Friday, March 29, 2013

Casio G Shock G7800

The G7800 line was called the Super Square because the shape is basically a square 5600 on steroids.  There were several options available either with a positive or negative display with a matching color bezel.  There was also a white model available.  Being a reverse display with a black bezel, this one was called the Stealth Super Square.  This model is notable because it simply has the best module I have ever seen in a G Shock.  Really a shame Casio does not use it in any other models.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Casio G Shock GWM5600-A3

If you ever played with plastic green army men as a child, you will be sure to recognize the resin color in this square G Shock as a perfect match.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Orient Star Standard Date Video

Watch Tanaka has posted a nice video of the new Orient Star model Standard Date.  Read more about this model here.  At first glance, I think this model looks pretty good and is competitively priced.  I also received some word that this line will also be available through the US distributors.

Thanks Hiro!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Seiko Celebrates 20 Years of 9F Caliber

Coupled with the celebration of 100 years of wrist watchmaking, Seiko is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of the thermocompensated high accuracy quartz 9F caliber.  With a normal accuracy specification of +/-10 seconds per year in standard 9F,  the special release, limited edition 9F caliber will utilize specially selected quartz crystals to provide a heightened accuracy specification of +/-5 seconds per year.

Of course nobody will just buy the caliber!  The special edition 9F caliber will be dropped into a Grand Seiko model SBGX103.  This model will feature a beautifully embossed dial and commemorative labeling on the caseback.  The SBGX103 will be limited to 2,000 production pieces to be released internationally and will be priced at 315,000 Yen.

For more information on the 9F caliber as well as the SBGX103, be sure to click HERE to view the press release.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Seiko SKX007

The venerable SKX007.

If there is one Seiko model which exemplifies Seiko it is the SKX007.  A design rooted in the legacy of Seiko's ancestry of divers.  Value delivered beyond expectation.  A mechanical watch thriving in a world of quartz.  A template for the demonstration of creativity of enthusiasts and hobbiests.

Is it perfect?  No, far from it.  But its there.  Where you expect it to be.  Like a well broken in pair of jeans.

Its days are numbered.  Surely Seiko is smart enough to continue the legacy of this diver.  The new generation of Seiko Monster gives us hope that Seiko will also just nudge the SKX007 forward towards perfection rather than take drastic action. Hopefully we'll find out soon.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Casio G Shock GW-9010 Atomic Rally Mudman

Here's another G Shock from the past.  I liked this one a lot as the red letters and bezel really pops and the solar panel has a cool looking pattern to it that looks like Spiderman's costume.  Casio made a terrible mistake with this one by making the window in the middle of the dial display a G when the radio sync was successful and it be completely blank and empty when unsuccessful.  Unfortunately the radio reception on this one was not very good so the window was empty most of the time giving the owner a feeling of inadequacy.  Still though it has a great case and a very comfortable strap.  Covered buttons can be a challenge to push.  Great module with some cool chronograph features.  I believe this particular model has been discontinued although it may life on in another form in a JDM model.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Seiko Celebrates 100 Years of Wrist Watchmaking

2013 marks 100 years of wrist watchmaking for Seiko rich in history and legacy matched only by a select few other manufacturers.  Seiko will be celebrating with the launch of a web site dedicated to the 100 year anniversary and a series of limited edition models launched throughout the year.  Currently the models include a nice classically inspired enameled dial model, a spruced up Seiko 5 and a Grand Seiko 9F caliber containing model celebrating the 20th anniversary of that high accuracy quartz caliber.  Seiko promises more models to be released through out the year and I would set my eyes on Basel in a few weeks for something special.  I for one think a reissue of the Laurel would be something to get excited about.

Click HERE for the Seiko 100 Year Anniversary web site.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Casio G Shock GW5600

Here's a nice model I got for my father a couple of years ago.  I picked it purposely because of the large digits, but it also has a nice chunky case.  Seems larger than the current 5600 case.  Radio controlled module actually works fairly well although I think it only receives the US signal.  Nice engraved caseback too.

I think this one is still available.  I've thought about getting my own, but I know my father will bore of his eventually.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Review of Casio G Shock GWM5630A-4 30th Anniversary

Casio released the Red Rising collection in the fall of 2012 to celebrate the 30 years of existence of the G Shock watch. The collection consists of a 5600, 6900, 2 versions of Frogman and the new model Mudman all packaged in a bold red glossy resin with gold accents. I’m a sucker for the squares, so I made the 5600 model mine.