Friday, January 15, 2021

The Mewtwo

 

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xKWiCMKKJg

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. 

Overall condition: 10/10; unworn

Price: $590

“Gotta catch ‘Em all”, starting with this one…

 

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. 

The adventurers watch

 

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 mountain adventurers. 

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:

https://www.seiko-design.com/en/stories-en/alpinist-en/

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 black. 
Seiko SPB155J1 - Green

38mm case size
Sapphire crystal
Automatic movement - calibre 6R35
water resistance 200M

Price: $1,100
Seiko SPB157J1 - Blue
Price: $1,050
Seiko SPB159J1 - Grey
Price: $1,050

Brand new Seiko of the day - The Seiko PADI just got a new big brother

 

New Release 2021 - PADI SUMO 45mm
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 ‘beater’. 

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 Japan. 
Seiko Prospex PADI SPB181J

45mm case size
Black dial
Sapphire crystal
Automatic movement - calibre 6R35
Water resistance 200M

Price: $1,295

BREAKING NEWS: Omega releases a new Moon watch

“The king is dead, long live the king!”

Let’s start with the most important bit: the new Speedmaster Pro 310.30.42.50.01.001 (previously 311.30.42.30.01.005) 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 clasp.

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  AUD $69,150.

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 premium.

BORUTO: the last watch in the series

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 anodized bezel.

More about Boruto: https://boruto.fandom.com/wiki/Boruto_Uzumaki

This is the last watch in the series we have for sale. Price: $695 plus $35 delivery. Once sold, it will be gone forever.

The most exciting SEIKO Limited Edition set has arrived!

 

Boruto & Naruto: GAARA  SRPF71K

Two in stock, once gone – they will be gone forever.

Kanji symbol at 1 o’clock position means LOVE. 

$695. Be super quick.

The Precision Microcast - Tune in!


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.

Play it in background, you will be impressed.

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/show/6kOw6B7wZ3UxecZgPmm5mB?si=xJGxA8ITSGiseZyfG0V0Bg

Apple podcast:
https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/the-precision-microcast/id1511834188

New Seiko of the day: PADI GMT Kinetic

 

I 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 has arrived! 

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 a keeper! 

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. 
Seiko Propsex PADI SUN065P

Price: $999

The most exciting SEIKO Limited Edition set has arrived!

 

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 Uchiha SRPF67K1 "The Red Watch"

https://naruto.fandom.com/wiki/Sarada_Uchiha

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.