch concept. Movado might want to “modernize” the Museum watch but I feel if they just reissue the original, I bet it’s gonna be selling like a hot cake.

Movado Museum Watch Back Leather Strap

Quartz Movement

The movement inside the Movado Museum watch is a Swiss quartz movement, though no specific detail (manufacturer, movement ID, etc.) are reported. Without any details, I can only assume the quartz movement to be accurate up to +-15 seconds per month with a battery life of 2-3 years.

Beautiful Watch But…

I found the watch to be very beautiful and so much entertaining than other normal watches out there. But then it struck to me the watch does not have any markers, which can make telling time difficult (unless you have been using analog watches for a long time).

Movado Museum on Hand

So strikingly gorgeous watch, but the absence of numeral markings make it more suitable for casual and weekend use

It also does not have any date and day windows – two features that I really love due to its functionality. Without any seconds hand, we also won’t know if the battery is dead or not!

In short, the Movado Museum watch is a gorgeous little timepiece but it does not really have that functionality to it. A watch should be a tool for human, so a watch like this that have many “flaws” in its functionality can be said as a less efficient tool. However….

Who Is The Watch For?

This could do well for those that want a watch to be a fashion accessory for him/her. It’s totally gorgeous, so much so that its inefficiency as a watch can be overlooked. It’s also a great watch to be used for casual usage or during weekends – typically those times when being able to tell time accurately is not a concern.

But for a work watch? I’d prefer not to lol.

Movado Museum on Hand

Who Should NOT Get This….

Well, those that require a fully functioning watch should not get this. Sure, it’s beautiful, gorgeous and one-of-a-kind but I’d suggest for you guys to check out my guideline on how to choose a watch to know if you would love or hate this.

Bear in mind that it’s also quite pricey (around $330) in return of a numberless watch and a typical quartz movement. I dare say its not a good value for money watch, specification wise.

Watch the video above to look at Movado Museum up close

Pros And Cons

Pros:

1- Unique and very recognisable design
2- Swiss made quality watch

Cons:

1- Not as practical/functional as other watches it doesn’t has hour markers and date/day window
2- Quite expensive for a “basic” quartz watch

Where To Buy Movado Museum Watch? Get It Cheapest From Ebay!

Wanting to buy the Movado Museum watch? It’s MSRP is around $495. I’ve searched around and found that Ebay offers the cheapest price at just $330 for both black and blue designs.

Amazon also lists the watch, but at the MSRP price which kinda beat the purpose of buying from Amazon. Perhaps Movado restricts the site from selling the watch from other sellers. Nevertheless, if you are mesmerized by the simplicity of this watch, click the links below to check it out on Ebay.

->Click Here To Buy Movado Museum Black Watch (6060502) From Ebay<-

->Click Here To Buy Movado Museum Blue Watch (6060610) From Ebay<-

Final Thoughts

To conclude, the Movado Museum watch is a beautiful one-of-a-kind watch with its numberless dial and singular dot at the top. It’s so sleek and elegant to be seen and worn. But the absence of numeral markings and day/date make the watch impractical for daily usage. But for a weekend casual watch that also looks stylish as hell, there is no beating this watch.

I hope you guys enjoy my Movado Museum watch review. Put you comments or feedback on the watch below. I really appreciate any comments you guys have about this watch. Well then, till next time.

Cheers!
Isaac

Seiko SARX015 Review

Seiko SARX015 Review

Welcome to Seiko SARX015 review, in which I’ll go in depth about a very eye-catching dress/casual watch from the Japanese watchmaker. It has a unique vertical textured pattern dial, a design that is synonymous with Omega Aqua Terra watches. Let’s get on to the Seiko Presage SARX015 review and look at what does this remarkable watch has to offer.

