Sunday, 18 May 2014

4Sale: Seiko SNQ-135P1 Perpetual Calendar [SOLD]

"Haaa... ini laa jam yang paling malas. Biasa laa, tak payah kunci-kunci, tak payah goyang-goyang, dan tak payah jemur di bawah mentari untuk charge power dia yang macam Citizen Eco-Drive. Seiko Perpetual Calendar Calibre 6A32. Yang best giler tuu... haribulan atau calendar TAK PAYAH TUKAR SAMPAI TAHUN 2100!!! Dia tukar sendiri bekkk... tahun lompat 28 Februari kee, 29 Februari kee... dia set sendiri. Battery, ni memang sah wajib tukar laaa... 4 tahun sekali. Battery kereta pun ngkorang tukar! Dah tuu setahun sekali laa kalau nak adjust timing, jam ni cepat atau lambat (+/-) 4 minit setahun! +/- 20 saat sebulan. Tak caya, cuba calibrate pakai Atomic Time Clock... takpe, next article aku cerita pasal Atomic Time Clock nih. Yang paling tepat, 70 tahun +/- 6 saat jehh. Ada dua jam perpetual calendar nih, satu yang Diver model mula-mula, model lama... yang Dress Watch ni aku nak jual laaa kepada sesapa yang nak mengumpul jam-jam malas tetapi canggih.  Jam Perpetual Calendar nii Like New In Box. Ada warranty lagi. Aku rasa aku pakai tak sampai 10 kali. Aku pakai bila ada meeting jehhh... kena dengan pakaian aku laaa... Aku buat review sambil menjual. Sapa nak beli? Harga berbaloi. Pat-pat nye, sapa cepat dia punye..." - thetick-thetick



SPESIFIKASI BARANGAN
Brand & Model: Seiko SNQ-135P1 Perpetual Calendar
Movement: Seiko Calibre 6A32, Quartz - Perpetual Calendar, +/- 20s p.mth accuracy
Battery: Seiko SR927SW, 4 years battery life
Function: Hour, Minute, Second, & Perpetual Calendar Date
Setting Operation: Crown and Push-piece
Case: Stainless Steel, combi-finish polished and satin-brush
Case Dimension: 40mm diameter, 44mm lug-to-lug, 10mm thickness lid to top
Case Lug: 20mm
Crystal: Sapphire Crystal
Strap: Genuine Black Alligator Pattern Leather Strap 22mm lug, 20mm end, Seiko signed SS buckle
Water Resistant: 100m/10BAR
Kondisi: Like New In Box, ada lagi 3 bulan warranty (Thongsia, Seiko Malaysia)
JUALAN
Harga Jualan: SOLD
Kos Hantaran: C.O.D Kota Damansara atau tambah RM10.00 untuk Poslaju
Nota: Untuk jualan dalam negara sahaja (For Sale in Malaysia Only)
Contact: SMS ONLY 012-2399920 atau WHATSAPP 019-2646250; email atau komen di blog ini tidak akan di layan.


Nampak exclusive, macam jenis Seiko Premier grade...

Date aperture dia exposed. Tau pasal apa, haa bila setting nanti calendar disk tuu akan bergerak dengan sendirinya. Stepping motor kat movement tuu ada gear, akan digerakkan oleh IC (Integrated Circuit) untuk menetapkan tarikh yang sepatutnya. Canggih.

Crown dia lebih kurang 5mm, senang putar. Kalau model quartz yang sebelum nih kecik, untuk tangan orang Jepun. Crown guard dia solid kena dengan design. Ada setting push-piece at pukul 2.

Case - setting side. Crown, crown-guard, dengan push-piece.

Dial dia memang exclusive. Nengok index tuu... macam Grand Seiko! Jarum dia mengingatkan aku kepada jam Cartier yang guna blued-steel second hand. Clean dial, satin-finish.

Sebab 100m/10 BAR water-resistant, dia punya case lid jenih screw-type. Bukan snap-fit. Serial number censored heh! Tuan punya je yang tau.

Stainless Steel polished Seiko-signed buckle.

Seiko Lumibrite... jangan tanya la bekkk. Memang terang benderang. Kat tempat samar-samar pun terang.

Exclusive...

