Orient Watches for 1/2 price

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jan 20th, 2010
Jan 20

Looks like it’s the week for posts about deal sites. Today, I was emailed about a 50% off deal from Orient. For example, an Orient Mako automatic 200m diver can be had for $80 plus shipping, brand new, from Orient Watch USA (who also ship to Canada).

Image from OrientWatchUSA

That’s right, $80 brand new for a Mako from the distributor!

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Seiko Orange Monster on Sale

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jan 18th, 2010
Jan 18

Just received an email from Andy Coulter reminding me of the eWatches.com site (a sister site to WorldOfWatches.com), browsed to it to remind myself what it was like, and noticed this deal which I think deserves mention.

Yes, that’s a Seiko Orange Monster, on rubber (mine is on the stainless dive bracelet), for $139 which includes shipping.

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WIN a CX Swiss Military 20,000 ft watch

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jan 15th, 2010
Jan 15

Another non-Seiko post, but I could not resist mentioning this, since it’s a contest to win a 6000 meter water resistant watch which retails for $4,400 USD!

pic from iTech News Net

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Google to stop censoring in China!

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jan 13th, 2010
Jan 13

Great but scary news from the Google blog today. The good part is the following…

We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.

Now the scary, part, which is why they made this decision. Here are some snippets…

We launched Google.cn in January 2006 in the belief that the benefits of increased access to information for people in China and a more open Internet outweighed our discomfort in agreeing to censor some results. At the time we made clear that “we will carefully monitor conditions in China, including new laws and other restrictions on our services. If we determine that we are unable to achieve the objectives outlined we will not hesitate to reconsider our approach to China.”

These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered–combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web–have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China.

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Blued Steel watch hands

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jan 12th, 2010
Jan 12

You see a lot of watches with “blued hands” and “blued screws”. WIS people will know that real blued steel is done by heating the metal to a certain point, whereas mass produced blued steel actually isn’t, it’s created by a chemical process.

What most people don’t realize is that blue is only one of the colors steel goes through as it’s heated, and that if you’re doing this yourself for your TimeZone online school watch ( :-) ) if you mess it up you call a “re-do” and re-heat it again, that will work.

From a post on the National (US) Association of Watch & Clock Collectors comes this nice summary chart. Anyone for “brown with purple spotted” hands?

Notice how quickly the colour changes from dark blue to light blue, that’s the real challenge to creating blue steel, and why when doing this by hand small parts are heated slowly with other metal around them to help prevent the heat from increasing too quickly.

Halios Bluering Pricing, Orbstrap Winner

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jan 9th, 2010
Jan 9

Pricing for the soon-to-be released Halios BlueRing, both the Seiko 6R15 and ETA 2824-2 based models, was announced before Christmas.

Image from Halios Watches Blog

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Queen Elizabeth II – US President meetings

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jan 6th, 2010
Jan 6

Long Live the Queen.

Although it’s US Presidents instead of Canadian Prime Ministers, this little sequence of photos still gives you an idea of how long the Queen has been reigning. It’s a impressive comparison to all those 4 or 8 year terms. Can you even name all the presidents shown? Most aren’t even still living.

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Credor GBBY998 – Seiko’s 2 mm thick movement!

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jan 4th, 2010
Jan 4

Credor is a high-end sub-brand of Seiko, which includes one of their most expensive an unique watches ever, the Credor Spring Drive Sonnerie repeater, priced at JPY15,000,000 (Fifteen Million Japanese Yen). That’s roughly $170,000 – certainly not in the range of recent vintage Patek Phillipe auctions, but still well in the stratosphere for me (and most of you readers I am sure!).

This brand is focused on the design, actually no the art of the watch, not just the finishing of the mechanism, in a much more Japanese manner than we normally associate with Seiko, and are typically not seen in North America. Originally just another sub-brand, in the past few years they have been branded on their own without reference to the Seiko name, and have focused much more on design.

Credor have recently released 2 new Limited Edition models as part of their “Node” line of hand-winding mechanical watches, the GBBY998 and GBBY999.

Image from TimeZone Industry News

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