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Charging a Kinetic With a Sonicare Toothbrush Charger

philips-sonicare-elite.jpgUmm? Amazing? True? Dangerous?

Last night, when I was brushing my teeth with my sonicare tootbrush, I thought of using the charger to charge my watch. I said, what the heck, my watch is 7 years old anyway and I put the watch on top of the toothbrush charger. I left it overnight and lo and behold this morning , it was at full charge. The only thing I noticed is that the watch is a bit warm and I thought it might have been overcharged. Up to now, the watch is in full charge. It would have been better if I had monitored the charging until it was full charge or used a timer to avoid overcharging.

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Seiko Blue Monster

WatchReport just rustled up the Blue Monster, a striking Seiko Diver that I would love to add to the collection. Very Orange Monster with Blue Face. Love the scheme. What’s nice about the Monster family is that they look very modern with a great auto movement in there.

The Seiko Blue Monster (Ref. SKZ213K1) is a beautiful, limited edition piece. Features include:

Thick, brushed stainless steel case.
Domed sapphire crystal.
Uni-directional rotating bezel.
Screw-down caseback.
Water-resistant to 200 meters, or about 650 feet.
Screw-down crown (at the four o’clock position).
Luminescent hands and hour markers.
Automatic movement (23 jewels).
Double folding safety clasp with diver’s extension (to fit over a wet suit).

The Seiko Blue Monster [WatchReport]

Seiko Credor Spring Drive Sonnerie


This is not your mom’s Seiko. This thing is a Spring Drive Seiko with hourly Japanese chime. It’s completely hand-made and hand-assembled and costs, well, lots.

As befits a watch of such intricacy and sophistication, the strike hammer is visible through the dual surface curved sapphire crystal. The case itself is crafted from 18-karat pink gold, which not only reflects the value of the movement but assists the purity of the sound of the chime. On the mainspring barrel of the bell mechanism, a cutout Japanese bellflower (Kikyo flower in Japanese) drifts down on a river, symbolizing the continuous flow of time. The Japanese bellflower is chosen because it is the flower of the city where the Micro Artist Studio is located.


The Credor Spring Drive Sonnerie Pure Sound, Pure Motion, Pure Perfection [TimeZone]

Historical Horology: The Seiko Monster


Welcome to our latest edition of Historical Horology, the series where we dive into some aspect of the history of watches and watch making.  While we often hop into the wayback machine for this series, this time around we are focusing on something a bit more recent, and on a watch that many of us either currently own, or have owned in the past – the Seiko SKX779, aka the Seiko Monster.

New Seiko Kit – SKZ209K1

PokemonRyu has a new Seiko auto for sale with a compass scale and a cool nylon kit. I don’t want another diver, but I can certainly say I’m innarested.

LATEST GADGET SEIKO AUTOMATIC DIVER WATCH SKZ209K1 KIT (item 5049707954 end time Nov-28-05 04:00:00 PST) [Ebay]

Inside the Seiko Spring Drive

Great in depth look at the Spring Drive from one of Timezone’s finest.

And so we come to the latest Seiko innovation, the Spring Drive. Although virtually all mechanical watches use a spring as a power source, the Spring Drive is extremely unique in that it dispenses with the 300+ year old idea of a mechanical escapement for the regulation of time. The result is a watch that avoids the age-old problems associated with mechanical escapements such as hairsprings, delicate balance wheels, pallet forks, and escape wheels (not to mention maintenance issues).

Seiko Spring Drive: A Revolution in Time – TimeZone

$99 Seiko Chrono
Not going to comment on the goldenness of this, but one of our sponsors is selling this chrono for $99. Free shipping, as well.

Yes, it’ for real! Get this dynamic Seiko men’s alarm chronograph at a price too good to miss! Outstanding men’s watch is sleek, racy and just right for today’s man. Handsome gold plated finish is on durable stainless steel. Attractive, polished gold plated case is presented on the highly stylized link bracelet in brushed and polished gold plate. Stationary, satin finished bezel frames the gold colored dial with three subdials, LumiBrite hands and markers. Alarm, small-seconds and 30-minute registers. A window at the 3 o’clock hour reveals the automatic date calendar. Hurry quantities are limited!

Product Page [WorldofWatches]

Seiko Blue Monster For Sale – ‘Spensive


Man, love me some Blue Monster. But $420? Come on! Has anyone seen this in real life?

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More Seiko Conjecture


Today is Spring Drive day, apparently. Jaime posits a future for Seiko on the Seiko and Citizen Forum.

1) Is that Seiko is now lending its workhorse movements to its lower end subsidiaries. 2) Seiko has internationally broken the 1,000.00++USD barrier watch, which even the Japanese Executives acknowledged, before the introduction of the Spring Drive, was difficult to sell outside Japan due to brand perception. 3) Seiko has created an outlet store outside of Japan( Singapore ). 4) An increased stake in Orient which are coming out with more cutting edge designs made for a lower end market. 5) Cheap Chinese watches will get better and better as requests for one off and internationally subcontracted brands continue. 6) Kinetics are now super reliable and find their movements in more expensive Seiko ( and other) tool/dress watches.

Read the entire post here.

Hands On Another Spinnaker Spence SP-5039-02

Spinnaker Watches offers the Spence dive watch in their vintage category that has good-enough wearability but lacks a few key underwater dive functions. If you dive from the edge of the pool, this might add some color to your water-watch collection.