Complete set. Box, manual, warranty card, dengan jam sekali laaa...

"Tukar style blogging. Sambil menjual, kasi buat review. Apa cerita Atomic Time Clock nih. Nanti. Sabor. Aku guna dah dekal 10 tahun lebih. Guna untuk check dan calibrate jam-jam quartz. Sebetulnya Atomic Time Clock ni sesapa pun boleh miliki. Percuma jeh... Percuma!!! Memang punn, cuma download dan install kat komputer. Sebetulnya Atomic Time Clock ni digunakan oleh pengeluar-pengeluar gadget-gadget digital yang menggunakan micro-processor. Untuk session-timing processing clock. So program-program komputer atau mana-mana gadget boleh berfungsi. Kalau computer programmer baca article ni diorang paham laa... Tapi kalau penggemar dan pengumpul jam sure tak paham. Takpa, nantikan artikel sepenuhnya macam mana Atomic Time Clock ni membantu kita untuk check dan calibrate jam-jam yang menggunakan movement quartz, tak kira laa Solar-Powered kee, Eco-Drive kee, Digital timer kee... jam mekanikal auto-kunci pun bole gunaaa... tunggguuuuu.... Baca-baca gak, sapa nak beli bagitau heh!" - thetick-thetick

Monday, 5 May 2014

Review [BM]: Alba 'Flagship' 1/5 second Alarm-Chronograph

"Alba! Lama dah aku tak beli jam jenama adik kepada Seiko nih. Tak salah aku pernah beli satu masa dulu. Masa zaman bujang terantang-tang dulu. Mana pergi jam tuu aku pun tak tau. Awal tahun ni aku terserempak dengan member. Perasan kat pergelangan tangan dia ada satu jam yang boleh dikategorikan sebagai jam besor! Tapi menarik pasal nampak memang sporty, chronograph. Ada slide rule!. Laa.. jam Alba. Tapi, tak pernah pulak aku jumpa kat kedai-kedai jam kat sini. Kat kedai-kedai ejen Thongsia pun tak pernah nampak. Member aku beli online dari negara seberang tambak Johor. Nak jadi cerita, kat area rumah aku ada rupenya kedai yang jual species yang di panggil Flagship ni. Bila aku nengok, berkenan pulak. Aku buat research dulu kat Internet. Rupanya pakai movement Seiko Epson YM62. Sama dengan jam Swiss Jacques LeMan F1 yang aku pernah ada. Nengok betul-betul register yang ada kat jam tuuu... ada jam brand taknah dengor harga mahal pun pakai movement ni. He he... sah, Seiko dah ikut jejak Citizen-Miyota. Jual movement jugak... Ye laa, zaman OEM laa katakan. Hennah ko, baca la review ni. Bacaan santai." - thetick-thetick


ALBA ‘FLAGSHIP’ 1/5 SECOND ALARM-CHRONOGRAPH
Spesifikasi species Flagship ni seperti tersenarai di bawah:

Jenama & Model: Alba YM62-X244 ‘Flagship’ Alarm-Chronograph
Movement: Seiko Epson Cal. YM62, Quartz 1/5 seconds Alarm-Chronograph
Battery: SR927W, 3 years battery life
Fungsi:
• Hour, Minute and Small Seconds
• Date, triple date window/aperture
• Alarm, single time alarm, analogue-setting
• Stopwatch, 1/5 second with minute counter, up to 59min 59 seconds, split time measurement
Operation: Crown, 2 chronograph & setting push-piece/buttons
Water Resistant: 10 BAR/100 Meters
Case: Stainless Steel; 52mm lugs-to-lugs, 48mm diameter, 12mm height (incl. case lid)
Inner Bezel: Stainless Steel engraved slide-rule index
Outer Bezel (Slide Rule): Stainless Steel with slide-rule index and measurement marker with acrylic coatings
Dial: Matte black dial, 3 register and triple-open date aperture/window
Case Back: Screw type lid with water-resistant gasket
Crystal: Thick-hardened mineral glass
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet or leather (depends on model)

Nengok crown dengan push-piece button; kemas, protected. Haaa, chrono button tu punya warna lain-lain mengikut model. Sama dengan warna jarum register kat dial.

