Made In Japan

New Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Models. See our news archive for more details;

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Happy birthday to Orient, who celebrate their 70th anniversary this year.

Not officially available in the UK, but these Japanese watches have dive models like the Mako, plus the Worldtimer and Orient Three Star pieces in their heritage. Great watches for collectors on a budget, and the modern Mako is a striking, tough design.

orient mako green

CASIO NEWS

Casio announces the first analogue model within G-SHOCK’s popular FROGMAN series of dive watches.

While still maintaining the asymmetrical design that has become synonymous with the iconic series, the new GWFA1000-1A2 features a new monocoque case made of carbon fibre reinforced resin which integrates the case and case back; providing the utmost durability and low absorbency.

Casio G-SHOCK GWFA1000

The watch comes with a navy band alongside a silver and black watch face which displays dual time, dive time and tide in analog format. The GWFA1000-1A2 also boasts enhanced readability with large, luminescent hour and minute hands, making it easier for divers to check their dive time at a quick glance.

The new GWFA1000-1A2 is built with premium materials, including a sapphire crystal with non-reflective coating and its tough flouroelastomer band adds exceptional resistance to staining and hydrolysis, which allows the watch to be used in and out of the water without worry.

Additional technical features include a Super Illuminator LED light which helps to ensure readability in the dark and underwater, built-in tough solar technology for self-charging capabilities and Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping for self-adjusting, accurate hour/date display virtually anywhere on the globe.

As part of the release, G-SHOCK has unveiled an exclusive landing page taking consumers through the features, which can be viewed HERE.

GRAND SEIKO – SEARCHING FOR PERFECTION

Silky skills, this is premier league watch servicing in action. Great video from Grand Seiko;

 

A few words and pics on Japanese watches; vintage models, collectable models and our faves from the big names in Japan today.

1965 seiko rospex diver recreation
We love the Seiko Prospex recreation of their original 60s dive watch, even down to the dolphin logo on the caseback.

Seiko Astron – the first mass market quartz watch, the wristwatch that almost sent the Swiss wath manufacturers into meltdown and bankruptcy. You can say that the era of modern timekeeping began here, December 1969.

seiko astron quartz
You have to admire the clean simplicity of the design, from the recessed crown to the traditional baton markers. A contrast to the busy, button-festival, backlit Casio digitals that were to come by the mid 70s.
orient mako 2 dial
Why do we love the Orient Mako 2? Well it has a newer F6922 movement, based on a recent Seiko Calibre, that combines 21,600bph reliability with affordability.  You can get a plain blue bezel, or the famous Pepsi red/blue combo. It’s automatic of course, but you can wind it too, features a 40 hour power reserve, which is enough for most people. Great value at about £160 online, although no official importer to the UK as it clashes with Seiko of course.
seiko presage automatic great value deals
The Presage is such a great value automatic, which you can find for about £300 retail, or online. Exhibition back, you can wind it to get it started, and there are some lovely sunburst dial designs too. Great everyday watch that’s smart enough for a night out too.
orient 2
Orient is a decent sub-brand in the Seiko empire and we are always baffled as to why they don’t officially import them, as they do with Lorus and Pulsar. Many Orient automatics are just as reliable as Miyota powered offerings from other manufacturers in the £100-£150 bracket.
pix citizen 1
Just a handsome blue dial Citizen – you can pick these up from about £20 on ebay.
pixl seiko 1
Like most Seiko 5 autos this one needs a few minutes of shaking from side to side to really get it going, then wear it for a few busy days to build up the spring’s tension, so it will run all through the night.

 

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