Grand Seiko Going International

Posted by Harry Bishop on Mar 28th, 2010
Mar 28

Well, at least “more international” since they are already here at the Seiko Boutique in Canada :-) but you know what Seiko means.

Hmm, maybe we’ll even get some of the nicer hand-wind models here now?

Image of one of my grails from SteveG

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Review of GTG Seikos (part 1 of 2)

Posted by Harry Bishop on Mar 26th, 2010
Mar 26

So what did the local Seiko Boutique bring out for us to look at and try on, at the recent GTG? Here’s a quick rogue’s gallery of the visitors, and what I would recommend from the bunch…

First were models from the (currently separate line) called Spring Drive Collection. Two on leather – SNR013 GMT with champagne dial on brown band (which I really like – RECOMMEND) and SNR015 with slate dial on blue leather. All have the 5R66 movement, recessed power reserve sub-dial, alligator strap, stainless case, sapphire crystal and display back, and 100 meter water resistance.

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These are also called the “Spring Drive Collection GMT II” models. A quite nice dress watch, less subdued than the GS line but still fairly elegant, reminds me of some quality German brands but with the Spring Drive movement and Seiko feel.

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Family tree update – 1500s and 1600s

Posted by Harry Bishop on Mar 25th, 2010
Mar 25

Another family tree update (click the link on the navigation bar below the page header on this blog).

We now have over 3300 names entered, all of which have been validated against quality sources (although we are now well aware of how many reference books contain errors, and we keep trying to find and correct such, as well as try and look out for our own typos!).

This update includes some Dutch heritage in early New Amsterdam (now of course called New York), and the Perkins family going back to the early 1500s in England. More of both to enter, plus we have a backlog of a few thousand more people :-) but that’s good for an interim refresh at this point.

What is an entry-level Seiko automatic?

Posted by Harry Bishop on Mar 24th, 2010
Mar 24

I’ve heard this question from a few people looking at some of my posts about more expensive models, and I’ve heard the obverse from people assuming that all Seiko watches are entry level. Now these are not watches I normally write about, but I thought today I would answer those questions.

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Seiko Boutique Totonto GTG

Posted by Harry Bishop on Mar 21st, 2010
Mar 21

With Joel preparing to return home from Basel soon, I reminded myself I should post more about the recent get-together in Toronto sponsored by Timezone, Seiko Boutique Toronto, and Odyssey Time.

Having only taken my point-and-click with me, and knowing my photography skills are relatively poor compared to a lot of WIS people :-) Joel kindly agreed to let me borrow his photos, which he has posted on TimeZone along with a few short notes of his own.

All images in this post from Joel Tadeo of TimeZone

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The problem with watch brands on Facebook

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

Is the number of new watches I keep seeing that I want to acquire. And they are not even Seikos! :-)

Image from Perpetuelle Watches

This one from just the other day caught my eye, the newest Brietling SuperOcean shown at BaselWorld, thanks to the Perpetuelle Watches blog and associate Facebook presence.

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Free Watch Part 2 – Joel Tadeo and TimeZone

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

This is actually the part I wanted to write about first, regarding the Seiko SRP022 that was provided as a raffle prize by the Toronto Seiko Boutique and Odyssey Time. Then I got writing off-topic about online images :-) so this is part 2.

Above is a picture of Joel Tadeo, of TimeZone, who (with help from others) organized the event, and above and beyond the Seiko involvement, I want to thank TimeZone and Joel specifically for the evening.

Now about the watch. The raffle was actually won by Joel. Who then turned around and immediately quietly gifted the watch to another visitor, rather than accept it for himself. A kind and classy behavior, and one that I understand is representative of Joel.

The involvement of this type of person, more than anything, is what makes me want to come out to further Toronto WIS or Seiko events, and I would recommend them for anyone else in the area. Well done Joel.

Tissot Seastar 1000

Posted by Harry Bishop on Mar 11th, 2010
Mar 11

Although Tissot these days is most well known for their T-Touch line, they for years have been one of those fairly quiet “Tier 2″ Swiss brands, that continue under the radar of many watch magazines and blogs. Similar to Oris or Certina, who get even less press on this side of the pond.

The nice thing about brands like this is you can find some fairly unique models that won’t set you back an arm and a leg to purchase, and will have some cachet in not being something that people, even other WIS, see too often.

The above model is the new SeaStar 1000, a new iteration of an old model line name, reviewed by Kyle at the Perpetuelle blog here. Not for everyone (as Kyle notes it’s missing some typical dive watch aspects, however most of us don’t actually dive with them anyway), but something different if you’re into European dive watches and can’t afford a Blancpain. :-)

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