Jam pilot! Ada slide-rule untuk buat kira-kira, fashion yang dah mula wujud sejak dari zaman Breitling mula buat jam pilot. Manual slide-rule calculator! Luminous-marker jam nih kira standard Alba je lah. Tak seterang Seiko. Adik tiri kutt!? Abang yang lebih. Happa la Jepun nih... kasi standard laa.

Dia punya ‘small second hand’ macam kapalterbang punya ‘flight-level indicator’ laa... macam kapalterbang kan! Tapi dia pusing 60 second ikut pusingan jam. Mau pening pilot kalau terbang cam tuu... he he he jam pilot jet pejuang!? 

Analogue alarm-setting. Macam biasa ku lihat... di mana yah? Biasa laa Seiko Epson YM62. Jam Seiko pakai, jam-jam yang ntahhapa nama pun ada yang pakai movement nih!

Tolong perhatikan ‘inner bezel’ dia. Ada slide-rule index. Betul-betul tepi crystal. Kemas... haaa tu yang aku suka tuu! Gigi bezel tuuu... cam jam diver. Senang pusing-putar pakai jari-jemari, bi-directional.

Ada lekuk kat tepi watch case pada kedudukan pukul 9. Untuk memudahkan jari memutar slide-rule. Nengok dia punya slide-rule. Mantap. Nak kira hapa? Ketinggian? Kelajuan? Minyak? Ikut lbs, ikut liter, ikut gallon... kM/h, hishhh aku pun tak reti. Yang aku tau, slide rule marker tu pusing, point kat jarum minit so bila timing start, dari situ laa kita sukat.

Lugs dia saiz 22mm. Water-proof case lid. Standard Alba, ada logo ombak. Sorry, serial number kena censored.

Haaa... yang ni jenis yang ‘limited edition’. Slide-rule warna merah. Jarum register dia warna merah. Kat chrono-push piece pun warna merah. Harga mahal sikit. Berapa diorang bikin? Aku pun tak tau... tapi limited.

Seiko Epson Calibre YM62. Cam betul-betul ‘configuration’ kat dial tuu... haaa nanti sure ngkorang akan jumpa jenama-jenama lain yang pakai movement yang sama.

Tali ori kulit dia warna hitam. Lagi cunnn... jam yang cun. Tangan tuuu tak cun pasal asyik dipanah mentari masa main golf, he he...

"Bek, santai tak artikel nih? Asyik Seiko jehh. Kasi simpan satu Alba. Alba Flagship. Jam ni kira jam malas. Asal ada bateri, dia jalan. Takpyah goyang-goyang. Takpyah kunci-kunci. Sekali-sekala tukor haribulan, tuu jeh. Koleksi jam malas semakin bertambah. Haa... nanti aku buat artikel pasal jam yang paling malas. Jam analog tau! Bukan jam digital. Tapi kompom paling malas. Unta padang pasir pun takde malas macam dia... jam hapa bek? Tungguuuuu...” - thetick-thetick 

Friday, 11 April 2014

Setahun Sudah Berlalu...

"Setahun sudah berlalu... Februari muncul kembali... Ceh! Macam lagu Alleycats jeh. Dah setahun lebih aku tak post artikel kat blog ni. Maaf saudara-saudara sekelian, sibuk menggagahkan perniagaan sendiri yang sebetulnya macam nak sampai tahap buluh kasap - untung takde modal lesap. Macam meniaga jam lama... kekadang rugi! Alhamdulillah. Rezeki Allah S.W.T. yang bagi... ada, cuma perlu banyak bersabar. Tak la lupa langsung bab-bab horologi ni. Kekadang ke Jakarta jumpa jugak bapak-bapak ahli arloji kat sana. Kat Manila pun kekadang jenguk-jenguk jugak kedai pajak gadai kat tepi-tepi kasino - carik jam branded-ori-murah. Tapi tuu laa, banyak duit abis terbang sana sini carik projek, carik bisnes, tukar golf set!!! Akhirnya, jam-jam yang tak seberapa dalam kotak jam aku berhabuk. Aku pakai jam quartz jeh. Senang, pasal malas nak kunci dan nak goyang gerudi. Hehehe... apa cerita bekkkk! Hassan Detikduabelas tanya... hehehe. Ada... ada... ada... artikel baru. Kebetulan masa dah mula ada nak meninjau balik pasaran jam kat Malaya nih... dan ada modal sikit nak invest beli jam buat review. Haaa... jam apa laa agaknya? Nengok kat bawah nih. Alba Flagship Chrono-calculator. Pakai Seiko Epson Calibre YM62... tengah test." - thetick-thetick



