Showing posts with label Japan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Japan. Show all posts

Monday, February 25, 2019

King Seiko 5626 7040 Chronometer - BMBY

Today's my day and I write about a watch that has much sentimental value to me is one that I only recently acquired. It is a watch from my BMBY or birth-month-birth-year. I had thought previously that The Watch was supposed to be a Seiko slide rule model but then I was a bit lucky to have found this King Seiko.

The watch is a certified chronometer with a date and Kanji & English day feature
This features a hi-beat movement, which is 28,800 bph and the model numbers on the back match the model numbers at the bottom of the dial.
Case back showing the serial number and model number as well as the correct medallion for this model.
Signed crown
Another view of the dial and the baton hands
Here's yet another view featuring the signed crown
The watch came without a strap but I had already prepared for this with a handmade leather strap I had made by an excellent leathersmith I met online. I also have a Hirsch strap for this watch.

The watch's day feature wasn't working when I got it. And so I brought the watch to my suking watch repairman who cleaned the movement and fixed the day feature. It's now fully functional and keeps accurate time. Though I want to wear it more often, I've managed to make it part of a rotation that allows me to care for my favorites in my collection. That way, I am able to reduce the wear from using the watch so often. If this were something like a baseball or basketball game, the rotation of 5 would probably be this watch, my moon watch, the Futurematic, my favorite Kinetic and the Ocean Star. Honorable mentions would be my other hi-beat KS, my JR railway watch and the Landmaster. :)

Friday, February 1, 2019

King Seiko 4502 7001, Hi-Beat Manual Wind

We start the month of February with a watch feature. My collection includes this King Seiko also from my birth year of 1972. Hi-Beat here stands for 36,000 bph. Of course, I prefer this to the hi-beat Lord Marvel models. The latter were the first to come out but I guess the movements on the KS is the more refined ones?

This King Seiko also has that simple yet elegant design found in the KS 44 model
Side view showing the signed crown
The other side view.
Case back with the KS medallion and serial number indicating this was manufactured in August 1972
Close-up of the bottom of the dial
The watch's 4502A movement is in great condition
The watch the first time I wore it after fitting it with a Hirsch leather strap

The watch lasts about 43 hours on a full wind. That is not at all bad for a 46-year old watch. I have also observed it to be gaining only a few seconds per day so it is still a very reliable piece.


Thursday, December 6, 2018

King Seiko 44-9990

The opportunity presented itself and so I was able to acquire another King Seiko (KS) recently. This one is another manually wound watch that has what has been termed as a 'low beat' movement.

The watch has a simple face and without day or date complications.
The back is in very good condition with the exception of the medallion, which is already damaged. This means it would be better to use a nato or zulu strap instead of a metal bracelet or leather straps that would probably be more suitable for this vintage watch.
Unique signed crown contributes to the authenticity of the watch.
The model number at the bottom of the dial is consistent with the one at the back. This is also another important match one must verify when acquiring these Seiko watches.
The watch on my wrist after I fitted it with a nato strap.
Seiko's 44A movement is a classic and this one runs quite well. This runs at 18,000 bph.

The serial number on the watch indicates date of manufacture as March 1968. I recently timed it after a full wind and it lasted 43 hours. Not bad at all for a 50-year old watch. I've read one article where the assessment was that this was KS movement that was highly regarded as being at par with the Grand Seiko movement from its time. I would agree as 5 decades after, the watch is still a dependable piece.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Citizen Promaster vintage diver watch

My collection of Citizen watches include a diver. But unlike other watches, this one is a lefty or designed for the left handed (watch is worn on the right wrist and can be adjusted using the left hand). It is not exactly a rare one but is not a common one either in the sense that there are few with this orientation.

This Citizen diver has both day and date complications
View showing the screw down crown
The other side view
Case back showing the water resistance, model number and serial number
Side view showing the crown and the thickness of the watch
Close-up of the bottom of the dial showing the model number
Here's the obligatory wrist shot
This watch is powered by an Citizen 8203 movement  by Miyota that runs at 21,600 A/h with a supposed power reserve of 43h. I haven't really gone into testing the watch but it usually lasts more than 36h.
This watch has one of the brighter lumes in my collection.
These are watches that are often preferred by those who want to have what they call a 'beater' or everyday watch. I actually prefer dress watches over divers but wear one whenever the weather or the occasion (swimming) calls for it. And with the weather in the Philippines, that means wearing a diver more frequently during the wet season. My preference though would be my Mido Cal. 80, which is to me a very reliable piece.


