Went out to TJMaxx at lunch today and tried on this little beauty:
It’s a Seiko SKX031, a 100 meter watch, not a true diver. It looks very similar to a Rolex Submariner, but with Seiko style hands. It also costs about $5500 less. TJ had it for $160, which is OK pricing, but nothing to write home about. On closer inspection, I could tell it was used (dirt inside the clasp and the band was resized) so it was not that tempting. However, the look was great. It is 39mm wide (3mm narrower) and thinner than my Orange Bullet. Looked very nice on the wrist as well. I’ll have to add it to my wish list. A Rolex homage with the hand style I like from 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.
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.
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.
Added 3 new reviews:
Added 3 “Wishlist” Watches:
I am just getting watch crazy, but I really did need a new hobby. I am really sick of electronics.
Disjointed, drug influenced post below:
Tiff bought me a lovely mechanical Seiko watch a few weeks ago as an early Christmas present. Living with it for a month has really given me respect for mechanical watches. I used to wear a hand wound watch for several years, somewhere around 1989 to 1993. I remember I bought it at Target. It don’t remember the brand, but it worked well until it was lost during a snow shoveling experience outside my second apartment. I found it the next spring, but by then, it was rusted and ruined. I am sure if it was a Seiko it 1) wouldn’t of come of my wrist (strap failed) 2) if it did, the Stainless Steel body would not of rusted.
I remember when I was a kid, bugging Mom and Dad to get a watch. I wanted a analog watch. At the time, it was probably 1986 or 87. Everything was digital. I eventually found an all black, I believe it was a Casio Quartz, plastic watch. It was my first analog quartz. I wore that watch for years until one of the plastic lugs cracked. To this day, I can’t buy a plastic watch, no matter how cool it looks. I think Mom and Dad probably paid $30 or $40 or more for that watch, which was no small sum 20 years ago.
Back to my current watch. I really do enjoy wearing an automatic watch. It is much more ‘alive’ than my other watches. I still watch the second hand sweep across the dial. I like the fact it will probably outlive me, and I can pass it down to Glenn some day. The watch is starting to settle down, it is about +10 seconds a day fast. It was about 15 seconds a day fast in the beginning. I kind of like the fact I have to reset the time every now and then. Now I realize, you really don’t need super exact time. +/- 1 minute isn’t going to kill you.
Ahh, drugs, sweet drugs.
I have a wife and child, so I can’t pick up watches every day of the week.
So, I come to you, dear readers, for watch reviews. Any watch under $500 is just fine for me. There are enough sites dedicated to watches that cost more than a used car. You can post it here, or e-mail me at