Thursday, June 22, 2017

Orient Automatic FAG00004D Open Heart

Apparently also known as a 'Bambino' (dome crystal and all).


Such a beauty!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

My Son's First "Real" Watch



 One day walking about with my 7 year old son in town, we stopped by a watch shop as we usually do just to browse.

 My son surprised me: he went ahead and spoke with the boss, "I'd like to see these watches please."

 Not that he's shy (he isn't) but usually with talking with adults and transactions such as this he usually lets me do the talking. This time, he took charge of the situation, and totally caught me off guard.

After trying on several, he chose one that he liked, a yellow/white "Xinjie" digital watch with "30m" water resistance, a chronograph function, alarm, and day/date. I had no intention of buying it in the beginning, but the fact that he spoke up and talked in such a mature manner I just had to agree to his purchase.

And he paid for it. I bought it with cash, but he paid for the watch. Upon reaching home he took out the amount (MYR18) from his pocket money and gave it to me.

And so now he has his own watch, totally bought for himself, initiated the transaction himself, with his own allowance money, one that he wears proudly every day since, which has the added value of fully being his, the first whichout Dad's intervention (aside from being a temporary lender).

 He had several watches before, from the MYR1 vending machine cheapie that I got for him (he seldom wears it) and to him wearing my watch and smartwatch on some occasions, but this is the first watch that he can proudly say that is fully his own watch, from the get go.
 





Saturday, February 18, 2017

Get Smart

So I got my first 'Smart watch'. This is the VeryFit Heart Rate. The 'watch', or rather, fitness band, has several functions in it, mainly, steps tracking, heart rate tracking and sleep pattern tracking.

Firstly, it's not really accurate, it's so-so. For the price (cheep) I am fine with that.. at the very least I can track how many steps I've taken per day, and how my sleeping is, in a very general.

Does it replace my watches? Heck no... I wear the VeryFit on my right hand (my wristwatches go on my left). 😂




Sunday, October 30, 2016

Wearing the Flight today



Wearing the Flight today. I put it on a tan leather strap.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Reflections on Mechanicals and Automatics



Orient Mechanical Automatic movement (pic from OrientWatchsite.com)


Following up on my reflections on Quartz watches, now I move on to my reflections on automatics and mechanicals.

For whatever reason, and like a lot of people, my interest in watches was kickstarted by a quartz watch - and like many people out there. it is a Casio. That particular Casio, an Edifice EF-125, is still ticking on its original battery today, and aside from having to skip every 31st every once in a while, is a pretty solid and reliable watch. That watch got me thinking about other watches - namely, other even MORE reliable watches that require almost zero maintenance. Which was why I got the Edifice Solar EQS-500DB. And that watch alone should be enough, as it is virtually maintenance free - never needing battery changes for *AT LEAST* 10 years, never needing to set the time for at least the same amount of period, etc. The fact that it has a world time and chronograph is a bonus. But there was something unsatisfying about it. Yes, it was a good watch - and one of my first post I compared Casio Edifices to the Nissan GTR watches. But it was lacking some 'soul' for the lack of description - in automatics, and especially winding automatics - it having to have some attention to it made it so much more likeable.

So that in essence kicked off my search for automatics - one of my first, is the Ray Raven. I wore that watch and toyed with the bezel so often that the bezel had loosen up and was unidirectional by now.. and it developed a hunger for moar. Moar, like my Orient Wingman. Maoar, like my Orient Flight. Moar, like my Seiko 5s. Moar, leading up to my soon to be (budget allowing) choice for a new Bambino v4.

For another reason, its the thought of a micro-precision mechanical engine on your wrist ticking away. Or the sweep movement of an automatic/mechanical. On a quartz, the seconds hand always almost never aligns itself with the markers except for higher end watches. The EQS-500 does this well, but I could spot one or two places where it has gone off the slightest bits. Perhaps the ultimate for this is a SpringDrive by Seiko, but I probably won't be able to afford that comfortably.

And why Orient? Well I find that Orient sits very well in my budget bracket and fulfills 90% of my wants at the price I am able to afford. Like many, I like Seiko as well, but there something about Orient that ticks my checklists. So I foresee myself owning Japanese watches (and cars, for that matter) for the foreseeable future. Plus, I like that Orient logo.

So why do I like automatics and mechnicals so much now when its actually more practical (financially, and functionally) to have a cheap quartz? It's irrational.

Fourth Orient : Bambino FAC08003A or FAC08004D0 ?

This will be my dress watch. I'm torn between the two. So far I have a Seiko SNK 793K1 to serve the blue dial appetite so I am leaning on the Gray dialed FAC08004D0, and the tan leather strap I got for my Wingman seem to be 'my type' of leather band. So which one will it be?

Friday, October 21, 2016

This is my favorite watch so far this few months..


The Wingman with the tan leather strap is my favorite watch these months so far. I'm not kidding - the dial is easy to read from 5 miles away, the military-style PVD looks business, and it works. It's not the most expensive watch of the bunch, but it just works. Even with the poor lume, in low light conditions it was still easy to tell time from the big, contrast numbers. imagine this watch if Orient had actually put some decent lume in it! The leather strap is tan on the outside, but dark brown, almost black on the inside - which compliments the watch itself really well. This saw the most wrist time among the rest.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Reflecting on Quartz Watches




I've had some time on my hands recently and reflected on my Quartz watches - Both Casios and both Edifices.