 

Seiko Presage SARX015 Specification

Diameter: 39.5 mm
Thickness: 11.2 mm
Lug Width: 20 mm
Case: Stainless steel case
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet

Dial: Black greyish textured dial
Watch Crystal: Sapphire crystal
Hands: Bar hands with lume
Markers: Index markers with lume

Movement: Seiko Caliber 6R15 Automatic self-wind movement
Movement Features: Seiko In-house movement, 23 Jewels, 21600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second, Hacking, Manual winding
Power Reserve: 50 hours

Water Resistance: 100 m / 10 bar / 330 feet
Other Features: Luminous hands and markers, Date display, Exhibition caseback, Magnetic resistance

Best Place To Buy: Amazon

Seiko SARX015 Review

This Seiko SARX015 is part of the Presage line up, a very wide range of Seiko watches

 

Seiko Presage Collection

The SARX015 is part of Seiko Presage Collection but what is it all really about? The Presage is actually Seiko’s middle range watches and covers watches from $200 up to $2000, which is quite a large area to cover. The main difference with the SARB line is how they are more sporty looking while the Presage line have this more premium and dressy look to them.

While the lower to mid range of Presage line is comparable to the SARB, the upper line of the Presage features more refined design, material and higher grade movement – a stepping stone of sort before going to the Grand Seiko models. If the SARBs can be said as poor man’s Grand Seiko, higher level Presage watches are middle class Grand Seiko.

 

Beautiful Textured Dial

The first thing that most people will notice on the Seiko SARX015 is the beautiful textured dial. The dial is black grayish in color and has these numerous black lines running vertically throughout it creating a very impressive and distinct look.

For those familiar with Omega watches, they might notice that this dial design is actually similar to Omega’s Aqua Terra textured dial. But the Aqua Terra is more refined and beautiful with its sunburst effect on top of the textured dial. And not to mention it will cost at least $4000 =P

Omega Aqua Terra Skyfall Daniel Craig James Bond

Above is Omega Aqua Terra Co-Axial watch (the one worn by Daniel Craig in Skyfall). An absolutely stunning watch

On top of the dial are index markers made from stainless steel. The markers are slightly protruding up giving it a nice unique look. I really like how the markers are positioned in between the dial and the outer dial. At the end of the markers are some lume pips applied. The hands are slim and not over-sized.

It’s also quite unique with the small void space at the starting of the hands – adding bits of detailing that I really love to has in a watch. Small amount of lume are also applied on the hands for some visibility in low light condition. But I bet those lume won’t really last as its not applied in big amounts like what we can always see in dive watches.

Seiko SARX015 Lume shot

Lume on the Seiko SARX015 – even Seiko’s famed lumibrite can’t make it glow bright if the application is not sufficient. But then, who needs lume on a dress/casual watch? 

The slim hands with the markers really accentuate the image of the watch to be more dressy and have that classy look. A date window is positioned at the 3 o’clock for some functionality. Overall, the highly detailed dial with vertical lines pattern is absolutely stunning and beautiful to look at. The amount of detailing put out into the dial, hands, markers have really make it such an unforgettably eye-catching watch.

 

Solid Stainless Steel Case With Sharp Edges

Another distinct design on the watch is the boxy edges of the watch is constructed. Seiko really has a penchant in making beautifully crafted cases. Just look at their SKX007, SARB033 and SARB017. Their watches generally have distinct case design unlike other watch makers that are more lazy in this aspect with their normally straight cut of the watch sides.

The case is another unique thing about the watch with its sharp cut edges and layering of polish & brush finishings

The SARX015 sides are vertical but it then slopes upward to connect to the top of the watch. The same goes with the lugs – the case slope downward from the watch bezel towards the lug end. These slope are cut so straight and sharp, giving the boxy and edgy look of the case. To sweeten it more, Seiko finished the case with a mix of brush and polish surfaces making the watch looks very sophisticated.

Seiko SARX015 On hand

It has the standard size of today’s men watch – there should be no problem to fit with most men’s wrist

The diameter is 39.5 mm, a nice size for most wrists. It has 11.2 mm thickness with 20 mm lug width coupled with a stainless steel bracelet. The bracelet is another unique bracelet as it has a boxy look to complement the case.

The whole surface of the bracelet is brushed, saved for some inner edge of the links that are highly polished. This exquisite detailed craftsmanship makes the bracelet a unique and beautiful sight.

