Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Why Omega Why?

After a year of dormancy (yes that's what a new member of a family does to your watch hobby, any hobby for that matter), I was looking forward to crossing off another bucket list watch for me.

I made the rounds of calling different Omega dealers looking for the 39mm Speedy only to be told that the new Speedy is now 42mm!


One of the reasons I wanted a Speedy was because I THOUGHT it was cool that it stayed away from the direction most new brands took/are taking by going all Panerai on us. You know, those bigger IWCs, those bigger Rolexes and even bigger Panerais. But alas Omega joined the bandwagon and I now probably have to go look in the pre-loved market...

And my streak of not buying a watch still continues.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Trying on the IWC Big Pilot

Currently, I have 3 pilot watches: an IWC Pilot Chronograph, a Steinhart Nav B-Uhr Automatic and a Laco Type B Pilot Watch. But my grail pilot watch is the IWC Bog Pilot. 2 weeks ago I again had the opportunity to wear big mama.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Weekly Wrist Shot: Week 40

Here's this weeks daily watch line up. Enjoy the wrist shots!

Monday, 03 Oct. IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 3717 to start the week
IWC 3717 Pilot's Watch Chronograph

Tuesday, 04 Oct. From Swiss to Japanese, the Vintage Seiko 6138-0030 Chronograph Square Eyes Kanji takes over
Vintage Seiko Square Eyes Kanji

Wednesday, O5 Oct. Continuing the Japanese take over with the Seiko SNKF11K1 BFS
Seiko SNKF11K1 Big Freakin' Seiko

Thursday, 06 Oct. Getting ready for another wet day with the Seiko Diver's Watch 7002-700A
Seiko 7002-700A Diver's Watch

Friday, 07 Oct. Started the week with a pilot, so I ended it with another pilot with the Steinhart Nav B-Uhr II 44mm Automatic
Steinhart Nav-B Uhr II 44mm Automatic


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Watch Rant: My Grail Killers

Being a WIS is difficult. Being a mendicant WIS is even harder. Imagine being a drug abuser without the money to buy drugs. Fine, I can't really say that's how it would feel because Ive never done it, but if I were to imagine it, thats what I would compare it too.

Because yes, I admit it. I am a mendicant WIS.

Being a mendicant WIS with a wishlist that costs more than my house and car combined, I sometimes just have to pacify my horological addition by getting myself a (more affordable) watch that's not on my my grail list. These watches are what I call my grail killers because every centavo I spent on them makes me a centavo farther away from my grail watches.

Usually the urge to buy a grail killer comes with one or a multiple of the following excuses:

It was on sale/It had a really good price
The piece is so rare you couldnt pass up the chance
This is one complication I wanted, but is not on my grailI can easily sell this anyway

So far, here are my grail killers. Dont get me wrong, I love these watches and I'll probably keep a lot of them anyway but had i not gotten them I could have been a couple of dollars closer to some of my grails.

Seiko 7002-700A Diver's Watch
Seiko 7002 Diver's Watch

Seiko SKX779 Black Monster
Seiko SKX779 Black Monster

Vintage Seiko 6138-0030 Square Eyes Kanji
Vintage Seiko Square Eyes Kanji

Damn these affordable Seikos!!! They're amazing time pieces at can't-pass-up prices.

I wonder if there's anybody out there with this affliction.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Watch Rave: Zenith El Primero Rattrapante

Last Thursday my wife and I went to Shangri-La to attend my sister-in-law's 30th birthday dinner. We arrived about half an hour early and as any watch idiot would do, I quickly excused myself and headed off to Lucerne.

Lucerne is probably the single biggest carrier of luxury watch brands in the Philippines. Patek Philippe, A. Lange & Söhne, AP, Panerai, Rolex, IWC, JLC, Zenith, Omega and many others are carried by Lucerne. It's the closest thing to horological heaven here in the Philippines.

I was only able to browse the Zenith and JLC cases and I have to say that for that night, my personal eye candy was the Zenith El Primero Rattrapante. Unfortunately I was not able to take a wrist shot but boy was that piece a real piece of work. Pictures over the net tend to give it a much sportier look, but in person in exudes elegance and sophistication.
Zenith El Primero Rattapante

I promise to take a wristshot next time. Even better check it out for yourself at Lucerne, Shangri-La. List price is PhP670k.


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