Archive | January, 2006

How to Buy a 6309

Posted on 31 January 2006 by John Biggs

An amazingly detailed post on how to buy a Seiko 6309 diver, one of the iconic Japanese divers of the last century. The 6309 has an automatic movement and is built like a tank with the crown at 4 o’clock. I have my father’s, which I redid completely after he left it sitting in a drawer for about 20 years. It’s a striking piece and, along with the Orange Monster, is a great newbie collector’s watch.

HOW TO BUY A SEIKO 6309 DIVER (Belongs in FAQ) [Seiko and Citizen Forum]

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Last Night for Reader’s Survey

Posted on 30 January 2006 by John Biggs


Help us help you this year. Fill out our 1st Annual WWR reader’s survey and register to win a black Nooka ZOT watch courtesy of Deadline for entries is Midnight, January 31, 2006.

All email addresses will be destroyed after the contest is over. Please tell us what you think about WWR and tell us a bit about yourself so we can expand and improve our coverage next year.

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Review – Chronoswiss Digiteur

Posted on 30 January 2006 by John Biggs

Nice review of the Digiteur MSA, Chronoswiss’ “digital” watch.

Chronoswiss’s new Digiteur MSA was introduced at Baselworld 2005. MSA stands for “montre sans aiguilles” (watch without hands) and this watch is, indeed, a watch without hands. A mechanical digital watch, in other words.

The hour is displayed in a beveled square window at the top of the face. Beneath that is a semicircular window that displays the minutes, and below that the seconds count off in a third window.

It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you do, it’s a very easy-to-read display. The three windows set into the plain silver face make for an elegant and sophisticated wristwatch that is still functional.

Chronoswiss Digiteur [Stylophiles Online]

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Sexy New Patek Calendar 5960P

Posted on 30 January 2006 by John Biggs

TimeZone has some great shots of the new 5960P Calendar with leap year indicator and all sorts of goodies. I hate the hands, though. Does anyone else feel the same way?

Full release after the jump.

NEW Patek chrono/calendar/auto caliber, ref. 5960P! [TimeZone]

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New Independent Watch Association – Time Aeon

Posted on 30 January 2006 by John Biggs

These internecine struggles happen in every industry, and the watchmaking world is no exception. Apparently this group will

Based in Avenches, the purpose of this alliance is not marketing, but to “perpetuate manual know-how and creative work” according to Mr. Dufour.

The alliance will be inspired in particular by the philosophy of the guild and the exchange of knowledge. Each founding member will keep his independence. To finance its objectives, they will sell particular models of each one of its member products specially for Time Aeon.

They will also feature Charlize Theron in a very poor movie alongside an addled Frances McDormand.

New Independent Watch Association Formed – Time Aeon [TimeZone]

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Gerald Genta Retrograde Jump Hour

Posted on 25 January 2006 by John Biggs

Ming at 04.jpgWatchRap has some striking shots of a Gerald Genta jump hour. I like Genta, as a whole, but sometimes they get ugly. This one has all the parts in the right place.

Gerald Genta Retrograde Jump Hour! [WatchRap]

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The Little Panny that Couldn’t

Posted on 25 January 2006 by John Biggs

Here very cute little homemade Panny – some paper, some Xacto knives, and a $20 quartz crap piece. Excellent work.

See what happens when I get bored? [BigWatchForum]

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Wooden Clock Kit

Posted on 25 January 2006 by John Biggs

90682693_dfa1bf5167_m.jpgKrazyDad reviews a super cool wooden clock kit made of pressboard, dowels, and not much else. Very George Washington Carver.

Here are the components spread out. Most of the parts are laser cut plywood. There are also some dowels, screws, nylon washers and string. The kit comes with a detailed and helpful 43 page instruction manual, that is *much* better than the terse instructions that come with IKEA furniture. Jeff is very careful to navigate you through most of the potential “gotchas” that will occur during the construction process. I started working on the clock about 2 and a half weeks ago, working mostly on weekends. All in all, I’ve probably spent about 20 hours on it thus far.

The Ascent – A Wooden Clock Kit [KrazyDad]

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