The second watch featured in the Pokémon
Seiko collaboration series is SCXP181 or better known as 'The Mewtwo’.
The watch features a subtle patterned purple dial with a large picture
of the character Mewtwo. Mewtwo is one of the most powerful if not the
most powerful Pokémon characters, created by the arch nemesis of main
character Ash, Team Rocket.
Many fans regard Mewtwo as the ‘first Pokémon character’ as it was the
first Pokémon seen on screen in the intro of the English dubbed version
of the original Pokémon series released in the late 90’s, you can check
it out here:
The watches caseback features an engraving of a Master Ball, a rare Poke
Ball that is more powerful than a regular Poke ball and increases the
chances of catching Mewtwo. The box also has the same colour scheme and
design as a Master Ball as opposed to the classic red and white Poke
ball design seen on the other watch boxes in this series. It also comes
with a matching purple NATO strap as well as the black and purple
backing leather NATO that comes fitted on the watch.
We don’t see purple dial watches very often but we definitely haven’t
seen one as iconic and cool as this one before. Again, this is a
Japanese only release and the watch has not be offered for sale anywhere
else in the world however we do have one in stock.
Pokémon is one of the most universally
recognisable brands out of Japan, it is no wonder considering it is the highest grossing media franchise of all time, beating out the likes of Hello kitty, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse and even Star Wars.
Late last year Seiko decided to team up with Pokémon to create a range
of cool watches featuring unique designs and styling inspired by the
world of Pokémon and its characters. They created a set of four Japan
exclusive watches, one of them in that set being SCXP177, the ‘Green
Pikachu’ 35mm, battery operated. While there are over 900 Pokémon
‘characters’ there is none more iconic than Pikachu.
The main feature of this watch is the dial,
it is a stunning green sunburst inspired by the Viridian Forest, a
fictional forest in the world of Pokémon where trainers can seek wild
Pikachu. The dial also features a picture of Pikachu running at 6
o'clock as well as a bright yellow seconds hand featuring the same
lightning bolt tail as Pikachu.
The watch comes with two straps, a bright yellow NATO strap to match
Pikachu of course as well as a leather NATO strap with Pikachu’s little
footprints pressed into the leather. This set comes presented in a Poké
Ball inspired box with a picture of Pikachu on the inside.
Whether you’re a diehard Pokémon fan with a first edition holographic
Charizard, or you just appreciate cool watches, then this is the one for
you. Unfortunately Seiko Pokémon is only available in Japan (that's
where our set came from). We might have another one for sale so if you
are interested, send us an email.
Stay tuned for more of these Pokémon special editions.
In 1961, Seiko introduced to the world the
Alpinist series. The series was inspired by the Yama-otoko - mountain
men that worked or spent time in the mountains. The main goal for the
alpinist was to provide a reliable, rugged and accurate timepiece for
Sixty years on and the Seiko alpinist series is still in production,
making it the 3rd oldest Seiko sub brand. The current Alpinist series
got its iconic design update in 1995, but that is a story within itself
that can be read here:
Late last year Seiko released 3 new Alpinist watches with a bold new
design choice - a gradient coloured dial with a textured finish. The
dial still features the same numeral and hour marker design but now with
a creme coloured finish rather than the original metal markers, adding
to the ‘vintage’ feel. The traditional hand cathedral hand style has
been carried through to these models as well. The watch is part of the
Prospex ‘Land series’, which means it is 200 metres waterproof, a staple
of the Prospex line, but not only that, it is also Made in Japan.
There are three models available, the green SPB155J1 which comes on a
metal bracelet, the blue SPB157J1 which comes on a stunning blue leather
strap and the grey SPB159J1 which comes on the same leather strap in
Seiko SPB155J1 - Green
38mm case size
Automatic movement - calibre 6R35
water resistance 200M
It's no secret that Seiko makes some of the
coolest dive watches out there, and it is no wonder considering how
synonymous the brand is with being a rugged, no nonsense, reliable
While there are many editions and iterations that Seiko has presented
throughout the years, there is none more of a ‘Crown jewel’ to this
legacy than their famous PADI Turtle.
PADI is the largest dive certification and training centre in the world
with over 6,300 Dive Centers and more than 136,000 qualified PADI
professional instructors around the world. PADI has issued an amazing 24
million certifications and has done more than any other organisation to
introduce diving to the world.
The Seiko PADI series was created to bring together the two companies that share the same fundamental belief on diving
It should be practised safely and be accessible to anyone.
Originally Seiko chose the Turtle for the PADI special edition and
throughout the years has released various different versions and styles
with the same iconic blue and red bezel design. Seiko has now decided to
release a new edition of their PADI series, the PADI Sumo.
It shares all the same fundamental design styling of the Sumo series
such as the sharp, modern case design, solid and extremely legible bezel
but with the main difference being the iconic red and blue PADI bezel
insert. But even more importantly, unlike the PADI Turtle, it is Made in
Seiko Prospex PADI SPB181J
45mm case size
Automatic movement - calibre 6R35
Water resistance 200M
Let’s start with the most important bit: the new Speedmaster Pro
310.30.42.50.01.001 (previously 3184.108.40.206.01.005) is listed at AUD$
9,575 which is exactly $2,000 more than the ‘old’ one.