Monday, October 22, 2018

Orient Deluxe 4300 DXO vintage watch

While I have several Seikos and Citizens, I only have one Orient watch. This is an Orient Deluxe 4300 DXO, which is somewhat a rare model for this watch brand.

The case shape is like a UFO's
Baton hands and day and date features for this automatic watch
Side view showing the crown and the quick set button for the day feature
The other side view
Case back showing the Orient emblem and pretty worn out details on the watch
Its a bit difficult to get a photo where the details of the watch features can be readable. Under a good light and with a certain angle, you can read that this watch is shock & waterproof with a stainless steel case. The watch's serial number is also indicated.
Another look at the signed crown and quick set button for the day feature
This is an Orient 4971 movement that runs at 18,000 bph. I haven't seriously timed the watch but it lasts overnight after a day's wearing.
The watch on my wrist after I changed the leather strap recently.

I saw the same model watch that's slightly in better condition selling for 600 US dollars. Of course, that watch is in a better condition. This one's close so it should fetch a good price if and when I decide to let go of this.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Citizen Crystal 7 automatic vintage watch

A reliable though not regularly (neglected?) used watch in my rotation is this classic auto dater from Citizen that has been nicely restored. It is a classic model from the 1960s and much sought after are the models released in Japan for the kanji day feature.

Elegant watch face showing its day and date features. The day feature on the Japan Domestic Model (JDM) is in kanji.
Close-up of the bottom part of the face
Side view showing the crown
Close-up of the signed crown
The other side view
The case back showing it to be waterproof (Parawater is Citizen's innovation) and automatic.  Shown also are the serial numbers. Based on the serial numbers and one reference for Citizen movements, this watch was produced in June 1967 and the 13,151th watch of this model produced.
The obligatory wrist shot
I did some research and downloaded a nice reference for Citizen Watch movements. This watch is likely powered by either a 5201 or 5204 movement at 18,000 bph. First released in 1965, this model sold for either 16,500 JPY or 19,500 JPY (about 71,500 JPY or 84,500 JPY in today's money after factoring for inflation). These were expensive watches back in the day!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Chocolate review: Meiji The Chocolate Sunny Milk

The last of the three bars of Meiji's special release is this "Sunny Milk", which is a dark milk chocolate that's supposed to have 54% cacao - 1% lower than Brilliant Milk's 55%.

The purple accent in the packaging makes it distinct from the other chocolate bars from this line by Meiji.
Details on the chocolate at the back of the box - these are basically all in Japanese so the local distributor provided a sticker to at least translate basic information about the chocolate including the nutrition information. The expiration date is quite clear as well as the temperature recommended for this chocolate.
There are three small bars inside the box; each individually wrapped.

We thought that "Sunny Milk" tasted very similarly to Brilliant Milk. These were definitely better chocolates than the regular Meiji Black. If your noticed, the three bars are actually award winning chocolates as indicated in the front of the box. We would definitely agree. The only issue here, I think, is the price vs. quantity of the chocolate. For the same price you can get a bigger bar of a dark chocolate of comparable quality.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Chocolate review: Meiji The Chocolate Brilliant Milk

I wrote about these 'premium' Meiji chocolate bars we picked up at the supermarket. There were three types of chocolates in bars available at the supermarket and I bought one of each.

I find it interesting how they named these chocolates. This one is Brilliant Milk and is described as 'dark milk' meaning it is milk chocolate containing 55% cacao.
Back of the box with all information about the chocolate including a spider graph of its attributes.
There's not really a lot of translation in English so it will take some effort for one to decode the details.
 Close-up of the back of the box
The box has an interesting design including
One of the chocolate bars inside the box. The net weight of the chocolate is 50g so one pack contains a third of 50g; perhaps just enough to satisfy one's craving for chocolate.
As with the previous bar I wrote about, this chocolate is smooth. These are on the expensive side though and I think the quality doesn't make up for the quantity if we're to consider prices. Bitin! One would be better off purchasing a larger bar for the same price range.