"Orang Minang sebut... goddang jam nih! 48mm! Bukan pada harga tapi memang nampak macho... jam pilot. Yang ada slide-rule calculator. Bila sebut pilot, teringat kat MH370. Semoga Allah permudahkan segala urusan pencarian. Aku sebenarnya perasan pasal Alba Flagship Chronograph ni. Ada yang limited edition. Tapi tak banyak dipamer di ruang-ruang di kedai jam. Dan aku perasan yang YM62 ni bukan Seiko-Alba je yang pakai. Jenama Swiss pun pakai! Hehe... nantikan review pada posting seterusnya." - thetick-thetick

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Mengimbau Seiko SKZ325K1 “Stargate” Diver

"Aku tak tau lah mengapa. Page view untuk Seiko Stargate ni dah nak dekat 10,000 dah. Baru perasan tadi bila nengok statistik blog nih. Artikel yang aku siarkan pada awal tahun 2011. Dah masuk 2 tahun berkumandang di blog nih. Kebanyakan yang baca bukan dari Malaysia, tapi dari negara luar terutamanya Amerika dan Eropah. Mungkin pasal artikel tu bahasa inggeris. Setiap hari ada saja orang akan baca. Mungkin kat belah wilayah sana takde model ni. Ke, memang untuk pasaran Asia sahaja! Ada ura-ura (melalui forum) yang mengatakan ini lah model pengganti SKX diver! Aku rasa mungkin jugak... pasal sekarang ni banyak dipamer di dalam kandang-kandang kaca kat kedai jam. Dulu mula-mula Hassan Bek D12 dapat pun macam beli rokok seludup. Susah dapat. Kat Filipina, model ni memang famous di kalangan peminat dan penyelam-penyelam skuba. Aku tak berani la nak komen lebih. Kalau betul la ini model pengganti atau DNA terbaru dari siri penyu-penyu Jepun dari siri 6000, 7000, sampai ke SKX... ada kemungkinan. Kita tunggu dan lihat. Gamaknya model SKX akan makin pupus!" - thetick-thetick

Stargate... memang nampak macho, masculin. Pengganti SKX diver?

James Bond... SKX007P, tak jemu mata memandang.

Jam dan artikel menduduki tahta blog ni sampai sekarang... ramai yang baca. Ramai yang browse melalui Google untuk keyword SKZ325K1 dan Stargate. Siapa la yang mula-mula bagi nama Stargate nih?

"Seiko Monster dah berubah wajah... model asal dah disolek kepada wajah baru. Warna lip-lap. Jam James Bond dengan Monster ni aku kira dua model Seiko mampu-milik yang sememangnya popular. Siapa yang ada, simpan la baik-baik. Cuma si Monster tuu, model awal lebih mantap. Bezel lama guna cast-metal, yang sekarang dan terbaru macam guna nickel-plating. Cuba gosok pakai autosol kalau berani... haaaa sure lelama jadi kuning macam tembaga! Ada yang buat, dah kena... So, taukeh jam jangan la naikkan harga model-model Monster yang lama tu yea... hehe." - thetick-thetick

Monday, 14 January 2013

4Sale: Timex Military Quartz LNIB [SOLD]

"Aku pakai jam ni sekali-sekala jeh. Buat main golf. Itu pun aku pakai tali getah. Tali ori canvas aku simpan dalam kotak. Banyak la pulak jam quartz. So sesapa yang minat, nak beli. Kasi SMS kat aku 012-2399920. Ada 9 bulan lebih lagi warranty. Sempoi-sempoi, jam Timex Military quartz ni dia punya spec ada kat bawah gambar-gambar nih. Rupa jam ni mirip jam military Timex tahun 60an - jam kunci yang pernah aku ada dulu. Cuma yang tu case dia black coated stainless steel. Yang ni plastic" - thetick-thetick









