Seiko Production Date Calculator

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

Many (if not most) of you have noticed that Jayhawk’s old Seiko Production Date Calculator has been gone for quite some time. But, there are alternatives!

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Avast Ye Scurvy Dogs! (Helson Blackbeard White)

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

One of the more interesting applications of lume in a diver’s watch I’ve seen lately, this one definitely got a smile from me. 500m, ETA 2824-2, and some swagger…

Image from Oceanic Time

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199 and waiting…

Posted by Harry Bishop on Aug 20th, 2011
Aug 20

For all of 2011 to date, I’ve been sitting at 199 countries who have visited by blog. I’m waiting for number 200! :-)

Seriously though, that would be kind of cool. It’s always amazed me the people from all over the globe who visit a site like mine. It’s also humbling, thank you.

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Posted by Harry Bishop on Aug 18th, 2011
Aug 18

Nice to see Gear Patrol starting a new series about quality vintage items called Patina. And guess what, the first article and pic is by Jason Heaton and features a vintage Rolex compliments of Hodinkee! Nice name for the series, nice first post guys.

Image from Benjamin Clymer of Hodinkee via GearPatrol

Lume Dials & 500m

Posted by Harry Bishop on Aug 16th, 2011
Aug 16

I seem to be enjoying several of the recent Deep Blue releases. The newest ones are 500m resistant divers, ETA 2824-2 caliber, normal non-professional dive watch characteristics except a display back (fairly rare for that level of depth resistance, and may cause purists to say it’s “not really a diver” but i would disagree), and a retail price of $599.

The neat part? Brightly hued hands and raised markers on a full-lume dial. Maybe not for everyone, but a nice fresh look!

Images from TimeZone Industry News

Grand Seiko web snippets

Posted by Harry Bishop on Aug 7th, 2011
Aug 7

A few Grand Seiko mentions from the past month worth noting. First, Ariel Adams of has a short overview of Grand Seiko along with a brief review of the high-beat SBGH005 (black dial).

Image from

A couple of comments from the review worth repeating…

this dial is “classic” 20th century formal quasi-minimalist watch dial… incarnate.

You don’t wear a watch like this in the US to get noticed. Only a select assortment of watch nerds get it.

Grand Seiko will always have special meaning to me, one that I keep realizing each time I get more excited about a watch like this than I do a new $200,000 Swiss tourbillon based timepiece.

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Deep Blue T100 Daynight – new version for $370

Posted by Harry Bishop on Aug 2nd, 2011
Aug 2

Another Deep Blue model, this one of note as it uses a Seiko NH25 movement – basically the OEM version of the 7S25 – with a 300m resistant case, sapphire crystal, and tritium tubes instead of lume.

Last year’s T100 Daynight was powered by a Miyota calibre, used lume, and was priced at $489 MSRP. This new version with the Seiko calibre, tritium tubes, and more colorful bezel is listed at an MSRP of $589, but is currently available through the Deep Blue site for $370, including a one year warranty. VERY reasonable, especially since their ETA version of this watch is listed at $799.

Images from TimeZone Industry News

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