A Favorite Watch

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO500
“Seiko 5” Cedar Park, 2023

I wore my Seiko 5 watch today for the first time in a long time. I still love this small automatic watch, even if it is a little fast (adding about 30 seconds a day). The design is simple and classic, and it doesn’t weigh much so I hardly feel it. I’ll probably keep this and my Seiko 007 forever. BIFL!

New Watch

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO3200
“Apple Watch” Cedar Park, 2023

My family gave me an Apple Watch for Christmas, which was totally unexpected. It’s fun to use! I like playing with the different watch faces, and the functionality is nice. I like to be able to see the weather conditions mostly, and the sunrise/sunset times.

I’ve also worn it while running, but since I use Strava on the phone, the watch is there just to see my heart rate (out of curiosity). But the first time I went running with it, it was very distracting, with pings and dings and other stuff. When I run, I like to just zone out and listen to music or my own breathing, so the constant alerts were pretty annoying. I’ve since added a “Run” focus mode that disables everything except calls and messages from family and that solves that problem. Yay!

Snoopy Baseball Watch

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO1250
“Snoopy Watch” Cedar Park, 2022

I bought a new watch: the Timex Snoopy Baseball Weekender. As MLB’s spring training gets underway, I got excited about purchasing this watch which I have been looking at for a long time. It’s not expensive, but the level of joy it sparks is way up there! I mean, who doesn’t love Snoopy?

I replaced the red strap with a black and grey strap, and it looks great. I’m looking forward to enjoying wearing the new watch for years to come.

New Watch – Casio Baby-G BGD-501-1JF

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/30 sec, ISO500
“Baby-G” Cedar Park, 2021

For my birthday, I treated myself to a new watch: the Casio Baby-G BGD-501-1JF. I’ve always thought Baby-Gs (women’s version of the G-Shock) were really cool ever since Mariko had one back when I first met her in the late 90s, and lately I’ve seen the G-Shock black-out version which looks really cool. However, it’s a large watch for my 6.75-inch wrist (plus I have a couple other large watches already).

Enter the Baby-G version of the black-out watch. It’s pretty much the same design except in a slightly smaller package. I think it’s the perfect size for my wrist! And like the big brother G-Shocks, this particular Baby-G has 200-meter water resistance (most Baby-Gs have 100-meter). It also has the little wire guard that should offer more protection from scratches.

There are a couple of cons to the Baby-G, though. First, the display is a bit hard to read sometimes. That’s just a tradeoff for having a black-out style. Secondly, the light doesn’t stay on long enough. I think it should stay on for at least three seconds, but this Baby-G’s light stays on for only one. Not a huge deal, but still annoying.

All in all, I love my new watch. It’s definitely the most comfortable watch I own (even compared to my lighter Casio W800H-1AV). It sits so well on my wrist that I often forget I am wearing it and wake up to realize that I’ve worn it all night. That would never happen with my beloved Seiko SKX-007. 😁

To make room for the new watch, I have put an older Casio I have up for sale. No takers so far, but we’ll get it sold someday!