Spesifikasi Barangan
Model: Timex Military Quartz Indiglo
Ref. No: 214364
Water Resistant: 50M
Movement: Quartz Timex
Case: Plastic, 38mm diameter
Case Back: Stainless Steel
Crystal: Acrylic
Strap: Military Canvas, Timex S/S Signed Buckle
Kondisi: Like New in Box
Nota: Jarang digunakan, berkeadaan baik. Ada calar sedikit pada crystal. Datang bersama kotak, warranty card (ada lagi 9 bulan lebih). Ada luminous pada marker, Indigo light untuk bacaan di dalam gelap.
Jualan
Harga Jualan : SOLD to Mohd. Azinuddin, Kota Bharu, Kelantan. Terima kasih.
Kos Hantaran: C.O.D. Kota Damansara atau tambah RM10.00 untuk Poslaju
Nota: Untuk jualan dalam negara sahaja (For Sale in Malaysia Only)

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Review [BM]: Balmer Monster Diver

"Balmer? Jenama yang selalu aku nampak kat kaca pameran kedai-kedai jam yang biasa aku masuk. Sifu aku Mr. Lee ada bagitau jenama ni pakai movement quartz Seiko Epson dengan Miyota. Yang model automatic pakai Miyota Clone Made in China. Ntah cammana, aku terserempak dengan satu model yang memang bentuk dia familiar. Macam Schaumberg ada... cam Nauticfish pun ada... cam Kobold pun ada. Bagi aku kualiti dia tak jauh beza dengan jam Invicta diver yang guna movement Jepun. Besar bekkk... saiz dia 56mm lugs-to-lugs! Dari jauh nampak cam jam diver kelas mewah, menarik! Aku buat review sempoi-sempoi bahasa untuk tatapan ngkorang semua. Berapa harga? Ngkorang cuba la risik-risik kat kedai jam. Model baru tahun 2013. Penghujung 2012 baru masuk kedai. Kata taukeh kedai..." - thetick-thetick



BALMER QUARTZ "MONSTER DIVER"
Setelah diperiksa, spesifikasi si Balmer Monster ni seperti tersenarai di bawah:

Jenama & Model: Balmer 7773
Movement: Miyota 2405 Japan Quartz, Day-Date
Water Resistant: 3 ATM/30 Meter/98 Feet
Case: Stainless Steel; 56mm lugs-to-lugs, 48mm diameter, 9mm height
Crown: Ruggedized, 5mm diameter, push-pull type
Bezel: Stainless Steel; uni-directional, 60 click, luminous paint graduation marker
Dial: glossy black paint with second marker, baton-numeral luminous minute-hour marker with rectangle calendar window
Case Back: Screw type lid with water-resistant gasket
Crystal: Thick dome mineral glass
Strap: Cowhide leather 5mm (end) to 3mm (end) thick, stainless steel 'tongue' buckle 


Nengok crown dia. Kemas. Mantap. Ngam-ngam duduk tengah-tengah crown protector.

Tebal giler bezel dia. Ada luminous marker lagi... nampak cam jam Nauticfish!

Cuba ukur ikut kayu pembaris tu! Mak ai, godang jam nih.. kata orang minang. Kalau orang tegganu... sapok besorrr...

Buckle ada signature... macam logo kereta Bentley.

Walau tak seterang Seiko Monster, Balmer Monster punya bezel bole nyala tauuu....

Nampak rugged... nengok dari tepi nampak macho. Sapa besar? Jam ke tangan aku?

Pergelangan tangan aku saiz sederhana... jam tu memang la besar. Lagi mau tanya... haiyyaa!

'Clean Dial'... simple but monstrous!!!

"Bek, aku tau jam tu besor. Tak tau kat mana nak gantung... kata Hassan D12 melalui SMS setelah mendapat perkabaran tentang jam Monster Balmer nih. Aku minat, aku suka, aku pakai... apa ngkorang kisah? Kan H4U tu heterogeneous.. kepelbagaian. Janji jam... pasang kat mana pun tak kisah. Janji bole bagitau... pukul berapa datuk harimau? He he!" - thetick-thetick 

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Exploring Horology: A Shocking Shake of Precision


