Friday, September 19, 2014

My Thoughts on the Apple Watch




So Apple finally debut a smartwatch... and I am blown away by the simplicity design, which is classic Apple.

Take the straps and bracelet for example, they are so simply designed and yet easy to change out or resize....  I was adjusting the bracelet on the watches a while back and it was a pain in the fingers, literally, to do so. And that you required tools and a hammer.... while Apple made something that you just a press and clip, with no tools. Bravo!

The computer for the Apple Watch is also amazing, being "computer on a chip" and I am wondering if that module can be upgraded for the future.. honestly speaking, I haven't even look into the software part of the Apple Watch I'm sure it can do so much more, but I am amazed by the straps alone here, and the health monitoring parts are really interesting too, something my doctor probably telling me I need.

Casio and other smartwatch companies should take notice..

Will I buy it? Nah... not now at least... take a look at the title of this blog... poor man's watch blog.... it's a bit expensive enough alone and considering I don't have iPhone to pair it with, so the short answer is no. But it is sometime I would like to own.

Also: the battery life is what make or break this... I wonder if they are solar, just not announced?

My favorite combo is this one, look how the deployment buckle fit seamlessly! :


Monday, September 8, 2014

Cheap Watches on Clearance

I bought some watches from a shop near my office that is going on clearance. How cheap you ask? Well, dirt cheap.. like, for the price of a battery. So I bought 4.


These are "Stainless Steel" watches, with "Water Resistant" rating (and no more than that), with folded metal links (that threatened to go out of alignment when I tried to adjust it) and I suspect it is painted-on chrome, though I can't be sure.

Construction
As mentioned, construction on the bracelets are very poor, which is expected. But who cares if you swap them out to straps, right? The watches themselves have (apparently) Japanese Quartz movements, they - well - they work. Being quartz watches. And at first glance, they actually look quite decent. This works well for people who just want decent watches.

The amazing thing about it is that a very low clearance price, it makes it totally worthwhile to get them as gifts to be given away.

And here they are, in its generic-brand-name-cheap glory! (Sorry for the crappy smartphone photos.)


Wilon. This actually looks nice. This is a women's version.

MK, or Mike Ladies with "gems". Weird brand name, but looks good for a cheap fashion item.

Full pic of the Wilon

....and MK

These are matching pairs found. Mike brand.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Victorinox Swiss Army (Prudential)

A long overdue post. I had this picture of this watch from my friend's collection but simply never gotten around to post it. This is a Victorinox Swiss Army quartz with black leather strap:


Unfortunately ruined by the Prudential logo, this watch otherwise has very nice aesthetics.

100M Water Resistance, Prudential logo on the caseback.

"Hegner" Watch 30M Water Resist

  Here's a "Hegner" Quartz 30M Water Resist watch I happened to come across and took this with my cellphone. Unfortunately the case back pictures are too blur (this was taken with indoor flourescent lighting at night) so we only have the front shots unfortunately. Never heard of "Hegner", but I suspect it's just one of those generic Chinese watches.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

On a Cloudy Day..

Casio EF-125D-7AV

Monday, July 14, 2014

Casio WS200H Tough Solar Digital

Casio WS200H Tough Solar Digital , 100m water resistance. Inexpensive but extremely tough and
 resilient tough practical watch like all Casios.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Random photo


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Alba Quartz for the Missus ( VX82-X406)

Just bought an Alba Quartz for the missus. She wanted a new watch, with bracelet "this time". I got her the Alba with black dial with gems, solid-link bracelet(!). Overall fairly high quality piece for the price.

I originally wanted to get her an automatic Orient. But I was not able to get any within a limited time, but on top of that, after some thought there's this issue with her not wearing the automatic watch all the time, which might cause it to wind down and stop, and she might think it's a hassle to set it after that. So a quartz it is.
Black dial, very elegant


Solid-link bracelet

Display

Box



Saturday, June 28, 2014

My Orient CEM65007B Swapped to a Rubber Strap

Just swapped out to a rubber strap, to prepare for a trip to the swimming pool this evening with my son. I am not going to be completely submerging myself in the pool, but I will definitely get wet. Better be prepared..



Monday, May 12, 2014

Very Nice Ladies Casio G-Shock

 

 Took these photos some time ago of a friend's Casio G-Shock, but neglected to put it up for a while. I forgot to check the model number, but fairly high end watch (can't recall but might be stainless steel or even titanium).