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tertius

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4,917 posts

115 months

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Just bought this on a bit of a whim really, but it is quite amazing, seems to be unworn and, I think, really cool.

It is so nice I am unsure I can bring myself to actually wear it:







It is a Seiko 5 Atlas - SKZ211J - the LH crown adjusts the inner "compass" bezel.

johnbaz

433 posts

63 months

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Hi Tertius

I love the Atlas but have never gotten round to buying one yet!!

Yours looks a beauty- get it strapped on and use it bowbow



John smile

Hoofy

55,896 posts

167 months

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Friday 5th October 2012 quote quote all
My cousin's bf bought the same on a whim, too. It was Christmas Day. I showed him the "what are you wearing on Christmas Day" TZ-UK thread. He spots that watch. Hits ebay. Buys watch. nuts Cousin wasn't impressed. hehe

NeMiSiS

4,570 posts

60 months

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Saturday 6th October 2012 quote quote all
I had a few of those and rated them highly, in fact I posted my findings here and a few guys bought one on the strength of the post.

Things I didn't like included, no quickset on the date change mech, no quick charge, poor quality lug and fit, and the compass inner wheel turns when you wear the watch, it was also pointed out that the compass actually has no purpose whatsoever.

The lume is excellent, I like the fine ratchet on the bezel, and the size and finish of the watch was excellent for me. I had blue/black and white face models and one had different coloured pointers.

They are also commonly known as the Seiko Gadget watch.

Hoofy

55,896 posts

167 months

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There's a way of using the sun with a 12 hour watch face so once you find north, you can align the internal bezel. That said, if you're using the sun as a compass guide, it isn't very accurate so I have no idea why you'd use the sub-readings on the compass dial. nuts
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Doofus

2,702 posts

58 months

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What's the significance of the '5'?

So many of Seiko's watches are 5's, and this one, for example, bears no relation that I can see to the inexplicably popular "Which watch for £50" Seiko 5. So what's with the 5?

LukeBird

17,079 posts

94 months

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Doofus said:
What's the significance of the '5'?
It's to do with 5 design 'features' that Seiko wanted to include in a watch range that was reasonably priced, with the features being what they deemed useful functionality i.e. great for the average person to wear day-to-day.

Seiko 5 refers to:

1. Diaflex (unbreakable mainspring)
2. Diashock (Seiko's shock resistant design, equivalent to the Swiss "Incabloc" or "Kif," etc.)
3. Automatic winding
4. Date/date indication
5. Water resistant

tertius

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4,917 posts

115 months

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Hoofy said:
There's a way of using the sun with a 12 hour watch face so once you find north, you can align the internal bezel. That said, if you're using the sun as a compass guide, it isn't very accurate so I have no idea why you'd use the sub-readings on the compass dial. nuts
Right, but I don't a rotating bezel to help me do it - you just point the hour hand at the sun, halfway round the dial from there to noon is South.

Hoofy

55,896 posts

167 months

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tertius said:
Hoofy said:
There's a way of using the sun with a 12 hour watch face so once you find north, you can align the internal bezel. That said, if you're using the sun as a compass guide, it isn't very accurate so I have no idea why you'd use the sub-readings on the compass dial. nuts
Right, but I don't a rotating bezel to help me do it - you just point the hour hand at the sun, halfway round the dial from there to noon is South.
That's my point. It's not pointless but a bit unnecessary.

Doofus

2,702 posts

58 months

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LukeBird said:
It's to do with 5 design 'features' that Seiko wanted to include in a watch range that was reasonably priced, with the features being what they deemed useful functionality i.e. great for the average person to wear day-to-day.

Seiko 5 refers to:

1. Diaflex (unbreakable mainspring)
2. Diashock (Seiko's shock resistant design, equivalent to the Swiss "Incabloc" or "Kif," etc.)
3. Automatic winding
4. Date/date indication
5. Water resistant
Thanks for that. As long as there's a reason, I'm happy thumbup

zb

679 posts

49 months

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That's a very nice watch indeed, congrats. smile

Nick M

3,416 posts

108 months

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Ah dammit... Someone hide my credit card please...

krusty

2,372 posts

134 months

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Creation Watches had these on offer last week.... I managed to get one before they sold out... It was my 'Bargain of the week'

http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-5-au...

Nick M

3,416 posts

108 months

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krusty said:
Creation Watches had these on offer last week.... I managed to get one before they sold out...
Aha !! So it's your fault I wasn't able to buy one then !!!











Actually, thanks - saved me an embarassing conversation with SWMBO !! wink

tertius

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4,917 posts

115 months

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Updated to say I just got another, equally, if not more, amazing Seiko ... this one a Seiko Stargate, SKZ327:











The quality of this watch is absolutely amazing, in particular the depth of the dial and the heft of the bracelet are very impressive. It is a pretty big watch, certainly bigger than most I wear, but the curved case is incredibly comfortable - it has easily become my most worn watch since it arrived.

I am continually blown away by the watches that Seiko can produce for relatively little money. They certainly make some shockers, but they also produce some real gems.

Nick M

3,416 posts

108 months

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krusty said:
Creation Watches had these on offer last week.... I managed to get one before they sold out... It was my 'Bargain of the week'

http://www.creationwatches.com/products/seiko-5-au...
They were back in stock this week.

I may have 'accidentally' purchased one biggrin

Waiting for it to arrive. At the office... wink

bigandclever

7,177 posts

123 months

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tertius said:
Updated to say I just got another, equally, if not more, amazing Seiko ... this one a Seiko Stargate, SKZ327:
I've got a SKZ325 - black face, red minute hand. Like you say, comfy watch. Some different strap suggestions here.

Gizmoish

18,096 posts

94 months

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NeMiSiS said:
the compass inner wheel turns when you wear the watch, it was also pointed out that the compass actually has no purpose whatsoever.
So once set - let's say that North is at 3 and you're heading West - after a bit of walking it will have moved? But you'll remember that it was at 3. Except that won't help you at all, because you don't know whether you've walked in a straight line.

When I first saw those I assumed that the inner ring was actually magnetic... but I suppose that would interfere with the mechanism.

Having said that... instead of a balance weight swinging around, couldn't you have a ring inside the case with a (smaller) magnetised weight, affecting a magnetised spring? The rest of the movement would need to be made from non-magnetic material, but that's feasible.

Tanguero

4,078 posts

86 months

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According to Donald de Carle in "Complicated Watches" the "direction finding" bezel is used by pointing the hour hand at the sun and adjusting the bezel to indicate north with a compass. To find north later you just point the hour hand at the sun. Though if you had a compass in the first place...

Or alternatively one of these
(not my pic)
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