While the watch looks identical from the dial side, there are couple of
important upgrades. First: the mechanism. The Cal 1861 has been replaced
with Cal 3861, the co-axial ‘chronometer rated’ escapement with silicon
hair spring. The case back is now signed “Flight qualified by NASA in
1965 for all manned space missions” and “the first watch worn on the
moon”. Also, the watch is fitted with a new style bracelet and a new
The sapphire sandwich version is 310.30.42.50.01.002 with the price tag
of $10,900 and there is also an 18K solid yellow gold version (AUD$
53,150) and an 18K white gold – or as Omega calls it ‘Canopus Gold’- for
Clearly, the second hand market prices for the ‘old’ Moon watches will
go up and mint condition 2018-2020 Speedmasters will now be sold at a
Boruto is Naruto's son. He can perform the
nature transformations of lightning with "Purple Electricity" - the NATO
straps stripe, as well as 'Sunday' on the calendar disc and the tip of
seconds hand are a matching pink colour. The 12 o'clock index is
inspired by the bolt, as seen in the anime's logo, and the Uzumaki
Clan's Kamon is printed on the caseback.
Unlike some of the other Naruto watches which 'appear to be worn',
Boruto comes with a shiny high polished steel case with a dark grey
Episode 9: The origins of CNC, micro gear hobbing and much more.
The Microcast is a podcast where Adam Demuth and Josh Hacko chat about
all things precision. Adam is based in Strasburg, Ohio and runs his own
business, Demuth Tool, leveraging his extensive experience as a
toolmaker to make precision components for assorted industries. Josh is
the Technical Director at Nicholas Hacko Watchmaker, and designs and
makes internal mechanical watch components.
Both of your hosts have a strong passion for precision, whether it be in
manufacturing, metrology, design or in first principles. This podcast
is simply an exploration of that passion!
As you know, it takes two to make a watch: a machinist and a watchmaker.
Whether you are in a trade, a student, engineer or simply a watch
enthusiast, you will find The Precision Microcast refreshing.
am going to be perfectly honest with you: PADI GMT Kinetic was not on
my 'wanted to buy' Seiko list. I have not seen one in person, and was
unfamiliar with the calibre. Additionally, the Seiko sales rep made
absolutely no effort to introduce this watch to me.
The credit for this surprising discovery goes to the customer who
ordered one just before Christmas. And around 10am today (Dec 29) PADI
I just can't believe my eyes - and I am confiscating the watch for
myself. (Customer is now going to wait until next delivery, sorry). What
The case size is 48mm at the widest point, but the bezel is only 43mm.
And it is BLUE! So is the dial with 3 small red strokes and
unmistakeable red skeleton GMT hand. Yes, it is a divers watch but my
goodness, it will make a fantastic daily wearer.
One thing is certain: photos did not do it any justice! This Seiko looks
and feels like a $5K Swiss watch. The lobster case with sunburst
pattern graining reminds me of the 1970s Omega Mark II. The silicon
strap is superbly comfortable and perfect fit for my 20.5cm wrist.
Price? Only $999.
PADI GMT comes with 5 years warranty, free delivery AND a chance to win Novak Djokovic Prospex on March 31 draw.
Thumbs down to Seiko sales rep. No excuse mate - how could we've missed this beauty!
Thumbs up to SEIKO for releasing a perfect watch for 'un personnage imposant'.
PLACE YOUR ORDER TODAY for a prompt early January delivery.
AND once again, I personally vouch for your SATISFACTION. If PADI GMT is
not exceeding your expectation, return it to me and I'll will not only
refund your money IMEDIATELY but credit your account with $100 towards
your next Seiko purchase.
If you are a SEIKO collector then this is the best Christmas present ever – NARUTO & BORUTO
Naruto is one of the biggest-selling manga series in history, selling
250 million copies worldwide. The Japanese anime series followed the
adventures of a young ninja, Naruto Uzumaki, while a spin-off series,
Boruto, subsequently focused on Naruto’s son. The shows’ all-action
exploits have now inspired Seiko to create a new collection of seven
watches based on some of the central characters from the show.
And you will want them all!
The only problem is that each Seiko dealer in Australia was allocated
just one full set and a couple more ‘extra’ pieces. And I can tell you
straight away that the blue Sasuke has already sold out.
Make no mistake: these are not ordinarily Seiko 5 watches, but highly ‘customized’ pieces limited to 6500 worldwide.
Over the next few days we will have a closer look at each watch.
It goes without saying that I am keeping my complete set on ‘display
only’ for now, and will be selling a couple more individual pieces to
‘deserving SEIKO fans’.
Sarada is a ninja-girl, "very knowledgeable in ninjutsu; like many
Uchiha, Sarada has an affinity for ninja tools and her speciality is
shurikenjutsu, gaining the highest marks in class. She is able to throw
her weapons quickly and with precision, even precisely deflect a
projectile with one of her own launched kunai".
The Red Sarada watch is simply stunning. It features a
number of Sarada elements: the 4 o'clock hour marker is her 'sharingan',
the red and black bezel represents two different traits inherited by
her parents; the dial reflects 'the great fireball technique', while
the case back bears the Uchiha clan symbol. There is even a motif of
Sarada's glasses on the end of the NATO strap!
Once again, Seiko went through a great deal of trouble to impress the hard core Naruto & Boruto followers.
The case is high gloss polished steel. We only have one piece available – the price is $695 plus $15 for delivery.