Tissot vs. Seiko

Looked at some watches at lunch. I am shocked how bad very expensive Swiss watches compared to the Seiko I was wearing. I looked at a Tissot Seastar 1000, retail for $550 and it looked a little hokey compared to my $150 Seiko. Ok fit and finish, crappy feeling bezel. If you ever look at “Diver” watches,the first thing to try is rotating the bezel. It is usually an indicator of the rest of the watch. The Seastar was only 60 clicks,not 120 like the Seiko and sounded cheap and hollow. The screw down crown was nothing to write home about either.

It did have a display back, which was nice. The Seiko has a simple Tsunami, which is cool in its own way. The ETA movement is very well finished. The domed crystal may be nice to read underwater, but it’s kind of distorted in plain old air. I’ll take the flat Hardlex any day for day to day use.

Overall, it may be Swiss made, probably by hand, but I will take my machine made Seiko for the money.

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Ugly Rado

While Tiff was looking at some jewelery, I was looking at some watches.
Very few Automatics out there now. All quartz. It’s a shame, really.
Quartz watches have close to zero collectors’ value. Saw a bass
ackwards Automatic ‘divers’ watch today. It was a Rado, 300m, but it
did not have a rotating bezel, had a small, hard to read face, yet had a helium
release valve. Just to let you know, helium release valves are only
used for truly hard core diving, where you breath a helium/oxygen mix.
The watch was $1150 and ugly as sin. I think it was this model:

Some people love Rado. I think they are ugly and overpriced. Rado was the pioneer in scratch resistance, but is it the most important feature of a watch?
I think almost all modern watches above $75 are pretty tough now.

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Ahh, the Orange Bullet is on my wrist.

Went to the Mother In Law’s today and got my Christmas gift from her, a Seiko “Orange Bullet” Diver’s watch.
It’s a real beauty. Even though it is 42mm in diameter, the lug to lug distance is about 43mm, so no annoying overhang on my dainty wrists.

You can see it changing the date in this photo.  It changes between 10:30 and midnight.  I did take it out of the box a few weeks ago to resize the band, but now I can really wear it. I did miss wearing it. I did get the perfect accessory from Tiffany, a valet with a watch drawer to hold my slowly growing collection. I’ll take a photo of it when I get a chance.

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This site it to promote the appreciation of everyday wrist and pocket watches.  I have seen too many sites devoted to watches I would never want to afford.  The problem with watches is that once you go over about $500 or so, you get  really diminishing returns.  A fine Omega or Raymond Weil is a nice thing, but I have a wife and child and car payment.

Here you will see Timex, Seiko, Fossil, Pojot, and just about any watch that won’t break the bank.   I personally love Seiko watches.  They are the best fit and finish in the industry for the money, in my opinion.  So, look down at your $30 beater watch on your wrist and let me know what you think of it.

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