Sunday, February 24th, 2013 | Author:

Visited Big Time yesterday, it’s my first time there, so I was there with my family, wanted to visit them for the longest time, yet couldn’t find the time to be there.

Nice to see a display of Seiko JDMs, Tunas and all the Orients and Orient Stars in the same place. My wife wanted to get a gift for me, so we were browsing around and I wanted to look at the Orient Stars that was posted recently by chris and eventually a few pieces caught my eye.

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Wife suggested the M-Force but I didn’t like the design and it’s kinda light for it’s size. Tried the Orient Stars but I prefer my dress watches to be on leather as the bracelet makes the watch looks small, then finally… the GMT or they called it the Starseeker.

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I went on about this being the newer GMT model, although it was launched more than a year ago. Yeoman’s review on it:http://yeomanseiko.com/2011/09/10/orient-star-gmt-dj00001b/

I had the chance to handle one in Japan, 3 years ago but it was the older model, the GMT hand was not independent. This however is, hand winding, hacking with a independent GMT hand. Basically like a ETA 2893 movement.

After handling it for a while, my mind is set, this is it.

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Friday, December 21st, 2012 | Author:

When okies8 first shared this back in Nov, I was so tempted yet unsure. The yellow is screaming out at me but I was hesitant, so I waited for more photos of the actual watch, as they slowly appear on WUS, I decided to jump onto it. Placed an order by end of Nov, the watch finally arrived almost a month later.

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At the first glance, it’s almost exactly a replica of the original Jenny Caribbean, the distinct differences are bigger case, screwed down case back vs a monobloc case design, dial and hands and the logo used.

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Sunday, December 09th, 2012 | Author:

Inspired by how others used Pelican cases to store their watches, Quasimodo had arranged a MO and managed to secure a few pieces for us.

I was excited when I first collected the case, I had no idea how big or small the case is, I just jump onto the MO as I don’t have a good case for transporting my watches if I’m going to a gathering.

We ordered the Pelican 1470 case, http://www.pelican.com/cases_detail.php?Case=1470

Upon receiving it, I’m so anxious to start messing around with the Pick N Pluck™ foam but I’m also holding back on the size and layout of the slots to be cut out.

There’s so many different layout and sizes that you can think of, took’s Quasimodo idea of putting it on the PC to make sense of the layout, I decided on Excel which in it’s simplest form, just rows and columns to help me in deciding the layout and the size of each block.

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I toyed the idea of different sizes, 4×6, 4×7 and so on, I took  Ivan’s advise on 4×7 and viola, the first block is out.

The whole idea is not to get to the exact size but  smaller so the sponge can grip on the object tightly, rather than having a loose fit with the object wiggling around.

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Sunday, December 09th, 2012 | Author:

My latest and only Orient. Decided to add this Orient to my dress watches collection, since I missing an Orient. (Excuses….)

But this is a very value for money dress watch, while I got it pre-owned, the first owner bought it at only $193 from a shop in Bras Basah.

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Very vintage looking design.

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Sunday, December 09th, 2012 | Author:

Back in April, I was on the fence when a MO was organised for the Halios Puck. I registered interest but withdrew when the funds went to another vintage Caribbean.

When I discovered there’s a DLC version, boy was I tempted, cautious at the same time as I don’t have very good experiences with coated watch cases. After going through a few posts on WUS, I decided to take the plunge and went ahead and contacted the friendly MO organiser if there’s room for me.

Fast forward to October,  the watch is in my hands, it’s really a long wait for me.

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It is a really solid piece. I simply love the black tone, it’s not a solid polished PVD black that I feared most, it’s brushed and kinda dark gun-metal colour.

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Saturday, October 20th, 2012 | Author:

Now this is an interesting piece, it was very popular for a while and everybody is hunting high and low for it.

I was on the fence, I like dress watches but I didn’t have that feeling for it.. so days goes by, 1 came up for sale, I was like ok, let’s grab it first and decide later.

So viola, the Blue Spark

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I can tell why it’s so popular, it has a very classic, clean feel and somehow I feel like I’m wearing a vintage Grand or King Seiko.

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Monday, October 01st, 2012 | Author:

When I saw a couple of mesh bracelets on sale in the Seiko Club Singapore forum, I grabbed them immediately without giving much consideration on which watch to match. (Sorry guys if you are eyeing on it, I have a weak spot for mesh.)

Now they are here, damn… I can’t find a suitable 20mm lug watch to match, so anyway, another reason is I want to do something for so long yet I couldn’t find the right bracelet for it.

I have bought a Sinn buckle for quite a while without really fully utilising it, now finally with spare time to boot, this combo came out.

Sinn Mesh Bracelet. The mesh is a straight 22mm, fit the buckle perfectly.

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I have to find a watch with a shorter lug to lug distance as I have adjusted the mesh to the shortest possible length. The Caribbean fit the bill !

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Saturday, June 30th, 2012 | Author:

Photos of my latest arrival, at least 2 of us here got it. Not sure how many pieces out of the 300 made it to Singapore…


With a simple but elegant presentation box.

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Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 | Author:

This is a very quick purchase, decided the moment I had a good feel of it.

What attracts me to the this model is
– Red, I just love red.
– Better movement, hacks, hand winds. I would have ignore if it’s a 7S.

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Thursday, November 24th, 2011 | Author:

Vintage NOS Diver

The reason why I bought this is because it’s a limited edition series build from new old stock parts that Aquadive kept in their inventory.

Quoting Aquadive:

We have in our possession a very limited number of new old stock pieces of this classic 60s diver. A piece of dive watch history, a piece of Aquadive. This genuine NOS (New Old Stock) Aquadive has a Swiss hand made case equipped with a bidirectional rotating bezel and a classic aluminum insert. The cases were found fully assembled with a heslite domed crystal in the old Aquadive inventory. We have carefully re-assembled them by hand using all new gaskets. This watch had/has a depth rating of 660ft, and is equipped with a new Aquadive dial with applied superluminova markers. It is operated by a new Swiss Made genuine ETA 2824-2, 25 jewel movement replacing the original movement in order to guarantee performance for years to come.

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The white rectangular hands looks good matching the hour indices.

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