Happy days yesterday, no 105 comes in to land in Vancouver (via Memphis, but it didn't bring me any ribs. It also didn't arrive in Vancouver with a hangover, as I did on my last trip from Memphis...).
First, I'm a little stunned that this is only no 105. I've seen a photo of a warranty card for no 71, made in March 2010, so the idea that there have only been 35 or 40 made in the last 2 years makes the watch feel all the more special and rare. (Bill doesn't strike me as the kind of guy who sticks case backs on in random sequence, either.)
It's like a hammer made of glass. It looks fine and delicate, but you know it's tough as nails. I haven't seen photos that really capture the glint of the edge of the crystal, or how precise the lumed numbers in the bezel appear. The bezel insert IS shiny, and I have to carry a cloth in my pocket to wipe off the fingerprints (actually, I use the same one I carry for my glasses and my Blackberry screen... little OCD on smudges and fingerprints...), but the gloss of the bezel and crystal contrast nicely with the finish of the case.
And somewhat oddly for a basic design that's as old as me (b. 1967), it's shockingly modern looking. Beside my Seiko divers, including a MM300 and a pair of old 6309s, it looks like it's from outer space. Especially on the clean looking rubber strap.
It came with the bracelet, which has a clever wetsuit extension that I don't remember seeing mentioned anywhere, and it's nice and solid. However, the rubber strap is excellent and hyper-comfortable. I have a custom vintage leather on order that will be great, I think. The bracelet, I'll note, is a straight 20mm, so while 20mm feels like a sort of wimpy lug width, it's 20mm at the clasp which as as good as you'll do with a 22 or even 24mm lug width, usually, so it doesn't feel too narrow, like 18mm clasp bracelets can.
And for the blue lume... it's GREAT. The lume pattern on this watch, with the lumed bezel insert, is really tremendous. It's a nice change from Seiko green and even my wife and kids think it's awesome (though they could be humouring me).
I haven't really worn it long enough to time it, but have an eye on it.
Cheers - Jeff C
Oh, and I took some photos...