The Chinese Swiss watch industry

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jun 29th, 2011
Jun 29

In another step for the Chinese watch industry, the Eterna brand and watch manufacturing company has been sold to a Chinese firm – International Volant Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Haidia.

Image from TimeZone Industry News

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1000m for $399

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jun 28th, 2011
Jun 28

Image from Armida Watches

I have to pass along this discount deal

ARMIDA Watches are very kindly offering all OceanicTime readers a 100USD discount on ALL versions of the A1 Diver. That means the Miyota is now only 399USD and the ETA with its fantastic domed crystal can be your for 599USD. When placing your online order with CCNow all you need do is enter the coupon code ‘OCEANICTIME’

That’s not bad at all for a 1000m resistant dive watch, stainless, automatic 3.8 mm thick AR coated sapphire crystal, helium release valve. Sure it’s a micro-brand, and the watch design is fairly generic, but neither of these are necessarily a bad thing.

Let’s talk a bit about the source of this deal …

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Wako & Seiko’s Flagship Store re-opens

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jun 26th, 2011
Jun 26

No, it has nothing to do with the earthquake and nuclear plant, the store was closed for renovations, and is now reopened.

Image from Europa Star

If you are in the Ginza district of Tokyo, worth dropping in. For more info see the Europa Star article here.

G-Shock Descent

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jun 22nd, 2011
Jun 22

Wow – wingsuit flying (base jump flying) as an ad for the G-Shock. Just wow. Thanks to Kyle at for posting this link the other day.

Listen to the sound at 2:41 and 2:55 – like a jet passing by.

Orient Diver & GMT Sightings

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jun 19th, 2011
Jun 19

Wearing my vintage Orient diver today, reminded me of a few recent online sightings of this brand…

Yeoman’s Watch Review does a two part review of the Orient M-force Diver EL03002M, including a comparison to it’s bigger brother 300 meter model.

Image from Yeoman’s Watch Blog

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Those American Upstarts!

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jun 6th, 2011
Jun 6

The upcoming International Chronometry Contest will “judge private entries from watchmakers and school entries from various technical watch schools in Europe and America” for accuracy from a mechanical movement.

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