"Bro, what’s the time now? My fellow golfers always ask me when we play golf. Just because I wear a watch while playing, always! The timekeeping device will be off my wrist only when I am sleeping or taking my bath. Being watch enthusiast, not wearing time pieces is just like wearing no underwear! Something missing, feel uncomfortable. Well... time is important to those appreciating every moment in life. It is all about timing and time management. But, how precise the timepiece we own and refer to? Those small pieces of man’s genius creation prevails its accuracy once you observe them. In everyday life, under all the condition I test them all. Shocking precision, I test them with golf." – thetick-thetick

The Precision Timepieces and the Game of Golf
Rolex, the world’s renowned brand with many years of horology credential and superior invention is undisputed a class for precision in production and timekeeping. At Rolex, everything is about precision. The invention of anti-magnetic, shock absorption and the use of advanced material in the watch escapement mechanism are all subject of precision. That is why the manufacture associates the brand with golf – the game of precision.

Golf is a mental game with many shot demanding the ball to be stroked in a precise swing for a precise result. The shot, the distance, the accuracy is the name of the game. Getting precision for all shot is almost impossible! For me, that goes to the watch too. Exposing to various wearing condition is a definite impact to the precise timekeeping. That is why COSC certified timepieces are tolerable to plus and minus. You want precision up to the second? Don’t be crazy, even the quartz driven watches deviate by up to several seconds in a month or year. The world’s atomic time clock, yeah... 1 second late in every 70 years.

Watch making and golfing are synonym, perfection and precision. That is why many major golf tournaments are sponsored by Rolex. Many tour champions sponsored by them too. But, you will see them wearing Rolex only when they received the trophy or attending news conference. It is all about branding and media exposure. Not when the golfers move around the golf course and make their shot. Only one may be - Phil Mickelson and that is just because he is an avid Rolex collector. He wears leather strapped dress watch Rolex while playing. Other than Phil, a Richard Mille (RM) brand ambassador – Bubba Watson. May be RM wants to proof their anti-shock protection can stand continuous blows at the golf course? Or, RM try to propose to the market that the advanced watch composite material they developed in house is so light that the golfer can strap on while playing? Other Swiss elite brand; Audemars Piguet (AP), sponsored mostly world top ranking golf players like Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell. But none of these players wear the APs while playing. TAG Heuer, like RM once produced a golf watch inspired by Tiger Woods. I guess it is all about the weight- lighter watches for golfing. But still, are these famous brands proposing precision? RM’s Bubba Watson is a mechanical and TAG Heuer Tiger Wood is quartz.

TAG Heuer Golf - light construction material, anti-slip rubber strap, unique strap-on method, and powered by Ronda Swiss quartz movement. The design inspired by great golfer Tiger Woods. Now Tiger is no longer TAG Heuer brand ambassador. Have you seen Tiger wearing this watch while playing golf before?

Make the Shot, Whacking, and the Watch
Like most golfers, whether the pros or the amateurs it is all about perfecting the shot. Me, still trying my very level best to make good shot. No matter how ugly my golf swing can be, I will make sure I whack the ball solidly. Impact – that is the word normally used in golf when the golf club hit the ball on the ground. A good impact will produce good ball trajectory so it goes up in the air with intended flight. During impact, the club face will experience a strong shocking vibration. You can feel it in your palm, arm, and sometime your elbow. Imagine what the shocking vibration can do to your wrist watch every time you make a shot! One intended powerful blow to the watch may cause tremendous shock to the movement. But can one small whacking at timely interval really shock the watch movement? Let’s give it a try. All I have in my collection, the mechanical and quartz – those with stainless steel bracelet and rubber strap. Not with the leather strap as it wet when you sweat.

Whack the ball. See my left wrist. I always wear my watch on the golf course.

After 18 Holes...
My field test is simple. It is all about shock, shock, and shock. Gravitation is considered factor but not counted for. Get digital quartz watch to compare the time deviations. Test the automatic mechanical, analogue quartz, and digital quartz watches. Play one round of golf with one watch. A round of golf takes about 5 hours at maximum. Observe the timekeeping.

Rolex Explorer I: Ref. 114270 a lighter production of Rolex stainless steel watch in early 2000 – an automatic watch. Not so heavy so I wear it on the golf course. I am a right-hander and I wear watches on my left hand. Obviously I will hold the golf club with left hand because I am a right-hander. Setting precisely according to my digital quartz, I play one round of golf. After 18 holes, I check on the time-keeping. Wow-wi-zow-wow... the watch gains about 20 seconds.

