Travel Companion on my Wrist

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“Travel Companion” Cedar Park, 2019

As you may know, I love watches. I’m not a collector by any means, but I’ve always owned a couple throughout my life, starting with my first digital that I received as a Christmas gift from my parents when I was maybe 8 years old. I still remember wearing that non-waterproof watch in the water at Ho’okipa Park on Maui… and watching it die… luckily after it dried out, it came back to life. Whew!

Anyways, my favorite watch for the past couple years has been my Seiko SKX007 dive watch. What I like about it is that it’s so rugged and simple that I fully expect to keep it for the rest of my life. Maybe it will need servicing at some point, but I’d love to just get it repaired instead of replacing it. And because of this “buy it for life” aspect, I like to take it with me on my travels as a sort of travel companion. We’ll travel the world together forever! 😆 Being a dive watch, I want to dip it in many of the world’s famous bodies of water (and I still need to scuba with it!). Hopefully, the list will keep getting longer, but here’s what we have so far:

  • Yangtze River
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Gulf of Mexico
  • Caribbean Sea
  • Atlantic Ocean

The one other item that I take traveling and that I absolutely adore is my Fujifilm X100T camera, but that will eventually become obsolete only to be replaced. However, the rugged Seiko watch, with its automatic battery-less movement should stay with me until I die. I kind of like knowing that!

Seiko SKX007 + Black Zulu Strap – Sparking Joy ✨

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/55 sec, ISO6400
“Seiko SKX007” Cedar Park, 2019

I’ve been wearing a green Zulu strap with my beloved Seiko SKX007 watch but decided to put the black Zulu strap back on. However, that strap has a kind of yucky smell although I’ve washed and scrubbed it before. Last night I put it in a jar filled with water and dishwashing soap, and let it soak overnight, and this morning it’s nice and clean-smelling. We’ll see if it stays that way. If that doesn’t work, I’ll try an Oxy-clean soak. Of course, I could just buy the same watch band again for $10, but where’s the fun in that?

I’m currently reading Marie Kondo’s Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up which is a nice follow up to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It’s got more practical information on how to put her methods into practice, including small illustrations on how to fold different types of clothes. But as the title suggests, it talks about how possessions can spark joy, and my Seiko SKX007 definitely does that for me. But pairing it with the black Zulu strap again takes it to another level – the combination just feels so good! I really love it. I plan on keeping it for the rest of my life. 😄

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Blue Image and Wandering around Japan

"Blue" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/55 sec, ISO800
“Blue” Austin, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Lately I’ve been watching videos from NIPPON WANDERING TV. They are high-quality stabilized walking/biking videos around Japan, mainly in Tokyo, which I find super-relaxing, especially because there is no soundtrack other than the sounds of the environment. I like to put one of the videos on the TV and go about my business: cooking, folding laundry, or whatever. It puts me in a good mood. 😊

Please check them out when you have a chance! Here’s one that I particularly like:

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Today’s photo is of my Seiko SNDA chronograph watch and Jinhao shark fountain pen on my graph paper notebook. I applied a Lightroom preset named “Blue” that I created a while ago for an image that I’ve long forgotten. I thought it gave a nice effect.

I hope you had a nice day!

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Seiko SNDA27 Chronograph – Watch Review

"On the Wrist" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/55 sec, ISO3200
“On the Wrist” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today’s photo is of my newest watch, a Seiko SNDA27 Chronograph. If you read my previous post about the Casio MTP4500D-AV watch, you know that it wasn’t quite the right watch for me. However, this Seiko SNDA is a model that I’ve been looking at and fits my requirements nicely. In fact, it’s close to the perfect chronograph for me.

The model that I purchased has a dark green face, with orange seconds hands. The watch also came in the SNDA57 version with black face and red dials, which I think is cooler, but since my other two Seikos have black faces, I think the green face is a good complement to my other watches. Plus the orange hands are really sweet! In all honesty, I searched for the black version for a while, but since it was discontinued a few years ago, it’s difficult to find except at extremely inflated prices. It was originally sold for about US $100, but now it is commonly available on eBay for maybe $400 or more. That’s crazy!

Anyway, the green model is more commonly available for about US $125, and I actually found it new for US $116 at Walmart.com (from a reseller on their site). Interestingly, I got the last watch from that seller, and I now see that the same watch is selling from another seller at Walmart.com for US $190. What a crazy market!

The Seiko SNDA27 comes with a green nylon band, which is not bad if you like the color, but I immediately switched it out for a black silicone band (in the photos).

"Three Seikos" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/120 sec, ISO6400
“Three Seikos” Cedar Park, 2019

Next, I tried a black zulu strap on it and it looks even better. The lugs of the watch stick out kind of far, so the 43 mm diameter SNDA27 wears larger than my 43 mm SKX007, which has shorter lugs. The zulu strap sticks out a bit more than the super-flexible, wrist-hugging silicone strap, so it actually makes the 43 mm watch wear/look better on my 6 3/4 inch wrist. Also, the zulu strap has matte brushed metal buckles which match the matte steel case of the watch perfectly.

"Seiko SNDA27" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO640
“Seiko SNDA27” Cedar Park, 2019

My complaints about the Casio’s difficult-to-read watch face do not apply to the Seiko, which has a smart and simple design. There’s nothing unnecessary on the watch face. It’s so easy to read, and even has a more precise time measurement of 1/20th of a second compared to the Casio’s 1-second measurement. In the photo below, I can quickly see the chronograph reading of 4 minutes, 41.1 seconds. What a difference between the Seiko and the Casio! The contrast between the hands and the face on the Seiko makes it easy to tell normal time at a glance, and the lume is typical Seiko – bright and long-lasting.

"Seiko SNDA27" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO800
“Seiko SNDA27” Cedar Park, 2019

I really love my Seiko SKX007 dive watch and Seiko SNK809 field watch, and my new Seiko SNDA27 chronograph fits in nicely as my third Seiko. Now if I can only find someone to buy my Casio chronograph… Is anyone interested? 😀

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

Five Watches I Like to Wear

"5 Watches" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/40 sec, ISO6400
“5 Watches” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

As some of you might know, I love wrist-watches. I don’t have a huge collection, nor are there any expensive pieces, but I enjoy wearing them, watching videos from other watch enthusiasts, and “window” shopping online.

Today I took two of my watches to a watch repair shop to get the batteries replaced. The Casio tide and moonphase watch (AQW100-1AV) with stainless-steel band has been dead for a couple years now, and the Goofy watch hasn’t run in about 30 years. But both are back in action!

The Goofy watch, which I bought when I was in high school, is too small for my wrist, so I gave it to my wife. I don’t think she had seen it before, but she’s happy to have it! I’m surprised actually. 😄 It just needs a 16mm band.

The Casio aviator watch (MTP4500D-1AV) with the orange hands is my newest addition, just purchased last week. It’s got a quartz movement, a stopwatch function, and a slide-rule bezel. I think it looks nice, and after I replaced the metal band with the black silicone strap, it’s very comfortable on the wrist – the most comfortable in my little collection. I prefer automatic movement over quartz, but I loved the look of this Casio and the price was nice – just $33 on sale!

My favorite watch is still the Seiko SXK007 diver, followed closely by the Seiko SNK809 field watch, but the new Casio aviator watch has quietly entered the mix.

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