 

Sapphire Crystal And Anti-Magnetic Case

At the top, the watch uses sapphire crystal as the watch glass. The use of sapphire is totally appropriate for a watch of this price in my opinion. I also like sapphire because of its high scratch resistance (read my article on different types of watch crystals here).

The bezel holding the crystal is highly polished and this make the watch more shiny and dressy. At the back is a hardlex crystal open caseback to allow people to peek the 6R15 automatic movement inside.

Another interesting thing about this watch is that its built with magnetic resistance in it. This is a very nice feature as its owner does not need to worry too much about accidentally magnetizing the watch.

As I’ve written here, watch can be magnetized by putting it close to strong electrical magnets such as speakers or fridges. The magnetized watch movement will behave erratically and is one of the common problem for highly inaccurate watches.

All in all, I really love the watch case of this Seiko SARX015. Some people might be turned off by the straight cut boxy look but I feel this is much more unique and different than most watches we see today.

For those that are afraid the watch face is very dressy, worry not as the edgy case also make the watch more sporty, and can be worn for casual events. Hats off to Seiko for tirelessly giving out beautifully crafted watches at a lesser price than what the Swiss might charge us.

 

Seiko Caliber 6R15 Automatic Self-Wind Movement

Inside this watch is the Caliber 6R15, Seiko’s own in-house automatic movement. Being an automatic, this means the watch can automatically recharge itself by simply wearing it. Wrist movements will rotate the rotor inside it and wind the mainspring. This mainspring is the source of the energy of the watch – no need to change your watch’s battery on this one folks. You can read my article on how automatic watch works (link is here) for in-depth explanation of how it works.

The movement has 23 Jewels and vibrates at 21600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second. This means the sweeping seconds hand is actually ticking 6 times in one second. Truthfully speaking, Swiss watches that typically has 8 beats per second will produce smoother and more fluid sweeping seconds hand.

But Seiko’s reasoning for the 6 beats is to reduce the strain on the movement to extend its life. Its just like a car, if you drive it more, it will accumulate more mileage and that will shorten its lifespan. Using 6 beats movement also enable it to have a higher power reserve (50 hours) than typical Swiss ETA 2824-2 movement with 38 hours.

Seiko SARX015 Review

 

One important thing I have to stress here is how this movement is very commonly used in many Seiko dive watch with up to 300 m water resistance. If it is robust and suitable to be used in the most extreme condition, its more than qualify to be used in any other situations normal people might use it for (work, dinner, casual events, sports, etc.).

 

Who Is This SARX015 For?

Without a doubt, those that loves a sharp and stylish watch should definitely get this. It has a very cool dial with those laser cut case. It’s really a stylish watch and perfect for any dress or casual situations.

Not to mention it has the same style with Omega’s Aqua Terra watches. The SARX015 can be a stepping stone before jumping the gun on the Omega =)

 

Who Should Not Get It?

For starters, I think those that want a watch with lume should stay away from this watch. The lume on it is weak and definitely not long lasting. I’d suggest for those that want a decent lume to look at diver’s watches (such as the Seiko Monster or Seiko Turtle SRP777).

 

Can’t Resist The Charm Of This SARX015? Get It Now From Amazon!

If you really love the pattern dial of this Seiko SARX015, get it from the comfort of your home by buying from Amazon. This is a JDM (Japan Domestic Market) model and it’s not sold outside of the country.

Luckily there are many online retailers that market it to Seiko fans all over the world. Amazon has almost always have the best price for the SARX015 compared to other online sellers.Click the link below to check out this watch on Amazon.

->Click Here To Check Out Seiko SARX015 On Amazon<-

 

Conclusion

Seiko SARX015 is definitely a good looking watch. It has the unique vertical line pattern dial and perfectly designed watch face. With a boxy cut case that is finished with combination of polishing and brushing, this is definitely an eye-catching watch.

Featuring the robust 6R15 automatic movement, there is no question on how great the performance is going to be. All in all, it’s an exquisite watch for the sub-$500 price tag, a true high value for money.

 

 

 

I hope you guys enjoy this Seiko SARX015 review. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me.

Drop your comments/questions down below and don’t forget to subscribe =)

Till next time then.

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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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

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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