See, even if the mechanical watches have 'soul', or a heart beat, and needs attention to wind it up, set time, etc.. the quartz just ticks on and on and on. In the case of both of my Edifices, they last almost a lifetime of the watch themselves. (There was one instance where my EF-125 stopped which I thought was the battery running out, but a bit of tapping and adjusting the hands it has gone on working since.)

This is because the EF-125 has a 10-year battery, on which it is still ticking on, and the EQS-500DB is solar.

It's easy to see why quartz watches are so popular with the general populace - especially with long life batteries or solar watches - they are basically set once and forget. In the case of my EQS-500DB, it is also perpetual.

So, with the EQS-500DB, you get:

- Water resistance up to 100m
- Reliable and toughness to abuse
- world time, 1/100 chronograph, alarm, 24 hour indicator
- solar, never needing a battery change so often
- being a quartz, the time is always spot on
- perpetual calendar so you never need to set for months that skip the 31st or leap years
- essentially almost needing no service

...and all for about the same price as my Orient automatics that only just tell the time.

In essence, these two are essential to my time keeping for all my other watches - I set all my automatics to the Quartz watches (and sometimes my phone, if I could even be bothered to turn its screen on).

So if you're rational, all you need is just this one watch.


But, and this is irrational, because I like my automatics. It's like a little engine ticking away on my wrist. It's like jewellery and fine machinery combined into one. It's precision engineering. And it's a joy to watch the movement do its thing in a transparent caseback. Quartz itself is an engineering marvel in its own right when it first came out.. it's too good for its own good.

Oh well. Quartz is important - but don't let the mechanicals become obsolete (or become high-end curiosities only for the rich). I hope the likes of Seiko and Orient keep producing affordable, reliable, mechanical little spring driven engines for our wrists and I hope people keep buying them.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Blue-dialed Seiko 5 SNK793K1 Review





It's time for a review of my Seiko 5 SNK793. If you love blue dials, this model has a very nice dark-blue dial with a sunburst effect in the middle section. Being a Seiko 5, this has the following features standard;

- Automatic 7s26 movement, 21 Jewels
- Day/Date
- Some lume
- Hardlex crystal
- Display caseback
- Basic water resistance


Having a width of 36mm in diameter, the case has a big polished bezel around the extremely nice blue dial. The sides of the case and its lugs is brushed metal.

The hour and minute hands are a sword-style, in polished metal with lume. The seconds hand is a very thin and painted white, and along with the white day/date wheel, and this white goes very well with the blue dial.

The crown is located on the 4 o'clock of the dial. Pulling out once changes the day and date by turning it clockwise or counter-clockwise. Being a Seiko5, the crown is unsigned, and far too small. I also find that because it is so recessed into the case, even pulling it out to change the time while the watch is on the wrist is hard to do. It would be easier to take off the watch and set the date and time from there.
I put a dark brownish-purple croc leather strap on it with a deployant clasp, and this made the blue dial watch look so much more casual. I think it would also look great with a tan strap as well. In fact - this would look great with almost any kind of strap.

It's very easy to see why this model is so popular. Did I mention the nice soothing blue dial?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Watchmakers in Miri

In my backwater home town a.k.a "city", there are quite a number of watchmakers. I will list the ones I visit most in no particular order, and I will cover more as I come across more. They are sometimes so obscure that people can miss them entirely as they passed by. Now with the help of Google Street View I am making this list in the hopes that I will provide them with some business, as I would not like to see these niche professions die out:




Chang Cheng Watchmaker

 Owned by a young watchmaker, selling a variety of Orients, many types of Quartz watches, and is able to repair and service most mechanical watches. Many types of genuine leather straps could be found here.





Hock Eng Watch and Radio Dealers

An old watchmaker with a limp, who is able to repair most mechanical and Quartz watches. I have seen some vintage watches being sold here, and many more varieties of older and Quartz watches to be found. Many types of genuine leather straps could be found here.



Soon Ping Watch Dealers

Middle aged watchmaker, LOTS of vintage watches could be found here, watchmaker is able to repair and service all types of mechanical and quartz watches. Many types of genuine leather straps could be found here.






Hong Hin Watch Dealer

Over in China street, a watch dealer selling mostly Quartz nowadays but also some mechanical watches, and services include straps and accessories and the usual battery/bracelet resizing.





Kiong Hing Watch Dealer
Also in China street, a watch dealer selling mostly Quartz nowadays but also some mechanical watches, and services include straps and accessories and the usual battery/bracelet resizing. The watch dealers along China Street are all strangely similarly outfitted - as if they are all interior designed by the same designer, or are all the same owners within the family, or both.




Soon Hing Watch Dealer


Still along China street, a watch dealer selling mostly Quartz nowadays but also some mechanical watches, and services include straps and accessories and the usual battery/bracelet resizing. The watch dealers along China Street are all strangely similarly outfitted - as if they are all interior designed by the same designer, or are all the same owners within the family, or both.





Ho Hing Watch Dealer


Still along China street, a watch dealer selling mostly Quartz nowadays but also some mechanical watches, and services include straps and accessories and the usual battery/bracelet resizing. The watch dealers along China Street are all strangely similarly outfitted - as if they are all interior designed by the same designer, or are all the same owners within the family, or both.