AND, SOME GOOD OLD STANDARDS
SEIKO ORANGE MONSTER At almost seven ounces and featuring an exaggerated appearing 42mm X 13mm case, this Seiko Watch, when it first came to market a decade ago, was indeed a monster. It may be the single most recognized model on the market. It’s adored by collectors, and for some reason the low price doesn’t detract from it’s popularity despite the prevailing elitist attitude – perhaps because it’s universally considered the ultimate beater – the more you bash the shit out of it, the better it looks. Other features include water resistance down past 600 feet, a silver-tone stainless steel body (and band on some versions), the highly readable famous orange dial, better than average Lumibrite hands, markers, and unidirectional click bezel, Japanese 21-jewel automatic movement, domed mineral glass crystal, and a day-and-date calendar function at three o’clock. Screw down crown is at four o’clock. There is a deal going on right now – this watch with a solid stainless steel bracelet for around $164 including shipping. The original version, the Black Monster is also on sale at around $177. Some additional specifications and purchasing information by clicking <a href="“>here.
WatchReport.com did a great review a few years ago. Check it out
An in-depth review of the movement can be found at http://www.thepurists.com/watch/features/8ohms/7s26/
GRAF ZEPPELIN DOES NOT CRASH AND BURN
I stare at this timepiece and keep asking myself what it is that I find so attractive about it. Generally it has the same retro appeal as most aviator watches; clean, well populated and organized dial, good old fashioned leather strap and round case. But there’s more to it than that – I like it for the same reason I like architect scales, the Chrysler 300 dashboard layout, slide rules, and the Yamaha CR-1040 receiver faceplate. Anyway, besides being handsome, this watch has a lot going for it.
It features a Swiss Ronda quartz-controlled chronograph movement with an alarm function, date window, Brequet style hands, a tachymeter scale, both seconds and 30 minute timer sub-dials, and a hand finished case with Zeppelin style. Case: Solid stainless steel, 42mm diameter (w/o crown), screw down case back, 11mm thick. Band: Hand made, 22mm leather strap with a buckle closure. Water Resistant to about 150 feet and the warranty is 2 Years. It’ll cost you about $425 for one of these – there are several well regarded vendors on the internet that have this new model in stock.
Graf Zeppelin is owned by POINTtec (which also owns Junkers, see more below) who has been appointed supplier for the Federal Troops of the National German Military Services (Bundeswehr) and that’s prettty impressive – I mean, it’s in Germany – home of the worlds most elite manufacturers.
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WE DON’T GET IT!
Oakley just put this one on the market (their site says, coming soon) and this blog is enjoying the look; chunky, seaworthy, German, retro, complicated and the name “Full Metal Jacket” (probably to highlight it’s titanium case and bracelet) and we’re knocked out by the feature; pop the watch out of the bracelet and into an included attachment gadget that makes it a pocket watch with a chain.. But, how come it’s $9,000?
Despite it’s cosmetic originality and distinctiveness, it only sports an ETAV7750 movement. At a rated +/- 12 seconds a day (albeit, COSC, attenuated by an ETACHRON regulator, meh, yawn), it’s hardly the accuracy one would expect these days from a watch in that price range. Since that movement is automatic (power reserve 45 hours) and does not have perpetual calendar, the owners of this watch can expect to be regularly restarting and resetting this timepiece. We love the watch and we’re here, just scratching our heads..
Oakley Elite Full Metal Jacket