Some of those Kinetic's are a bit funky
. They remind me of some of the Oakley watches which I believe are powered by the same movements... I have a soft spot for Casio's as well and I could do with a G-Shock in the collection. Thanks for sharing
Just to be clear, the Casio isn't technically a G-Shock, it's solar powered and radio controlled though. It's my scruffy watch, in that it's the watch I care least about getting scuffed. It's weakness is it can only use the UK and German time signal - which I've found is largely OK for a fair amount of europe, but it gets nothing in the far east. I think I may well splurge, at some point, for a true G-Shock, multiband 6 solar - there's just something about the idea of something that gets energy from light, and syncs time via radio waves, that seems kind of ideal to me.
Have to say, I quite like some of the Edifice models, too - that one was a gift, something of a suprise, they do feel different to other Casios, somehow - very nicely made and finished, almost remind me of Seikos - I guess they were doing that whole Toyota / Lexus thing with the branding.
The triangular shaped Seiko is a little reminiscent of the triangular Hamilton watches. It's quite a big chunky watch, that - not subtle at all, but I do like the styling of it - I suspect it's one of those watches you either like the look of, or not. Some of me wishes I'd bought the blue-faced one, and at other times I'm glad I got it in that colour-scheme. For some odd reason I had something of a thing for Kinetics for a while, I even bought 'er indoors one (and yes, that needs the capacitor replacing, too - I've got a new cell for it, just building up the motivation to go mad on the concentration of tiny screws) - and it's probably a cooler watch than mine. I can't pretend they really make sense, though - I mean I can sort of understand the logic of a time - but all the same... some of the downsides of a mechanical auto, really based on the premise of not needing to open them up to change batteries, when many of the original capacitors failed! Still, logic be damned, I still find them appealling.
I liked the art deco look of the oblong Kinetics, but can't help but think keeping the mechanicals working, long-term, maybe more of a challenge to find parts.
The Seiko 5 is just, well - a Seiko 5, probably run forever, unless I'm truly unlucky. Accuracy could be better, and I have thought about regulating it, but when it's something of a nice-to-have as opposed to necessary, easy to talk yourself out of. Especially as one of the Kinetics is actually not running at the moment, because of it's mechanicals.
Some of those screws holding in the kinetic cells are truly tiny, aren't they - not helped by the plate they screw down being sprung. I've bought the odd spare, before now...
I've got several Rotary quartz watches, too - that are fairly classy looking - but at the end of the day, they're just quartz watches in reasonably nice cases. Don't know why, but I've always been drawn to Seikos. Were I spending a wedge on a watch, whether I'd go for the Mulder-special Omega DeVille (would have to be an auto) or a Grand Seiko, I'm not sure...
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