A truly reliable mechanical timepiece, but still...

Seiko SKX007 Diver, 7S26 Automatic Movement: dubbed as poor man’s submariner and loved by many watch collectors. Quite heavy compared to the Rolex Explorer I. But still, subconsciously I don’t feel the weight when making golf shots. Fuyyooo... the watch gains almost 1 minute and 45 seconds!!! No worry. The ‘James Bond’ is not expensive like the Swiss Rolex anyway. No question between the superiority and inferiority here. Expensive Swiss is not so vulnerable to shock. Well kept timing due to superior technology implies. I bet expensive Seiko’s should do better than that. That makes expensive watches reliable, isn’t it guys?

Beratnyaaa..! Time running very fast la Joe!

Casio Analogue Diver and Digi-Ana Quartz: Japanese plastics, loved by adventurers all over the world. With similar method, I tested them. As I always expected. No lose, no gain, perfectly running. I am more into the analogue movement. Since most analogue quartz watches are fitted with 3 or 5 jewels and minimal train wheels (gears) to drive the timekeeping hands, I wish to see if the vibration could possibly effect the operation. No, the pulsation from the quartz in actual fact drives these wheels in constant revolution in timely fashion. The gears are precisely intact and running smoothly as it pivoted by the jewels. Those purely digital is definitely off the record. The microprocessor keep the timing as it was programmed to do.

Albeit running on wheels, the Casio analogue quartz keeps its accuracy.

Lagi steady bek... computer timer on the wrist!

Shaking the Autos and Winding the Manuals
Shaking the automatic watch and that’s normally we do to power the watch when it stops. We just want to move the rotor plate so the winding mechanism starts. Some autos come with manual winding feature. By winding the crown, it starts powering the watch. But do not over shaking when the watch is running. The watch will definitely gain more seconds. Give it a test, you will observe the timing. But still, no worry dude! The sophistication of the balance wheel and its escapement mechanism will reset the oscillation back to its standard frequency. If 5bps... it goes back to 5bps. Unless the balance wheel hairspring is out of shape or rusted and becoming less elastic.

Between Shaking and Shocking
These are two different conditional effects to the movement – intended and unintended. Precisely designed and produced watch movement are resistant to shocking – anti-shock or anti-vibration. This is to ensure the balance wheel and escapement running smoothly at all time, resistant to unintended shock. Our hands move all the time. That is why the autos come with rotor plate shaped in half or three quarter size so it moves to power the watch when wears on the wrist. Shaking is intended.

The winding rotor moves around the axis in bi-directional. As seen on this ETA2892 variant, the balance wheel is design to hold its revolving state with anti-shock mechanism. Shaking the watch will move the rotor plate. Unintended shock will protect the balance wheel.

Precision... What are you up to?
My honest question to fellow watch enthusiasts and to myself too. Let us be fair. Let the watchmaker compete among them to produce the most precise timepieces. They deserve to make superlative claim on their production. The more the mechanical precision, the more it hits our pocket. Quartz and electronic timepieces, they are precise and predominantly acceptable. A few second time deviations won’t bother you and me – subconsciously. After many years of exploring (horology), my passion tells me that both the mechanicals and quartz are good timepieces. Both serve the same purpose, to tell time in a precise fashion. The difference is all about money. Expensive or cheap, as long as you can afford them – buy! Precision is about the same for quartz. Expensive mechanicals are more precise.

I like this Timex Military. A plastic cased analogue quartz. Black and red, the watch matches my golf glove. A cheap watch keeps time well.

“Ini Q&Q punya jam hah, pakai itu Japanese Citizen Miyota punya injin lahh... tegur Sifu Lee bertahun lama dulu. Dude, this TAG Heuer quartz is using ETA movement lah. Cheap movement, not even 10% from the price you pay for the watch. Casio... a computer embedded in a watch. Wow! Yes, it is true. Hey! Why my genuine Rolex makin hari makin lambat? Send the watch for service la bro... keep the timepieces running precisely. Let us be realistic. Don’t get horological shock!” – thetick-thetick